Famous & 65 – Alzheimer’s – Optimum Senior Care – Chicago In Home Caregivers

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Look Who Is Turning 65

View the celebrities turning 65 in October 2017.

Look Who’s Turning 65

October 7 – Vladimir Putin

The former spy with the Mona Lisa smile has held a vice grip on power in Russia for the last 18 years. He emerged as Prime Minister in 1999, then became President of Russia from 2000 to 2008. Putin again served as Prime Minister from 2008 to 2012, and then President once starting in 2012 to the present.

How does he maintain his power? Legally (and Putin first trained as an attorney), no one in Russia can serve as president three times in a row. But you can be president as many times as you want, as long as it’s not more than twice in a row, per the Constitution of Russia. In a more practical sense, Putin has created a network of oligarchs allied to him, and insures that the wealth of the state is funneled their way.

Interestingly, many of Putin’s foes seem to wind up dead. Whether poisoned, shot in the back, beaten to death in police custody or found with a noose around their neck, a number of journalists, attorneys, former friends and activists critical of Putin will never make it to age 65. Putin’s government consistently denies knowledge of the incidents.

After his work in East Germany with the KGB, Lenin returned to his old stomping grounds and birthplace, Leningrad. In June of 1990 he was employed in the International Affairs section of Leningrad State University, and a year later he was appointed head of the international committee of the Saint Petersburg mayor’s office, where his job was to promote international relations and foreign investments, still under the umbrella of the spy agency.

Putin came to Moscow in 1996, where he served in a variety of positions in the government of Boris Yeltsin. He headed the FSB (a modern version of the KGB) from 1998 to 1999, and then became Secretary of the Security Council before serving as Prime Minister.

Most recently, Putin has been connected with the Russian bombing of Syrian hospitals. Another notable feature are state photos of the bare-chested commander on vacation. He’s a member of the Russian Orthodox Church, and has two daughters from a previous marriage.

October 7 – Ludmilla Tourischeva


You couldn’t watch gymnastics in the late 60’s and early 70’s without seeing Ludmilla Tourischeva, the pride of the Soviet Union. She won the gold medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics just after turning 16. Two years later, she became the leader of the Soviet team and dominated almost every major international competition from 1970 to 1974.

Tourischeva won the World Championships all-around in 1970 and 1974, and the European Championships in 1971 and 1973. She also brought home the all-around gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, but at age 20 she couldn’t compete with her up-and-coming teammate, Olga Korbut, for popularity.

Already old for a gymnast at nearly 23, Tourischeva placed third in the 1975 European Championships but rebounded to sweep the World Cup later that year. Struggling to recover from a back injury, Tourischeva competed in her third and final Olympics in 1976 in Montreal. The veteran led the Soviets to a team gold, winning silver medals on vault and floor exercise in the event finals.

Tourischeva was known for both her calm demeanor and extreme focus. She “never had the cheek of some of her rivals,” wrote British journalist David Hunn, “but for serenity, she was supreme.”

This was proven when a broken hook holding the support cables for the uneven bars caused them to fall apart and hit the ground just as the gymnast landed her dismount at the 1975 World Cup finals. Saluting the judges, Tourischeva didn’t even turn around as she exited the podium. She went on to win the all-around and all four event finals.

Many years later, she said the only thing she was thinking at the time was she had to stick her landing. “Ludmilla would fight to the death in any situation,” said her coach, Rastorotsky.

The gymnast displayed a large measure of grace as well as grit. At the 1976 Olympics, Tourischeva walked around the winners’ podium to congratulate Romanian rival Nadia Comaneci before accepting her own medal.

In 1977, Tourischeva married Olympic sprinter Valeriy Borzov. She became a coach and international gymnastics judge, as well as an official of the Ukrainian gymnastics federation. In 1998, she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

October 9 – Sharon Osbourne


With homes in London and Malibu, Sharon Osbourne is doing well. The former Sharon Rachel Levy has made a name for herself as an English television host, media personality, television talent competition judge, author, music manager, modern impresario, businesswoman and promoter. Oh, and she’s also the wife of heavy metal (and heavily tattooed) singer-songwriter Ozzy Osbourne.

Fans shot her into prominence after seeing her in The Osbournes. Among the first reality shows that featured a famous family, it often captured one of their dogs peeing and pooping on rugs, carpets, or pretty much anywhere in their house. The honesty of the show won Osbourne fans, and she parlayed her fame into stints judging television talent shows such as America’s Got Talent, where she doled out opinions from 2007 to 2012.

