Dr. Cheryl Woodson

Caregiver Resources

  • Did Mom Just Put the Turkey in the Dishwasher?


    I used to get an influx of geriatrics consultation requests right after the holidays. Families had heard the usual pleasantries when spoke to Mom every week on the phone, but they’d come home to find her wearing the same clothes every day, burning food, and putting her keys in the freezer. These discoveries would erupt […]

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  • Happy National Caregiver Month and National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month


    Many professionals and organizations focus on Alzheimer’s research and statistics. I’m grateful that they gather information to guide future treatment, but years in the trenches of clinical practice and caring for my mom through Alzheimer’s disease have made me more concerned about empowering professional and family caregivers to do what we need to do today.  […]

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  • Getting the help you need: The Geriatric Assessment


    Can You Surf the “Silver Tsunami?” The needs of America’s seniors have been called the ‘Silver Tsunami.” Our families, communities, businesses, political and health care systems can either surf or drown. Let me give you a surfboard. Eight years into a ten -year caregiving relationship, my mother looked at me and said, “Do I know […]

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  • A Caregiver’s Tale


    Can You Surf the “Silver Tsunami?” The needs of America’s seniors have been called the ‘Silver Tsunami.” Our families, communities, businesses, political and health care systems can either surf or drown. Let me give you a surfboard. If you support a senior, like many other Americans, you are probably doing it over a long distance. […]

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