Archive for the ‘Aging Issues’ Category

Top New Technologies for Persons with Vision Loss

Posted on: February 15th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Blind person holding white caneImpacting millions of Americans, vision loss is as varied as the people who experience it – from simply the need to don a pair of reading glasses to scan through the morning newspaper, to complete blindness. And it’s a lot more prevalent in older adults, with one out of every three seniors over age 65 experiencing some type of  eye disease that affects vision, like glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, as well as others. Thankfully, just like a lot of other challenging conditions, technology continues to explode with options to improve total well-being for many experiencing vision problems. Just take a glance at a few of the vision enhancement tools that are already available to help fight vision loss: Continue reading “Top New Technologies for Persons with Vision Loss” »

Tips and Strategies to Begin Discussing Financial Help for Seniors

Posted on: February 8th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Mature Woman Helping Senior Neighbor With Home FinancesIt’s a sensitive topic to go over with aging parents, but one that has to be resolved sooner rather than later: finances. Many adult children are reluctant to muddle with parents’ financial matters until there is an obvious need, but starting the discussion before the need provides ample opportunity to ensure all things are in order and get assistance if financial help for seniors seems needed. Continue reading “Tips and Strategies to Begin Discussing Financial Help for Seniors” »

Common Phrases to Avoid with Aging Parents and What to Say Instead

Posted on: February 5th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Shocking news.Honesty is always the best policy, right? However, there are times when some truths are better left unsaid or at least worded more positively, particularly when communicating with aging loved ones. Although we might have the very best of intentions in attempting to help aging parents and other older adults navigate life, we are able to help alleviate problems with hurt feelings in our loved ones by rethinking statements like the following: Continue reading “Common Phrases to Avoid with Aging Parents and What to Say Instead” »

Dividing the Cost of Senior Care Fairly with Family

Posted on: January 17th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Mature women talkingDo you recall how hard it could be when you were young to learn the lesson of sharing with your siblings? Though the incredible importance of thinking about other people’s feelings, in addition to being fair, was impressed upon us while very young, it may still be a hurdle to lessen sibling squabbles regarding stressful decisions we confront in adulthood – such as how you can fairly divide the cost of senior care fairly for our aging parents. Continue reading “Dividing the Cost of Senior Care Fairly with Family” »

Anosognosia and Dementia: When Alzheimer’s Patients are in Denial

Posted on: January 10th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Senior man sitting on sofa, denying he has dementia“I do NOT have Alzheimer’s disease! There’s nothing wrong with me!”

If perhaps you have listened to a senior loved one with dementia frustratingly voice this or perhaps a matching sentiment, you might have believed that individual was simply in denial and reluctant to accept a difficult diagnosis. The truth is, however, that oftentimes those with Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions are experiencing anosognosia – an unawareness of their impairment. Continue reading “Anosognosia and Dementia: When Alzheimer’s Patients are in Denial” »

Can Giving Up the Keys Be Bad for Elderly Drivers’ Health?

Posted on: January 4th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Discussing an Elderly Parent's Ability to Drive a CarIt is one of the more troublesome decisions we must confront in older years, and an exceptionally delicate subject for adult children to broach with their senior parents: relinquishing the car keys. Driving a vehicle, while creating an inherent experience of freedom and independence, can become significantly hazardous due to a number of variables regarding aging. And letting go of that independence for safety’s sake can feel defeating. Continue reading “Can Giving Up the Keys Be Bad for Elderly Drivers’ Health?” »

Surprising Senior Health Care Concern: Too Much Care

Posted on: December 18th, 2017 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Mature radiologist talking to senior patient.We desire the most beneficial medical care for our family and friends, but is it feasible that on occasion, less is the most beneficial? As demonstrated by a recent report published in Plos One by Dr. Martin Makary, professor of surgery and health policy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a full 21% of treatment people receive is unneeded – meaning that huge numbers of patients put through various treatment plans, tests and scans are obtaining little if any benefit. And all these unwarranted healthcare services come at a cost: around $210 billion every year, as revealed by the National Academy of Medicine. Continue reading “Surprising Senior Health Care Concern: Too Much Care” »

Atlanta Home Care Partners’ Holiday Visit Safety Checklist for Aging Parents

Posted on: December 13th, 2017 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Smiling Mature nurse embracing  senior woman and holding a Christmas gift while sitting on the sofa.Living far apart makes it hard to visit our aging parents as often as we would wish, but when the holiday season is here, families make it a priority to spend quality time together – making it the perfect opportunity to assess a senior’s safety and wellbeing. There are lots of red flags that can’t be noted in weekly phone conversations, emails, or even through Skype, but which often become noticeable when the family is all together during the holidays. Continue reading “Atlanta Home Care Partners’ Holiday Visit Safety Checklist for Aging Parents” »

When Your Loved One Has Alzheimer’s Disease, How Do You Handle the Holidays?

Posted on: December 5th, 2017 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Photo of elderly woman having breakfast with her caregivers

Observing the holidays through the lens of Alzheimer’s disease can look anything but merry and bright. Family caregivers may perhaps be overwhelmed with caregiving responsibilities, and the disruption to routine may trigger additional distress for a senior struggling with the impact of dementia. Continue reading “When Your Loved One Has Alzheimer’s Disease, How Do You Handle the Holidays?” »

Family Caregivers, Take Note: Socialization is Crucial to Your Health!

Posted on: November 15th, 2017 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Young female and mature women drinking tea and talkingLet’s be genuine: providing senior care for an elderly family member can become draining, frustrating, and isolating. When care requirements advance, specifically when a chronic condition like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease is at play, family caregivers might feel as if they’re in over their heads, and getting through the most basic tasks of the daytime – taking a shower, cooking food, doing errands – can seem a barrier too high to leap. Continue reading “Family Caregivers, Take Note: Socialization is Crucial to Your Health!” »