Osbourne is credited with reviving her husband’s career by founding the summer Ozzfesttour. She’s also a co-host of the daytime series The Talk, and she does the occasional spot on the British Loose Women, where she discusses relevant issues ranging from politics to current affairs, and even celebrity gossip.

All that work has made her a rich woman. Her net worth is estimated at $220 million.

Osbourne’s fabulous good looks aren’t due to daily facials and a weekly massage. She’s been open about the numerous plastic surgeries in her past because she has said she didn’t want other women to have unrealistic ideas about their own appearance. But she’s vowed not to have any more procedures. “There’s only so much the human body can take!” she says.

October 13 – Michael Richard Clifford


“Rich” Clifford is a retired United States Army officer and NASA astronaut with more than 3,400 flying hours under his belt. Clifford graduated from West Point in 1974 and served a tour of duty in Fort Carson, Colorado. He graduated at the top of his class at the U.S. Army Aviation School two years later. In 1982, he completed a Master of Science degree from Georgia Tech and returned to West Point as an instructor.

In 1986, Clifford graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and earned his experimental test pilot designation. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1995 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

In 1994, Clifford was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, but only his commander knew about it. The diagnosis was the reason that Clifford quit the space program two years later, uncertain how fast his case would progress. His struggle with the disease was detailed in a documentary, An Astronaut’s Secret.

Clifford began work at the Johnson Space Center in 1987 as a space shuttle vehicle integration engineer. His flights as an astronaut included a 1992 launch of the space shuttle Discovery, the 1994 launch of the space shuttle Endeavour, and a mission to Russian space station Mir aboard the space shuttle Atlantis. Clifford performed a spacewalk more than six hours long to mount experiment packages on the Mir docking module.

Clifford left NASA in January 1997 to accept the position of Space Station Flight Operations Manager for Boeing’s Defense and Space Group.

October 22 – Jeff Goldblum


Who hasn’t seen The Big Chill? The 1983 social satire and Boomer nostalgia flick is where many children of the 50’s were introduced to Jeff Goldblum, an American actor whose work includes such classics as Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Independence Day, and The Fly.

Nominated for an Oscar, an Emmy, a Genie and a Drama Desk Award, Goldblum’s career has thrived. His more recent films include:

The Tall Guy (1989), Deep Cover (1992), Powder(1995), The Prince of Egypt (1998), Cats & Dogs(2001), Igby Goes Down (2002), The Life Aquaticwith Steve Zissou (2004), Adam Resurrected (2008), Le Week-End (2013) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). He has been cast as Grandmaster in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Thor: Ragnarok. He also starred in several TV series including the eighth and ninth seasons of Law & Order: Criminal Intent as Zack Nichols.

Goldblum’s first marriage was to Patricia Gaul, his co-star in Silverado. Their union lasted from 1980 to 1986. In 1987, he tied the knot with actress Geena Davis. In three years together, they headlined Transylvania 6-5000, The Fly and Earth Girls Are Easy.

Goldblum spent the next 24 years as a single man. In 2014 he became engaged to Canadian Olympic gymnast Emilie Livingston, 30 years his junior. Their first son, Charlie Ocean, was born on the 4th of July in 2015. A second child, River Joe, came into the world on April 7, 2017.


Here are 10 critics of Vladimir Putin who died violently or in suspicious ways,” The Washington Post.

Bare-chested Putin photos released by Russian state media,” The Washington Post.

East Aleppo’s last hospital destroyed by airstrikes,” The Guardian.

Sharon Osbourne reveals the full extent of her plastic surgery past Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2439966/Sharon-Osbourne-reveals-extent-plastic-surgery-past.,” Daily Mail.

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Coffee Break – Alzheimer’s – Optimum Senior Care – Chicago In Home Caregivers

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Colorado Peaches

Senior women find a sense of community and competition as members of the Colorado Peaches, a team that is only open to those 70 years of age or older.

Senior women find a sense of community and competition as members of the Colorado Peaches, a team that is only open to those 70 years of age or older.

You cannot join the Colorado Peaches unless you’re a woman at least 70 years old. They are a Denver-based softball team competing in the Huntsman World Senior Games October 9-21 in St. George, Utah.

Elder statesman and second baseman Maggie McCloskey is 86. She says age disappears when you’re belting a pitch into the gap in left-center.

“You’re never too old to play; and that play element is so, so important,” she said. “Being on a team…I could just go on and on…it’s just awesome.”

The team’s purpose is “to inspire those who have the courage and audacity to follow continue to grow and improve with age.” The Peaches spread joy, fun and love through team play, physical exercise, camaraderie and competition.

The team’s motto: Life begins when you get in the game. The Peaches don’t care if you’ve never played ball. They don’t care if you can’t run… you can hit and throw, and someone will run for you.

