Archive for March 2014

Virtual Senior Center Helps Isolated Elders Stay Connected

If you are caring for someone who lives alone or is isolated due to health and mobility challenges, I encourage you to look into this innovative program. CJE Senior Life – an organization providing a wide range of high quality senior services to Chicagoland for over 40 years – has introduced its Virtual Senior Center... Read more »

5 Things Caregivers Can Learn From March Madness

Although I grew up surrounded by basketball, I’ve only filled out two March Madness brackets in my life. The first time – about 7 years ago – I had my dog make my picks. This year, I turned to my dad for assistance. So while I’m no expert on picking winners, I’ve certainly seen my... Read more »

When Alzheimer’s Hits Home: Six Ways to Help Kids and Teens

We often talk about the impact of Alzheimer’s on the person with the disease, on the caregiver, and on “family members.” But couched within that language is the assumption that we’re only talking about adults. What about the kids and teens who have a parent, grandparent, or other relative with Alzheimer’s disease? They are likely... Read more »

Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Raise Your Voice at the Illinois Action Summit on April 2

As I listen to birds singing outside my office window for the first time in what feels like an eternity, I am filled with hope for positive change and making things anew. Perhaps this is why I think that 2014 is the best year yet for Alzheimer’s caregivers in Illinois to raise their voice at... Read more »

Village for Those with Dementia Shines with Dignity

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Perhaps it takes a village to care for a person with dementia too. Imagine a place where people with dementia could live with freedom yet safety; independence yet supervision; consistency amid inevitable change. Sound too good to be true? That’s because it only exists in... Read more »