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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!” »

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” »

Feeling Invisible, Atlanta Caregivers? Here’s How to Make Your Voice Heard.

Posted on: December 14th, 2016 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Atlanta caregivers,Home Care Atlanta and family caregivers across the country, are “routinely marginalized and ignored within the health care system.” So says the latest report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. With around 18 million family members providing care for an older loved one, this report is alarming, as neglect of the caregivers can result in seniors at risk for harm due to uninformed, inadequate care. Continue reading “Feeling Invisible, Atlanta Caregivers? Here’s How to Make Your Voice Heard.” »

Atlanta Caregivers, Don’t Go It Alone! In Home Care Services Are Here to Help.

Posted on: October 10th, 2016 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Atlanta CaregiversWe’re a do-it-yourself culture; one that truly values self-reliance, and applauds men and women who pull themselves up by their bootstraps and take care of just about everything independently. Even so reality is, there are some things we simply can’t undertake all alone; things which could lead to injury to ourselves or perhaps other people when we abstain from finding help. Continue reading “Atlanta Caregivers, Don’t Go It Alone! In Home Care Services Are Here to Help.” »