“My best friends’ mother was just diagnosed with macular degeneration, and now I’m worried my mother may be next. Is there anything we can do to keep Mom from going blind?” – Candy in Holly Springs

I can understand why you would be concerned about your loved one developing macular degeneration; after all, it is the leading cause of vision loss in people over 50. According to The National Eye Institute, the number of people diagnosed with MD is expected to exceed five million by 2050. Those staggering statistics mean that […]

“Even when it’s as hot as an oven, my mother keeps the windows closed and bundles up in a sweater, and then she complains about feeling sweaty and clammy. Help! I don’t have the patience to deal with her, and I am worried she is going to get overheated.” – Dawn in Kennesaw

  With the temperatures hovering in the 80’s and 90’s for days on end, it’s no wonder that you are concerned about your mother’s safety. Seniors are at risk for heat-related illnesses such as dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat syncope (fainting), and heat stroke. Why is it such a big concern?  The elderly are disproportionately affected […]

“Lately, it feels like I am the only one going to visit my father at his assisted living facility. I know he would appreciate having visitors, even if he can’t always follow the conversation or contribute. How can I convince my siblings that they need to step up and go see him regularly?” – Mary Ann from Fair Oaks

I can imagine you must feel frustrated with your family for not making more of an effort to stay connected to your father. People have several reasons why they don’t make time for a visit: they may be too busy, feel like they have nothing to say, or even find senior living facilities uncomfortable. Unfortunately, […]

“My mother has recently been diagnosed with dementia, and I’m worried that her living arrangement isn’t safe. Can you explain the advantages of memory care and if it can help my mom?” – Tina from Embry Hills

First, I want to assure you that you are not alone; according to the Alzheimer’s Association, over 5.7 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, and that number does not include other forms of dementia. When your loved one has progressive memory loss, it can be overwhelming for you as a caregiver and for your entire family […]

“I know I am lucky that my mother is alive when so many of my friends have lost theirs, but I sometimes wish I didn’t have to do so much for her. I can’t go out of town or take a day for myself without her needing something. I don’t know which is more of a problem, the exhaustion or the guilt! Do you have any advice to share?” – Cheryl from Sandy Springs

  Let me assure you: many people who act as primary caregivers for their elderly parents or loved ones experience caregiver guilt at some point. It may be due to a demanding senior who doesn’t recognize the other responsibilities you have in your life. It could be caused by a sense of perfectionism, making you […]