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Cynthia Wilson's Blog – April 2012 Archive (5)

Mom needed help at home but didn't want a stranger in the house

What do you do when you need help caring for a family member at home, but don't want a stranger in the house?

My mom was in her 50s when we first looked into hiring a home health aide to help her around the house.  Unlike the typical elderly or senior person most home attendants are called to care for, mom was still pretty young, in her 50s then. But  she was now blind after a surgery didn’t go as we hoped.…

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Added by Cynthia Wilson on April 27, 2012 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Are 73-year old woman's comments sexual harassment or a sign of dementia?

A reader contacted me recently to ask for advice dealing with an elderly neighbor who constantly makes sexually inappropriate comments.  It seems the 73-year old can't help talking about the reader's buttocks  whenever they meet or talk on the phone about neighborhood business.

Before you label the neighbor a dirty old man, you should know that the elderly neighbor is a married woman  with adult grandchildren.

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Added by Cynthia Wilson on April 26, 2012 at 9:53am — No Comments

Make sure nursing home staff cuts don't affect the care your loed one receives

I read something recently about a trend in nursing home care that  concerned me.  Many facilities are cutting staff in the wake of declining admissions as state and federal governments cut funding to Medicare and Medicaid programs and more senior citizens and disabled people turn to alternative sources like adult day care and outpatient rehabilitation services.

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Added by Cynthia Wilson on April 24, 2012 at 10:24am — No Comments

A disconnected cell phone can save a life

Did you know that a disconnected cell phone could save your life?

A police officer once told me that a cell phone doesn’t have to be activated to dial 911 as long as the battery on the phone is charged. The cell phone’s built in global positioning system (GPS) will allow the police to track the phone to its exact location, which could…

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Added by Cynthia Wilson on April 19, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

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