For Older Drivers, All Cars Aren’t Created Equal

July 15, 2018 — “Mom had two fender benders this year—I wonder if she is safe behind the wheel?” As seniors experience the normal changes of aging and health conditions such as arthritis, vision problems and memory loss, they often wonder if it’s safe to keep driving. Family members wonder, too, and they often pressure an older loved one... Read More

Measuring Liquid Medication? Don’t Use a Kitchen Spoon!

July 2, 2018 — Many older adults have trouble swallowing pills, so their doctor may prescribe a liquid version of the medications they need to take. Other medications, such as cold syrups and antacids, already typically come in liquid form It’s important to take these medications as directed. For example, we’re usually advised to shake the container so that... Read More

From The Alden Network Podcast: Best Practices for Rehab After Orthopedic Surgery

June 15, 2018 — All surgeries require some post-operative accommodation as your body heals. Orthopedic surgery impacts your mobility, and the amount of time you’re “out of commission” depends on the severity of the procedure. Many people will attempt to recover at home, and for some that may not be enough. While you may have the mental determination to... Read More

Avoiding Tickborne Illness

May 31, 2018 — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recently issued a warning that we’re entering tick season. People in our area are at higher risk of tickborne illness these days—most likely, say scientists, because climate change and an increase in the deer population have brought more ticks to Illinois and the surrounding states. Tickborne illnesses, which... Read More

Free Health Presentation – Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body

May 24, 2018 — Alden Courts and Alden Estates of Shorewood are pleased to offer this important free presentation, in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association.  An RSVP is required. Please call 815-230-8700 or REGISTER ONLINE. Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body Wednesday, June 20, 2:00-3:00pm 710 W. Black Road, Shorewood For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and... Read More

Introducing New Mediterranean-Style Menus in All Facilities and Communities

May 21, 2018 — The Alden Network recently introudced new Mediterranean-style additions to its menus throughout the company. Mediterranean-style diets – which place an emphasis on eating lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains and eating moderate amounts of fish, while using healthy fats and oils like those found in nuts, olives and avocados – have been particularly successful... Read More

Family Often First to Spot Hospital Delirium

May 14, 2018 — A May 2018 study from Harvard Medical School found that when a senior experiences delirium during a hospital stay, it’s more distressing to their family than it is to the patient. Delirium can certainly be an upsetting thing to see and hear! Perhaps your elderly mother goes to the hospital for a hip replacement. As... Read More

May Is Better Hearing and Speech Month

May 1, 2018 — Changes that occur in our ears can make it harder to hear as we grow older. Exposure to noise, both on the job and during our leisure hours, adds to the problem. So by the time we turn 65, we have a 30 percent chance of suffering significant hearing loss. By age 75, half of... Read More

Free Healthy Eating Presentation

April 17, 2018 — Alden Courts and Estates of Shorewood are pleased to be hosting this very special event. An RSVP is required. Please call 815-230-8700 or REGISTER ONLINE. Healthy Eating Wednesday, May 23, 2:00-3:00pm 710 West Black Road, Shorewood Attendees will learn how to make healthy food choices and implement healthy eating strategies. Light refreshments will be served.  To RSVP, please... Read More