Archive for the ‘Family Caregivers’ Category

Senior Malnourishment: A Common, But Often Undetected Problem

Posted on: April 11th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Elderly asian woman bored with foodRemember weekend dinners at Grandma and Grandpa’s, when the whole family came together around the table to share a hearty meal, conversations, and laughter? Regrettably, with many families now living at a distance from their older family members, along with so many pressing needs pulling us in numerous directions, it’s hard to keep on with this tradition – and it could be one of the many factors leading to the dramatic rise in senior malnutrition. Continue reading “Senior Malnourishment: A Common, But Often Undetected Problem” »

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.” »

Family Caregiver Tips: How to Make Every Day a Great Day!

Posted on: March 7th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Beautiful Woman“It just hasn’t been a good day,” we sometimes mourn, shrugging our shoulders hopelessly. Naturally, occasionally things happen that are totally out of your control, plus some days they seem to happen at exactly the same time – making us wish we’d made the decision to simply stay in bed! This can be especially true if you’re a family caregiver feeling overwhelmed by the many tasks and responsibilities of the day. Nevertheless, there are actually steps we can all choose to adopt to turn those difficult days around, and also find purpose and meaning within our challenging experiences. Continue reading “Family Caregiver Tips: How to Make Every Day a Great Day!” »

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?” »

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?” »