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Keeping track of your prescriptions

Posted: 10/26/2012 9:53 AM by Interim HealthCare

According to a national survey conducted by Forbes, one in three American adults take at least one prescription. Almost half of Americans 55 and over take some form of prescribed medication. You may find yourself asking, “Why do I take so many medications?” October is "Talk About Prescriptions" month, created by the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE). The NCPIE’s goal is to promote the safe and appropriate use of medicine and to increase and improve communication about prescriptions.

Bone Up on Joint Health

Posted: 10/18/2012 12:13 PM by Interim HealthCare

Whether it is because of arthritis, another disease, an injury or just normal wear-and-tear, many people will need to have a joint replaced at some point in their lifetime. Where two bones meet is a joint, these include the hips, shoulders or knees. When a joint begins to wear away, you can experience pain, swelling and stiffness. Damaged joints can also limit blood flow to the bone, eventually leading to additional problems with your bones as well.

Early Detection is Key for Breast Cancer Survival

Posted: 10/9/2012 1:00 PM by Interim HealthCare

Breast cancer is the fifth leading cause of death for women. The National Cancer Institute says one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and over 220,000 will be diagnosed with the disease this year alone. With aging comes an increased chance of developing breast cancer. The American Cancer Society reports that two thirds of invasive breast cancers are found in women age 55 or older.

Women’s Top 5 Health Concerns

Posted: 9/25/2012 1:43 PM by Interim HealthCare

At Interim HealthCare we are concerned with our clients total well-being, as well as doing all we can to help them boost their overall health. Many of the health concerns that baby boomers and seniors have are common for both men and women. What is often different is how these diseases affect women. Five medical conditions women need to pay special attention to as they get older are: heart disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis, depression and autoimmune diseases.

Medication Management Tips for Caregivers

Posted: 9/21/2012 4:05 PM by Interim HealthCare

While about half the American population takes one prescription drug a day, when it comes to elderly adults, around 50 percent take at least three drugs or more. Given the prevalence, and importance, of medication in the senior population, managing the numerous prescriptions is of the utmost importance to home health care providers, yet it can sometimes be a challenge.

Prostate Cancer Screening: What You Need to Know

Posted: 9/20/2012 1:56 PM by Interim HealthCare

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. More men are diagnosed with prostate cancer than any other type of cancer. This year alone, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 217,000 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States. While one in six men will develop prostate cancer at some point in their life, only one in 34 actually will die as a result of the disease

Keeping Your Brain Fit

Posted: 9/18/2012 1:35 PM by Interim HealthCare

September is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and this Friday, Sept 21st is National Wear Purple for Awareness but Alzheimer’s and dementia don’t have to be inevitable as you age. At Interim HealthCare through our unique HomeLife Enrichment® Program we strive to assist our clients in keeping their minds fit with brain fun & fitness games. Many experts now believe that you can delay, if not prevent, any mental decline by incorporating the following 10 ways of boosting your brain’s health.

Lyme Disease Symptoms and Signs

Posted: 8/16/2012 11:20 AM by Interim HealthCare

Summer & fall are times to be outdoors—gardening, walking or simply enjoying the warm weather. Unfortunately, being more active outside also increases your chance of encountering a blacklegged tick, the carriers of Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease.

Clearer Vision: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment of Cataracts

Posted: 8/16/2012 11:15 AM by Interim HealthCare

The lens of your eye is made mostly of water and protein. Aging can cause proteins in the lens to accumulate and create a cloudy area on the eye, which prevents light from passing through. This cloudy area on the lens is a cataract. The size of cataracts can vary and will determine how your vision is affected.

Dermis Danger—Treating skin abnormalities

Posted: 8/16/2012 10:16 AM by Interim HealthCare

Healthcare providers talk a lot about protecting yourself against skin cancer, but there are other skin diseases and abnormalities seniors need to be aware of as well. Here are five of the most common conditions, how to identify them and their treatment methods:

Summer Travel Tips for Seniors

Posted: 7/24/2012 9:13 AM by Interim HealthCare

Summertime is traditionally a time for vacations. Seniors with an interest in traveling need to be aware of how they can make the most of the experience. Here are some on how to be safe and stress-free during your journeys.

Foods to Lower Your Risks for Dementia

Posted: 7/9/2012 10:57 AM by Interim HealthCare

You are what you eat, or so the saying goes. According to recent studies that adage is truer than ever, especially when it comes to staving off dementia.

Understanding Hemochromatosis, a Blood Disorder

Posted: 7/2/2012 10:28 AM by Interim HealthCare

Hemochromatosis, or iron overload, is a blood-related condition most commonly found in Caucasian men of western European descent. July is National Hemochromatosis Screening and Awareness Month. According to the National Library of Medicine, there are two types of hemochromatosis:

Safe and Sound at Home

Posted: 6/27/2012 10:20 AM by Interim HealthCare

June is National Home Safety Month. This annual observation is one way the National Safety Council tries to educate people of all ages about the leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths. One focus of the month is preventing slips, trips and falls, a topic that is especially important for senior health.

Boost Your Brain Health

Posted: 6/19/2012 10:42 PM by Interim HealthCare

We hear a lot about staying physically healthy as we age, but it is also important to keep your brain stimulated and engaged. Through Interim HealthCare's unique HomeLife Enrichment® Program we view seniors in more than the conventional one dimension of meeting just their physical needs.

Men's Health and the Proper Health Screenings

Posted: 6/11/2012 3:07 PM by Interim HealthCare

Men’s Health Week is June 11 through 17. The purpose of the national event is to put a spotlight on the preventable health problems faced by men and encourage them to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

The Skin Your In—Tips for Preventing Skin Cancer

Posted: 5/30/2012 10:43 AM by Interim HealthCare

Preventing skin cancer is important no matter how old you are. As we age, our skin changes, but the risk for developing skin cancer doesn’t. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and the American Academy of Dermatology has created the SPOT Skin Cancer™ program to raise awareness.

Preventative Measures to Keep Your Sight

Posted: 5/29/2012 3:05 PM by Interim HealthCare

Protecting yourself from vision loss often comes down to stopping eye problems before they start. Preventative care and early detection can halt a problem before it starts, or slow its progression. May is Healthy Vision Month, created by the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, in 2003 to bring awareness to eye health.

The Impact of Hearing Loss

Posted: 4/29/2012 8:30 AM by Interim HealthCare

Imagine not being able to participate in a conversation or hear the dialogue of a television show. For 37 million Americans that is their reality as they learn to live without their hearing. Hearing loss can have a significant impact on the day-to-day living, but recognizing the signs early can help you receive the proper treatment.

Alone Again-Naturally

Posted: 4/24/2012 8:39 AM by Interim HealthCare

Living by yourself as an adult is becoming more and more common in the United States. In fact, 28% of households are comprised of adults who live alone, an increase of 19% from 1950. However, just because a great number of adults are living alone, doesn't mean they lack the need for companionship. Many of the things we have long believed about single living simply are not true.

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