Lifecare Innovations Newsletter
January 2012

Posted: February 10, 2012 10:17 pm

Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Events and Engagements

Date: 01/12/2012
Topic:  The Hoarding Dilemma
Speaker: Martha Kern, Director of Marketing
Sponsor: Hanover Township Senior Services
Location/Time: Hanover Township Office of Community Health, 240 S. Illinois Route 59, Bartlett, IL 60103, 11:00am-12:00pm
Contact/Registration:email Jenn Busche or email
Topic: Oh No! I Need a Lawyer Now!!- Crossroads of Care
Speaker: Shay Jacobson, RN, MA, NMG, President of Lifecare Innovations Inc., Ben A. Neiburger, Neiburger Law Ltd.
 Location/Time: UBS Tower, 1 North Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606
Contact/Registration:  Larry A. Small, or email
CEU: Provided through the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education
Click for full Lecture Schedule….  

Life Care Planning – The Facts of Life

Ben Neiburger, JD, CPA
Shay Jacobson RN, MA, NMG

Trends in the Practice of Elder Law

We are finding two fact patterns converging: baby boomers are aging and medical care is continuing to evolve – expanding the length of life. At the intersection, we find the "New Age Old," a population that is living longer with more conditions. As the baby boomers age, there will be a large segment of our population for whom chronic conditions become a fact of life. We used to call these people elderly, but we know that Baby Boomers will never consider themselves old no matter what is going on (Extended Article)

POLST Programs: What They Are and Why You’ll Be Hearing More About Them

POLST programs represent an emerging trend in the United States to improve care in patients with advanced illnesses. The acronym itself stands for: Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. These programs are designed to augment existing tools for clarifying treatment wishes, such as advance directives and do-not-resuscitate orders, and originate with physicians. The purpose is to devise a document that travels with the patient and is an actionable medical order that will be recognized and respected in various treatment settings.
The AARP Public Policy Research Institute recently published a synopsis of this concept, summarized herein. (Extended Article) 

When Dementia Hits the Pocketbook

By Rick Law, Lead Attorney, Law Elder Law

The following article originally appeared in the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Illinois Chapter Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 1, in Fall, 2011. It is with the kind permission of the author, Attorney Rick Law, and the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Illinois that we reprint this article about some of the practical and financial repercussions of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and how best to prepare for the future when that diagnosis is initially rendered. (Extended Article)

Caregiver Burnout: Recognizing When It’s Time to Get Help

Caregivers often don’t recognize when they are in over their heads, and frequently get to a breaking point.  After a prolonged period of time, caregiving can become too difficult to endure any longer.  Short-term, the caregiver can handle it.  Long-term, outside help is needed.
A typical pattern with an overloaded caregiver may unfold as follows: (Extended Article)


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