The team has been together for 25 years, encouraging women to come play. Current members range from 74 to 86 years young. As their Web site says:

“The big thing we have discovered is that we can continue to improve with age. Everybody on our team has really improved. Our whole attitude has been ‘the longer I play, the better I am.’ We don’t just maintain, we really get better.”

Huntsman World Senior Games

You can watch the Peaches compete at the Huntsman World Senior Games, an athletic competition exclusively for those 50 years old and up. Since 1987, the Huntsman games has promoted fitness as a way of life for those nearing or in retirement.

From shuffleboard to shooting, there is a sport for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you make it to the medal podium. The event emphasizes everyone for their achievements, and includes a roster of social events including band concerts and dances to bring athletes together.

The Games also promote health with screenings for breast and prostate cancer, glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and bone density. Sponsors provide diagnostic equipment and services. The medical and nursing students assisting with screenings donate their time.

If you’re intrigued, you can throw in a visit to a nearby national park such as Bryce or Zion. You might even want to participate in the Games as a volunteer. Thousands of them help the Games run smoothly every year. Don’t forget to say hello to the Peaches while you’re there.


The Women Of The Colorado Peaches Softball Team Think They’ve Found A Fountain Of Youth,” Colorado Public Radio.

Huntsman World Senior Games,” Huntsman World Senior Games.

Field Of Our Own Denver Area Senior Women Softball,” Colorado Peaches.

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Virtual Reality Puts Seniors Behind the Lenses – Alzheimer’s – Optimum Senior Care – Chicago In Home Caregivers

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VR is going after the Baby Boomer market and it’s worth taking a look.

VR is going after the Baby Boomer market and it’s worth taking a look.

Move over, millennials. Virtual reality (VR) is working its way into senior care facilities nationwide. Using technology developed by Rendever, senior adults can travel the world. From a piazza in Rome to the house left behind, technology is allowing older adults to access parts of the globe they’ve never seen, or never thought they’d see again.

As highlighted in the sidebar, VR headsets and experiences vary with cost. You may be wondering how VR differs from a panoramic movie or 3D movie experience. Sensors in higher-end virtual reality headsets (such as those used by Rendever) track your head and eye movements, allowing you to interact with and navigate through different environments as though you were actually there. You become more of a participant than a spectator.

To find places where you can try VR technology, click here. One such spot that is widely accessible is your local Best Buy technology store.

Rendever Targets Senior Communities

“We’re using VR as a mechanism to enhance life,” says Dennis Lally, the CEO and co-founder of Rendever, a company that creates virtual reality for older adults by converting 360-degree panoramic photographs to simulate a 3D environment. “Sensory stimulation is important, and VR creates a sense of wonder for the world again.”

Rendever was developed to provide cognitive therapy and track movement data to aid in early diagnosis of dementia. The company, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) startup, won a $25,000 grand prize at the 2017 MIT Sloan Healthcare Innovations competition for its work using virtual reality for a new population: seniors.

“We’re using virtual reality to improve the way we age, so you don’t become isolated, don’t become depressed, and you can keep your mind happy and healthy,” says Lally, who launched the startup with classmate Reed Hayes.

Feedback from their initial work encouraged the pair. “After seeing an 88-year-old woman laugh and cry tears of joy when we put her in the headset,” says Lally, “I knew this was what I wanted to do.”

Keeping Seniors in Touch with Their Families

But perhaps the most important function of VR is to connect families with their loved ones, Lally says.

How Much Does VR Cost?

Senior care facilities can take advantage of some VR companies’ subscription services, but how much does a private individual need to set aside to purchase a VR device? Senior Spirit takes you through some of the most common options, from the priciest to the least expensive, priced on Amazon.

Oculus Rift
$599 (for headset and touch system)

This premium system features a headset packed with sensors, a display for each eye and integrated headphones. A camera adds movement detection information. Requires a high-spec PC to run.

HTC Vive

Similar to the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive requires a powerful PC to run. However, HTC Vive differs from other VR systems in that it allows the user to roam around a room with the aid of wall-mounted sensors. Great for seniors with a lot of mobility and a dedicated room. The headset integrates a range of sensors, and requires headphones to complete the system.

While the result is phenomenal, placing the sensors can be tricky.

Sony PlayStation VR

Sony’s PSVR is an accessory for the PS4, PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro PlayStation models. The headset alone is $399, so if you already own a PlayStation, this is a less-costly alternative to the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. On the downside, screen resolution is lower. It tracks movement of your head and uses the PlayStation camera and controller to present the VR experience.

