Dr. Cheryl Woodson

Archive for August, 2014

  • Woodsonian Thoughts on Thursday: Advance Directives – Not About Dying, but Describing How You Want to LIVE


    Advance directives direct your doctors, other health care providers, and your family about your wishes in advance, before a serious illness steals your ability to speak for yourself. These documents are not about dying. These documents describe the how you want to live, and they are not just for the aged. Listen parents: once your […]

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  • Musings on Monday MENTORING: Giving Young People Hand Up


    A young man drove me to the airport this weekend and blessed me; even though I was a stranger, he trusted me enough to share his career fears. He was so dejected about his future even though he had a BA in Political Science from a major university. He thought that had been “stupid” choice. […]

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  • Organize For More Effective Communications


    Because of a technical glitch, the blog post I scheduled for today actually posted on Aug 11, so here’s a short piece on how to make it easier to share information with health care professionals. Create a binder, or folder to organize your health information. Bernie Ryan is an amazing caregiver who showed me an […]

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  • Woodsonian Musings on Monday: Yes, You ARE a Caregiver. Pat Yourself on the Back.


    Yes, You Are A Caregiver. Pat Yourself on the Back. A friend was surprised that I called her a caregiver, because her father lives in the home and gives all of her mother’s direct care. My friend runs all over town buying groceries and picking up medicines, but she also makes special trips to be […]

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  • BE A MORE EFFECTIVE HEALTH CARE CONSUMER


    LEARN ABOUT THE SCREENING TESTS and TREATMENTS, RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR AGE AND SITUATION. Public health officials publish regular updates about scientific evidence that certain tests and treatments do, or do not promote wellness, cure illness without doing harm, detect diseases in time to preserve health, or improve quality of life. These “evidence-based” recommendations empower doctors […]

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  • Woodsonian Musings on Monday Carving out Time for YOU and Making People Respect It


    Last Monday, we talked about learning to say “No,” but there’s more to protecting time for the activities (or non-activities) that generate joy for you. Whether it’s time to exercise, learn a new skill, connect with people who support your energy, meditate, sleep, or just stare at the walls, you deserve it. You owe it […]

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  • Woodsonian Thoughts on Thursday. Plan to be a Silver Fox


      Welcome to Woodsonian THOUGHTS ON THURSDAYS, a place where we can share information that empowers you to take care of yourself and your seniors. For the next four weeks, we’ll discuss how you can PLAN TO BE A SILVER FOX. Stay tuned every Thursday and share your comments. I can’t wait to talk to […]

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