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The holiday season can be a festive time when families and friends come together for joyous celebrations. For a caregiver, it can also be a time of stress. Transporting a person with special needs to be with family can be difficult. Holiday shopping becomes a challenge. Taking time for yourself away from the person you are caring for can foster feelings of guilt and resentment. There may be a reluctance to travel with the holiday crowds. Celebrating with children who have special needs can be both rewarding and saddening. Keeping the spirits up for a returning wounded warrior during this time of the year can be difficult. Financial concerns when you are caring for someone seem to multiply. Understanding your feelings and learning how to deal with these emotions can help a caregiver deal with the holiday season. It isn’t always easy to maintain a positive attitude. But this is the time of the year to count your blessings and enjoy the time spent with loved ones. We hope that the articles in this issue will help make this a happy holiday season for the caregiver and their loved ones. Our next issue in January will address nutrition and exercise (both mental and physical). We will offer some suggestions for New Year’s Resolutions that will add to your mental and physical well being. Happy Holidays,

Mark Shekerow Publisher


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Show Your Appreciation During National Family Caregivers Month


by Stacey Burton, M.Ed., CDMS, CRC November is National Family Caregivers Month, when we honor those who dedicate themselves daily to caring for their loved ones, sacrificing sleep, finances, time, and often, their own health. According to statistics provided by the National Family Caregivers Association, more than 50 million people in the U.S. provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend in any given year. The value of the services they provide for “free” amounts to 306 billion dollars a year. Fortunately, there are state and federally-funded programs that offer respite relief for the care-giver, and concerns for the aged continue to gain legislative attention. The enactment of the Older Americans Act Amendments of 2000 (Public Law 106-501) established an important new program, the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP). The NFCSP offers adult day-care programs, in-home respite care options and additional services which include assistive devices. There is also the Aged and Disabled Adult Medicaid HCBS Waiver, which offers the same provisions as the latter, but with different eligibility criteria. Florida offers Respite for Elders in Everyday Families (RELIEF), administered at the state level by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. Despite these options and programs, many family members remain overwhelmed and underresourced in providing care. So it is with the greatest appreciation, we honor family caregivers throughout the country for their tireless support and love.


Caregiver My Life as a

by Toni Gitles and Stacey Burton, M.Ed., CDMS, CRC


Imagine your parents have just been rushed to the hospital and are incapable of providing any of their medical or insurance information. Fortunately, the ER admissions nurse found your business card in your mom’s wallet and phoned you. Do you really want to tell the nurse you can’t help? Do you really want to go to your parent’s home and ransack it looking for critical paperwork and information? Wouldn’t you rather be prepared to respond in the most efficient and helpful way possible? What if you live out of town? Having this information available will allow you to provide crucial assistance at a critical time. Getting organized today helps you be prepared for a less stressful tomorrow. By far, the most important thing you can do to help your parents is to talk to them about issues that affect their well-being and the well-being of the family before something tragic happens. These include and are not limited to issues of medical care and intervention, legal and financial business, end-of-life issues, inheritance designations and advanced directives. Prepare a notebook or consider scanning information onto a small flash drive to carry with you. Keep an emergency information kit in your car and medical information in your purse or wallet at all times. Post medication and physician information on the refrigerator, which is the typically the first place an emergency team coming to the house will look.

