Geriatric Care Category

The Benefits of Home Care

March 5, 2018 — The vast majority of seniors say they want to remain in their own homes as they age. At ProperCare, our home care professionals work with families to help an elder loved one continue to live independently. It’s very rewarding work and we’re pleased to be able to help so many area families meet the challenges... Read More

Is Ageism the Last Accepted Form of Prejudice?

February 5, 2018 — Ageism is the belief that older people are somehow inferior to those who are young. As with all prejudices, people who hold this belief have prejudged an entire group, which means they are incapable of experiencing an older person as an individual based on their specific attributes. Ageism is rampant in America. In one study,... Read More

When a Loved One Can’t – or Won’t – Take Care of Themselves

January 22, 2018 — Mitchell went to visit his father during the winter holidays. He was alarmed to find his father’s house in complete disarray – piles of unpaid bills sat on the kitchen table, clothes were lying all over the house and there was almost no food in the cabinets or refrigerator. Additionally, he couldn’t walk more than... Read More

Keeping Spirits Bright This Holiday

December 15, 2017 — The older we get, the greater our risk of becoming isolated. We may no longer go to a job. Health issues may isolate us. Our spouse and friends may have passed away. According the 2010 U.S. Census, 28 percent of people age 65 and older live alone, accounting for approximately 11 million older Americans. According... Read More

Breaking the Ice Between the Generations at Holiday Gatherings

November 16, 2017 — We’ve learned so much of late about the value of intergenerational connections for older adults. Spending time with younger people provides a real mood boost for most seniors. Talking to children about the old days, offering advice, and sharing a legacy of their own history enhances a senior’s sense of purpose, which is a core... Read More

Summer is the Perfect Time to Focus on Fall Prevention

June 7, 2016 — Fall Prevention Awareness Day isn’t until September 22 this year (the first day of fall), but falls are more common in the summertime, as people who live in colder climes get out more and people start painting houses, cleaning gutters, and becoming more physically active. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),... Read More

Seniors Have Numerous Living Options

May 5, 2016 — One of the greatest fears people have about growing older is losing their independence. And, to many, the first step of losing their independence is moving into a nursing home or assisted living community. And while the vast majority of seniors want to continue living in their own homes as they age, not all can... Read More

How to Deal with a Diagnosis of Dementia

April 21, 2016 — There are few things in life more devastating than a diagnosis of dementia. Having to face an uncertain future where life’s most precious memories are no longer accessible is something many of us can’t even imagine. Yet, this is a diagnosis that more than 7 million people around the world face every year. You will... Read More

Spring Cleaning Can Help Make a Senior’s Home Safer

April 5, 2016 — Ah, spring! That time of year when we take stock of our surroundings and make plans to spruce up our homes and yards. Spring provides an excellent opportunity to evaluate our environment and make some modifications that will make our homes more comfortable and safe. One effect of being cooped up all winter is that... Read More

Long-Distance Caregiving

March 21, 2016 — Marianne was just sitting down to dinner with her husband and daughter when she got the call – her mother’s neighbor was frantic, explaining that her mother had just fallen and was being rushed to the hospital. Marianne, living over 500 miles away, could do very little but gather information and try to determine how... Read More
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