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March 2016

Helping Your Loved One Cope with Springtime Allergies

Posted: 4/1/2016 12:06 PM by Interim HealthCare

Nearly 55 percent of the population of the United States suffers from some kind of allergy. For a large percentage of these people, those allergies are seasonal. Seasonal allergies are reactions caused by plant matter such as pollen, mold, or grass. Often referred to as hay fever, these allergies show symptoms called rhinitis. These symptoms can include congestion, sneezing, watery eyes, itchy nose, runny nose, itchy eyes, itchy ears, and tingling or itchy feeling in the roof of the mouth. People with allergies are also more likely to develop a condition known as sinusitis. This is a lingering inflammation of the hollow sinus passages that extend behind the cheekbones, behind the nose, and around the eyes. This condition can cause symptoms including headache, congestion, nasal discharge, fever, pressure in the face, pain in the sinuses, and a persistent cough.

Challenging Elderly Care: Understanding Substance Abuse in Seniors

Posted: 3/29/2016 10:08 AM by Interim HealthCare

Substance abuse is often a highly emotionally charged issue for any family. For family caregivers of seniors, however, it can be particularly trying. Many people have the perception that substance abuse is something that is limited only to young people or is something that "intelligent" older people simply would not do. This, however, is not the case. According to the National Epidemiologic Survey of Alcohol and Related Conditions, one in five older adults over the age of 65 have dealt with substance abuse issues. Further research estimates that nearly 2 million continue to deal with these issues as they get older. Being aware of the potential for substance abuse in your elderly care journey with your parent can help you to detect problems and encourage your parent to live a healthier, safer life.

Senior Care Awareness: Understanding the Risk for Falls

Posted: 3/22/2016 10:16 AM by Interim HealthCare

One of the most important efforts that you can make in your senior care journey with your elderly loved one is keeping her safe. Though there are many risks that your aging parent will face as she ages in place, one of the most prevalent is falling. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2 and a half million older adults have to be treated in emergency departments throughout the country because of injuries sustained during falls. The effects of a fall can be truly devastating, leading to lasting consequences that can greatly diminish your senior's quality of life. By understanding falls and the risks for falling you and your parent's senior health care services provider can modify your care efforts to help reduce these risks and keep your senior safer.

Reducing the Risk of Urinary Tract Infections

Posted: 3/15/2016 9:10 AM by Interim HealthCare

Urinary tract infections are one of the most common types of infections, particularly for elderly adults. More than half of women will experience one or more UTIs throughout her adult years, and though they are not as common in men, they can and do happen. This type of infection can be a serious and potentially dangerous experience in your elderly care journey with your aging loved one, putting her at greater risk of developing further infections and illnesses due to the suppressing effect that the infection has on her immune system, and potentially causing cognitive symptoms that can put her wellbeing and quality of life at serious risk. While this type of infection is easily treatable when caught early, the best way to prevent the often serious complications and consequences of a UTI is to prevent the infection in the first place.

Brain Injury Awareness Month

Posted: 3/10/2016 9:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, the ideal opportunity for you to learn more about the potential for brain injuries and how those injuries can impact your home care journey with your elderly loved one. A brain injury can occur as a result of a variety of circumstances, including falls, car accidents, and other traumatic injuries, and can lead to lasting disability or even death, making it something that you should be vigilant about to not just protect your parent from the possibility of experiencing one of these injuries, but also to handle it should one occur.

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