Samsung Gear VR

The Samsung Gear system is made to work with a Samsung smartphone, with the handsets sliding into a tray. The latest offerings feature high-resolution displays and slick visuals. Check to make sure the VR system you buy will work with your model of Samsung smartphone. Some come with an adapter to make various models compatible.

Google Daydream View

Daydream is the next-generation VR product from Google after the Cardboard concept, below. The Daydream requires a smartphone such as the Google Pixel or Pixel XL, but includes a remote in the box. More phones, like the Moto Z, are adding support for this growing platform. The Daydream’s great advantage over rivals is comfort. Instead of hard plastic, you’ll find cushiony material and a wide range of content.

Google Cardboard

Unveiled in 2014 as a cardboard container that could hold a smartphone, the Google Cardboard has two virtues: First, the hardware cost is minimal, and second, it’s universal, supporting a wide range of smartphone models (virtually any that fit). It allows you to sample VR content with a minimal investment. As of 2016, Google reported more than five million had shipped.

There is no head strap. Users hold the Cardboard to their face to view content, which is presented via a range of apps. You can also view 360-degree environments such as Google Street View to let seniors see their old home.

He should know. Lally is close to his grandmother, who is confined to her home. When he left for college, he called her regularly. But he realized that she was having a hard time focusing on the present with no visual interaction.

Today, Rendever can record a family event digitally and create a virtual experience for members who are unable to attend. Lally will share his wedding in Greece with his grandmother, who can feel like she was present at the event.

Drawing Parallels from Similar Research

Although there’s been a lot of recent research in VR, little has been geared toward older adults. But findings from related studies can help predict the impact of virtual reality on seniors. For instance, researchers know that when Alzheimer’s and dementia patients listen to music from their youth, it jogs their memory.

A Stanford University study revealed that VR simulations directly influenced how people behaved in the real world, even after the headsets were removed. And UCLA neuroscientists discovered that a different part of the brain is engaged when responding to virtual reality versus the real world, raising more questions about how VR might affect memory.

VR Films for Seniors Only

“Everyone talks about VR as a millennial thing,” says Jake Kahana, a New York-based designer and film director. “But seniors are the fastest-growing segment of the population, and there really weren’t that many people looking at how this could work for them.”

Kahana’s difficulties communicating with his grandmother pushed him to develop BettVR With Age, a series of films he created after extensive field work talking to seniors about what they wanted from a VR experience. To his surprise, it wasn’t the sweeping grandeur he was used to shooting. The older Americans he spoke with missed simple, everyday activities they could no longer manage: museums, concerts and tours.

With headsets and phones donated by Samsung and software by Rendever (see above), Kahana directed 10 films. In one, viewers listen while a violin duo plays for friends in an apartment. Another features a tour and concert at a Lower East Side museum.

The simple, evocative films will be donated to DOROT, an organization for progressive social change, to use for senior programming.

They’re already making an impact on Craig Palmer, a 78-year-old confined to his apartment for the last four years. A former singer and performer on Broadway, Palmer spends his days in a wheelchair, watching soccer games and listening to showtunes.

After experiencing Kahana’s films, Palmer asked for more. Kahana sent him to Amsterdam with Google Maps’ VR app. “I was on that canal,” Palmer said. “It doesn’t smell!” Palmer’s next stop: London. “That place had the most horrible bacon you’ve ever had,” he remembered. Then, “Oh, is that the Thames? I fell into that once. Accidentally, after a party.”

Finally, Palmer’s virtual reality experience finished. Kahuna gently removed his headset and asked him how he felt. “It was awesome,” Palmer said. “But it would be better if I had a scotch and a cigarette.”

Dementia Patients Benefit from Virtual Reality

Aloha VR is “designed to engage with seniors with various unmet psychosocial needs,” says Dr. Sonya Kim, founder and CEO of One Caring Team. She developed the organization to help seniors build relationships and give caregivers support through phone calls.

But while she was giving a talk at an assisted living facility, a man asked what he could do to help his mother, who had dementia and couldn’t participate in a call program. Kim researched options and discovered VR technology. She tested it on some of her own patients and saw amazing results.

“There are over 100 clinical research papers that are already published that show proven positive clinical outcomes using VR in managing chronic pain, anxiety and depression,” Kim says. “And in dementia patients, all those three elements are very common.”

Dubbed Aloha VR, Kim’s virtual reality software pairs beach scenes with music, brief text and an introduction. During group sessions at Bay Area senior living centers, the feedback has been positive. Even seniors who struggle with verbal communication blow kisses, hum contentedly or go to sleep while wearing the headsets. One client kept the headset on for 40 minutes, asking again and again for “Just a little more, hon.”

