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In Case You Missed It: Aging Friendly City

We had a great Chicago Bridge educational event on Wednesday! Joyce Gallagher, the Executive Director of the City of Chicago Area Agency on Aging, provided some wonderful background into the Age Friendly movement and then delved deeper into the successes in Chicago. Four neighborhoods have instituted the Age Friendly model with a grass roots effort […]

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In Case You Missed It: Older Adults & Immigration

Last week the Chicago Bridge, in collaboration with Rush University and the Continuing Education Institute of Illinois, hosted a panel discussion on Older Adults & Immigration. The panel participants, Padraic Stanley, MSW of Rush University’s Heath & Aging Department, Yadira Montoya, MSPH of Rush University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center and Adela Carlin, J.D. of the Legal […]

Hospice Nurse’s Facebook Video Goes Viral

By Daniel Gaitan (Life Matters Media) An Ohio hospice nurse’s video message on life and death has gone viral, garnering hundreds of thousands of views this summer. After her shift at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in July, Rebecca Turley was inspired to pull over, take out her phone and offer her feelings on Facebook. Read […]

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Get Involved !

Are you looking to get involved in a rapidly growing network of emerging professionals in the field of aging? Check out all the ways you can get involved today! 1. Become a member ! Click here to apply. 2. Attend Events 3. Write a Blog  4. Contribute to the Google Group 5. Join the Mentorship […]

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Elderly with no nearby family to help them need safety net, experts say

Nara SchoenbergContact Reporter Chicago Tribune The brother and sister, both unmarried, childless and in their 80s, had been fending for themselves in their Vernon Hills home: avoiding neighbors, ordering groceries, skipping doctors’ appointments. “They lived in a home that was like something out of the reality show ‘Hoarders,’” says professional patient advocate Teri Dreher, who was […]

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Fewer Advanced Alzheimer’s Patients on Feeding Tubes

Practice dropped by half over past 15 years, study reports By Kathleen Doheny from healthday.com HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The use of feeding tubes for nursing home patients with advanced dementia — a practice increasingly discouraged by some national organizations — is declining, a new study finds. One Alzheimer’s expert who […]

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Alzhiemer’s Patients Keep Spark Alive by Sharing Stories

By Jane E. Brody at the New York Times Can you keep the love shining after your partner’s brain has begun to dim? Just ask Denise Tompkins of Naperville, Ill., married 36 years to John, now 69, who has Alzhiemer’s disease. The Tompkinses participated in an unusual eight-week storytelling workshop at Northwestern University that is […]

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Period Pain Drug Cures Symptoms In Mice, New Research Shows

BY SEERAT CHABBA @ International Business Times The incurable Alzheimer’s disease may now have a cure. A new research by the University of Manchester shows that the most common form of dementia can be fully cured with an anti-inflammatory drug, commonly used for period pain. Almost 7.5 million new cases of Alzheimer’s — a disease that causes […]