Interim HealthCare Blog
Posted: 10/30/2013 11:19 PM by
Matt was always worried about his elderly mother when it came to Halloween night. She lived alone in a neighborhood that saw quite a bit of crime and vandalism. Every year he would check on her several times during the evening. She was always fine and told him not to worry. This year, the good news was that she had an elder care companion visiting with her in the evenings. And, this year, Matt’s mother actually wanted to volunteer at a Halloween function in town.
Posted: 10/29/2013 11:38 AM by
One of the key concerns that many adult children of aging parents have is how their parents are going to deal with the days getting shorter, and having to drive in the dark. Luckily, there are a few things that can be done in order to make sure that your parent is as prepared as possible for driving in the evening.
Posted: 10/24/2013 9:42 AM by
With all of the technology that we have at our fingertips today, it can be easy to forget that the library is still a great place to visit. Most of our elderly loved ones will tend to prefer the library to bookstores and ebook readers, and it’s a great idea for an outing with them.
Posted: 10/14/2013 1:07 PM by
Did you know the Nina and Pinta were NOT the original names of two of Columbus' ships? Learn where the names came from and a few other little known facts about Columbus as we celebrate Columbus Day!
Posted: 10/11/2013 1:26 PM by
Taking care of a loved one who can no longer manage their own care in the comfort and privacy of their own home can seem like a noble act, but it can also lead to caregiver stress, which can, and often does, lead to depression.
Posted: 10/8/2013 12:43 PM by
October is National diabetes month; the vision of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is that everyone can enjoy a life that is free of diabetes and all the burdens that come with it. They want to raise awareness of the ever-increasing incidence of this disease. There are many issues that surround this disease and many thousands of people affected by diabetes.
Posted: 9/26/2013 10:48 AM by
As a person reaches their senior years, taking care of their aging teeth may become a daily challenge. Many older adults experience the loss of their natural teeth simply for the reason that they had lost the ability to take care of them properly. There are factors associated with age that make it increasingly difficult to do all the hygiene steps that are required for good dental health.
Posted: 9/16/2013 6:18 PM by
Fall is upon us throughout most America. Leaves are turning color in some areas, fall produce is in abundance, nights are becoming chillier and days aren’t quite as long. There still could be weeks of good weather ahead, but all the signs of fall are good reminders that there are some things that need to be done before the cold weather hits.
Posted: 9/12/2013 9:01 AM by
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder of the nervous system. It affects the legs, both legs equally, and causes the sufferer an irresistible urge to move them. It is also considered a sleep disorder because of the way it interferes with getting a decent night’s sleep.
Posted: 9/6/2013 2:33 PM by
National Grandparents Day falls on the first Sunday after Labor Day. This year the day to celebrate Grandparents is on September 8th. This holiday has been celebrated in the United States since 1978.
Posted: 8/26/2013 3:00 PM by
A significant problem that can face any caregiver is not taking care of themselves properly. While this issue can be a problem for both men and women, it’s women who tend to give up sleep, and other comforts, more often for the people they take care of.
Posted: 8/20/2013 9:27 AM by
Of all the forms of arthritis in older adults, osteoarthritis is the most prevalent. Affecting both men and women, it is estimated that 12.4 million individuals over 65 years old are affected by the disease. If you or an aging loved one is considering home care services, contact Interim Healthcare today at (800) 338-7786.
Posted: 7/31/2013 5:40 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. Here are some do’s and don’ts to be aware of when the weather turns hot:
Posted: 7/25/2013 11:55 AM by
Many family caregivers struggle with when to begin talking about hospice care for their loved one. But should it be introduced even sooner? A new study conducted at Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School, in Providence, R.I., has found that caregivers may be waiting too late. The research found that during the last month of a person’s life almost one in three spent some time in the intensive-care unit. A similar number only received hospice care within days of their death.
Posted: 7/16/2013 11:17 AM by
Feeling good about yourself is good for your emotional and physical well-being. Social wellness builds stronger social ties to the ones that you love as well. Social wellness has been defined as having positive interactions with and enjoying being with others. Those lacking in social wellness are more susceptible to illness and have a death rate two to three times higher than those who are not socially isolated.
If you would like to boost your social wellness, consider these three steps:
Posted: 7/9/2013 11:22 AM by
According to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, more than half of U.S. veterans are 60 or older. Around 45 percent are 65 and older, numbers which the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) believe will continue until 2035.
Posted: 7/4/2013 9:00 AM by
Here's some cool facts you might not know about July 4th!
On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.
Posted: 7/2/2013 12:07 PM by
According to a 2013 Pew Research study, the so-called “Sandwich Generation” is still very much in existence. Referring to adults who are caring for their aging parents, as well as their own children, the study found that 47 percent of adults in their 40s and 50s fall into this category.
July has been set aside as a month to commemorate and celebrate the contributions of this group.
Posted: 6/27/2013 10:47 AM by
Today’s seniors are more likely than previous generations to develop skin cancer. They risk is greater because during their younger years the public did not have the same awareness of the damage the sun (and tanning beds) can do to skin. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, and it affects almost 2.2 million Americans.
Posted: 6/18/2013 9:00 AM by
The goal of many seniors is to stay in their homes for as long as they can. Seniors want to be in surroundings that are familiar and comfortable. As a person ages, however, he or she may need to adapt their home to make it safer for independent living. One of the biggest dangers in the home for seniors is a fall. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention one out of three adults age 65 and older falls each year. Among that age group, falls are the leading cause of injury death, and they are also the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma.