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Exercise essential to keeping type 2 diabetes patients healthy

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Chronic Disease, Senior Care

Even though it might not come as much of a surprise to some, a new study conducted by scientists from the Department of Radiology at Leiden University Medical Center, has discovered exercise is crucial in helping type 2 diabetes patients maintain a high quality of life.

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NIA, PCORI team up to reduce number of falls

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Senior Care

An estimated one-third of adults 65 and older experience a fall every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The falls often carry dire circumstances including loss of independence, and the CDC notes they are the leading cause of injury-related death among the senior population.

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Scientists find new hope for MS patients

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Chronic Disease, Senior Care

Though effective treatment might still be far off, a new study conducted by scientists from the University of Edinburgh and published in the journal Development Cell, has uncovered a potential strategy for the future.

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Innovative 'artificial pancreas' may be breakthrough for diabetes patients

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Chronic Disease

Professional senior care providers know that managing diabetes can often be a struggle for older adults. Monitoring blood sugar levels, taking insulin shots and adhering to lifestyle changes can be difficult for patients of any age, and for seniors with limited mobility or those managing other conditions, it can be especially hard, but new research suggests a considerable breakthrough may be on the way.

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Doctors aim to improve communication on end-of-life care

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Hospice

Managing end-of-life issues is arguably one of the most difficult aspects of senior care. It's one area of the field that rarely gets easier with practice, and having to talk to patients and families about death is often a challenge.

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Arthritis cookbook could help patients manage the condition

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Arthritis, Senior Care

Though some patients are able to cope with arthritis through regular exercise and medication, others might be searching out a more holistic approach. For those in the latter group, picking up a cookbook written with arthritic people in mind might be just what the doctor ordered.

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High red meat consumption tied to type 2 diabetes

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Chronic Disease, Physical Therapy

Despite its rich taste and filling nature, red meat could raise a person's chance of developing diabetes, according to a recent study.

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Hearing loss raises risk of hospitalization

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Senior Care

There are certain physical changes people assume are an inevitable part of growing older. Conditions such as age-related macular degeneration are often accepted parts of senior living, and the same can be said of hearing loss.

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Study: Seniors take proactive approach to preventing fractures

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Senior Care

Fractures can take a serious toll on the well-being of seniors. Experts estimate that about half of women, and 20 percent of men, over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture after falling from standing height or lower.

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Biomarkers may predict COPD flare-ups, experts say

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Chronic Disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease has a significant impact on the senior population. According to the American Lung Association, the condition is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., and it often necessities the use of home care or assisted living.

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Some healthcare providers call for change of 'do not resuscitate' language

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Hospice

An advance directive, sometimes referred to as a living will, is important for a number of reasons. It can help ailing seniors ensure their wishes are fulfilled if they can't speak for themselves, relieve stress on family members and make treatment options clearer for healthcare providers, whether they are at the hospital or providing hospice care.

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With costs on the rise, planning for hospice is essential

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Hospice

In years past, many Americans would pass away in the hospital, but that has changed considerably in recent years. According to recent data from the National Center for Health Statistics, about one-fourth of deaths in 2007 occurred at home, which was up considerably from one-sixth in 1989.

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Joint replacement an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis patients

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Joint Replacement

Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis both affect the senior population and can make it difficult for older adults to enjoy their independence, but the conditions have significant differences. While OA is caused by wear and tear put on  the joints, cartilage and bones over time, RA is an autoimmune disease that results in inflammation and can affect joints, organs and other tissue.

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Physical therapy at home helps seniors improve quality of life

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Physical Therapy

Whether it is from a broken bone, surgery or illness, rehabilitation is often a lengthy and challenging process. This is especially true for older adults who may find it more difficult to return to their previous levels of mobility and activity following an incident.

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HELP works to curb delirium

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Senior Care

​Seniors are admitted to the hospital for a wide variety of reasons ranging from a fall-related injury to stroke to issues with their medication. No matter what led an older person to the facility, how long they stay can greatly affect their health. One common problem that seniors are known to develop during longer hospital stays is delirium.

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Physicians may be waiting too long to advise seniors to give up the keys

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Senior Care

Though remaining in the home can be made easier for seniors with the help of family caregivers or home care professionals, one aspect of independence that is a bit touchier is whether an older adult is able to operate a vehicle safely.

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Active seniors enjoy longer, healthier lives

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Senior Care

It's no secret that staying active throughout life can help people live longer, while also giving them a greater chance to remain independent with little help from family members or home care.

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Pumped up white blood cells could help patients with MS

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Chronic Disease

Between 250,000 and 350,000 people in the U.S. are currently affected by the side effects of MS, and though there is no cure, scientists are making progress.

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Stroke treatment can help improve chances of full recovery

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Physical Therapy

Strokes are responsible for the deaths of nearly 130,000 Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and those who survive strokes are often left with an uphill battle to recovery.

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