Author: macintosh

Is it Okay to Cheat on a Cardiac Diet?

is it okay to cheat on a cardiac diet?

Dear Christy: My father is on a very restrictive cardiac diet. His doctor wants him to follow it to help better manage his coronary artery disease. After a lifetime of eating a very unhealthy diet, this abrupt change in lifestyle is very difficult for him to follow. I understand the diet is to be his… Read more »

The Warning Signs that Indicate a Senior Needs More Help

senior woman trying to find a housekey

Dear Regina: I went home to visit my mother in the Columbus area over the holidays. It was my first in-person visit with her since last spring. Besides losing weight, she seemed a little disorganized and nervous during my stay. I’m not sure if this is just normal aging or signs that she needs help… Read more »

Communicating with Your Loved One Who Has Dementia

communicating with your loved one who has dementia

A person who has dementia may have difficulty finding the right words; they may repeat certain sounds, words, and phrases, seem confused, and be unable to adequately express themselves. This frustrating condition causes people to feel helpless, anxious, irritable, and depressed – a very difficult state to witness, especially when it attacks a person who… Read more »

Ask the Expert: How’s the Food in Rehab?

how is the food in rehab

Dear Sharon, My mother is having her knee replaced, and she will be staying at a Central Ohio rehabilitation facility to recover. However, she is an extremely picky eater. I’m concerned she won’t like the food and will be miserable during her stay. Yours Truly, Cynthia Rehabilitation Centers Serve Tasty, Healthy Food Selected by Patients… Read more »

Must-Haves When Downsizing to Assisted Living

When you’re preparing to make the move to an assisted living community, it can be a little intimidating to contemplate the downsizing process (also known as rightsizing). Many of us have lived in our homes for decades, which makes it difficult to imagine what our life will look like somewhere else. However, there are a… Read more »

Do My Senior Parents Need Immediate Help?

A senior woman sits with her relatives in an outdoor courtyard at an assisted living community

Dear Tess, My sister, who lives in the Columbus area, usually helps out Mom and Dad, because my husband and I live out of state. Although we try to visit during holidays, my sister is the one who takes care of my parents on a regular basis. When we visited at Thanksgiving, I was appalled… Read more »