When a loved one can no longer safely life independently, families on Chicago’s North Shore often come up with the solution of a shared household. This can be beneficial financially to all parties and to the well-being of someone who may have been feeling lonely. There are an estimated 43.5 million family caregivers in the…Details
Award-winning journalist and author Megan Feldman Bettencourt spoke with us about her new book, “Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World” and the role of forgiveness in family caregiving. In a 2014 TedX talk, Ms. Bettencourt explained what it means to forgive. The dictionary definition of forgive is “to give up resentment.” “I’m…Details
Brenda Avadian is an experienced family caregiver and author of nine books, including “Finding the JOY in Alzheimer’s: Caregivers Share the JOYFUL Times,” and an award-winning speaker. She is the founder of The Caregiver’s Voice, a website devoted to helping caregivers for people with dementia gain knowledge and strength with humor.
Residents of Chicago’s North and Near North Side are finding that berries of all kinds make a perfect summer snack—they are in season, keep well for outings, can be eaten frozen, fresh, or baked, and are loaded with beneficial nutrients. Check out the local farmer’s markets in the North Shore communities to get fresh berries…Details
Many residents of Chicago’s North Shore are members of the “sandwich generation”. According to the Pew Research Center, the percentage of adults between ages 40 to 59 who are “sandwiched” between caring for their own children and elder parents is growing. In 2005 45% of adults in this age bracket found themselves in the middle…Details
So you’ve never been an athlete. Chicago IL offers various ways to stay fit or get fit in the water at every age.
As part of our continuing education program, Homewatch CareGivers Chicago North holds quarterly in-services for our caregivers – exploring various topics of discussion that may help to improve their skills when working with their clients.Details
Are you playing enough? Chances are that if you are out of elementary school, you might not be playing as much as you should, some experts believe. There are many different kinds of play that can be enjoyed at any age and have benefits throughout life, according to experts who study play and its effects…Details
There are a lot of uncertainties after a diagnosis of dementia—for the individual living with the disease and for their family. Yet experts advise staying engaged with life during the early stages of dementia and then keeping someone with dementia engaged as the disease progresses. As a person’s ability to recognize their loved ones recedes…Details
Everyone experiences stress at some point in their life, but what is stress? And why does it impact well-being? Stress has been defined as “the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change.” This can also include how the body adapts—positively or negatively—to demands. There is both good and bad stress and both…Details