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When is Inpatient Rehabilitation Care Needed for Older Adults? »

Temporarily living in a rehabilitation center after a fall or trauma has become a favorable situation for older adults. This residential setting can be more convenient and less cumbersome than traveling to and from a rehabilitation center for appointments - especially if the injury is orthopedic in nature and traveling to appointments risks re-injury. Many hospitals, nursing and assisted living residences offer inpatient facilities. You might think that being away from home in an unfamiliar ...  

World Alzheimer’s Month - Can We Reduce the Risk? »

This September, we are observing the third annual World Alzheimer’s Month, an observance designed to raise awareness and challenge stigma surrounding this illness on a global scale. Alzheimer’s disease affects an estimated 5.2 million Americans and is the leading cause of dementia in older adults. Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there are ways you may be able to reduce the risk of developing dementia by keeping your brain healthy. As we age, it becomes increasingly importa...  

Where to get your flu shot in Chicago »

With flu season rapidly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about getting vaccinated. Are you at risk for catching the flu? The Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium reports that every year, between 5% and 20% of the U.S. population contracts the flu. What’s more, 200,000 people are hospitalized and 36,000 die from complications ever year. The risk for contracting the flu and experiencing more serious complications increases for at-risk populations, including seniors, people with ...  

When Grandparents Should Stay Away from the Grandkids »

Many older adults suffer from flare ups of the irritating virus called Varicella-Zoster, otherwise known as shingles. Irritating as it may be, shingles is not contagious to most adults because the majority of them have had chickenpox. However, children are at a higher risk for contracting the virus. If your grandchildren have yet to endure the experience of midnight oatmeal baths and sleeping with oven mitts to tame the spotted, itchy miserableness that is chickenpox, then you should avoid co...  

When are Retail Health Clinics the Best Option for Health Care? »

Convenient care clinics – walk-in clinics that are located in places like drugstores and grocery stores – can be a great option if you need to receive treatment for minor illnesses or preventative health care. With clinics popping up at retailers across the country, such as Walgreens, CVS and Target, you may be wondering if they are worth visiting. Services offered by retail health clinics According to the Washington Post, retail walk-in clinics treat a variety of non-life-threatening but f...  

Stay Healthy and Active with Up-to-Date Immunizations »

Although people often talk about vaccinations in reference to babies and young children, the truth is that staying up-to-date on immunizations is important at all stages of life. Immunizations are crucial to staying healthy as an older adult, and as this month is National Immunization Awareness Month, it’s a great time to make sure you’re staying on top of your immunization needs. Why are vaccines important to seniors? Immunizations can improve your quality of life by protecting your body...  

Governor Quinn Signs Senior-Focused Laws into Effect at Wesley Place »

Earlier this week one of our facilities, Wesley Place, had the pleasure of hosting Governor Pat Quinn as he signed two new laws that protect seniors and vulnerable adults. Video credit: The Office of Governor Quinn As CMSS residents, members of the media and fellow elected officials looked on, Governor Quinn revealed his personal experience in witnessing changes to the rights of senior citizens in his lifetime. The new laws ensure that complaints about managed care facilities can be filed...  

How to Make Flying with Seniors a Breeze »

Traveling with your loved ones is one of the most special ways to spend time together. Certain aspects of traveling with older adults, including flying, can present unique challenges in your journey. In order to make travel a breeze, we suggest the following tips. Request special airport services in advance With advanced planning, a trip to the airport can be made much easier with special services provided by airports and airlines. The New York Times explains that wheelchairs should be req...  

How to Make Your Next Move More Manageable »

Moving is an exciting yet challenging transition, as almost any person can tell you. Who hasn’t experienced a wide array of emotions before, during and after the process? Moving can be a daunting task, even under the best conditions, and making a move later in life can be even more stressful. If you are helping an older adult transition from one living space to another, these tips can help make the experience more manageable. Start early and slowly, with more time set aside than you think ...  

Surviving Family Reunions »

Family reunions are the perfect time to announce big news, celebrate wins and share your losses with the people you love the most. They can also be quite stressful. If you feel a mix of excitement and anxiety when you see the date getting closer on your calendar, you're not alone. There are a few things you can do to set yourself up for more good times than bad. Designate (or hire) a photographer How many different directions are people looking in every picture you snapped at the last reu...  

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