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Tips for Protecting Your Parent from Identity Theft

Posted: 3/21/2017 8:32 AM by Interim HealthCare

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.

How to Help Your Loved One Exercise without the Gym

Posted: 3/14/2017 8:55 AM by Interim HealthCare

Often people think about the gym when it comes to exercise, especially when their elderly loved one is starting an exercise program. You don't have to do something that dull, however. Exercising regularly without going to the gym is possible and it can be a lot of fun for your loved one and for you.

A Broken Leg Is Only One Risk for Seniors at Home After a Fall

Posted: 3/7/2017 8:45 AM by Interim HealthCare

What do you think about if you envision an elderly loved one falling at home? Many people would immediately think about a broken leg, ankle, hip, or other limb. Would you ever think they could fall, smack their head, and suffer a brain injury? Probably not.

How to Deal with Long Distance Caregiving for a Loved One with Dementia

Posted: 2/26/2017 8:30 AM by Interim HealthCare

Being away from your elderly loved one is difficult as a long-distance family caregiver, but if she's diagnosed with dementia, that can make you a little more nervous. Finding ways to compensate for the distance involved can help you and your elderly loved one to feel more at ease.

4 Major Benefits to Bringing in Senior Care Providers for Your Elderly Loved One

Posted: 2/24/2017 11:36 AM by Interim HealthCare

Many elderly loved ones balk at the idea of hiring senior care providers. It could be the fact that there's a stranger in her home now or simply that she's always been so independent.

What Are the Best Ways to Help Your Elderly Loved One Avoid Pneumonia?

Posted: 2/24/2017 9:15 AM by Interim HealthCare

Pneumonia is a lung infection, either bacterial or viral in nature, which can make your elderly loved one extremely sick. Severe cases can even land your loved one in the hospital. Avoiding pneumonia is your loved one's best bet.

3 Ways Senior Care Gets a Senior Up and Out of the House

Posted: 2/22/2017 8:21 AM by Interim HealthCare

Isolation can take hold of the best of us. Whether it’s suffering from an illness, dealing with grief or the effects of old age, people can suddenly find themselves isolated and alone. But this doesn't have to happen. For aging parents who don't get out of the house like they use to because they can no longer drive, senior care is the remedy.

Important First Steps for Caring for a Senior with Parkinson’s Disease

Posted: 2/1/2017 3:44 PM by Interim HealthCare

The moment that you hear that your elderly loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease is a life-changing and potentially frightening moment. You have found out that your parent is dealing with a debilitating disease that will eventually lead to their death and you know that everything that you have planned for the future of your care will now need to be evaluated and possibly changed. This will ensure that you continue to give your loved one all the support, care, and assistance necessary to give them the highest quality of possible. At this moment it is time for you to take valuable first steps that will get you started on your care journey and help to prepare you for the new chapter ahead.

How Can You Make Agitation Less of a Problem for Your Elderly Loved One?

Posted: 1/30/2017 9:33 AM by Interim HealthCare

Agitation is a common problem for elderly loved ones who have dementia. It's a situation in which they may begin to pace, engage in repetitive actions or vocalizations, or otherwise display that they're not comfortable. Agitation can be disturbing for you to witness and it's definitely disruptive and disturbing for your elderly loved one.

Help Your Loved One Suffering with Sundowning

Posted: 1/28/2017 12:05 PM by Interim HealthCare

People with Alzheimer’s may develop changes in their behavior that lead to problems at dusk and into the night. This is known as Sundowning.

Factors That Could Put Your Loved One at a High Risk for Stroke

Posted: 1/26/2017 9:05 AM by Interim HealthCare

When the brain is not getting an adequate amount of blood, a stroke could occur. This causes some of the brain cells to die, resulting in permanent damage. For most people, stroke is a condition that is highly preventable. In fact, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke reported that 8 out of 10 strokes can be prevented.

How Does Your Elderly Loved One's Skin Change? as She Ages?

Posted: 12/30/2016 2:24 PM by Interim HealthCare

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.

Boosting an Aging Immune System

Posted: 12/28/2016 5:25 PM by Interim HealthCare

The body’s immune system is a remarkable mechanism consisting of intricate biological processes that protect people against foreign invaders. Cells, tissues and organs work in unison to defend against unwanted bacteria, virus, parasites and fungi.

Providing Care for an Elderly Parent

Posted: 12/16/2016 4:48 PM by Interim HealthCare

When your loved one needs to be cared for, most adult children or family members want to be the caregiver of their ill loved one. However, being a caregiver is more complicated than just agreeing to do it. You need to have a clear picture of what your loved one will need help with, how healthy they are, and what tasks they will be able to accomplish alone. Here are just a few tips to help your new journey as a family caregiver go as smoothly as possible.

The Link between Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Posted: 12/13/2016 7:52 AM by Interim HealthCare

When you think of diabetes, you probably do not think of hearing loss as being a complication of the condition. However, that is actually something that some people with diabetes develop.

How to Consistently Get Help as a Family Caregiver

Posted: 12/2/2016 11:26 AM by Interim HealthCare

One reason that family caregivers try to take on too much themselves is that they're often used to not having enough help. They may have some help from family or friends, but it might not be consistent. If that's the case for you, try some of these ideas to get help more consistently.

How Can You Help a Senior With Increased Limitations During the Holidays?

Posted: 11/30/2016 10:14 AM by Interim HealthCare

Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult who is dealing with new challenges and limitations is not easy at any time of the year, but can be particularly challenging during the holiday season.

How to Prevent Hip Fractures Among Older Adults

Posted: 11/28/2016 3:36 PM by Interim HealthCare

Hip fractures are extremely common among adults over the age of 60. In fact, nine out of 10 people over the age of 60 experience this type of injury.

Why Your Elderly Loved One Might Benefit from a Home Blood Pressure Monitor

Posted: 11/17/2016 7:53 AM by Interim HealthCare

Whether your elderly loved one has low or high blood pressure, regular monitoring with a home blood pressure monitor can help her to manage her health much more efficiently.

Important First Aid Skills Every Caregiver Needs to Know

Posted: 11/14/2016 8:55 AM by Interim HealthCare

Whenever you are caring for another human being, whether it is a child or older adult, knowing basic first aid skills could save a life in case of emergency. For example, if your elderly loved one has problems chewing or swallowing their food, this could lead to choking. Knowing how to dislodge the food in their throat could turn a near fatal situation into a minor one.

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