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Consider the following seven tips to best prepare for potential situations. 1. Legal planning includes making sure wills and trusts are written and are up-to-date. In case of a recent relocation to another state, consult a professional immediately to make certain documents are recognized in the new state. With your parent’s permission, assign durable power of attorney (DPOA) to easily access medical, bank and insurance records. 2. Medical planning involves designating the health care surrogate/proxy, an individual who can be proactive to make health care decisions if the parent becomes unable to do so. Create a current medication list including the name of the drug, dosage, frequency, what it is for, prescribing doctor and pharmacy and relevant phone numbers, and any allergies. When accompanying a parent to a doctor visit, supply this list and verbally review with the doctor as needed. Check to see if your parent’s city/county has an emergency responder program. 3. Know where financial records are kept. This includes bank name and account numbers, checkbooks, safety deposit box keys, and investment accounts. Know the contact person and/or phone number. 4. Know where Insurance records are kept. This includes Medicare number, life and health insurance providers and policy numbers, and social security number. 5. Mostly, our parents want to continue living at home even if they develop an illness or debilitating condition. Safely living at home is critical. Know that most homes are not constructed with the needs of the elderly or disabled in mind. Beginning mobility problems requiring the use of walker, arthritis and it’s resulting problems, the high risk of falling and balance related problems in the elderly, make us realize that homes can be quite unsafe. Consider having a geriatric care manager or certified aging in place specialist come to the home to evaluate your loved one’s physical capacities and needs in relation to the physical structure of the home. Consider having an alert system connected to the

phone. For a small monthly fee, your parent can instantly get assistance and an emergency team can access the home. 6. M  ake your own health and well-being a priority. Do whatever it takes to eat healthy, exercise, sleep 7-8 hours each night, and laugh often. Keep up with your personal interests and friendship as this is paramount to your mental health. When caregiver demands are high and seemingly unending, joining a support group with individuals who can offer feedback on assistance, local resources, and are perhaps the only people who understand just exactly the range of emotions you go through each day, can be immensely beneficial. 7. C  reate a team of caring family and friends to be your helpers. Your religious or spiritual community may already have a system of volunteers. Get to know your neighbors and help each other. Check the non-profit resources in your community. Consider hiring a home companion or a skilled inhome provider or a geriatric care manager who can help take over if you need help or need a vacation!

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It Could Just Be Their by Lyn A. Sedwick, M.D., Neuro-ophthalmologist, Winter Park, FL


The holidays are wonderful times to reconnect with family, but they also give visiting family members a chance to assess changes in an aging parent’s, or grandparent’s, health and mental capacity firsthand. Simple observation and questioning can sometimes ferret out specific difficulties that can be mistaken for early signs of dementia. For example, some treatable visual problems can slowly cause loss of vision in one or both eyes (cataracts, macular degeneration) and this loss can be apparent in ways obvious to the careful observer. If your mom, who previously was an immaculate dresser, is wearing a shirt with a stain obvious to you, or has some dents in the side of her car nearest to the garage wall, it may be that Mom’s vision is impaired and her visual judgment is impacted. Likewise, if Grandpa who previously read a lot, or worked crossword or other visual puzzles, now has no interest in reading, etc., a little probing, or a large print book, might uncover a visual problem, not a lack of mental comprehension. Sometimes the person affected is in fact aware of the problem, and may, for example, have been told by an eye physician that he should not be driving, or should consider cataract


surgery, but is reluctant to share any information that might lead to “the family” restricting his driving. If your aging loved one has difficulties which could be caused by poor vision, try to accompany him or her to a visit with his eye physician, and listen and ask questions.

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Early Intervention & Memory Loss Strong evidence indicates that early intervention and specialized care can help individuals with memory loss to live a more comfortable and enjoyable life. People recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can now count on the assistance of several new companies that specialize in this early stage of AD (Alzheimer’s disease). These companies offer respite assistance for families and act as a liaison between independence and skilled care. They can guide you and your family to a better understanding of Alzheimer’s and help you with all the responsibilities that arise from a recent diagnosis. The genesis for this respite care for those who are dealing with a recent diagnosis of AD arose from a lack of understanding about early Alzheimer’s and how it affects not only the person who has it, but their families as well. Until now no one was addressing this in between stage: those who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s but not yet in need of skilled full time care. In this different approach, by continuing an active life style certain goals are still achievable. Extending the socialization and activities of your loved ones is vital to their mental health, confidence and sense of well being. Visiting family and friends and pursuing interests also contribute to their happiness. Proper nutrition and especially exercise can help slow the advance of Alzheimer’s. MRI studies show that exercise positively affected the hippocampus region of the brain, an area which is both important for memory and balance. In Alzheimer’s the hippocampus is one of the first parts of the brain to suffer damage. Until there is a cure for Alzheimer’s the best we can do is take care of our selves and pursue a healthful life. Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s means that every minute of the day counts. These new businesses can help you maximize the time at hand and help guide you and your family through this difficult time.

