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  • Illinois’ Long Term Care Scorecard

    Illinois long term care has been ranked at about number 24 out of the 50 United States on a number of dimensions by AARP, The Commonwealth Fund and The Scan Foundation.  So, does that mean that Illinois’ long term...

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  • Four Tips for Making Long Distance Caregiving Work

    With a lot of talk these days about children moving back in with parents and intergenerational homes, it is easy to overlook the huge growth in “distance caregiving” in America.  In 1997 the number of distance caregivers – family...

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  • Three Ways to Advocate for Elders

    Everyone who is a caregiver to an elder or other person with special needs has to be an advocate also.  In my first blog posting, I spoke about what a geriatric care manager does on behalf of the elder...

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  • Five Things to Know about Kidney Disease

    It’s a disease that affects about 26 million Americans.  If untreated it will kill these people.  And more than a third of patients who have been diagnosed with it and counseled about it do not even know they have...

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  • Not Just Dementia

    I have written in earlier blog postings about dementia: “preventing” Alzheimer’s Disease, Alzheimer’s from the inside out,  maternal genetic links to Alzheimer’s, and women’s predisposition to Alzheimer’s.  I would like to share some research that shows dementia to be...

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  • Caregiver Training and Certification

    In my experience as a geriatric care manager, I field a lot of questions from people who are suddenly faced with caring for an older parent or spouse.  For people who become caregivers overnight after a parent has a...

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  • AARP’s Annual Report on Family Caregiving

    In many of my postings on family caregivers I have talked about the really hard job of caring for an older adult or someone else with special needs.  At the personal level it truly is an enormous responsibility with...

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  • Prescription Drug Risks for Elders-part 3

    In my past two blog postings I have talked about some recent warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that concern me as a geriatric care manager, and they should concern caregivers and the elders in their charge...

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