December Boomers and Beyond

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Elmhurst Welcomes Its First Canine Resident

The newest resident at Elmhurst, The House of Friendship in Wheeling is friendly but quiet, has a calm demeanor and a docile nature and enjoys treats. Just your typical resident, right? Well, she also has a few special characteristics: a shiny, warm coat; a cold nose and four legs. Yes, ...

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‘Attitude of Gratitude’ Celebrates Mother’s Generosity

The love and generosity of a Wheeling woman who died earlier this year has inspired her family to continue her good works with the Welty Home giving tree. The tree is a project of the residents and staff of Welty Home, an assisted living residence in Wheeling, to help less fortunate people ...

How Much You’ll Pay For Medicare in 2017

Dear Savvy Senior, I know there won’t be much of a cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits next year but what about Medicare? How will the 0.3 percent Social Security raise affect our Part B monthly premiums in 2017? Inquiring Beneficiary Dear Inquiring, Considering the ...

Holidays Reveal Warning Signs for Aging Parents

Family members who live nearby often don’t notice the slow and subtle changes that might mean Mom or Dad needs a little more day-to-day help. Home Helpers, a national network of professional in-home caregivers, says requests for evaluations increase this time of year in part because of the ...

Helpful Tips to Avoid Winter Blues

During the long winter months, it is not uncommon for seniors to experience the winter blues. As the outdoor temperatures fall and the days grow shorter, many older adults spend more time cooped up indoors. Since older adults may be less mobile, less active and less capable of doing things ...

Palliative Care Study Improves Quality of Life

People living with serious illness who receive palliative care have better quality of life and fewer symptoms than those who don’t receive palliative care, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Published in the Journal of the American ...

Put Financial Power-of-Attorney at Top of Christmas Wish List

The importance of a financial power-of-attorney cannot be overstated. I make it a point in all of my client meetings to stress to the client that, especially in times of crisis, having a properly drafted financial power-of-attorney can be the difference in whether or not you are able to ...

Tips Offered for Destressing the Holidays

Many people enjoy the holiday season. Shopping for special gifts and wrapping them, sending greetings, searching for the perfect tree, putting up decorations, aromas of pine and cinnamon, observing one’s own traditions, family visits, church dinners, holiday get-togethers —each enticing the ...