Skylark Independence Day

Skylark Independence Day

I love celebrating Independence Day each year. My family often celebrates on vacation in small town America. We start the day with pancakes at the local fire station followed a short time later by a parade full of local celebrities including school programs, marching...
Skylark’s Return To Normal: Milestones Reached

Skylark’s Return To Normal: Milestones Reached

On Tuesday, Skylark visited Azalea Park in Roswell, GA along the Chattahoochee river.  This was our first excursion since February 2020.  We are vaccinated.  Everyone is enjoying the outdoors without a mask.  It’s quite the...
Skylark Associates and Members Vaccinated

Skylark Associates and Members Vaccinated

We are excited to announce at the end of March 2021, all Skylark Associates have been vaccinated as have 95% of our Members. We have hosted multiple vaccine clinics, and our families have been jumping through lots of hoops to find, schedule, and obtain vaccinations...
The COVID Vaccine Has Come to Skylark!

The COVID Vaccine Has Come to Skylark!

We’re excited by the good news of the Coronavirus vaccines.   On Wednesday January 27 with the help of the Cobb-Douglas and Forsyth County Health Department, 26 Skylark Members, Associates, and Caregivers received either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine....
Juggling Caregiving Risks: Seniors  Needs Versus COVID-19

Juggling Caregiving Risks: Seniors Needs Versus COVID-19

In our household, we often ask: is it safe to do this? For my family, we’re careful as I work with seniors. In our family, it’s a team effort.  We wear masks, we keep distant from others, and we avoid crowds.  We wash our hands.  Right now, we’re...
Skylark Day Centers Reopened!

Skylark Day Centers Reopened!

Friends of Skylark: The Skylark Day Centers have REOPENED!   It’s all about Masks, Social Distancing, and Screening.  It’s all about Fun, Engagement, and Health.   We’ve had a tremendous reopening.  Like many adult day centers across the nation, we...
3 Benefits of Senior Home Care: Why You Should Give it a Try

3 Benefits of Senior Home Care: Why You Should Give it a Try

Caring for a family member is a big job. It’s rewarding and a great way to spend time with a loved one. But providing full time care can quickly become a difficult burden to bear. Thankfully, there’s a resource caregivers can take advantage of: senior home care. Home...

Letter to Our Friends of Skylark: COVID-19 Next Steps

Friends of Skylark: I’m writing to share some thoughts concerning Skylark as we approach the 60-day mark of our temporary closing of our adult day centers and the continued shelter-in-place orders for seniors and the medically fragile. The news stories continue apace....
Understanding the Options for Adult Day Programs and In-Home Care

Understanding the Options for Adult Day Programs and In-Home Care

Age can leave anyone in need of a little help. It could be Alzheimer’s, dementia, or any number of other debilitating conditions which cause a challenge. Whether a loved one needs help standing up from a chair, bathing after a long day, or making sure they get enough...
Legal Planning for Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Senior Home Care

Legal Planning for Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Senior Home Care

The senior years are supposed to be the golden years. All too often, though, they come with serious illnesses, including Alzheimer’s and dementia. Life goes by swiftly and it is easy to let certain things go by without giving them the attention they need. This can be...
New Medicare Enhancements Allow for Adult Day Care and Home Care

New Medicare Enhancements Allow for Adult Day Care and Home Care

It’s open enrollment time for Medicare for coverage in 2020. An exciting change to Medicare Advantage program is the addition of supplemental benefits that include services such as Adult Day and Home Care. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has recently announced their...
Top 5 Advantages of Home Health Care Services

Top 5 Advantages of Home Health Care Services

Now that we’re in the middle of winter, chances are we are taking better care of our health.  But some other people – like our frail aging seniors – need to take additional measures to protect their health. This is why home health care services...
Boomers Want to Age in Place: How Will This Affect Senior Housing?

Boomers Want to Age in Place: How Will This Affect Senior Housing?

It isn’t uncommon for aging seniors to need extra care. In many cases, it means seniors must move out of their homes and into a care facility. Things are changing, though. While a care facility seemed like the fate of seniors of the WWII era, Baby Boomers are doing...
Everything You Need to Know About Marietta In-Home Care Services

Everything You Need to Know About Marietta In-Home Care Services

Difficult as it may be, you need to take care of your elderly loved one. But what if you’re not at home most of the day? Many people even take two jobs to support their families. That leaves little time for handling the needs of your parents or grandparents....
When is it Time for Senior Home Care or Adult Day Care?

