November 2014 Newsletter: Home for the Holidays, How are Mom and Dad Doing

Posted: December 1, 2014 5:37 pm

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Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Events and Engagements

Date: 12/03/14
Topic: Emergency! How to Re-Route Frequent Flyers Who Chronically Depend on 911 for Non-Emergency Care
Sponsor: Pathway Senior Living  
Location/Time: Alexian Village, 975 Martha St, Elk Grove, IL / 8:00 AM-9:30 AM  
Contact/Registration: email contactus@lcius.com for more information

Date: 12/04/14  
Topic: When Stuff Takes Over a Life: The Hoarding Dilemma 
Sponsor: Bickford Assisted Living
Location: Bickford of Rockford, 960 N Mulford Rd, Rockford, IL / 5:00-6:00 PM  
Contact/Registration: email contactus@lcius.com for more information  

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Home for the Holidays:
How are Mom and Dad Really Doing?

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Shay Jacobson, RN, MA, NMG, LNCC, CNLCP   

Martha Kern 

         

Many of us will be making the trek home to visit family for the holidays.  These holiday excursions represent important opportunities to see how the elders in our families are really doing. They always sound pretty good on the phone, but seeing how they live, how they keep the house, how they look, walk, and work through their daily routine, sometimes offers a new perspective on just how functional they are.

Our parents, perhaps owing to pride or fear or a hope that the situation will pass, may be prone to keeping small lapses and new deficiencies under wraps.

There are signs, however, that care is needed. In cases where care is already provided, there are signs that the care may not be of the right variety or size.  The possible scenarios in which these signs are offered are endless, but here are examples of the ways your loved ones might be showing you that they need more – or different – help:

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Let’s Talk Turkey

Talking about end of life issues with a parent can be an extremely difficult discussion. However, maintaining dignity at the end of life is the most precious gift we can give to someone we love.

We understand that starting the conversation is difficult. So, together with Generation Law, we’ve come up with a number of “conversation starters” you can employ to get things started while everyone is gathered for Thanksgiving.

These don’t have to be the script for every instance. So modify them so they apply to your own family’s history.

And share this document with friends and other relatives so the conversation continues. Continue Reading

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#Thinksgiving — Measure Your Readiness for the Challenges Ahead

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As the holidays approach and families gather, we are again reminded that dynamics and abilities change over time. We may see relatives who once lead the family, but now struggle to keep up. It’s important to recognize these changes and, of course, to prepare for them. Toward this goal, Generation Law and Lifecare Innovations have developed a survey to provoke thought and encourage planning. Gauge your readiness, and share this survey with friends who are beginning to feel the pressures of caring for aging parents.

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Click here to take the survey

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Oh, the Places We’ve Been

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The Fall season always offers a variety of events, speaking opportunities and other professional gatherings. October and November found us at the Advocate Charitable Foundation and Northern Trust Advisor Breakfast, the Tenth Annual IICLE Elder Law Short Course at the Lisle Hilton, and at the beautiful Knollwood Country Club in Lake Forest where we sponsored the annual Lake County Bar AssociationTrust and Estates Seminar. Here are a handful of pictures commemorating a month of education and networking:

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