Want To Care For Others? Take Care of Yourself.

May 28, 2012 § 2 Comments

Last week I came across a quote on Twitter from Dr. Andy Baldwin (@DrAndyBaldwin). He said, “Sometimes the best way to take care of the people you love is to take care of yourself.” I thought this was especially true for people who are caretakers of an elderly loved one. It is far too common for me to hear stories of caregivers who actually end up sick and incapacitated or even pass away before the person they were caring for.

It seems like there are new resources popping up all the time, so I’ve listed some tips and tools that I have recently come across. All can be useful ways to help prevent caregiver burnout and promote healthy living. « Read the rest of this entry »

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How To Plan For Your Elder Years

May 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

If we were to ask an someone what their most important concerns for aging are, we might get answers like maintaining good health, retaining independence and having enough money.

To address these concerns or wishes and maintain the quality of life wanted in your elder years, it is necessary to do some preplanning.  While many of us prepare for unexpected happenings by purchasing health or property insurance, there is one often overlooked life event that many people overlook and that is the need for long term care in our later years. « Read the rest of this entry »

Illinois Attempts to Make Drastic Cuts to Medicaid

May 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Illinois lawmakers are currently in the process of putting together budget bill for the State of Illinois.  As part of this, the Illinois Department of Human Services is negotiating with lawmakers to make an end-run around the Administrative process by instituting draconian cuts to the Medicaid program through the budget process.  While cuts and revenue enhancements are needed everywhere in the Illinois budget, some of the proposed changes by DHS are truly draconian and will adversely effect Seniors around the State. « Read the rest of this entry »

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