When is it Time for Senior Home Care or Adult Day Care?

Senior Citizens are usually considered older adults past the age of 65. Most are retired. There may come a time in your senior loved one’s life when it becomes important for them to get home care or adult day care as living becomes more difficult. Whether this is due...
Late-Life Depression: What to Watch for and How to Help

Late-Life Depression: What to Watch for and How to Help

Seeing someone you love struggle with depression is heartbreaking. Unfortunately, their depression can have a negative impact on you, too, contributing to your own feelings of depression, loss of energy, and burnout. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to help...
Guide to Aging in Place: How Seniors Can Stay in Their Home

Guide to Aging in Place: How Seniors Can Stay in Their Home

How important is my independence? How much do I love my home? Would I ever want to lose either? These are questions all of us face as we age. No one wants to lose their independence. In fact, when the time comes, most of us would prefer to do what’s known as “aging in...
Home Care or Adult Day Care? What to Do When Your Parents Need Help

Home Care or Adult Day Care? What to Do When Your Parents Need Help

Getting to know your parents as an adult is a wonderful experience. But it’s an experience which can be marred by advancing age. There is nothing worse than suspecting your parent might be getting too frail to care for their everyday needs or that their mind isn’t as...
How to Cope with Isolation After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

How to Cope with Isolation After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Alzheimer’s is a scary disease, both for the person diagnosed and their loved ones. Sometimes, people with Alzheimer’s find they’re living in isolation, and those who used to visit them often don’t come around as much – if at all. What can you do if this has happened...
Veterans’ Pensions Help Seniors Pay for Home Care Assistance

Veterans’ Pensions Help Seniors Pay for Home Care Assistance

Veterans’ Pensions Help Seniors Pay for Home Care Assistance It seems like things get more and more expensive every day. After we get through paying for the necessities, anything else seems almost out of reach financially. This includes home care assistance, too....
Dementia and Alzheimer’s: Treatment and Home Care Options

Dementia and Alzheimer’s: Treatment and Home Care Options

We all can be forgetful.  As we age, our memory and our cognitive abilities change.  Many elderly citizens may experience a slight loss of memory.  When memory loss becomes more pronounced and  affects one’s daily life and functionality, it could be a symptom of...
How to Choose The Best Atlanta Adult Day Care Center

How to Choose The Best Atlanta Adult Day Care Center

It’s hard to accept that an elderly loved one needs help throughout the day. We understand you completely. Know that getting assistance from an Atlanta adult day care center is sometimes just the best solution. You need to know how to make sure they’re the...
Home Care: How Music Therapy Helps Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Home Care: How Music Therapy Helps Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Music is a powerful tool. Research has shown music stimulates neurons that span the brain. Brain functions which have no obvious connection to each other are stimulated by music. For people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, the effects of music therapy as a...
When Parents Refuse Care: When to Hire Senior Care and Other Tips

When Parents Refuse Care: When to Hire Senior Care and Other Tips

Have you started to notice your parent slowing down a bit? Do they not seem as steady as they once were? Seeing our parents go through this can be really difficult. But something adult children don’t always realize is just how hard this is on their parents – not just...
Senior Home Care: What Options Do You Have and Can You Afford Them?

Senior Home Care: What Options Do You Have and Can You Afford Them?

Seniors want to retain their independence for as long as possible. There comes a time, though, when most of us will need some assistance. Nearly everyone ends up facing the realization maybe they’re not as strong as they used to be – either due to age, illness, or...
Finding the Ideal Home Care Aide – 5 Characteristics to Look For

Finding the Ideal Home Care Aide – 5 Characteristics to Look For

Hiring a home care aide is no easy task. Not just anyone can do this type of work. Providing home care assistance requires very specific traits. That’s why, when people come to us for home care services, we explain to them what to look for in a home care aide. When a...
Skylark Independence Day

Veteran Benefits for Seniors Needing Care

Anyone who served in the military might be eligible for benefits depending on their needs and countable income and retirement savings, but once a veteran reaches age 65 and older, a variety of benefits become available. Elderly veterans are also eligible for all of...
How Expanding Medicare Advantage Benefits Atlanta Adult Day Care!

How Expanding Medicare Advantage Benefits Atlanta Adult Day Care!

