Smith CCRCs to hold free memory support meetings in September

Smith Crossing group for caregivers and families of people with dementia has Q&A session Sept. 6 and Smith Village focuses on advance directives Sept. 11
 
 
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Aug. 23, 2012 - PRLog -- Southwestern Chicago and suburban families and caregivers of seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can meet with others who have the same concerns at a free gathering either Thursday, Sept. 6 at Smith Crossing in Orland Park or Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Smith Village in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood. Both begin at 6:30 p.m.

The hour-long gatherings at both continuing care retirement communities will be open to questions and comments from the assembled group, and light refreshments will be served.

On Sept. 6 Smith Crossing’s activity director Dana Mahler will facilitate a Q&A discussion of common concerns to caregivers—for example, how to keep loved ones actively engaged, “sundowning” and what to do about it and what’s the progression of dementia. This meeting at 10501 Emilie Lane in Orland Park (enter at 104th Avenue and 183rd Street), requires advanced reservations. Call 708-326-2300.

Sept. 11 Dr. Michael Thomas, the medical director of Smith Village at 2320 W. 113th Place in Chicago, will talk about the importance of advance directives so that family members know senior adults wishes should they be hospitalized or receiving palliative/hospice care. To reserve a seat, please call 773-474-7300.

About Smith Senior Living
Smith Senior Living, a not-for-profit organization serving older adults, sponsors Smith Village in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood and Smith Crossing in Orland Park, Ill. These continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) are the only ones located in the Southwest sector of metropolitan Chicago. An innovative leader in providing the finest services and care for seniors, Smith established its first community in 1924, on the same city block where Smith Village stands today.

Both CCRCs provide spacious independent living residences, and apartments for assisted living, as well as memory support and skilled nursing care. In addition, they offer short-term rehab programs for residents and others who have had surgery or a medical incident.

For more information about how Smith Senior Living can help seniors enjoy their retirement, contact Smith Crossing at 708-326-2300 or SmithCrossing.org and Smith Village at 773-474-7300 or SmithVillage.org.

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Sheila King Public Relations, 773-239-2220, smithseniorliving@skpr.net
Peg Rafferty, 773-238-2935, pegrafferty@skpr.net
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