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What to Look for When You’re Looking for a Retirement Community - Politics & City Life
Andrea Donovan, 57, owner of Senior Living Advisors in Riverside, has analyzed 450 retirement homes in the Chicago area. Here are her tips for finding the right match... Read More

Staffing Is Key to the Selection of a Long-Term Care - American Parkinson Disease Association
I have so many fond memories of my dad and his dry but delightful sense of humor. I used to bring him a Long John (no, not the underwear but a long chocolate, creme filled doughnut) everyday when I visited him at the nursing home... Read More

Lessons Learned: Lecture Series Offers Solutions to Seniors’ Biggest Dilemmas - Chicago Tribune - July 11, 2013
Certified Geriatric Care Manager Andrea Donovan and Lexington Squares Director of Community Outreach Jerri Copple have recently partnered to provide solutions to some of the toughest decisions confronting seniors and their families today... Read More

Finding the bargains at retirement communities - Chicago Tribune - May 06, 2011
When Freida and Warren Schriner were considering a move to a retirement community, they worried the costs would overwhelm their pension and Social Security income... Read More

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