If you’re like most people, the idea of getting even more coverage under your existing insurance plan is an exciting prospect. It doesn’t happen often – but when it does, it’s a cause for celebration. Well, get ready to celebrate if you have Medicare Advantage in...
How Seniors Can Counter the Effects of Time: 10 Healthy Aging Tips

How Seniors Can Counter the Effects of Time: 10 Healthy Aging Tips

How do you imagine your parents living during their senior years? Do you see a vibrant, energized person, or do you see someone who is stuck in bed dealing with chronic health issues? As a person ages, certain health issues are sure to arise. However, this doesn’t...
Food Insecurity in Seniors: What Is It & How Can You Help?

Food Insecurity in Seniors: What Is It & How Can You Help?

You want your senior family members to be happy and healthy. An important part of this is ensuring they’re getting plenty of delicious and nutritious foods to eat on a daily basis. After all, lack of nutrients can lead to physical, mental, and emotional health...
Loneliness is Deadly! How Atlanta Adult Day Care Can Help

Loneliness is Deadly! How Atlanta Adult Day Care Can Help

When we think of epidemics which can kill people, we tend to think of chronic diseases, like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. What doesn’t always come to mind are emotional issues, particularly one as “commonplace” as loneliness? To some extent, we all deal with...
Will Veterans’ Aid Cover Adult Day Care Costs for Your Parents?

Will Veterans’ Aid Cover Adult Day Care Costs for Your Parents?

We all want what’s best for our parents. Over the years, they’ve done so much to care for and protect us. Now, it’s our turn to return the favor. Unfortunately, this can prove to be difficult for many adult children. Most of us work full-time and have children to...
A Guide to Senior Nutrition for Home Care and Adult Day Care

A Guide to Senior Nutrition for Home Care and Adult Day Care

The Importance of a Senior’s Nutritional Guide A healthy diet helps seniors to keep away from health risks such as constipation, poor memory, high blood pressure, reduced body temperature, wearing out of bones, low immune system and many more. The guide provides...
How Those with Alzheimer’s Benefit from Adult Day Care

How Those with Alzheimer’s Benefit from Adult Day Care

Caretaking for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease isn’t always easy. It takes a lot of time and effort and can be, at times, emotionally draining. As a caretaker, it’s important to acknowledge you need some help every once in a while. But where can you find the help...
Home Care for Mom and Dad – How to Negotiate with Your Siblings

Home Care for Mom and Dad – How to Negotiate with Your Siblings

When problems arise, we have no doubt our family members will be the first ones by our side. As lovely as the family connection is, disagreements arise when dealing with certain stressful circumstances. One of the most difficult to work through can be negotiating with...
7 Clever Options to Pay for In Home Care

7 Clever Options to Pay for In Home Care

There comes a time in life when people just can’t do what they used to do. When this happens, family members want to do all they can to help. However, with work and other responsibilities, many people don’t have the time required to provide the care their loved one...
How to Have a Conversation About Senior Home Care with Your Parents

How to Have a Conversation About Senior Home Care with Your Parents

As we get older, we face having one of the most difficult conversations ever with our parents: the elder care and end-of-life conversation. As much as we don’t want to have this conversation, it’s vital we have it as soon as possible. Today, we’ll discuss why it’s so...
5 Tips for Finding the Best Adult Day Services

5 Tips for Finding the Best Adult Day Services

Families have turned to Adult Day Centers since at least the 1950s to care for their aging loved ones.  It’s perhaps the only elder care service available to combine the flexibility of staying home, receiving excellent health care, and meeting new friends in a...
10 Activities for Alzheimer’s Patients to Stimulate Their Brain

10 Activities for Alzheimer’s Patients to Stimulate Their Brain

No one wants to end up with a debilitating disease, particularly one like Alzheimer’s. Are there are steps that can be taken to slow the disease’s progression? Experts say the main thing people can do to prevent or slow down Alzheimer’s disease is to stimulate their...
Atlanta Senior Care: Tips for Traveling with Alzheimer’s Patients

Atlanta Senior Care: Tips for Traveling with Alzheimer’s Patients

Once a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, life feels incredibly different. Things you may have at one time taken for granted aren’t as easy as they used to be. Even something as simple as traveling in the car with your loved can now be trickier than ever....
Do Sensory Rooms for Dementia Work?

Do Sensory Rooms for Dementia Work?

