“My elderly father has his days, but for the most part, he still seems pretty sharp. Is there anything I can do to help him stay that way? What tips do you have for boosting brain health?” –Christine from Sandy Springs

  That is fantastic to hear that your father is still going strong. I understand wanting to hold off cognitive decline for as long as you can for your senior.  For many families, Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other causes of mental impairment can make it difficult for their loved ones to function and maintain relationships. The […]

“My mother has agreed to move to an assisted living facility, but what happens now? I do not think I can handle this move by myself, and my siblings do not live in the same town. Is there anyone who can help us with the task of downsizing and the battles that go with it?” – Stephen from Milton

  Moving into a senior living community is not like an everyday move. For this type of move, you may have several focuses, the most daunting of which may be clearing out a home where your parent has lived for the majority of his or her life. With decades of personal belongings and keepsakes accumulated, […]

“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. […]

“I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I don’t think I have seen my father’s feet in years! Lately, he has been complaining of foot pain. Do you have any tips for senior foot care that can help him?” – – Daniel from Alpharetta

While feet may be a touchy subject for people of any age, we all should appreciate the miles our feet haven taken us over a lifetime. With daily weight bearing for decades (not to mention unsupportive footwear), feet can take a real beating, but how many of us show our feet the love they deserve? […]

“My mother has been complaining about blurry vision, and I am concerned she might be developing cataracts. I don’t know how she is going to adjust if she loses her sight! Is there anything that we can do, or is it too late to save her vision?” – Sylvia from Woodstock

If your loved one has cataracts, she is in good company, but it doesn’t mean her sight is gone forever. By the time people reach 80, at least half of the elderly population will either have cataracts or have had surgery to remove them. Usually, you can tell if your loved one has a cataract, […]

“My sister and I both live in different cities far from our elderly father, and neither of us can visit as often as we like. We both worry we aren’t doing enough to help him. Should we try to move him to be near us, or can long-distance caregiving work for our family?” Stephen from Franklin, Tennessee

When you live out of town, you may not be able to act as your senior’s primary caregiver. That does not mean you do not have a vital role in your loved one’s care. What you lack in physical proximity you can make up for in organization and coordination. The key to successful long-distance caregiving […]