Early Intervention Is Key in Alzheimer’s

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Part of the problem lies in knowing how to sensitively and effectively convey your concerns to a senior loved one.

Our natural instinct when suspecting the early stages of potential cognitive decline in ourselves or a senior loved one is to look the other way, denying the problem. However, the Alzheimer’s Association advises that it’s crucial to face the issue head-on as soon as possible, as early diagnosis and intervention allow for the most effective treatment plan for dementia to be implemented. Continue reading “Early Intervention Is Key in Alzheimer’s” »

Posted on: July 18th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Recent Alzheimer’s News Confirms Which Dementia Supplements to Avoid

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The Alzheimer’s Association is informing the public about which dementia substances to avoid.

As the expression goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That could easily be applied to the recent information in Alzheimer’s news about the increase of corporations offering alternative supplements, dietary programs, and herbal concoctions as a way to treat, or at the very least minimize the ramifications of dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association wants to warn us, however, to proceed with careful attention when exploring treatment options for a senior with dementia – and always get the physician’s approval before trying anything new. Continue reading “Recent Alzheimer’s News Confirms Which Dementia Supplements to Avoid” »

Posted on: July 12th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Top Tips for Atlanta Seniors to Avoid Post-Surgery Cognitive Dysfunction

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POCD occurs in more than 25% of seniors following surgery.

For older adults, undergoing medical procedures usually includes some inherent risks, but there’s a little-known effect impacting a significant number of seniors after surgery that people need to be conscious of: POCD (postoperative cognitive dysfunction). POCD occurs in more than 25% of older adults during the days or possibly even weeks following non-cardiac surgery, and will present with an array of symptoms, a few of which may be almost indiscernible: forgetfulness, lack of concentration and focus, and other kinds of cognitive decline that impact quality of life. Continue reading “Top Tips for Atlanta Seniors to Avoid Post-Surgery Cognitive Dysfunction” »

Posted on: July 6th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Why We Need a Better Way to Manage Chronic Pain in Seniors

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Seniors need a different approach to managing chronic pain.

Since the large population of baby boomers continue to age, and as our life span continues being extended, our understanding with regards to coping with chronic pain in seniors has evolved accordingly. Currently, more than 50% of those over age 65 complain of persistent pain—and for ¾ of those dealing with chronic pain, the pain exhibits in a number of locations—and it is unfavorably affecting their physical function and wellbeing. Continue reading “Why We Need a Better Way to Manage Chronic Pain in Seniors” »

Posted on: June 19th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Update from Atlanta: Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Trials That Look Promising

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The latest findings in Alzheimer’s clinical trials.

With as many as 5.7 million seniors currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease—a full 10% of the over-65 population—and that number likely to soar to as much as 14 million by the year 2050, the race is on as experts scramble to uncover a cure or at the very least a successful treatment option. And aside from the emotional toll the condition takes on both individuals diagnosed and their loved ones, the financial impact is shocking, costing up to $277 billion in 2018 and likely to grow to over $1 trillion by 2050. Continue reading “Update from Atlanta: Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Trials That Look Promising” »

Posted on: June 14th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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What All Family Caregivers Need to Know: Tips From the Home Care Experts in Decatur

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Learn the skills you need to provide better care for your senior loved one.

If you’re providing care for a senior relative, it is likely that you stumbled into the responsibility with virtually no formal training: you saw the requirement, and gallantly came forward to meet it. Yet, the Georgia home care professionals at Atlanta Home Care Partners are provided with in-depth training before they’re fully equipped to properly and effectively care for seniors. Through our efforts to encourage family caregivers, we’ve outlined many of the crucial skills needed to provide the highest quality senior care. Continue reading “What All Family Caregivers Need to Know: Tips From the Home Care Experts in Decatur” »

Posted on: June 8th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Scammers Targeting Seniors: Home Care in Atlanta, GA Helps Ease Loneliness and Increase Safety

man on phone with scammer senior care atlantaTelephone scams intended for older adults are nothing new, with an astounding $36 billion lost every year to financial abuse. And the latest senior phone scam circulating is hard for many older adults to detect until it is too late. Center for Elder Law and Justice attorney Nicole K. Parshall explains, “There is always a new variation of a phone scam. Scammers are very good at developing new tactics in order to engage with specific types of individuals.” Continue reading “Scammers Targeting Seniors: Home Care in Atlanta, GA Helps Ease Loneliness and Increase Safety” »

Posted on: May 17th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Lying to Someone with Alzheimer’s? Dementia Care in Atlanta Helps Navigate Challenging Situations

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At an early age, we learn the tale of George Washington’s mishap with the cherry tree and the bold admittance to his parents, “I cannot tell a lie; I chopped down the cherry tree!” Truthfulness is embedded in our character, and oftentimes telling a small white lie can wrack us with guilt. But could it sometimes be advantageous to fib when chatting with a loved one with Alzheimer’s? Continue reading “Lying to Someone with Alzheimer’s? Dementia Care in Atlanta Helps Navigate Challenging Situations” »

Posted on: May 13th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Taking Care of Elderly Parents: How Home Care Services in Atlanta Help Maintain Independence

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The most commendable and admirable decision adult children will make is to open up their house to elderly parents. Our parents raised and took care of us when we needed help and support, so it seems like a no-brainer to reciprocate when it becomes unsafe for Mom or Dad to live alone. But there are a number of considerations to take into account before you take this step. Atlanta Home Care Partners, Inc. details some of the key questions to think about: Continue reading “Taking Care of Elderly Parents: How Home Care Services in Atlanta Help Maintain Independence” »

Posted on: May 9th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Treating Behavioral Issues Without Drugs May Be Best in Dementia Care

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The latest recommendations issued by the Alzheimer’s Association for dementia care are in: using individually-based, non-medication treatment options are best to manage behavioral issues associated with dementia. When behaviors change in an individual and a person exhibits sundowning, agitation, aggression, and wandering, the goal is to steer away from available medications aimed at modulating these behaviors, such as anti-psychotics, which can result in serious health complications and even death in those with dementia. Continue reading “Treating Behavioral Issues Without Drugs May Be Best in Dementia Care” »

Posted on: April 19th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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