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Posted: 10/27/2015 12:15 PM by Interim HealthCare

People in America today can expect to live longer than ever before. Once you make it to 65, the data suggest that you can live another 19.2 years, on average.

The Effects of Stress on Your Health

Posted: 10/13/2015 12:15 PM by Interim HealthCare

Stress affects people of every age and creed. Whether it is caused by your children, money, health or social issues, stress is part of daily life. Nobody likes stress, is your reaction to it causing health issues? A new study shows that how someone reacts to stress can affect his or her health.

5 Ways to Improve Elder Care

Posted: 9/15/2015 8:28 AM by Interim HealthCare

There are many ways to improve care for an elderly individual. For family members, friends, or other loved ones who were concerned about a senior in their life, there are steps they can take to improve the quality of care and safety for them.

Changing Weather and Senior Safety

Posted: 9/1/2015 8:25 AM by Interim HealthCare

Summer is coming to a close and it is time to start thinking about the weather changes that we should expect in the coming months. After all it is important to be prepared. A senior who is living at home alone may be concerned about his or her own safety family members and friends should check in on them on a regular basis.

How to Avoid Sandwich Generation Problems

Posted: 8/18/2015 8:18 AM by Interim HealthCare

If you’re already in your sixties, or nearly, and feeling the financial squeeze of the needs of aging parents and growing children, there are still a few things you can do to lower your stress level and increase your peace of mind. You might consider working a little longer, trimming your expenses, and urging your kids to explore every option for college financial aid - especially merit grants ...

Controlled Blood Sugar & A Healthy Heart

Posted: 7/21/2015 9:41 AM by Interim HealthCare

Finding out that you have Diabetes means having to make lifestyle changes that can be very difficult, however, once you adjust your diet, start exercising and reduce stress, you'll appreciate the benefits of keeping your blood sugar under control.

Excessive Heat - Danger!

Posted: 7/7/2015 3:11 PM by Interim HealthCare

It may come as a surprise to some that heat is the top weather-related killer in the United States. Heat-related fatalities were first officially tallied in 1986, and since then an average of 137 people each year have lost their lives as a result of excessive heat...

Social Seniors - The Importance of Friendship

Posted: 6/30/2015 1:49 PM by Interim HealthCare

Studies have shown that there is an important link between social interaction and the health of senior individuals.

Lowering Cholesterol With Lifestyle Choices

Posted: 6/6/2015 1:36 PM by Interim HealthCare

At Interim HealthCare, one of our goals is for you or your loved one to have the best quality of life possible. Aging brings about many changes, one of which can be a rise in cholesterol. Part of your own at home health care efforts can focus on lowering your cholesterol through simple lifestyle changes. Even if you are taking medication for high cholesterol, you can boost the effectiveness of ...

Taking care of an elderly individual

Posted: 5/15/2015 11:09 AM by Interim HealthCare

Taking care of an elderly individual, whether it’s a family member or someone else, will usually take a lot out of you. Stopping by their house, making sure that they have everything they need, helping them into and out of the shower, and so on can be taxing to even the strongest, healthiest individual.

How do I know if Mom (or Dad) Needs help at Home?

Posted: 3/17/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Knowing when to ask for help can be difficult for your loved ones. Sometimes it can feel like a sign of weakness to admit that they can no longer do the tasks of everyday living.

Improve Your Heart Health With A Mediterranean Diet.

Posted: 3/3/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

A Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, nuts, fish, beans, fruits, vegetables and even wine has been shown in multiple studies to reduce the risks of heart disease

The Importance of Staying Active after Knee Surgery

Posted: 2/15/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

After looking at the records of 1,000 patients from the Mayo Clinic, the study found that 30 percent of those who had the procedure gained approximately 5 percent of their body weight in the five years after surgery. This is a clear message that we, as caregivers, need to encourage an increase in physical activity after this type of surgery.

Must Have Balance…Tai Chi Has Benefits for Seniors

Posted: 1/17/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Focusing on calm thoughts and deep breathing, Tai Chi stresses the importance of posture and slow deliberate movements. Studies by the National Institutes of Health have shown that Tai Chi is beneficial for seniors because it promotes balance and reduces the risk of falling. Additionally this widely practiced martial art can improve mood and increase daily activity.

Can Treating Lower Back Pain Reduce the Effects of Depression and Raise Self Esteem?

Posted: 1/6/2015 10:23 AM by Interim HealthCare

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center states that depression and chronic lower back pain both occur in roughly 25 percent of seniors.

Making a Difference to Seniors over the Holidays

Posted: 12/18/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Many seniors have trouble enjoying the holidays because they can be stressful, depressing, and lonely. Our elders sometimes struggle with physical and mental aliments that can make participating challenging. Sometimes taking that extra moment to reach out and include our senior loved ones, or even those in our community that might not have anyone, can make a huge difference. Here are a few wa...

Senior Care – Tips for Improving Dental Health

Posted: 12/4/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

As a person reaches their senior years, taking care of their aging teeth may become a daily challenge. Many older adults experience the loss of their natural teeth simply for the reason that they had lost the ability to take care of them properly. There are factors associated with age that make it increasingly difficult to do all the hygiene steps that are reqTuired for good dental health.

5 Therapeutic Activities Your Loved One Can Enjoy!

Posted: 11/22/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Making sure that your elderly loved one stays active, even in their later years, is the best way for them to maintain their health. Rather than sitting around alone all day long, exercise ensures that your loved one is getting out of the house, meeting new people, and keeping their body and minds as sharp as possible. Here are 5 activities that your elderly loved one will enjoy that will also k...

Caregiver Stress is Real- Home Care Can Help

Posted: 11/5/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Most people step into the role of a family caregiver without thinking about how hard it could be, or that they could end up creating more problems with their relationships, both with the person they are caring for and the other people around them.

Caring for Our Veterans

Posted: 10/22/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

According to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, more than half of U.S. veterans are 60 or older. Around 45 percent are 65 and older, numbers which the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) believe will continue until 2035.

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