The Elderly are Always Targets

The Elderly are always at risk of being robbed. Now that the holidays are over, many people think that all the precautions practiced during the season should be  stowed away in the same manner we do our seasonal clothes.  Alas, robbery has no bearing on the season or time of day or year and this is even more so for the elderly.  The elderly...

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Breast Cancer is not just a Woman Disease!

Breast Cancer  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Providia Home Care would like to take this opportunity to remind women 40 years and older about the importance of getting their mammogram done annually.  Additionally, the American Cancer Society (“ACS”) recommends that women ages 20 to 39 obtain a medical breast exam at least once every three years. Along...

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Mama Jane says, “Once a man, twice a child”! Alzheimer’s the Ultimate Thief!

Is this the Face of Alzheimer's? “Once a man, twice a child” was a phrase Mama Jane often used as she patiently walked Mr. Ingram, her dad, back to the sofa to sit down.  This is the 5th time he has brought her the picture of his firstborn, Dudley, with the question of, “who is this again”?  Mr. Ingram was 88 years old and Mama Jane was surprised at how...

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Shh! My Elderly Parents/Grandparents are Having Sex!

Do you really think there is something wrong with your parents or Grandparents having sex?  During a recent networking group session, we discussed the probability of our parents and/or grandparents having sex.  The discussion was very subdued with approximately two-thirds of the gathering saying they were embarrassed at the mere thought of their elderly parents/grandparents having sex!...

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Tell Me a Lie – The In-Home Caregiver

Is your In-home Caregiver all you expected? Having a stranger in one’s home can be difficult, especially for the elderly.  It is therefore crucial that when  in-home care provider is retained to place a caregiver in someone’s home that rigorous screening of the prospective caregiver be performed. Far too often the emphasis for hiring a home care provider is placed...

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Massage Reduces Agitation in Patients Suffering from Dementia

A Massage is not only for Tired Muscles! A gentle, slow stroke massage can reduce the physical expressions of agitation in those suffering from dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease.  Dementia refers to a cluster of symptoms resulting from brain disorders that greatly impair cognitive skills, without causing a loss of consciousness.  Although the onset of dementia can occur in...

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Home Health Care – When the Spouse is the Caregiver

Cargiver Spouse/Partner People are living longer these days and oftentimes the task of caring for a parent falls on the children.  But what happens when the children are unable or refuse to help and the mom becomes the primary caregiver for the dad or vice-versa?  Take the case of Mr. and Mrs. Andrews.  Mr. Andrews is 89 years old and his wife is in her early 80s.  However,...

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