“I’ve been dragging my feet about the flu vaccine this year, and now it’s almost winter! Is it too late to get my mother vaccinated? Does it really matter?” – Jocelyn from Vinings

Yes, it does! Flu season typically lasts from October to May in the US, and according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people over 65 are at the highest risk for serious complications. In fact, almost 90% of the flu-related deaths that have occurred in the past few years have been in the elderly […]

“I keep hearing about Medicare enrollment, but I don’t really understand much about it. How do I know if my mother has the right coverage?”-Robert from Norcross

  Making sense of Medicare can be a challenge for most people, but the annual election period is actually a good opportunity for you to review your loved one’s coverage to ensure you have adequate protection. It’s helpful to know what the different parts mean as well as what exactly Medicare enrollment is. You should […]

“Whenever I visit my parents, my father seems more confused and irritable than ever before. How do I know if he is suffering from depression or dementia?” – Leigh from Mableton

“My father seems to get skinnier every time I see him. What can I do to make sure he is eating properly and getting enough nutrients?” – Rhonda from Sandy Springs

This is a tricky situation. You want to respect the dignity of your elderly loved one, but you also need to make sure that malnourishment is not an issue. Consider some of the causes for lack of appetite as well as ways to address nutrition concerns and the elderly. What Do You Mean, You’re not […]

“I hear that exercise is good for preventing dementia. Is that right?” – Sam from Ringgold

SCO Blog June 2016 Thank you so much for your question. Dementia is a very scary and frequently seen diagnosis. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, someone develops the disease every 66 seconds in the United States. Statistics show that 1 in 9 over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s Disease and there are now over […]

SCO Blog April 2016 “My dad is in the hospital. He is being discharged this week. What do I need to do to make it successful?” Emily from Midtown

Discharge discussions and planning from a hospital should start at admission. I am hopeful that you have connected with both his hospital case manager and his charge nurse. If not, this is very important to do quickly. The combination of these two individuals or roles will be vital in ensuring that dad has what is […]

SCO Blog March 2016 “No, dad does not have an advance directive for healthcare or financial. But, mom has died and I’m their only child – does he need it?” James from Virginia

Thank you so much for the question! In the reality of the healthcare and financial worlds, we find that having the proper legal documents in place is always best. This is for everyone over the age of 18! Although the GA Advance Directive for Healthcare is available for free online – we strongly recommend a […]

SCO Blog February 2016 “I’m so glad mom’s assisted living will provide transportation to her doctor’s appointment so that I do not have to go with her and miss work! Isn’t that great?” Mary from Roswell

This statement was taken from a recent phone call to our Aging Life Care Manager in charge of initial intake and education with families. For a bit of backstory – the daughter was concerned about mom’s declining cognitive abilities and abilities to care for herself in her home. She felt it was time for mom […]

“Does the nursing home have any standards they should be going by involving the care of my husband?” Samantha from Gainesville

Thank you for your question! As I always say when I speak to families about nursing home placement for residential care, “No one ever dreams of getting older and living in a nursing home.” However, nursing home level of care is the reality for many of our loved ones for a variety of reasons. The […]

“I cannot figure it out. Mom just will not stop falling!” – Linda from Cartersville

This is something that comes up quite frequently in conversations with our clients – so, we wanted to take a few moments to highlight a portion of the risk factors for increased falls. Please take a few moments to think through the factors below involving those for whom you care: –         Lower extremity weakness/numbness – […]