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Charitable Giving – How to Help Seniors Stay Within Their Means by Caroline M.C. Deren


The holidays are traditionally “prime time” for charitable giving. With the U.S. economy still in the doldrums, charitable non-profit organizations, in particular, have seen an unprecedented drop in contributions – as much as 30% to 40% (or more) over the past 18 months. As a result, these organizations are aggressively steppingup efforts to seek contributions, especially at the holidays. Solicitations take on two forms: Direct mail usually includes a “front-end premium” – a low-cost item sent by the charitable organization as a modest form of thanks upfront for a contribution. They are often address labels, personalized notepads, calendars, holiday or note cards. Telemarketing efforts often promise a “back-end premium” as thanks for a contribution – items such as autographed photos, personalized desk calendars, tote bags, commemorative hats or lapel pins. Most importantly, both methods will always offer – and emphasize – “the convenience of using a credit card” to make a contribution. Non-profits are, understandably, marketing their cause as effectively as the law allows. With Seniors, however, there are two common issues that arise pertaining to charitable solicitations: 1. They feel obligated to send money if a premium is sent upfront.


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2. They use a credit card to make a contribution. First, there is no obligation, legal or otherwise, to send any type of contribution to any organization regardless of what solicitation method is used. As an example, a Senior couple had unwittingly written checks for over $1100 to six different non-profit organizations thinking they had to send money to help pay for all those “thank you gifts”. When using a credit card for making contributions, Seniors are usually giving the organization permission to charge their credit card regularly (i.e. monthly) for an “on-going” donation. This normally results from making an overzealous pledge after a savvy telemarketer has spent time “just talking” to the individual. The telemarketer explains the terms as required by law, but it gets lost in a mix of conversation, failing memory, and/or poor hearing. It also occurs in direct mail solicitations where the implicit authorization is often mentioned only in the “fine print”. As a result, it can be overlooked, misread or misunderstood. With diligent oversight of your loved one’s altruism and financial affairs, everyone is ensured a much happier holiday season – and you have the peace of mind needed to be at your caregiving best.

How can you help Seniors manage “over-giving”? Here are some suggestions: • If there is a history of repeated over-giving due to memory issues, confusion, etc., the Senior is probably no longer able to handle their day-to-day financial affairs. Take it over yourself, or engage a professional daily money manager to handle their affairs. • If on-going credit card charges are discovered, call the organization immediately. Have the Senior (if able) ask them to stop charging their credit card. Letters may need to be written, signed and sent by the Senior (or you, if you have POA) to confirm the request. Be sure to ask for a refund! You won’t get a full refund, but you will likely be refunded the amount charged the previous month (or two). • If an organization refuses to cooperate for any reason, immediately contact the credit card company and report those charges as unauthorized. This will prevent future approval of charges from the organization. Also, contact local consumer and/or senior advocacy groups, the FTC and/or the IRS, for assistance. •F  ield phone calls for the Senior, if possible, asking that their name be removed from the call list. By law, a verbal request has to be honored. If a direct mail solicitation has an “opt out” box on it, check it off and mail it back (without a contribution!). Letter requests also must be honored. Also, write the Direct Mail Association requesting the Senior’s name be removed from all direct marketing lists. •S  et priorities for giving. Especially now, many Seniors have seen their incomes affected by the economic downturn. They need help understanding they may not be able to give as much – if anything – as they have previously. •M  ake a “Top 4” list of up to four organizations to which the Senior wishes to give along with how much they can give to each. Pick a time of year (other than the holidays) to make those proactive gifts. However, the “flip side” is they will be regularly solicited by the organization, so remind them to say “no thanks, I already gave” if contacted.


