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Update from Atlanta: Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Trials That Look Promising

Posted on: June 14th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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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” »

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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Coping with Alzheimer’s

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” »

Treating Behavioral Issues Without Drugs May Be Best in Dementia Care

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

Is an Alzheimer’s Cure on the Horizon?

Posted on: April 5th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Neurology QuestionsThose of us who follow the latest research in the search for an Alzheimer’s cure are all too familiar with the troublesome amyloid plaques thought to be linked to Alzheimer’s. But could it possibly be that those plaques are actually beneficial? Continue reading “Is an Alzheimer’s Cure on the Horizon?” »

Guidelines to Improve Brain Health

Posted on: March 16th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Senior man eating vegetables on patioThe remarkable research of the latest AARP study is in: those that maintain a balanced and healthy diet are twice as likely to consider their brain health and functionality to be very good or excellent compared to people who rarely eat well. In particular, a diet abundant with fish, vegetables & fruits equated to better brain health. Continue reading “Guidelines to Improve Brain Health” »

Feeling Intimidated About Visiting Someone with Alzheimer’s Disease? These Tips Can Help.

Posted on: March 12th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Spending time with grandmaIt can be just a little intimidating to understand what to say and just how to behave when spending time with a family member with Alzheimer’s disease. And, sadly, because of a few inherent symptoms of the disease, commonly family and friends feel so uncomfortable they avoid visiting with the person at all. Understanding more information on Alzheimer’s and things to anticipate, and preparing in advance about how to best manage challenging behaviors, often helps. Continue reading “Feeling Intimidated About Visiting Someone with Alzheimer’s Disease? These Tips Can Help.” »

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” »