Sensory rooms are one of the newest trends in the constantly evolving field of dementia treatment methods. Designed to promote feelings of comfort and happiness, sensory rooms relieve the pain and stress associated with dementia while also serving to improve the...
Financial Resources for Seniors

Financial Resources for Seniors

As we age, we need more and more assistance to help us through our daily lives. Some of us require more health care and prescription coverage as we develop medical conditions, endure disability, suffer from disease, heart problems, and other life-changing illnesses....
3rd Annual Casino Night to Support Alzheimer’s

3rd Annual Casino Night to Support Alzheimer’s

Come help the LMK Foundation.  They have provided many grants for respite care (such as home care, adult day services, or residential services) to families across the Metro Atlanta region caring for loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease....
Adult Day Care for Seniors: Top Benefits To Consider

Adult Day Care for Seniors: Top Benefits To Consider

Adult day care for seniors might initially sound like an odd option for caring for your beloved Elder. Indeed, many Adult Day participants don’t really like the name. But what if you find out day care centers are largely employed as an alternative to caregiving at...
How Adult Day Programs Help Seniors Overcome Challenges

How Adult Day Programs Help Seniors Overcome Challenges

As your senior parents settle into their retirement years, they may not experience their golden years as joyfully as they would like. This is especially so when facing health challenges, feeling helpless because of a loss of independence, or experiencing loneliness as...
Adult Day Care: How Technology Will Help Your Senior

Adult Day Care: How Technology Will Help Your Senior

When thinking about the future, most of us are likely envisioning a scenario where we work to provide for our kids. But we forget the future also includes our aging parents who will be among the estimated 20% aging population in the US by the end of 2050. They will be...
4 Chronic Conditions Requiring In Home Care for Seniors

4 Chronic Conditions Requiring In Home Care for Seniors

As much as you’d like to be the one taking care of your parents when they most need you, life rarely plans it this way. An unexpected career change which has you moving to another state could separate you from aging relatives. This could mean you need to use...
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from Skylark

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from Skylark

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! In a few weeks, my family will gather once again to celebrate Christmas.  We will share meals.  Presents will be exchanged.  My guess is my kids will make a couple presents for their grandmas and grandpas.  Many of us will travel to...
5 Ways In-Home Care Can Be Life-Changing for the Elderly

5 Ways In-Home Care Can Be Life-Changing for the Elderly

Are you worried about your elderly parents? Then something like this has probably crossed your mind more than once in the past few weeks: “what’s in store for my mother/father’s future?” You’ve no doubt thought about putting your loved...
Is It Time for Elderly Day Care? 5 Signs to Watch Out for

Is It Time for Elderly Day Care? 5 Signs to Watch Out for

Not all seniors will appreciate being sent to elderly day care. It’s a fact everyone needs to come to terms with eventually. The comfort of their own home always beats anything a facility has to offer. Unless they can no longer look after...
How Your Senior’s Mental Health Is Improved with Adult Day Care

How Your Senior’s Mental Health Is Improved with Adult Day Care

Does a loved Senior in your life seem depressed?  Many seniors are. Many have other mental health challenges such as anxiety and agitation which first become symptomatic in later life. It’s a sensitive situation that requires special assistance and knowledge....
Senior Home Care: 7 Home Activities for People with Alzheimer’s

Senior Home Care: 7 Home Activities for People with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a severe disease that usually requires senior home care services. People with Alzheimer’s can be difficult to care for and require constant supervision. That does not mean they cannot enjoy the freedom to do what they want. Being trapped at...
How to Pick Between Multiple Adult Day Programs

How to Pick Between Multiple Adult Day Programs

Don’t know which adult day programs are best for your loved ones? Most of the time, it is necessary to think of their wishes first. Many people tend to choose a care center based on what they think is right for their parents. There are, however, some qualities...
Caregiving: Significant Costs to Care for Our Loved Ones

Caregiving: Significant Costs to Care for Our Loved Ones

When families visit us, cost of care is often a big concern. Objectively, families need to be concerned. According to the Genworth’s 2016 Annual Long Term Care Cost Study (https://www.genworth.com/about-us/industry- expertise/cost-of- care.html#), costs for...
Bend the Cost Curve: 5 Tips to Create Value in Senior Care

Bend the Cost Curve: 5 Tips to Create Value in Senior Care

As we have seen caregiving is an expensive undertaking, especially when an individual needs several years of care. When a person’s total cost of care ranges between $200,000 and $600,000, there are unintended consequences when the money runs out. Reality sets in when...