Limitations of Genetic Test for Alzheimer’s Risk

When Ann learned about a test that could reveal whether she had a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, the 72-year-old Des Plaines resident decided to take it. Her father and maternal grandmother both had the disease. The test that Ann — who requested that her last name not be used for privacy — took […]Read More

The Power of a Life Story

Crafting a Memoir Helps Older Adults Connect By Melissa Ramsdell   Chicagoan Beth Finke knows the power of a memoir. She teaches several classes in the Chicago area about how to write your own life story. Yet, a recent student served as a powerful reminder of the impact of writing down your memories. A woman […]Read More

Eating for Your Age: A healthy aging diet

Let’s face it: Nutrition needs evolve as we age. And healthy eating is important for healthy aging. A healthy diet and lifestyle can help prevent inflammation, obesity, and chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes. These conditions can lead to imbalances in the gut microbiome, which can create a domino effect that leads to a […]Read More

Controversial Drug Targets Early Alzheimer’s

Meg Will began noticing changes in her mother’s behavior when her mother turned 80. Her mother was sharp — after she raised seven kids, she graduated from the University of Chicago and became a licensed clinical social worker. There were small signs at first. Her mother was seeing a limited number of patients in her […]Read More

Combatting Rising Prescription Drug Costs

Joan, an 81-year-old resident of the Chicago suburbs, recently fell into the “donut hole.” That’s the name for a Medicare coverage gap that requires people to pay more for their medications after the individual and their drug plan have spent a certain amount — $4,130 in 2021 — for covered drugs. While in the donut hole, individuals temporarily pay […]Read More

Battling Caregiver Burnout and Stress

Michael Grecco is currently at the end of his rope. Not only is he, along with the rest of the world, dealing with the continued uneasiness of the pandemic, but for more than 15 years, he has had the responsibility of taking care of his now-81-year-old mother. A proud woman at her core, Grecco’s mother […]Read More

Keeping Couples Connected

Communities provide options when one spouse requires more care than the other Lynne Bugai’s parents, Bud and Joanne, were in their 80s and married for 63 years when her dad decided they could no longer safely stay in their Park Ridge home.  Over the course of a decade, Bud had survived bypass surgery, a heart attack, […]Read More

Pawsitive Connection

In a purr-fect pairing, pets bring love and companionship to older adults When her Arlington Heights retirement community locked down due to the pandemic, 83-year-old Virginia Maas dearly missed visits with her family and chatting over meals with other residents. During those long months when she was isolated in her apartment, however, she cherished her bond […]Read More

Tech Support

Helping older adults master new devices In today’s techy world, it’s more important than ever to master new devices in order to stay in touch and access opportunities. But as anyone who has ever grappled with new technology will tell you: It’s not easy, no matter how old you are.  Thankfully, plenty of organizations offer […]Read More

Flying High

Birder’s passion helps her soar Each morning, Sigrid Schmidt looks out her window for American goldfinches, black-capped chickadees, and northern cardinals — common yard birds that make her heart sing. So, too, do migratory birds and more unusual species, such as the endangered piping plovers she helped monitor in Chicago. “Birding is a wonderful, wonderful hobby,” […]Read More