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Five Questions About Long-Term Care

What is long-term care? Long-term care refers to the ongoing services and support needed by people who have chronic health conditions or disabilities. There are three levels of long-term care: Skilled care: Generally round-the-clock care that’s given by professional health care providers such as nurses, therapists, or aides under a doctor’s supervision. Intermediate care: Also […]

Let’s Talk Part 1 of a 2 part series.

By Karen McCoy, Marketing Consultant, Ridgecrest Village Older adults and their adult children rarely discuss key aging issues. Only one in three seniors report discussing health topics regularly with their kids and even fewer have discussed long-term care options with each other. Fewer than one in five have discussed life insurance or wills. We can’t […]

Is Assisted Living for Me?

By Allison Fisher, Community Relations Director, Welbrook at Bloomington Making the decision to move into an assisted living community can be a challenging family experience. You may ask yourself, “When is the right time?” or think, “I do not need any assistance right now, but I am not comfortable staying at home any longer.” People […]

Helpful Tips for Dealing With Stress

By Jennie Pettett, Country Comfort Retirement Homes It is important to manage stress levels as it can cause havoc on your emotional and physical wellbeing. Stress can narrow your ability to think clearly, function effectively, and simply enjoy life. Practicing effective stress management can help you break the hold stress can have on your life, […]

East Coast Artist Legacy Lives On

Story told by Mark Nickerson Transcribed by Cliodhna Joyce-Daly, Content Production Specialist, Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter She was truly a captivating artist,” Peoria resident Mark Nickerson said as he highlighted his mother’s artistic passion and flare. “Her colors, textures, and style completely enthralled viewers into her work.” The New York native’s mother, Juliet Holland, was […]

The 5 Most Important Ages for Retirement Planning

By Dennis Kagel, ChFC, Chartered Financial Consultant There’s a significance to certain age milestones as they pertain to planning for a sound retirement financially. The following five ages are especially important because of retirement plan contribution limits, withdrawal rights and requirements, and federal government benefits. Age 50 — Once you reach age 50 you can […]

The People in My Neighborhood

How SAIDO Learning Is Improving Memory Care  at Lutheran Hillside Village  By Janet Muhm, Lutheran Senior Services The Memory Care neighborhood at Lutheran Hillside Village (LHV) truly is a neighborhood. Its main gathering space is flanked by a general store, a dress-up station, and a staged office environment. Dining and sitting areas are neatly defined […]

Six Common Ways to Maximize Value and Minimize Expenses

By Dana VanGilder, SOS Property Transition Services Are you thinking about moving from your three-bedroom home of 20 or more years to a condo? Are your parents planning to move to a retirement community soon and your chest tightens every time you visit at the overwhelming prospect of sorting through all their belongings? Maybe you […]

Assisted Living Communities Benefit Residents Following Loss of Loved Ones

By Darla Price Heath, Philanthropy and Volunteer Engagement Director, Meadows Communities  and Jeff Heath, Community Outreach Director, East Lawn Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home The days after experiencing the loss of a loved one are filled with a flurry of activity and decisions. Family and friends need to be notified, and there are decisions regarding […]

Supportive Living Illinois A Closer Look

Submitted by Heritage Woods of Moline Where can seniors and persons with disabilities turn when living at home becomes… Difficult? Isolating? Dangerous? They can turn to supportive living! Supportive living is here for seniors and persons with disabilities when… They require help at a price they can afford Skilled nursing provides “too” much care and […]