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Early Intervention Is Key in Alzheimer’s

Posted on: July 18th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Grown daughter talking to parents at home

Part of the problem lies in knowing how to sensitively and effectively convey your concerns to a senior loved one.

Our natural instinct when suspecting the early stages of potential cognitive decline in ourselves or a senior loved one is to look the other way, denying the problem. However, the Alzheimer’s Association advises that it’s crucial to face the issue head-on as soon as possible, as early diagnosis and intervention allow for the most effective treatment plan for dementia to be implemented. Continue reading “Early Intervention Is Key in Alzheimer’s” »

Recent Alzheimer’s News Confirms Which Dementia Supplements to Avoid

Posted on: July 12th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Senior couple looking at medication bottles.

The Alzheimer’s Association is informing the public about which dementia substances to avoid.

As the expression goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That could easily be applied to the recent information in Alzheimer’s news about the increase of corporations offering alternative supplements, dietary programs, and herbal concoctions as a way to treat, or at the very least minimize the ramifications of dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association wants to warn us, however, to proceed with careful attention when exploring treatment options for a senior with dementia – and always get the physician’s approval before trying anything new. Continue reading “Recent Alzheimer’s News Confirms Which Dementia Supplements to Avoid” »

Top Tips for Atlanta Seniors to Avoid Post-Surgery Cognitive Dysfunction

Posted on: July 6th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Senior woman in hospital bed

POCD occurs in more than 25% of seniors following surgery.

For older adults, undergoing medical procedures usually includes some inherent risks, but there’s a little-known effect impacting a significant number of seniors after surgery that people need to be conscious of: POCD (postoperative cognitive dysfunction). POCD occurs in more than 25% of older adults during the days or possibly even weeks following non-cardiac surgery, and will present with an array of symptoms, a few of which may be almost indiscernible: forgetfulness, lack of concentration and focus, and other kinds of cognitive decline that impact quality of life. Continue reading “Top Tips for Atlanta Seniors to Avoid Post-Surgery Cognitive Dysfunction” »

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” »

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” »

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” »

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!” »

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” »