Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. Take a moment to look into clear calm waters full of pretty waterlilies. Thank you for caring for our seniors. Remember more caregivers are needed, please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on and visit our career center for additional career tools. 


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Eli Lilly and Co. Study Results: 1 in 5 Patients Diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease Don't Have It

National Dementia Week this week sparks conversation about memory loss and the impact this is having on America's seniors.  The longer you live, the greater your chances for developing some form of memory loss.  The two go together.  But now a new survey by Eli Lilly and Company, released today, shows that not everyone who is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease actually has this form of memory loss.

Eli Lilly did the survey as a way to help promote their imaging agent, called Amyvid, and to receive Medicare approval for reimbursement of this new product.  Amyvid received U.S. market approval last year and would assist in identifying the deposits of a protein called amyloid which is one of two telltale signs of Alzheimer's disease.  The imaging test is called PET, or positron emission tomography.

Performing an autopsy has been the only way to 100% for sure identify these plaques.  The thinking is that by properly diagnosing all Alzheimer's patients, Medicare may actually save money by properly treating everyone for the right type of memory loss.  Estimates are that 7.1 million people will have Alzheimer's disease by 2025.

Someday, there could also be the possibility for everyone to be tested for Alzheimer's disease at a certain age.  The Harvard School of Public Health found that two-thirds of adults would take a predictive Alzheimer's test.

With Angelina Jolie's New York Time's editorial last week, about her decision to proactively choose to have a double mastectomy because of testing positive for the BRCA1 mutation, being able to identify Alzheimer's disease accurately could lead to more preventive treatments.

Senior caregivers working with senior's with memory loss must have special training to understand all of the dynamics of the disease.  One of the biggest challenges of Alzheimer's disease is that it progresses at a different rate in each person.  However, because of the growth in the number of individuals living longer with memory loss, the demand for caregivers continues as senior care companies hire part-time and full-time caregivers each day.  Apply for a senior caregiving job near you or refer-a-friend and be entered to win prizes weekly on Caregiverlist.







Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. This week's photo is a beautiful and serene sunset. We'd like to thank you for caring for our seniors. Remember more caregivers are needed, please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on and visit our career center for additional career tools. 


Caregiverlist Stress Relief Photo Sunset

"A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn’t feel like it."

Alistair Cook

Tina Turner, 73, Vogue Cover Girl

Senior caregiving is made so much easier when that senior is committed to aging well. Looking good and feeling good go hand in hand. As I look around the style and fashion landscape, I am heartened to find that the world is beginning to realize that beauty is not the sole domain of prepubescent youth.

Tina Turner, arguably the poster child woman for surviving with style, is the cover model on Vogue Germany’s April issue, wearing blue silk Armani and looking smoking hot. It's her first Vogue cover and the title of the piece says it all: Simply the Best. Shot by photography duo Claudia Knoepfel & Stefan Indlekofer and styled by Nicola Knels, Ms. Turner shows off her legendary gams in the fashion spread and doesn’t shy away from an extreme close up.

According to style blog Fashionista , a spokesperson for Conde Nast Germany confirmed that Turner is the oldest person ever to grace the cover of Vogue in the magazine’s 120+ year history (followed by 62-year-old Meryl Streep’s January 2012 cover.)

“My life circumstances are absolutely perfect, the condition of my soul is spiritually and mentally good. My physical condition is also very good, which is not really a surprise, since I never took drugs or smoked cigarettes. Thus, I’m physically healthy, and I’m happy!”

However, in the accompanying interview she adds, “I completed my last tour at the age of 69. I really saw it as my farewell tour. What I did on that tour was on the edge of what I physically was able to, and wanted to, do. And these short outfits, they are not how I see myself anymore at this time. So, I won’t do that anymore, I have ended it.”

Healthy aging is at the forefront of Ms. Turner’s continued success. But rather than rest on past achievements,the icon is looking forward to reinventing herself and staying very much in the cultural zeitgeist. She is just waiting for the right material — modern, but “rooted in her own musical tradition.”

What is apparent is that at 73 years of age, Tina Turner is not looking back, but looking forward, studying German and enjoying her life, in which she says she is “happier now, than she ever was”.

All images are taken by Claudia Knoepfel and Stefan Indlekofer. Copyright by Vogue Germany.


Boomer Business Summit 2013 Includes Caregiverlist on Trends, Tech & Media

Baby Boomers are aging and they are doing it differently than the generations before them.  Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are Boomers, along with Mick Jagger and Richard Branson.  This is the generation that changed the world in the 1960's with sex, love and rock-and-roll and they are now changing the face of aging.

Boomer Business Summit pulls together leaders in the senior care industry to continue the discussion and spotlight leaders in innovating new services along with government entities.

Caregiverlist's founder joins the Boomer Summit panel on Trends, Tech & Media at this year's Boomer Business Summit.

Mary Furlong founded in 1986 and in 1996 which she later sold to AOL.  Mary continues to lead and innovate online by bringing together thought leaders in senior care and participating on government councils and on company boards.

Caregiverlist provides the online resource with the daily costs of nursing homes nationwide and looks forward to continue to participate in the conversation on innovation for quality senior care.

Senior care professionals may attend the Boomer Business Summit 2013 by registering for the 1-Day event  at the Chicago Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago on March 12, 2013.

Some of the innovators in the industry will also be touring Chicago's technology incubator, 1871, the day before the event.  As the number of seniors will triple in the coming decade, and seniors continue to live longer, more technology offerings to assist with aging-in-place and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are welcomed.  

Caregiverlist will share news from the Boomer Summit with our site visitors.