Burnout: A Caregiver’s Survival Guide by Scott McIver Whether you are a family or professional caregiver, the provision of care to an ailing person is frequently a strenuous and stressful full time job. It really does not matter whether you are being paid for your caregiving services or whether you are providing the services out of love for your parent, spouse, or loved one. The responsibilities and the dependence of another person- along with the sometimes tedious and repetitive tasks caregivers frequently performcan cause anyone to experience the frustrations and serious health concerns that can result when caregivers suffer from burnout.

What is Caregiver Burnout? “Caregiver Burnout” is a real condition that sometimes requires psychological treatment. It is commonly defined as ³a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitudefrom positive and caring to negative and unconcerned.² In my experience in home care management, I have seen family caregivers whose compassionate desire and determination to care for a loved one has turned into bitterness and resentment as Burnout ravages their physical and emotional health, and they finally turn to our agency for help. I have also been forced to relieve some of our own professional caregivers who have exhibited symptoms of Burnout.

What are the symptoms of Burnout? lists the following symptoms to watch for if you think you may be experiencing Caregiver Burnout: · Feelings of depression · A sense of ongoing and constant fatigue · Decreasing interest in work 10

· Decrease in work production · Withdrawal from social contacts · Increase in use of stimulants and alcohol · Increasing fear of death · Change in eating patterns · Feelings of helplessness You may notice that these symptoms are almost identical to the symptoms commonly associated with depression. This is because Caregiver Burnout is, at the very least, a contributing factor to clinical depression, and sometimes, the direct cause of it. Studies have shown that 46-59 percent of caregivers are clinically depressed.

What Can I Do? If you feel that you may be suffering from Caregiver Burnout, consider the following suggestions: 1. Take a break. Arrange a “Caregiving Vacation”, even if you do not leave town. We usually suggest a week to ten days during which time you relinquish ALL of your direct care duties. There are agencies like ours who provide long term and short term care inside the home, and there are Assisted Living Facilities which can take your loved one in and care for him or her for a short period of time. This is referred to as ³respite care.² (There are even specific programs that cover the cost for this type of care, such as the one provided by the Veterans Administration, which allows for up to 30 days of respite care during a calendar year.) 2. Find out what resources are available to you. Check with your church, the Senior Center, and the local Aging Office to find out what benefits your loved one may qualify for and what resources are available to you. Every community is different, but most will offer services at little or no cost which may be hugely valuable to you. 3. Schedule some time for yourself EVERY DAY. Make arrangements to allow someone else to care for your loved one at least four hours every day. Use this time to conduct BURNOUT con’t. pg 11 – Atlanta Regional Caregiver

Preventing Falls is Important to Senior Health (ARA) – While illnesses are very real worries for everyone as they age, it may surprise you to discover that falls are the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States, and 75 percent of these falls occur in the older adult population. Falls are the single largest cause of injury among seniors. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, older adults are hospitalized for fall-related injuries five times more often than they are for injuries from other causes. One-third of older adults who fall, sustain a hip fracture and are hospitalized, die within a year. Even if a fall does not result in hospitalization, fear of falling can become a major factor in seniors’ quality of life. Fear leads to inactivity and loss of confidence which in turn produces a cycle of fear, loss of selfconfidence and inactivity. Dr. Roberta A. Newton, Ph.D., Temple University College of Health Professions in Philadelphia has spearheaded efforts to study and research why falls occur and how they can be prevented. It is important to recognize the importance of preventing falls. Some national networks of franchised non-medical senior homecare agencies have partnered with Dr. Newton to increase the public awareness and importance of this sometimes overlooked issue. There are many free seminars across the country that help seniors and their families find out more about falls and how to prevent them. As our loved ones age, it is important to recognize that things like throw rugs that once didn’t warrant a second thought, now become household hazards. Mobility and agility limitations require a fresh look at the everyday contents of the home. Here are some easy

