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June 2013

Skin Cancer and Seniors

Posted: 6/27/2013 10:47 AM by Interim HealthCare

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.

Aging in Place

Posted: 6/18/2013 9:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

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.

Honoring Nursing Assistants

Posted: 6/13/2013 11:29 AM by Interim HealthCare

June 13 through 20 is Nursing Assistants Week, a time set aside to promote recognition, education, research, advocacy and peer support development for nursing assistants in nursing homes and other long-term care settings. Nursing assistants go by many titles, and can also be known as nurse aides, direct care workers, caregivers, certified nursing assistants, geriatric aides, unlicensed assistive personnel, orderlies, home health aides or hospital attendants.

Men’s Health Week—Symptoms Not to Ignore

Posted: 6/10/2013 11:29 AM by Interim HealthCare

The cliché about men not going to the doctor apparently exists for a reason. In 2010 a survey by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that only 57% of men had visited the doctor in the past year. To help raise awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men June 10 - 16 has been set aside as Men’s Health Week.

Could you save the life of someone choking?

Posted: 6/1/2013 2:25 PM by Interim HealthCare

June 1st was Heimlich Maneuver day which is an emergency technique for preventing suffocation when a person's airway (windpipe) becomes blocked by a piece of food or other object. It can be used safely on both adults and children, but most experts do not recommend it for infants less than 1 year old. You can also perform the maneuver on yourself.

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