Meals on Wheels Chicago Casino Night Fundraiser March 8th, 2013

Meals on Wheels brings nutritious meals directly to the doors of seniors in most cities of the U.S.A. and is one of my favorite charities because I have witnessed first hand the positive difference the service makes for seniors.

Seniors who chose to age-in-place in their own homes sometimes will be challenged by isolation from the rest of the world.  Social interactions are one of the components for health aging.  In addition to providing a healthy meal for seniors who may not be able to get out of their homes easily, the Meals on Wheels program allows seniors to have interaction with another person each day.  Seniors may "donate" money towards the meal and low-income seniors also may receive the meals at no charge as long as they qualify.

Meals on Wheels assists family members to make sure their senior loved one receives healthy meals regularly and assures a senior they will have a meal in their home, even when physical challenges prevent them from going to the grocery store.

Senior caregivers can find Meals on Wheels programs in their area through their local Area Agency on Aging.  Another service which must be paid for privately, called Mom's Meals, will deliver health meals matching dietary requirements to homes nationwide.

Chicago Meals on Wheels hosts a fundraiser on Friday.  Join in and have some fun while raising money for the Meals on Wheels program.

Meals on Wheels Chicago King of the River Casino Night

7th Annual Texas Hold'Em Tournament

Date:  Friday, March 8th, 2013

Time:  6:30 p.m. to Midnight

Place:  Chicago Cultural Center (across from Millenium Park), 78 E. Washington Street

Enjoy cocktails, gourmet fare, casino games and DJ Lani Love

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Sounds like this will be a fun event for seniors, caregivers and all of us who will someday be a senior!



Caregiver's Job to Help Seniors Stay Fit in Winter

Winter storms drive even the most hale and hearty of us to seek the shelter of warmth indoors. While it’s enticing to stay inside by a roaring fire (or space heater) snuggled under a blanket with a favorite book, I think we can all agree, and studies show, exercise is just as important, if not more so, in the winter than other times of the year. So it’s imperative to get up and get moving.

Fitness classes for seniors are a great option, as is a simple walk around the mall. But what about the transport? In inclement weather, even getting in and out of a car can be daunting. How does a senior, with limited mobility on the best of days, keep strong, flexible and fit when snow and ice keeps them housebound?

Caregivers can help with a regiment of at home exercises for seniors. Remember — it’s always important to consult a doctor before starting a home workout plan.

Ideally, a comprehensive workout plan will address endurance, strength, flexibility and balance.

If possible, invest in a low-impact piece of exercise equipment, such as a stationary bike. It’s great aerobic exercise and will strengthen leg muscles. For those who are very limited in their mobility, check out the Sit and Be Fit series, either on YouTube or your local PBS station. Learn about Chair Yoga, which is a great way to increase blood flow and fluidity of movement.

Resistance bands and free weights, if used with caution, can increase muscle mass and promote strength. Building strength can help counteract the weakness and frailty usually associated with aging.

Balance is a special concern for the elderly. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), one in every three adults 65 years and older falls. Many times those falls can cause severe injuries, such as breaks and head traumas. Regular exercise will help a senior bounce back more quickly from an injury or illness, as well as help prevent those falls in the first place.

Exercise is an essential part of aging well. Exercise helps alleviate depression — which can be a problem for the elderly, especially during these dark, cold months. It can also help prevent osteoporosis, keep diabetes at bay, enhance energy, and generally make a person feel better. If you’re not sure where to start, consult a physical therapist or senior fitness expert. If I’m a caregiver, that’s a gift I want to give to the senior for whom I care. That’s a gift I want to give to myself.

If you are a senior caregiver, consider Caregiverlist’s Caregiver Training and Certification. One of the training modules deals specifically with promoting and maintaining good mobility, and that’s a skill that will make you more attractive to future employers.

Super Bowl Commercial Features Seniors Who "Viva Young"

Super Bowl commercials are as anticipated as the big game itself. This year’s offerings included Taco Bell’s 2013 Game Day commercial, “Viva Young,” part of their Live Más (Live More) campaign.

In the commercial, after being tucked in for the night, some elderly residents of the Glencobrooke Retirement Home go out for some after-hours debauchery to a very literal spanish translation of the apt fun. song, “We Are Young.” The group and their leader, Bernie Goldblatt, go on a shenanigan-spree that includes pool trespassing and setting off firecrackers. Next, they go clubbing (along with the requisite make-out sessions), Goldblatt gets a tattoo and they all finish the night at Taco Bell before returning to the nursing home at dawn.

We first meet the 87-year-old Bernie Goldblatt in the online teaser trailer called, “Grandpa Goes Wild.” In it, Mr. Goldblatt takes to the football field in his motorized scooter — tearing it up, popping wheelies and evading security.

According to the spot’s agency, Deutsch L.A., “the “Super Bowl delivers more than 110 million viewers and that is one of the most-watched broadcasts on TV each year fills nine of the top 10 television program slots in history.”

"Our hope is that our consumers will see themselves in this ad," Brian Niccol, chief marketing and innovation officer at Taco Bell Corp., said of the Super Bowl spot.

It’s a good way to go. As the population ages, target consumer markets are getting older. If 50 is the new 30, this Taco Bell spot pushes the notion that 80 can be the new 20, and that life doesn’t need to stop or even slow down as we age.

So what do you think? Taco Bell is not the first to feature “young” seniors in advertising. I recall Coke and Pepsi using the same tactic, albeit with a slightly tamer seniors. There is evidence that healthier living promotes aging well and a “Cocoon” -like life can be waiting for us as we get older.

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