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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?” »

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!” »


Family Fights Can Impact Quality of Care for Aging Parents. These Tips Can Help.

Posted on: November 8th, 2017 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Family Fights Can Impact Quality of Care for Aging Parents. These Tips Can Help.

Shot of a mature married couple having an argument Even if we’d prefer to turn a blind eye to it, family friction is actually prevalent in some way for most people, and in a period of crisis, such as while in the midst of providing care for aging parents, is often exacerbated. When stress levels are heightened, it’s natural to seek a target to serve as an outlet for all of those feelings; and sadly, that target is usually people we’ve shared likely the most with over a lifetime: our siblings. Continue reading “
Family Fights Can Impact Quality of Care for Aging Parents. These Tips Can Help.” »

Effective Delirium Treatment for Senior Loved Ones

Posted on: September 18th, 2017 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Senior Woman in bedImagine heading to the hospital for a routine procedure, only to wake up from the anesthesia with horrific – and recurring – feelings of mental fogginess, paranoia, hallucinations, and the inability to speak coherently. Imagine these sensations coming and going unpredictably for months, or perhaps even years; and sometimes, for a lifetime. Continue reading “Effective Delirium Treatment for Senior Loved Ones” »