BURNOUT con’t. from pg 10 – the business of living your own life. Go shopping, run errands, visit friends. Do something that you enjoy doing every single day. You can utilize other family members that may be available to relieve you during these times or hire a home care agency. Agency caregivers are highly trained to do exactly what you and day out: to lovingly provide for the needs of your loved one. For some of you, your caregiving responsibilities may be manageable right now. But it is the

tips to help minimize the risk of life-altering falls for your loved ones. * Throw rugs can be a tripping hazard. Either remove them or make sure they are securely tacked down. * Add hand rails to all stairs. * Clear clutter from walking paths, and make sure hallways and stairways are well-lit. * Eliminate long extension cords that snake across a room. Plug lamps into outlets near the wall so cords are tucked away. * Add grab bars next to the toilet, tub and shower. * Getting in and out of the tub can be hazardous. In addition to grab bars, make sure the tub has non-skid mats. A tub seat may make showering easier, too. * Trade in floppy slippers for well-fitting slippers with non-skid soles. Also, avoid night clothing that drags on the ground. Many agencies can help you check for hazards in your loved one’s home. Attend a free fall prevention seminar near you, or call one of your local caregiver’s offices for a free consultation to help you assess your situation and address the issues that are important to you and your family. Courtesy of ARA Content Submitted by Visiting Angels Director/Owner, Teresa Janiga. For further info, see pg 6. nature of the aging process for diseases to progress,conditions to worsen, and for a patient’s needs (and the burden those needs place on the patient¹s family) to increase. Do not wait for the crisis to occur, because it WILL occur. I encourage you to make arrangements NOW to take care of yourself, so that you can maintain your own health and happiness, and consequently, provide better care for your family member. Scott McIver works at Visiting Angels Home Care in Fayetteville, GA. You may contact him at smciver@


Living Independently Using a “Healthy Balance” Approach


by Beth Cayce

Where do most people want to reside, regardless of age or health? At home, of course. Yet chronic illness or dementia poses a challenge that many adult children or spouses of the frail elderly are unable to manage. To address this challenge, physical therapist and founder of a local home care company, Beth Cayce, designed the “Healthy Balance” program to assist clients needing professional personal care services at home. The Healthy Balance program maximizes functional independence for clients using the following four key elements: 1. Restorative Care, 2. Psychosocial Independence, 3. Wellness, and 4. Use of Technology and Equipment Aides. Restorative Care is the first and guiding principle. Restorative care entails a sound exercise program for the body, mind and spirit. Building on the client’s strengths, the caregivers maximize their functions through daily activity programs that encourage independence. With the physically frail or those recovering from surgery, that may require mobility exercises, deep breathing,


and relaxation. With those suffering from dementia, learning their life stories and using old memories to stimulate cognitive engagement and to create a joyin-the-moment activity has proven to be effective. Psychosocial Independence allows the care recipient to be securely in charge of his or her environment. Caregiver personal chemistry and sensitivity are emphasized so that clients can direct as much of their daily plan as safely as possible. The Wellness principles addressed in the service plan include proper nutrition, noting documented responsiveness during medication oversights, promotion of good sleeping habits, bowel and bladder protocols, regular personal care, behavioral observation, and appropriate interactions. Lastly, it is important what technology and equipment are available to support a safer home environment. Understanding the ability to touch and feel something helps you visualize how to utilize it in your home. A “Smart House” exits in Roswell, Gerogia, that was retrofitted to demonstrate how technology and equipment can be used to foster independence in the home. The Smart House allows for hands on demonstration of behavioral and activity monitoring technology, medication dispensing, safe transfer devices, and adaptive equipment. Living a carefree life is an ideal that can be promoted using a “Healthy Balance” program. The program was designed in order to keep people in their homes as long as possible. This Healthy Balance program, partnered with coordinated care management, helps families enjoy quality time through services promoting a healthy balance and a fulfilling quality of life.

