Posted: 11/10/2017 2:29 PM by
Summertime and the livin’ is easy. If you know how to handle the heat, that is. Seniors are especially at risk as the temperatures begin to climb during the summer months.
Posted: 10/27/2017 2:23 PM by
According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), more than 1.58 million people in the U.S. receive care from hospice palliative care providers every year. November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a time to learn more about the many benefits of this kind of care.
Posted: 10/13/2017 2:13 PM by
The Food and Drug Administration reports at least 75 incidents per month of mix-ups due to similarly named drugs and confusing labels. How can you avoid dangerous and costly medication mix-ups? Interim HealthCare’s Home Care program can help you manage your prescriptions, but ultimately, you are in charge of your own healthcare. That is why it is important to take an active role in your treatment plan.
Posted: 9/15/2017 12:37 PM by
Music can bring back memories and affect moods. It is a hallmark of celebrations. One song can take you to your childhood while another finds you on the shores of a Hawaiian island. For seniors who may find themselves alone more often than not, music can offer not only mood enhancement, but mental benefits as well.
Posted: 9/1/2017 12:26 PM by
In today’s technology-based society your parent has more opportunities than ever to engage with others, stay connected to friends and family, find entertainment, and even handle basic personal tasks by utilizing devices such as their computer or phone. While these can be a wonderful way to encourage them to stay more active and independent, and to support mental and emotional health as they age in place, it can also put them at risk for identity theft. Completing tasks such as banking, paying bills, and even communicating through email and social media can create situations in which your parent is vulnerable to those looking to scam them.
Posted: 8/18/2017 11:42 AM by
A sense of smell can be extremely important to your senior loved one’s wellbeing and memory. Certain kinds of smells can recall memories: a certain kind of perfume or cologne, foods, or the smell of certain places.
Posted: 8/4/2017 11:00 AM by
Diabetes is a very serious condition that requires extensive and management to ensure that it does not develop into more severe complications. One of the major ways to help your senior manage their condition is through changing their diet. What your loved one eats makes a tremendous difference in their health and well-being, as well as their ability to manage their condition. This might be a big change in their lifestyle, which can be difficult for them to adapt to, particularly if they enjoy sweets. Fortunately there are ways that you can trim out the foods that might threaten their well-being while still allowing your parent to indulge in the flavors that they love.
Posted: 7/21/2017 10:45 AM by
As a culture we are more aware than ever of the importance of the foods we eat and the impact they make on physical and mental health, wellbeing, and longevity. One of the most important things that people have come to understand in recent years is the potential danger of eating too many animal products, particularly too much red meat. Switching over to a vegetarian or vegan diet is an increasingly popular move for those wanting to improve their health and live stronger, more active lives. Helping your aging parents embrace their decision to live this type of lifestyle and integrating it effectively into your elderly care plan may be a challenge, but with the proper education and a few strategies you can make sure your parents get all of the nutrition they need while honoring their wishes to eat a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Posted: 7/7/2017 8:46 AM by
The largest organ in the human body is the skin and your elderly loved one is likely to notice a lot of changes to her skin as she ages. Some of these changes may not be a big deal, but others, such as dry patches of skin, can be uncomfortable.
Posted: 6/22/2017 2:55 PM by
Physical therapy is often recommended by doctors for elderly adults who are recovering from an injury, illness, or surgery. Sometimes, it may even be recommended as a treatment for chronic pain. Physical therapy is an effective treatment for many conditions and it can help elderly adults to gain/regain strength which will ultimately help them have a better quality of life. Physical therapy is not a “quick fix”, however, and it may require time and effort for it to be effective.
Posted: 6/5/2017 1:49 PM by
The recent economic recession, which has caused job losses and home foreclosures, and the increasing senior population have fueled an upsurge of three or more generations living under the same roof. Today, an estimated 51.5 million Americans live in multi-generational households.
Posted: 5/15/2017 1:49 PM by
Celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, is a condition that can’t be cured, but can be treated and managed effectively. For seniors with celiac disease, making every day food choices can be a challenge and even a cause for stress. Depending on their level of gluten intolerance, making the right food choices can be very important for avoiding symptoms such as diarrhea, gas, and vomiting.
Posted: 5/5/2017 11:42 AM by
Psoriasis can be embarrassing, especially during a flare-up when your loved one's skin can become red and scaly. It's also painful, and a diagnosis of psoriasis can be overwhelming both to you and to your loved one. The best option for you as a family caregiver is to help your loved one to do everything that she can in order to avoid a flare-up. Once her psoriasis is under better control, she'll feel much better.
Posted: 4/15/2017 11:21 AM by
Falls can be a common, but dangerous occurrence for the elderly. A fall is defined by medical professionals as any outside force that causes a person to have an unexpected or accidental land on the ground. Not to be confused with falls resulting from a loss of consciousness, falls are a major cause of brain injuries in the elderly, and the number one cause of hospital admissions. And the simple truth is, the older a person is, the more likely that a fall may result in death.
Posted: 4/5/2017 10:37 AM by
When you are a caregiver, you may have accompanied your patient on multiple trips to the ER or hospital admissions. While having experience with hospital routines may reduce anxiety, being hospitalized remains very stressful for patient and caregiver.
Posted: 3/15/2017 2:01 PM by
The individual with Parkinson's must be given extra time to accomplish tasks such as dressing in order to not feel rushed. Work out a time schedule so that the individual can do as many self-care tasks as possible so that they can maintain a positive self-image as long as possible.
Posted: 3/1/2017 2:01 PM by
While scientists do not know what exactly causes psoriasis, we do know that the immune system and genetics play major roles in its development. Usually, something triggers psoriasis to flare. The skin cells in people with psoriasis grow at an abnormally fast rate, which causes the buildup of psoriasis lesions.
Posted: 2/16/2017 2:00 PM by
High Blood Pressure. Have your blood pressure checked at least every 2 years. High blood pressure can cause strokes, heart attacks, kidney and eye problems, and heart failure.
Posted: 2/2/2017 1:59 PM by
Most men need to pay more attention to their health. Compared to women, men are more likely to:
• Smoke and drink
• Make unhealthy or risky choices
• Put off regular checkups and medical care
There are also health conditions that only affect men, such as prostate cancer and low testosterone. Many of the major health risks that men face - like colon cancer or heart disease - can be prevented and treated with early diagnosis.
Posted: 1/19/2017 1:55 PM by
It seems like every year we get new recommendations from Nutrition Experts about what foods will keep us healthy. Fad diets come and go, but are we supposed to eat lots of carbs or low carbs? Low fat or some fat? It’s easy to be confused! In all of the dietary advice, one thing is common - Eat more Fruits and Vegetables.