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The Discharge Planning Checklist for Family Members »

It’s such a relief when a loved one is able to end their hospital stay. With all of the stress that comes along with worrying about the wellbeing of your loved one, it’s easy to forget to properly plan for your family member’s discharge should they be transitioning into a rehabilitation program. With a bit of advanced planning, you can be confident that the transition from hospital to rehabilitation program is smooth and stress-free. Keep the following checklist handy so you don’t miss any st...  

Taking care of your skin »

Did you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States? And the main way of getting this disease is through ultraviolet rays from the sun. While a little Vitamin D from the sun is good for us, too much exposure can be extremely harmful to our bodies. In fact, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of their lifetime, so taking care of your skin is not something to take lightly. Although outdoor activities are great for the body and mind, i...  

Rainy Day Activity: Track Your Family Tree »

If you’ve ever wanted to track your family history, you’ve likely been overwhelmed by the number of resources available to you. A quick Google search presents an overwhelming number of websites that offer the ability to trace your lineage. How do you even figure out where to start? Gathering Identifying Information Before you start digging around on the internet, start by digging through your own home. What documents do you have that provide identifying information about your relatives? T...  

How to Keep Older Loved Ones Safe in Hot Temperatures »

 As we age, our body’s ability to cool down becomes less efficient. So when temperatures start to climb, older adults run a higher risk of overheating. Decreased blood circulation, certain medications, under active sweat glands and changes in the skin can all play a role. So how can you help keep your older loved ones safe in hot temperatures? An important first step is learning about the signs and symptoms that their body temperature has reached the point of becoming a risk for their heal...  

10 Ways to Spend Time with Grandparents and Older Adults This Summer »

With Chicago’s long, cold winter finally at an end, you’re probably figuring out the best ways to enjoy our few short months of warm weather. Summer in Chicago is all about exploring the city, going to events and taking in the sunshine. Are you looking for ways to enjoy the summer with your grandparent, parent or other older adult in your life? Here are 10 things to do this summer that you’ll both love. Adler Planetarium The Adler Planetarium is a perfect destination for those summer day...  

5 Smart Ways to Take Care of Your Mental Health as you Age »

Just as everyone fits into a spectrum of physical health, mental health has a spectrum as well. Identifying symptoms early can make it easier to treat and prevent more serious issues. Even if you aren’t diagnosed with a mental illness, your thoughts, emotions and attitude affect your energy, productivity and overall health. It’s imperative to take care of your mental health as you age in order to strengthen your ability to cope with everyday hassles as well as more serious crises and challe...  

Three Reasons to Screen Your Mental Health Regularly »

Most of us have participated in annual physical checkups, allowing our doctors to check on various aspects of our health, like our blood pressure or weight. This is an important way to determine the quality of our health and help us make improvements as needed. Equally as important as our physical health – though much more often ignored – is our mental health. The National Alliance on Mental Illness has found that the average delay between when mental illness symptoms first appear and interv...  

How to talk to your doctor about your mental health »

Talking to your doctor about your mental health can be tough. The topic isn’t easy to bring up, but as you age, it will become increasingly important to discuss. In 2013, the World Health Organization found that approximately 15% of adults over the age of 60 suffer from a mental health disorder. You have the power to take care of yourself by taking action and proactively having conversations about your mental health with your doctor. Here are a few ideas for making mental health discussio...  

Four Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness to Watch for in Older Adults »

Mental illness is a common, though often ignored, malady in older adults. The World Health Organization found that, as of 2013, approximately 15% of adults over the age of 60 suffer from a mental disorder. Unfortunately, many people confuse symptoms of mental illness with normal signs of aging.   Mental illnesses are diseases that cause mild-to-severe disturbances in thought and/or behavior, resulting in an inability to cope with life’s ordinary demands or routines.  Common mental illnesses ...  

How to Talk to Your Parents About Their End of Life Plans »

For many people, discussing end of life plans can be uncomfortable and even scary. However, adopting a sense of openness today creates certainty and ensures that when the time comes, you can take the proper steps to carry out the intent and wishes of your loved ones. These conversations should encompass the preparation of advance directives including a living will, as well as estate planning and any other concerns specific to your family. Advance directives also ensure that the person faci...  

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