My father has had one UTI after another this year. His physician wants him to drink more water, but that is easier said than done. Is this just a problem in my family, or do other families struggle with seniors and dehydration?” –Gloria from Powder Springs

When it comes to seniors and dehydration, you are not alone. As people age, their bodies do not retain as much water, which means fluid and electrolyte loss can happen quickly. Elderly people may not feel thirsty or may not recognize those cues because of dementia. If your loved one has incontinence, he or she […]

“My mother is adamant about staying in her own home. I have a caregiver to stay with her during the week, but I am concerned about her safety when she is alone. I’ve read about some families using smart technology for seniors to monitor what’s going on. What can you tell me about this trend and how it can help?” – Suzanne from Dunwoody

Seniors who insist on staying home can be struggling with a loss of independence, and you as well as other adult children may feel guilty or anxious about how to balance that independence with safety. If your loved one is not convinced that assisted living is the right choice, you have options to make aging […]

“I took my father to the dentist after a few years, and he needs a lot of dental work! He has four cavities, gum disease, and a broken tooth. How did it get so bad in only a year or two? Is this common in seniors?” – Fred in Milton

  Oral health is an often-overlooked aspect of wellbeing for many elderly people. According to the National Institute of Health, the age group with the highest rate of tooth decay is people over 65 who have their natural teeth. Dental care for seniors should be a priority because untreated dental problems can cause more than […]

“My mother’s best friend has been victimized by a family member who took advantage of her by stealing her identity as well as some of her favorite pieces of jewelry. She won’t report it because she is related to her abuser, but the situation has upset my mother and, frankly, me as well. How do I protect my mother from this kind of occurrence?” – Richard in Acworth

We’ve all heard stories from friends or on the news about seniors who suffer financial abuse at the hands or strangers or relatives. Scams are more typically committed by strangers and can be on a small scale, such as someone going door to door offering unnecessary home repairs, or by professionals, such as those constant […]

“My mother is driving me crazy! Sometimes she is pleasant and calm, and other times, she can be so nasty. I am at my wit’s end with her outbursts and name calling. Is there anything I can do to make her stop being so mean to me?” – Marge from Westfield

  A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia for your senior is never welcome news, but what makes this condition particularly challenging and emotional for family, friends, and caregivers are the negative dementia behaviors that a senior may exhibit. These behaviors can manifest in several different ways, but regardless of their cause, the result can be […]