November 2016 Newsletter

Posted: November 21, 2016 5:17 pm
Mark Your Calendars

Date: 12/6/16 – NON CEU
Topic: My Life is a Struggle But I Don’t Want Help: Senior Resistance to Change and Care
Sponsor: Arden Courts
Location/Time: Arden Courts Northbrook, 3240 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook, IL / 5:30-7:00 PM
Contact/Registration: email 

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Games People Play:
When Virtual Reality Crosses Paths with
Mental Illness 

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

Katrina was living in an alternate world.

There, in an online fantasy game environment, she was powerful. She had control over her own life and those of others. Success in this world was fully achievable for her, and it felt so good to win.

In this alternate world, Katrina was not mentally ill or depressed, and there was a legitimate use for her aggressive tendencies. Where the real world failed her and offered so much disappointment, this world presented the illusion of friendship and the delicious thrill of self-determination.

The fantasy world became Katrina’s everything. But it was expensive, and she was threatening her real-world parents if they didn’t give her the money to play, all day and all night. Like the virtual enemies in the game, Katrina’s parents were the objects of her wrath, and it was a dangerous proposition for them. In the real world, Katrina’s obsession with the game was not a game at all.  Continue Reading



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Let’s Talk Turkey   


Talking about end of life issues with a parent can be an extremely difficult enterprise. We don’t want to hurt, embarrass or pressure our parents, and yet we need to know what they want.

We understand that starting the conversation is difficult. So, together with Generation Law and Elements, the cremation company, 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. Modify them so they apply to your own family’s history.  
Feel free to share this document with friends and other relatives so the conversation continues. Continue Reading



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

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. Continue Reading


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