26Jan, 2017

Law and Order: complex issues of financial planning for the elderly

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Aging is not optional. While we can never really be prepared for all the physical and cognitive changes that may come our way, it is possible, and highly advisable, to prepare financially. Helping loved ones cope with the many challenges of aging is frustrating, and facing tough conversations about the complex issues of financial planning is daunting. Broach the subject in small increments. As our parents transition from their working years into retirement and beyond, there is a broad spectrum of issues and decisions that come into focus. At this juncture, our loved ones may be […]
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19Jan, 2017

When to Consider a Live-In Caregiver

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As a loved one grows older, their need for a caregiver grows exponentially. After all, any person who experiences a loss of one or more of the senses or difficulty remembering things is going to need a bit of help navigating day-to-day life. Fortunately, there are options out there for our elderly friends and family.  One option is to visit your senior family member yourself—or bring in a caregiver a few days a week—to help with errands, showering, and other tasks that may be made more difficult by increasing age […]
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13Jan, 2017

Popular Events and Activities for Seniors Living in the Greater Chicago Area

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Sometimes, older people can easily become depressed because they fail to engage with their peers or don’t take advantage of the various programs offered in their communities. Thanks to the many activities available to today’s seniors, there’s no need for them to be bored and lose interest in life. This is especially the case for Chicago’s seniors. If you’re a senior citizen, here are some popular events and activities for seniors living in the Greater Chicago area that can keep you active, healthy, fit and entertained. Senior Social Club One of […]
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12Jan, 2017

Navigating Health Care Services When You Have Diabetes Doesn’t Have to Be Tough

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Being diagnosed with diabetes can be a shock to more than just one’s system. It can greatly affect the wallet as well. And we’re here to tell you, navigating health care services when you have diabetes isn’t easy but it is possible. To help the newly diagnosed find their way, we wanted to share a few insights on making insurance plans, system programs, services and medications work. Let’s begin with a brief overview of insurance options: What about Insurance Plans? Illinois residents have access to a variety of federal, state and […]
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9Jan, 2017

Nutrition and Exercise for Seniors is Imperative to Healthy Aging

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The human body adjusts itself to accommodate many things such as age. Body fat is redistributed, lean muscle mass disappears due to cell loss with age, and weight is gained or lost due to age. We’ve all seen tall thin men and short round female elders. Not all are like that, but there’s a reason some are. Fat is redistributed around the organs at the same time bone loss is dictating height loss, at least in women. There’s a reason it’s called “middle-age spread”. Muscle strength is lost, oxygen intake […]
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6Jan, 2017

The Aging Population Relies on Different Types of Adult Care Providers

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We live in an increasingly mobile society, and our oldest generations are living longer than ever before. As we start to think about our own retirement, perhaps somewhere between the ages of 50 and 67, we’re still dealing with aging parents, many of whom have been retired for decades and have outlasted their own retirement savings. They can become permanent fixtures in our households, but we may have trouble giving them the right level of care. Think About the Services That Your Loved One Needs  If you’re approaching retirement and […]
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5Jan, 2017

A Cultured Day Out for Seniors in Illinois

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Everyone enjoys getting dressed up and heading out and about from time to time, and seniors are no exception. There’s just something magical about putting on your Sunday best and going out on the town, and there’s absolutely no reason your elderly loved ones can’t join the fun too. If you find that a senior in your life is feeling down in the dumps and you think they may be suffering from depression, the first thing to do is try lifting their spirits. What better way to do that than […]
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5Jan, 2017

Essential Apps for Families of Seniors

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As your loved ones grow older, you may find yourself needing to spend more and more time and energy caring for them. While it is wonderful to spend more time with our aging family, caring for them can also be quite a stressful burden. This is especially true if you do not have the resources or information you need to take care of your loved ones effectively. For many, this is the point when they turn to an in-home caregiver. However, while an in-home caregiver can remove much of the burden […]
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4Jan, 2017

Is long-term care insurance in your future?

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Today, only 8% of the 70 million “baby-boomers” (those born between 1946 and 1964) have long-term care insurance. The reality is, by 2026, a large percentage will be facing their new reality; the need for some form of supportive assistance. Whether the need is physical care, social interaction, transportation or housing, the services required are indeed,long-term care. The cost of long-term care  In a 2016 “cost of care” survey reported by Genworth Financial, the monthly costs of caregiving services are sobering. Employing a home health caregiver will average just over $3800.00, while a […]
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