“I love my father and want to take care of him, but I just can’t do it alone anymore. I live closer to him than do my brother and sister, and they don’t understand how much work it takes to do everything he needs. How can I get them to help me or at least give me some support even if they can’t pitch in?” – Joan from Westfield

  Providing care for your loved one can be overwhelming, and if you try to do it by yourself for too long, you can become stressed and eventually burned out. There is no reason for you to feel that way because you can always pull together a care team for seniors to take some of […]

“I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I forgot to take my father for his flu shot. Is there any point in getting it this late in the season? Is there anything I can do to keep him healthy and flu-free? – Peter from Tucker

  According to the Centers for Disease Control, the flu season typically runs through May, so it is never too late to get a flu vaccine. This is especially true for the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to the flu than other populations. Seniors with the flu are a serious concern, especially if they […]

“My mother used to love this time of year, but now, she doesn’t get in the spirit, which I suspect is because she doesn’t feel a part of it. What tips can you give me to find ways of including seniors in the festivities that don’t feel like another chore I have to do?” – Maura from Lithonia

  What an excellent question! It is a challenge to make your loved one feel like he or she is a part of the holiday fun without overwhelming him or her (or yourself, for that matter).  Take a moment to reflect on some of the challenges your loved one may be experiencing and then determine […]

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 […]

“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. […]