Dr. Cheryl Woodson

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  • Woodsonian Inspirational Musings on Monay: Are Your Feelings Hurt? You Need Some Teflon


    A friend found that she had several truly awful options. After exploring every possible alternative, she decided the least terrible choice was to move to another state with a family member who has caused pain all of her life. Whenever my friend visited, this relative would go days without saying a word to her. When […]

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  • Woodsonian Informational Thoughts on Thursday: Making Sure the Money Isn’t Funny in Retirement


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    Financial analysts say that we Babyboomers have planned our retirements poorly. One reason is the post-1980s American tendency to “live in the now” instead of planning for the future, but another is that, until recently, financial professionals based their recommendations on the assumption that most of us would be dead by our 70’s. Today, the […]

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  • Woodsonian Inspirational Musings on Monday: Manage Stress with G.R.A.C.E. Part 3,, C= CHILL OUT!


    We often MAJOR in the MINOR, attaching entirely too much significance to a situation. Try to keep some perspective. Did somebody go bankrupt, bleed to death, or lose a child because of what’s happening, or what we did, or did not do? Even if the situation is that terrible, stressing out makes it more difficult […]

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  • 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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  • Our Deepest Fear


    OUR DEEPEST FEAR by Marianne Williamson from  A RETURN TO LOVE:   Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am […]

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  • Do You Want to AGE EXCELLENTLY?


    The media would have us believe that if we eat right, live right and take all of the right medicines and supplements, aging is optional. It isn’t. Medical technology adds years to life, but not always life to years. We’re all likely to live into our eighties, but don’t you want to be alive when […]

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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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