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Open Enrollment Kick Off Event Get Covered Illinois – Rock Island County PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thea Hansen   
Friday, 07 November 2014 14:27

This November 15th, Get Covered Illinois and TPQC will host a Kick-Off Enrollment Event for Rock Island County residents to get insurance under the federal health law. This event is scheduled for Saturday, November 15th:

9:00am – 3:00pm at 1830 6th Avenue, Moline, Il.

This is an open invitation for all Rock Island County residents to learn more about their expanded options for health insurance coverages. There is no cost for attendees and there will be great give away prizes and snacks for all. Illinois certified counselors will be available to help with questions, concerns and portal navigation.

The Affordable Care Act's first open enrollment period drew what officials call the "low-hanging fruit" of the uninsured population: the sick and those who knew the law requires everyone to have insurance.

This year, the TPQC and the State of Illinois are targeting people who often need a thorough explanation and several face-to-face meetings to understand their options. With a shorter enrollment period and a stiffer penalty for going without insurance, the state is intensifying its efforts to get the enrollment message out.
The law's second open enrollment period runs from Nov. 15 through Feb. 15, half as long as last year's enrollment period. The penalty for not having insurance will increase in 2015 to $325 or 2 percent of annual adjusted income, from $95 or 1 percent of income in 2014.


How to Treat a Family Member with Dementia This Holiday Season PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 15:15
World-renowned Expert Shares 5 Helpful Tips

Whether it’s Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa – or your spouse – the “holiday quarter” can present special challenges for families with a loved one suffering from dementia.

“We have an expectation that loved ones should never change from the person we’ve perceived them to be for years, but everyone changes significantly over an extended period, especially those diagnosed with dementia,” says Kerry Mills, a sought-after expert in best care practices for people with dementia, which includes Alzheimer’s. November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

“Dementia encompasses a wide range of brain diseases, which means it’s not the fault of a Grandma if she has trouble remembering things or gets flustered. Empathy for what she’s experiencing on the level of the brain will help your relationship with her. Do not expect her to meet you halfway to your world; you have to enter her world.”

Spouses have a particularly difficult time coping with their partner’s dementia, Mills says. A spousal relationship is a team and is central to the identities of both people. So, while you’re paying special attention to a parent’s or grandparent’s condition, extend it to his or her spouse, she says.

Families tend to have a hard time coping with a loved one’s dementia during holiday gatherings. Mills, coauthor with Jennifer A. Brush of “I Care, A Handbook for Care Partners of People with Dementia,” (, offers tips for how to interact with a loved one – say, Grandma – whose brain is deteriorating.

•  Do not get frustrated. “First, do no harm” – the excellent maxim taught to medical students, is also a great first principle for those interacting with Grandma, who may be experiencing a level of frustration and anxiety you cannot comprehend adequately. She simply doesn’t have access to certain details, but she is still a conscious and feeling person who has plenty to offer. If you get frustrated, she’ll pick up on it.

•  Dedicate someone to Grandma during the gathering. Of course, loving families will want to include Grandma in the group, but be careful not to overwhelm her with attention. Her brain, which has trouble processing some information, could use assistance – a liaison to help her process things. Grandpa could probably use a break; her son or daughter may be the best handler during a gathering.

•  Give Grandma purpose; give her a task in the kitchen. Keep Grandma, who may’ve been prolific in the kitchen in the past, engaged! Simple tasks, such as mashing potatoes or stirring gravy, may be best. Engage her in conversation about the food. If it’s Grandpa whose suffering dementia, include him in a group. Give him a cigar if the other men are going outside to smoke. Engage him in a conversation about football, which may allow him on his own terms to recall details from the past.

•  Use visual imagery and do not ask yes-or-no questions. Again, asking someone with Alzheimer’s to remember a specific incident 23 years ago can be like asking someone confined to a wheelchair to run a 40-yard dash – it’s physically impossible. Don’t pigeonhole her. Direct Grandma in conversation; say things to her that may stimulate recollection, but don’t push a memory that may not be there. Pictures are often an excellent tool.

