Lifecare Innovations Newsletter
June 2012

Posted: June 1, 2012 9:24 pm

Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Events and Engagements 

Date: 06/21/2012
Topic: Hoarding: When Stuff Takes Over a Life
Sponsor: First National Bank of LaGrange
Location/Time: First National Bank of LaGrange, 620 W. Burlington Ave., LaGrange, IL 60525/6:00pm-8:00pm

I’ve Lost My Keys, Burned My Dinner, and Forgotten Your Name: Recognizing and Responding When Decisional Capacity has Waned
Elderwerks and St. Joseph’s Hospital
St. Joseph’s Hospital, 2900 N. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60657/12:00 pm-1:00pm

The Caregiver is Drunk and Other Stories:
Auditing Care to Protect Both Client and Trust

“What do you want?”

We would learn rather quickly that this was Jane’s standard greeting.  At the age of 84, her tolerance for small talk had been replaced with terse comments and plain-spoken sarcasm.

What we wanted, standing there at the door of her suburban home that day, was to audit her care.  Jane had just resigned as her own trustee and her bank had taken over as successor.  Not entirely certain that Jane’s level of care was still appropriate, the bank asked us to assess her overall wellbeing, care needs and living environment.

Jane stood before us wearing only a too-small t-shirt and an adult diaper.  Behind her we could see dusty piles of books and papers on the floor, and magnificent cobwebs hanging like shredded drapes from the ceiling.  Extended Article

The MetLife Study on Baby Boomers Transitioning into Retirement:
Worries, Trends, and The Need to Plan

The MetLife Mature Market Institute initiated a series of studies to examine the Baby Boomer cohort in 2007.  Baby Boomers, meaning those born between the years 1946 and 1964, are a significant demographic due to sheer numbers and, now, because they are reaching retirement age.  Much has changed during the Baby Boomer lifespan, particularly with regard to the manner and timing of retirement, the number of years that retirement period might encompass and the degree of perceived certainty where financial resources are concerned.   Where their parents may have had solid pensions and few worries about Social Security, those contemplating retirement today are thinking about whether or not to continue working longer than planned, to what degree they can count on the government, and just how long their money might last. Extended Article


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder leading to Hazards of Health and Home
A Case Study on Hoarding

“Elaine” is a 90-year-old woman who had lived alone for over 15 years in her trendy two story town home in an upscale Chicago neighborhood. She was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder that manifested as a need for her to keep, or “hoard,” all of her garbage. Her need to keep trash was so intense that she actually collected and hoarded the trash from her neighbors when they set it out. Over time, her home literally filled up with rubbish. In addition to creating a tremendous odor, the home became very attractive to rodents, which moved in, in very large numbers. Extended Article


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