Posts tagged "government"

Three Cheers for Record Increase in Alzheimer’s Funding

Finally, there’s something to cheer about in the government’s budget! Last week, President Obama signed into law the largest increase in Alzheimer’s funding in history, which will be implemented in Fiscal Year 2014. A record $122 million increase will go toward research, support, and services for those with Alzheimer’s and their families. Before you start... Read more »

Boomer Caregivers Abound, But Who Will Take Care of the Boomers?

Say what you want about baby boomers being selfish, materialistic, or any number of things critics have said about the attitudes and behaviors of this generation. But don’t you ever say that they don’t take care of those close to them. Don’t you dare. You see, baby boomers have been the glue holding together long-term... Read more »

Raise Alzheimer’s Awareness on Your Rear End

Of your car, that is. Kudos to the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Illinois legislature for working together to raise Alzheimer’s funds and awareness at the same time. They came up with an ingenious way to do it – via specialty license plates. On August 9, the legislature passed House Bill... Read more »
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Community Care Programs in Illinois are Safe – For Now

I would guess that a slew of caregivers who read this blog know all too well the value of community-based care. If you’re not sure what that is, think of the home health care and adult day care services that have allowed your family member to live at home instead of move into a nursing... Read more »

Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Join the Illinois Action Summit on March 13

Perhaps it’s March Madness that has my adrenaline on overdrive lately, or maybe it’s due to The Sequester that has begun wreaking havoc on our nation’s seniors and caregivers (And are we really surprised that a budget agreement wasn’t reached?). Either way, I’m back on my advocacy soapbox to urge all Alzheimer’s caregivers in Chicagoland... Read more »

Act Now: Budget Cuts Could Overwhelm Caregivers and Seniors Alike

Being a lifelong student of psychology, I’ve come to a stark conclusion: Elected officials are missing the part of the brain that allows them to see the potential ripple effects of their actions. How did I arrive at this revelation? I believe it was when I started reading about the automatic federal spending cuts set... Read more »
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New Advances in Alzheimer’s Diagnosis: The Lowdown on Brain Amyloid Imaging

We’ve all heard the bleak story that the only way to absolutely be sure a person has Alzheimer’s disease is to examine the brain through autopsy. For decades, we’ve waited ever so patiently for a better way. For some people with the disease, a piece of that better way might finally be here. You may... Read more »

Chicago Psychiatrist Allegedly Prescribed Dangerous Drug to Thousands of Nursing Home Residents – Just for Kick(back)s

What? A case of fraud, kickbacks, and unethical behavior in Chicago? I’m shocked! Not really. But I am really disgusted. And pissed. I’m pissed because the victims in this alleged crime are Chicago’s very own nursing home residents – one of the most vulnerable populations in our community. You may have seen in the news... Read more »

Alzheimer’s Association Plays Key Role in Illinois General Assembly Triumphs

If you don’t usually feel very optimistic on Friday the 13th, then let this news change your tune today. Something good has sprung forth from the muck that is called the Illinois General Assembly. That’s right, something good and, dare I say, hopeful. © Illinois.gov If you care for someone with Alzheimer’s or a related... Read more »
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