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Health Care Reform by Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson

I appreciate the opportunity to communicate with the readers of Atlanta Regional Caregiver Magazine this month while Congress debates one of the biggest and most important issues to Americans – health care reform. As of this submission, Senate Democrats are working behind closed doors to draft a hybrid version of all five health care bills that have cleared committees in the House and Senate. Once they complete the draft, it still has to be submitted to the Congressional Budget Office for a cost estimate. Back in July, I participated in 60-plus hours of debate on one of the five committee bills – the one drafted by Democrats in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee. The long-term care section of the health reform bill that passed the HELP Committee would establish a national voluntary insurance program for purchasing community living assistance services and support. The benefit to caregivers would be more ancillary than direct, but would provide individuals with functional limitations with tools that will allow them to maintain their personal and financial independence and live in the community through a new financing strategy for community living assistance services and supports, establish an infrastructure that will help address the nation’s community living assistance services and supports needs, and alleviate burdens on family caregivers. Other ideas that have been floated before Congress include the “Community Living Assistance Services and Supports,” or CLASS Act, which was in the Senate HELP bill and a House version of the health care bill, H.R.3200. It would allow individuals to pay into a long-term health benefits account. This benefit of the program is that if you develop a longterm illness, and have paid into the program for more than five years, you would be able to draw from this account to aid with paying for long-term care services. Another section in the Senate HELP Committee’s version of the reform bill would allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide grants to the National Quality Form to develop, test and disseminate educational tools to help patients and caregivers understand their treatment options. Materials would assist patients in deciding with their provider which treatments are best for them based on these beliefs and preferences, options, scientific evidence and other circumstances. Providers would be educated on the use of these tools and patient and caregiver experiences would be developed. Whatever final bill the full Senate ends up debating, we must give consideration to our those in our country who are aging, who are wounded military men and women, who are young people with special needs, and who are accident victims, as well as the people who take care of them. Isakson represents Georgia in the U.S. Senate.


Dec 1 - 11 Food Drop-Off Site for GNFCC (Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce) Annual Holiday Food Drive -  help us Fill the Pantry at our local food banks this holiday season by dropping off your New, Unopened, Nonperishable food items to Chambrel Roswell All foods collected will be delivered by Dec 11.

Listings Events Dec 1, 7 pm    Roswell Firehouse Brigade Chorus - approx. 20 members of the Award Winning Big Chicken Chorus will kick off our 2009 Holiday Season with a variety of chorus and 4-part harmony tunes from various generations as well as some holiday favorites     Dec 2, 3 pm Wine and White Elephants! - Bring an unused, wrapped gift and join us for lots of laughs as we enjoy delicious wine, yummy nibbles and tons of laughs as this is the only time it’s ever cool to ‘re-gift!’ something gifted to you that’s been sitting in your closet collecting dust!  Funny items often make the for great ‘elephant’ gifts as well.  “Elephant Angels” are always appreciated as well (simply donate a wrapped gift to the event)

Insurance Sue Wilson, RN, MBA/HA S Wilson Benefits Group, LLC Direct line: 678-938-9092 Health, Life & Retirement Benefits Cindy Jennings 404-232-5737

Products & SERVICES CenterBridge Solutions, LLC Financial, Administrative & Organization Services Caroline Magrish Deren 678-360-3047 Genesis Elevator Company Tracy M. Arntzen office 770-423-1095 cell 678-910-5681

Janeen Michelle Professional Makeup Artist 678-485-0919 Beauty Becomes You Foundation Affiliate

