“My sisters and I have been taking turns looking after my father, but his needs are more than we can handle. We are ready to hire a caregiver, but honestly, we aren’t sure how to do it. Do you have any advice for finding a caregiver who is qualified and compassionate?” – Shelly from Austell

You and your sisters should be commended not only for your commitment to your father’s care, but also for the ability to recognize when you need help. Finding a caregiver requires a bit of legwork and some reflection to know what qualities are important to you as well as what assistance your loved one requires. […]

“I recently moved my mother down here to be near me, and it’s like she has one cold after another. She was always healthy, and I am worried that her immune system can’t handle the change in environment. She’s just miserable with all the sneezing! Do you have any advice?”-George from Sandy Plains

It’s springtime in the South, and that means warmer temperatures, longer days, and blossoming plants. Your mother may not be having problems with frequent colds; her symptoms could be caused by allergies. Many seniors with allergies may be misdiagnosed or undertreated because caregivers and health care providers tend to focus more on other health conditions. […]

“I’ve been thinking a lot about habit changes lately as I watch my father struggle with controlling his heart condition. We have a strong family history of heart disease, and I would love any tips to help my father now as well for me in the future. What can you tell me about improving heart health for seniors?”-Marshall from Lawrenceville

Considering that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women over 65, you are doing yourself and your father a lot of good by changing habits now. Heart health for seniors is on lots of people’s minds because almost everyone will be affected directly or have a loved one who suffers […]

“This cold weather has been a real challenge for my mother. She has more difficulty staying warm and getting out. I am worried about how winter is affecting her health, to be honest. Can you share a few tips to keep her comfortable and warm this time of year?” -Beverly from Newnan

  You are right to be concerned. Winter safety for seniors should be a priority for caregivers and family members to ensure their loved ones remain healthy when the temperatures drop. Besides the obvious hazards of slipping and falling on ice, hypothermia, when body temperature drops below a normal range, is a real risk for […]

“I hate to admit it, but I am already dreading the holidays. There’s so much to do, and on top of that, I have to figure out how to include my father in the festivities. Do you have any advice to make the holidays with seniors easier?”-Louisa from Mountain Park

You are not alone; many people find the stress of the holiday season overshadows the joy they think they should be having. Your stress level can be compounded by spending the holidays with seniors who may be struggling as well. The answer to your question is simple: simplify your holidays. Where to Begin Imagine a […]