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Positive 2021 New Year’s Resolutions for Chicago Caregivers

The end of one year and the start of another can be hectic, particularly for Chicago’s family caregivers. Even in an unusual and unpredictable year like 2020, these weeks are full of holiday celebrations to plan, elaborate meals to cook, gifts to buy, and so much more. It’s easy to get swept up in the hustle and bustle of the season. But, if you can, it’s also good to take some time at this time of year to take stock and really think about the past, present, and future.  […]

Making Reading Easier for the Elderly

The English writer Joseph Addison once said that, “reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” A few centuries later, the writer Neil Gaiman would say that, “a book is a dream you hold in your hands.” They were definitely onto something!  Reading is a wonderful and enriching pastime for people of all ages. Whether your choice is a fun novel or an educational nonfiction book, reading is a proven way to keep your mind sharp and help keep loneliness at bay. Unfortunately, while millions of older adults love to read, it’s not always the easiest activity [...]

Where to Enjoy a Winter Day in Chicago During COVID

With COVID-19 restrictions in place, this is sure to be a winter unlike any other — but that doesn’t mean that you need to put your fun and festive plans on ice!  Cabin fever is sure to run rampant this year, with caregivers and older adults spending more time at home due to social distancing. Fortunately, there are still plenty of outdoor and socially distanced outings to enjoy on foot or by car. Just remember to help your elderly loved ones dress appropriately for the winter weather, and pack all the supplies you may need for the day.  Looking for [...]

Chicago Charities and Local Resources Supporting the Elderly

2020 has been an unusual and difficult year. Millions of people here in Chicago and around the country have been impacted by COVID-19 and its ripple effects, in one way or another. Some have lost jobs; other essential workers and healthcare professionals have had to take on additional stress and work countless hours of overtime.  Many people have been isolated and alone for most of the year, and will have to spend the holidays apart from family and friends.  Seniors have been hit particularly hard in all of these respects. Now is a good time to give back to help [...]

Busting 7 Common Home Care Myths

Did you know that roughly 90% of adults over 65 say that they want to remain in their own home as they age, for as long as possible? Home care is one of the single best types of long-term care for seniors who want to age in place, and for all the family caregivers who could use some support.  Unfortunately, there are still many misconceptions and myths out there about home care for the elderly — and these myths are holding families here in the Chicagoland area back from truly getting the personalized care, attention, and support they deserve. Want [...]

How to Make a Kitchen Safer for the Elderly

Food is one of the most unifying and social things in our culture, and the kitchen is often the main hub of the entire household — the place where people come together to not only cook and share meals, but talk about their days, work on school assignments, and get important things done.  Here in Chicago, kitchens come in all shapes and sizes, from sprawling and modern to cute and cramped.  For older adults who are aging in place at home, the kitchen is one of the most vital rooms in the house — and it’s important to make this [...]

How to Create a Safe, Senior-Friendly Living Room

Aging in place can allow elderly adults to live independently in the comfort of their own homes —  but it’s also important to make sure that their most-used spaces are safe, accessible, and ready for their changing needs. This includes the room where so many of us love to relax, unwind, and spend quality time with family and friends: the living room.  The living room is the centerpiece of many Chicago homes. These spaces are typically large and centrally located, and people of all ages tend to use them each and every day.  Ready to help your aging loved one [...]

Quick and Healthy Snack Ideas for Seniors

For people of all ages, food is one of the biggest cornerstones of good health. Unfortunately, for older adults, eating well can be a pretty significant challenge. Many elderly adults have unique dietary needs, which can change and develop over time based on their lifestyle and their overall health. Some older adults have difficulty with chewing, swallowing, or serving themselves, which can make breakfast, lunch, and dinner feel more like chores than welcome events. As a result, many older adults and family caregivers turn to snacks as a way to help seniors get the nutrition and energy they need to [...]

How to Help a Senior Prepare Their Home for a Chicago Winter

Can you feel the chill in the air? Winter is rolling in over our hometown of Chicago  — which means it’s an important opportunity to stock up, plan ahead, and take some simple actions to help your senior loved one prepare their home for winter!  Winter Home Safety Ideas for Seniors and Caregivers Here in Chicago, we’re famous for our bitterly cold and snowy winters — and we know firsthand that the frostiest months of the year can be difficult for older adults to manage alone.  The dark and dreary weather can lead to cabin fever and feelings of isolation. [...]

How to Find Senior Deals and Discounts In Chicago

Growing older definitely comes with perks — including wisdom, experience, and the ability to slow down and enjoy life on your terms. To help make your golden years even greater, Chicago seniors can take advantage of impressive discounts and deals on everything from movie tickets, to meals, to museums.  Many local and national businesses offer special savings to adults of a certain age; some actually start offering benefits and price reductions to people as young as 55! These discounts are a great way to enjoy the freedom and flexibility that come with aging in place, while making the most of [...]

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