“Aloha VR has helped many of our patients feel reconnected to life,” Kim says. “Some of the most challenging dementia patients … have benefited from our program.”

Patients who are unhappy in life have found a VR session “allows them to forget their chronic pain, anxiety, the fact that they are alone,” Kim says. It’s “a new care modality to bring to a senior care setting like this, to inspire them to live another day where they’re happy.”


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Seniors Welcome New, Battery-Powered Friends,” New York Times.

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Meet the Team: Dennis Lally,” Rendever.

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15th Anniversary Bankers Life Forget Me Not Days® – A blooming success! – Alzheimer’s – Optimum Senior Care – Chicago In Home Caregivers

15th Anniversary Bankers Life Forget Me Not Days® – A blooming success! – Alzheimer’s – Optimum Senior Care – Chicago In Home Caregiverswww.OptimumSeniorCare.com

On June 2-3 and 9-10, 2017, Bankers Life associates and Illinois Chapter volunteers took to the streets and local Jewel Osco stores for the 15th Annual Bankers Life Forget Me Not Days®. This year’s fundraiser helped to raise $431,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association nationwide, providing crucial services to individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.

On June 2-3 and 9-10, 2017, Bankers Life associates and Illinois Chapter volunteers took to the streets and local Jewel Osco stores for the 15th Annual Bankers Life Forget Me Not Days®. The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association by gifting donors with Forget Me Not flower seeds to plant in honor of the more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s today. Since the event’s inception in 2003, Bankers Life has raised more than $5 million dollars for Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs through collection day efforts and corporate donations. This year’s fundraiser helped to raise $431,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association nationwide, providing crucial services to individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.

This year, associates from seven local Bankers Life branch offices and Illinois Chapter volunteers from across the state raised more than $31,000 in support of the Alzheimer’s Association. In summarizing the company’s efforts toward this creative campaign, Bankers Life President Scott Goldberg stated, “Every year, an overwhelming number of Bankers Life associates, agents and volunteers, dedicate their time to collect donations and increase public awareness of Alzheimer’s disease in their communities. The growth of Forget Me Not Days over the last 15 years demonstrates our ongoing commitment and dedication to the Alzheimer’s Association and its mission to advance research and provide patient and caregiver support.” Mr. Goldberg is a member of the Illinois Chapter’s Advisory Board and has helped serve the Association through the Bankers Life Forget Me Not Days campaign for many years.

The Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter is so grateful for the continued support of Bankers Life! Because of its generosity, we can continue to plant the seeds of hope and work toward our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter would like to congratulate our highest fundraising volunteer team—the employees of Payline Data! Payline Data is a mobile credit card processing company that enables their clients to creatively simplify their payments. We are sincerely grateful for their support and participation.

Participating in clinical trials could help lead to potential treatments – Alzheimer’s – Optimum Senior Care – Chicago In Home Caregivers

Participating in clinical trials could help lead to potential treatments – Alzheimer’s – Optimum Senior Care – Chicago In Home Caregiverswww.OptimumSeniorCare.com

Every Alzheimer’s and related dementia clinical trial gives researchers invaluable information that may eventually lead to answers on how to treat the disease. Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch® is a free, easy-to-use matching service that connects individuals living with Alzheimer’s, caregivers, healthy volunteers and physicians with current studies.

Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch® is a free, easy-to-use clinical studies matching service that generates customized lists of studies based on user-provided information. You can easily see what studies you may qualify for. Our continually updated database contains more than 250 studies, including both pharmacological (drug) and non-pharmacological (non-drug) studies being conducted at sites across the country and online.

We need your help to advance research
Individuals with dementia or those who are at risk of developing it, caregivers and healthy volunteers with no dementia issues are needed today to help advance Alzheimer’s research.

By participating in clinical research, you can help to accelerate progress and provide valuable insight into potential treatments and methods of prevention. Without the participation of people like you, finding a cure is nearly impossible.

Find potential studies in four easy steps

Step 1

Access TrialMatch online. For additional assistance email TrialMatch@alz.org or call 800.272.3900 (press 1 for clinical trials).

Step 2

Create your account and answer a few confidential questions to complete a profile. When creating your account, you may elect to opt in or out of receiving email notifications from TrialMatch as new studies become available. You’ll also have the option to create multiple profiles within your account. For example, one for you, one for a parent and one for a partner or spouse.

Step 3

Submit your answers. TrialMatch will immediately generate your customized list of potential study matches, which you can view on your match results page.

Step 4

Review your match results and decide if you wish to contact any of the studies. You are under no obligation to contact or participate in any study. Remember, your profile information is kept confidential.