Tuesday, April 20, 2010

PWC: Elder Care Panel

Nana outside Crystal Beach Community Church. I'm not sure which family member of mine took this picture, but it's one of my favorites.

I can't believe it's once again time for the monthly luncheon of the Professional Women's Council! The months are flying by so quickly.

This month, we have assembled a panel of Chamber members who are experts in the field of elder care. I'll concede that this isn't the sexiest topic in the world, but the fact is that with more Baby Boomers turning 65 each day, each of us is either already caring for an elderly parent or grandparent or soon will. And, of course, we need to be preparing for our own Golden Years.

Personally, the topic of elder care is very near and dear to my heart. I have learned more in the 9 months since Nana passed away about the array of services that were available to us than I ever knew existed during the entire 7 1/2 years mom cared for her. If only we had known then what I know now, life would have been so much easier.

Knowing in advance what services are available to assist you during what can be (always is?) a very stressful time and advance planning can relieve stress, save money (an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure) and allow us to focus on what's important: caring for and spending time with our loved ones, while also living our own lives.

I hope you'll join the Professional Women's Council tomorrow, Wednesday, April 21st at the Arlington Heights Senior Center for our Elder Care Panel. And bring your questions.

Elder Care Panel: Learn About the Services Available to Keep You Successful While Caring for an Elderly Relative
Click here to register
Wednesday, April 21st 11:30am - 1:30pm

Held at the Arlington Heights Senior Center
1801 W. Central Rd., Arlington Heights, 60005

For information, contact Mary Beisemann at 847-253-1703
$10 for PWC members; $25 for non-PWC members or non-Chamber members

Join us to learn about the services available for you and your loved ones as you navigate the aging process. Bring your questions about financial planning, Medicaid, when to obtain help, the different kinds of assistance available.

Panelists will include:
Samantha Breden from Lutheran Life Communities
Mary Kay Bochenek from The Moorings Health Center
Jo Segalla, Esq. from Drost Kivlahan McMahon & O'Connor
Ellen Vinzani from Silver Connections
Karie Van Grinsven from Arlington Heights Senior Center
Mary Jo Zeller from Gero Solutions Senior Relocation Specialists

If you have any special dietary needs, please contact the Chamber Office at 847-253-1703 no later than Tuesday, April 20th.


  1. Thanks for the tip about this event.

  2. I took care of my father until he was almost 93, I am happy to say that he died in his bed in my home. The last thing I did was tuck him in and tell him a loved him. He died in his sleep.

    Elder care taking is very hard work, even with my Dad, who was such a sweetie. But it can also be worth while. But Dad was so wonderful, I sometimes denied I could use help. Don't deny that to yourself. Get as much help as you can!


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