Gail Posey, Certified Pedorthist Advanced Diabetic Solutions Direct: 678-522-8218

home-delivered meal programs Cherokee County Senior Services 770-345-5312 Clayton County Senior Services 770-603-4050 Cobb County Senior Services 770-528-5364 DeKalb County Office of Senior Affairs 770-322-2950 Douglas Senior Services 770-489-3100 Fayette Senior Services, Inc. 770-461-0813 Fulton County Office of Aging 404-730-6000 Gwinnett County Senior Services 678-377-4150

Senior Drumming Event Feb 11th 3 pm Enjoy free admission just arrive with a new, non perishable food item for our local Food Bank! Iris Bolton has been conducting drumming circles for the past two decades. She initially studied drumming with the Lakota Indians in Canada, and apprenticed with Don Oscar Miro-Quesada, A Shaman and Ceremonialist from Peru. More recently she has worked with Carlos Sauer, Brazilian Shamanic Healer. In her drumming circles she uses Native American hand drums, pow wow drums, rattles and shakers. She invites participants to feel the vibrations and energy connecting their own heart beat to the heart beat of the earth. Research has shown that drumming reduces stress and boosts the immune system. Bolton believes that drumming with others is enlivening. It brings a sense of peace and harmony, reconnecting oneself with the power and wisdom of the life force within.

For more info call 770-594-4611 1000 Applewood Drive, Roswell, GA 30076 Main 770-594-4600 |


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Henry County Senior Citizens Services 770-288-6975 Rockdale County Senior Services 770-922-4633 Angel Food Ministries Program 888-819-1745 or 770-267-7015

Helpful Organizations American Cancer Society 770-814-0123 American Diabetes Association 404-320-7100 American Heart and Stroke Association 770-952-1316 American Parkinson’s Disease Association 404-728-6552 American Red Cross 404-876-3302 Arthritis Foundation, Georgia Chapter 800-933-7023 Atlanta Alliance on Developmental Disabilities 404-881-9777 Brain Injury Association of Georgia (404) 712-5504 Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission 404-651-5112 Blind and Low Vision Services of North Georgia 770-432-7280 Catholic Charities, Inc. 404-881-6571 Center for the Visually Impaired 404-875-9011 Jewish Family and Career Services 770-677-9300 Georgia Council For Hearing Impaired 404-292-5312 (voice and TTY) Tax Aid Program & Driver Safety Info Line (AARP) 888-227-7669

Hospice Service Complaints/Issues Office of Regulatory Services, Home Health Hotline 800-326-0291

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North Atlanta Visiting Angels of Alpharetta 2475 NorthWinds Parkway, Suite 200 Alpharetta, GA 30009 Also serving Milton, Woodstock and Canton 678-277-9930

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Visiting Angels of Roswell 500 Sun Valley Drive, B-4 Roswell, GA 30076 Also serving Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, and Johns Creek 770-573-7817 Central Atlanta Visiting Angels of Buckhead 3525 Piedmont Road 7 Piedmont Center Suite 300 Atlanta, GA 30305 Also serving Atlanta, Decatur, Vinings 404-358-5877   South Atlanta Visiting Angels of Fayetteville 110 Habersham Drive Fayetteville, GA  30214 Serving Clayton, Coweta, Fayette and Henry Counties 678-817-4200   East Atlanta Visiting Angels of Powder Springs 5200 Dallas Hwy, Ste 200 PMB 302 Powder Springs, GA  30127 Also serving Dallas, Kennesaw, Austell and Marietta 770-222-7388

Admin. on Aging AgeWise Connection Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services National Institute on Aging, National Institute on Health Senior Web portal site, sponsored by Social Security Administration U.S. government’s official web portal

Northside Hospital Wellness Community Kids’ Circle
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Atlanta Caregiver November 2009  

The November issue of Atlanta Regional Caregiver Magazine

Atlanta Caregiver November 2009  

The November issue of Atlanta Regional Caregiver Magazine