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14 Safe & Fun Valentine’s Day Activities for Chicago Seniors

Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to show your love to the people who matter most! Here in Chicagoland, this holiday is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the older adults in your life — by giving gifts, sending a card, or spending some quality time together.  How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day With the Elderly Because the coronavirus is still spreading, your traditional Valentine’s Day plans may not be doable this year.  Fortunately, there are all sorts of ways to celebrate this special holiday with the seniors in your life from the comfort and safety of home! Here are 14 ideas for [...]

Illinois COVID Vaccine Rollout: What Seniors Need to Know

When will you be able to get the COVID vaccine if you live in Cook County, Illinois? Where can you go to get updates and more information about vaccine distribution as it becomes available?  At Companions for Seniors, we know how important it is to be able to get reliable, accurate information in this uncertain time.  Here, we’ve gathered local resources that can help you understand more about the vaccine rollout in Illinois, and where you can go for answers. “When Will I Be Able to Get the COVID Vaccine?” The vaccine is being distributed in phases, following guidelines from [...]

Online Chicago Food Delivery Choices for Seniors & Busy Caregivers

Where can you turn when you want to provide your elderly loved one with a warm, tasty meal — but don’t have the time or energy to cook? Online food delivery services can be a wonderful option for seniors and busy caregivers in Chicago.  Ordering in can help provide leftovers that last for days, helping older adults avoid hunger and malnutrition. Ordering in is also a great way to help homebound seniors stay connected to their community, helping them enjoy their favorite dishes from beloved local restaurants in the comfort and safety of home.  Meal delivery has become even more [...]

Can Illinois Seniors Use VA Benefits to Pay for Long-Term Care?

The brave men and women who served our country with honor and dedication deserve only the best, especially as they grow older. Fortunately, Illinois veterans are eligible to use their Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits to pay for the costs of long-term care.  What Is Long-Term Care? The National Institute on Aging (NIA) describes long-term care as: “… a variety of services designed to meet a person’s health or personal care needs during a short or long period of time. Long-term care services help people live as independently and safely as possible when they can no longer perform everyday [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

How to Set Up a Senior-Friendly Dining Room In Your Chicago Home

With Thanksgiving coming up, all of us at Companions for Seniors are reflecting on the vital importance of the dining room. Here in Chicago, this is a space where people come together to celebrate, to discuss their day, and to enjoy tasty and nourishing meals.  For seniors, this room is particularly important. During the holidays and all year long, older adults benefit enormously from being able to share meals with family, friends, or companions. Studies have shown that older adults who share meals tend to make healthier choices, enjoy the food more, and enjoy better overall nutrition.  Enjoying shared meals [...]

Holiday Scams and Fraud 2020: What Seniors Need to Know

2020 has been an unusual year, to say the least — and the holiday season will be no different! Online giving has been growing year over year. And with more people staying home due to COVID-19 restrictions, virtual shopping and donating are sure to be more popular than ever this winter. Unfortunately, that means more people will be vulnerable to the very real threat of holiday scams and fraud — especially Chicago-area seniors.  […]

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