•  Safety is your biggest priority. Whether during a holiday gathering or in general, Grandma may commit herself to activities she shouldn’t be doing, such as driving.

“She’s been driving for decades, and then she develops a memory problem, which not only prevents her from remembering her condition, but also how to drive safely,” Mills says. “This major safety concern applies to any potentially dangerous aspect to life.”

“Currently, there’s a stigma with the condition, but I’d like to change the baseline for how we regard dementia,” Mills says. “As with other medical conditions, Alzheimer’s should not be about waiting to die – patients often live 15 years or more after a diagnosis. It should be about living with it.”

About Kerry Mills

Kerry Mills, MPA, is an expert in best care practices for persons with dementia both in the home and in out-of-home health care residences and organizations. She is a consultant to numerous hospitals, assisted livings, hospice, home care agencies, senior day care centers and nursing homes. In her twelve-year career in health care, she has served as executive director and regional manager for numerous long-term dementia facilities. She is an outspoken advocate for persons with dementia, lecturing in Hong Kong, Canada, China, Europe and the United States. Her book, coauthored with Jennifer A. Brush, “I Care,” (, is the 2014 Gold Award Winner of the National Mature Media Awards.

dLife® Celebrates American Diabetes Month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by dLife Team   
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 14:03

During November, dLife® celebrates Diabetes Champions – a group of people we identified as going above and beyond in the world of diabetes to inform, motivate, and inspire others to better self-manage their diabetes life.

Starting November 1, read their stories and enter to win each week’s grand prize personally selected by the featured Diabetes Champions. The more times you enter, the greater your chance is to win. Read more.

Alzheimer's Association Federal Action Update PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alzheimer's Association   
Friday, 31 October 2014 14:20
The current session of Congress has left many important issues unresolved. Critical legislation is languishing in committees and vital budgetary decisions have yet to be made. With such inaction it's easy to assume this session of Congress is over.

But it’s not!

In the coming weeks Congress will be focused on developing next year's federal budget. Let them know that increasing funding for Alzheimer's research should be their TOP PRIORITY.

Urge your members of Congress to provide an additional $200 million in Alzheimer's research funding.

Senior Star at Elmore Place Joins National Take the Tour Day ~ Public Invited to Experience the Virtual Dementia Tour® November 6 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Christina L. Maggio-Kellerstrass   
Friday, 31 October 2014 13:21

Tour Day Part of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in November


DAVENPORT, IA (October 30, 2014) – Senior Star at Elmore Place is partnering with the creators of the Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT), Second Wind Dreams®,to support national Take the Tour Day, November 6, to help build support for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in November.

Taking the VDT® is important as, according to the Alzheimer’s Association website, every 69 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  The VDT® is a creative tool that helps people understand the challenges of those facing dementia.  The VDT® guides participants through completing everyday household chores while facing some of the same challenges those with Alzheimer’s encounter – blurred vision, difficulty hearing, interrupted concentration and more.

Each tour takes about 15-20 minutes and is led by the experienced associates of Senior Star at Elmore Place.  Associates at Senior Star provide compassionate and innovative care to those facing Alzheimer’s making this team well prepared to address participants’ questions.

This real-life experience is also important as persons first diagnosed with a form of dementia are often cared for by a family member.  The VDT® experience is an eye-opener for caregivers to better understand the challenges those with Alzheimer’s face.

Tours are being conducted on November 6 at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Each tour is limited to 16 participants.  To take the VDT®, RSVP no later than November 5 by calling 563.484.5114.  If you’re unable to participate on this date, call 563.484.5114 to arrange a private tour with the associates of Senior Star.

For more information about Senior Star at Elmore Place or to tour the community, call 563.484.5114.

About Senior Star at Elmore Place

Senior Star at Elmore Place, a Senior Star community, features 236 modernly decorated apartments spanning across 20 acres of beautifully landscaped property with many customized amenities to offer its residents three distinctive living experiences:  independent living, assisted living and memory care.  For more information, visit


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