Archive | January, 2012

Resource from National Stroke Association – Careliving

National Stroke Association is pleased to announce the official launch of Careliving Community, a new online social network designed exclusively for caregivers and family members of stroke survivors.

This free private space allows caregivers and loved ones of stroke survivors to connect, share advice and swap stories through a discussion forum. Careliving also offers a blog written by fellow caregivers and live chats with experts on caregiving.

Careliving was developed based on a serious need among caregivers for a private online support space where individuals can find peer-level support and also learn to take better care of themselves.

Caregivers can join the Careliving Community at

Chicago Snow Corp

Chicago Snow Corps is a new program that connects volunteers with residents in need of snow removal, such as seniors and people with disabilities.  Chicago Snow Corps aims to help minimize potential heavy-snow emergencies by matching volunteers with blocks where the neediest citizens have requested help.

 How do I request a volunteer?

Call 311. We will try out best to make volunteers available to you, but the services available depend on the number of volunteers in your area. Volunteer matching takes place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers will not clear alleys, personal parking spaces, back porches, or any alternate entrances. Do not let the volunteer into your home. Do not offer payment for the shoveling services.

 Who should call 311?

Recipients of assistance must be age 60 or older and/or have a physical disability. They must also live within Chicago City limits and lack access to the available resources (financial resources or local family/friends) to assist with snow removal.

 When do I call 311?

Call 311 if you are unable to get out of your home after a snowfall. Only call 311 if the snow is significant and you do not have friends or family who can help you.


National Council on Aging’s Resource to Help Protect Against Fraud

Top 8 ways to protect yourself from scams

Millions of older adults fall prey to financial scams every year. Use our tips—developed with the help of the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement—to protect yourself or an older adult you know. We’ve also included next steps to take if you think you’ve been the victim of a fraud.
Get 8 tips | See 10 senior scams |
Download our scams toolkit

click here to read NCOA’s newsletter and sign up to obtain future issues.

Attorney Janna Dutton, founder of Dutton & Casey, P.C.

Partner Janna Dutton has been named a “Top Ten Elder Law Lawyer” and was listed in the Leading Lawyers Magazine – Consumer Edition for 2011. 

A lawyer can not purchase the distinction of being a leading lawyer, they are recommended by their peers.  Please click here for more information on Leading Lawyers.

For information how the firm of Dutton & Casey can assist you, or someone who you care about, please go to

12 Financial Resolutions for 2012

 2012 resolutions

It’s time again for New Year’s resolutions. According to Forbes, there are 12 resolutions we should all make – and “plan your estate” is number two:

1.            Set goals;

2.            Plan your estate;

3.            Check your credit;

4.            See where your money is going;

5.            See where you can cut back;

6.            Make sure you have the right amount of insurance;

7.            Build an emergency fund;

8.            See if you can refinance your debt;

9.            Pay down bad debt;

10.          Get on track for retirement;

11.          Consider saving for education;

12.          Make sure your investment portfolio is properly diversified.

As to plan your estate, the author recognizes that we never know when we might need estate planning documents, and that these are “notoriously easy to procrastinate so it’s good to get them out of the way.”

The full article, 12 Financial Resolutions for 2012, is available online at Forbes.


One of the areas that the law firm of Dutton & Casey concentrates in is estate planning. Please click here for information on how we can assist, or someone who you care about.

Making Sense of Memory Loss – 5 Part Educational Class

 Some memory loss is normal as we age, but some older people experience more than occasional forgetfulness. What should family members know and what can they do to help someone who is beginning to experience memory loss or other difficulties with thinking?

A five-part educational program has been developed to help family members of someone in the early stages of memory loss or with early stage diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or Dementia. This special program is taught by Michaela Hoffman, MSW of Catholic Charities Northwest Senior Services and Bonnie Scherkenbach,MS, LPC of The Barrington Area Council on Aging.

The class includes the following topics:

ü Overview of Memory Loss & Related Symptoms

ü Communication Strategies

ü Making Decisions

ü Planning for the Future (Attorney Kathryn Casey will be presenting)

ü Effective Ways of Coping and Caring


WHEN: February 14 through March 13th, 2012

                   Every Tuesday from 1:00 to 3:30 P.M.


WHERE: The Community Church of Barrington

                    301 East Lincoln Avenue, Barrington IL


FEE:  $15 includes five, two and one half hour weekly sessions and the book “Alzheimer’s Early Stages” by Daniel Kuhn, MSW


To register or for more information please contact

Michaela Hoffman, MSW at 847-253-5500 ex. 333 or

Bonnie Scherkenbach, MS, LPC at 847-852-3890


American Parkinson Disease Association

In the current issue of their newsletter, dealing with Social Security and nutrition for someone who has Parkinson’s Disease are discussed.

How Social Security Evaluates Parkinson’s Disease

If you are considering applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), are currently going through the application process, or have previously applied and were not approved, this article will help you to understand how Social Security evaluates each case.

Nutrition for Parkinson’s Disease

Good nutrition is important for everyone, but especially for someone with Parkinson’s disease.  A healthy diet can help people with PD achieve or maintain normal body weight, increase energy level, boost their immune system, decrease risk factors for certain conditions or illnesses, and reduce constipation

To view these articles in their entirety or to subscribe their e-newsletter, please contact the APDA Young Onset Center at (877) 223-3801 or visit  

New toolkit helps baby boomers transition to Medicare coverage

New toolkit helps baby boomers transition to Medicare coverage

“The Medicare Rights Center and AgeOptions announce the release of “How Medicare Works With Employer-Based Insurance: A Guide for Employers, Professionals and Consumers-”

(By Targeted News Service, December 20, 2011)


New Consumer Guide to LGBT Caregiving

New Consumer Guide to LGBT Caregiving 

Next Steps in Care, in collaboration with SAGE and SAGECAP, recently released a fact sheet that provides practical advice for LGBT caregivers.  In addition to a checklist on important legal documents, the guide also explains how hospital discharges happen, and recommends “Do not wait for the social worker on the unit to find you.  Instead, find the social worker as soon as you can.”  If a caregiver and their loved one lives near a state border or spend a lot of time in two states, the guide also recommends obtaining documents for both states since civil union or domestic partner laws may not carry across state lines.