“Everyone in the family, including my elderly father, has allergies every spring, but this year, our symptoms seem worse than ever. My father is worried we could have Covid, but I disagree. Can you clear up our Covid-19 or allergies debate?” –Gina from Dunwoody

  Most people have spent more time at home over the past year, and with the spring weather, they want to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. For some, that means too much pollen exposure, which in turn can make them feel pretty miserable. When you feel rundown, you may forget that […]

“My mother’s physician thinks it may be time to consider memory care, but honestly, I don’t know much about it and how it differs from other senior living options. Can you explain the benefits of memory care so that my family can decide what is best for Mom?” – Joe from Roswell

Any time you choose a senior living community for your loved one, it can be a difficult decision. Finding the right level of care just complicates the matter, but the truth is that the benefits of memory care make it an option that deserves serious consideration. You probably are familiar with the basic senior living […]

“My dad is concerned about the new vaccine for the pandemic, but I want to get him scheduled as soon as possible. How can I convince him that protecting seniors with Covid-19 vaccine is the best way to stay healthy?” Judy from Decatur

  This is what we’ve all been waiting for: the Covid-19 vaccine is finally here, and while the roll-out is not quite as swift as everyone would like it to be, it is getting into the arms of medical providers and first responders. At this stage, protecting seniors with Covid-19 vaccine is the next priority. […]

“This year has been a challenge for everyone including my elderly mother, and now the holidays are happening at the same time the pandemic is surging. Can you recommend ways for celebrating holidays with seniors during Covid that keep her safe but still feel festive?” – Patti from Marietta

My advice for this holiday season is not entirely different than it is for every holiday season: less is more. Every year, families go above and beyond to try to top the year before, with bigger gatherings, rich meals, lavish gifts, and over-the-top decorations. Underlying all this excess is a level of stress and high […]

“My mother has never been the best sleeper, but lately, she is struggling more than usual. I hate to put her on another prescription. Do you have any suggestions to help get better sleep for seniors?” –Sandra from Vinings

It is a myth that older people do not need much sleep; the fact is that people over 65 should get the same seven to eight hours a night as much younger adults. Unfortunately, anywhere from 40 to 70 percent of elderly people have regular struggles with sleep, according to the National Institutes of Health. […]