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7 Outdoor Safety Tips for Seniors

Posted: 6/13/2018 6:14 AM by Interim HealthCare

Spring and summer entice people young and old to head outdoors, especially after a cold winter. Elderly adults are usually eager to get out there and enjoy warm weather, gardening, walks and fun family events. However, warmer temperatures and sunny skies can also be dangerous to elderly people if they don’t take precautions. Family caregivers have a responsibility to make sure their aging loved...

Scleroderma Awareness Month

Posted: 6/13/2018 6:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

June is Scleroderma Awareness Month and there’s no better time for elderly Americans and their family caregivers to learn more about this chronic condition that affects people of all ages, including elderly adults. While the condition is not very common, it does affect more than 300,000 Americans. Because it can be painful and also contribute to a number of health issues, it’s wise for family c...

Difficult Situations Family Caregivers Face When a Parent Has Alzheimer's

Posted: 6/6/2018 11:33 AM by Interim HealthCare

Between 2000 and 2015, the number of deaths related to Alzheimer's increased by 123 percent. According to the Alzheimer's Association, in just 65 seconds, another person develops Alzheimer's. When your mom or dad has Alzheimer's, it's virtually impossible to predict what you're about to face. Every patient is different. Some progress faster than others. One thing is certain. You'll face sit...

What Is the Link Between Cold and Migraines?

Posted: 5/25/2018 12:32 PM by Interim HealthCare

A migraine is a kind of headache that can cause severe pain, often on only one side of the head. In addition to pain, migraine can cause symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. They can last for hours or even days. Doctors don’t know just what causes migraines, they think it might have something to do with the brain stem and the way it works with certain nerves. In a...

Older Americans Month - Fun Ways for Your Kids to Celebrate With Your Parents

Posted: 5/25/2018 12:26 PM by Interim HealthCare

For 2018's Older American's Month, the theme is “Engage at Every Age.” The goal is to get everyone out and engaging within the community. Engaging activities can help a person, teach someone something, or help the environment.

What Is Sundowning and How Can I Help My Loved One Avoid It?

Posted: 5/24/2018 12:11 PM by Interim HealthCare

Sundowning is a phenomenon that occurs later in the day for individuals who suffer from Alzheimer's disease. They often experience a burst of confusion, anxiety and aggression, which can be difficult for loved ones to cope with. We provide several tips you can follow to help ease the agitation.

4 Things to Know About Human Connection and Stroke Prevention

Posted: 5/17/2018 9:35 AM by Interim HealthCare

As driving becomes challenging and mental health issues make socializing more difficult, seniors are prone to facing feelings of isolation. While it's not proven that social connection benefits the heart and blood vessels, companionship certainly has its benefits when it comes to reducing the risk of a stroke.

10 Subtle Signs Your Aging Parent May Need Help

Posted: 5/10/2018 8:32 AM by Interim HealthCare

Our parents dedicate their time to taking care of us. One day, you'll be taking care of them as they age. The signs that tell you they might need help in their later years could be subtle. It's important to keep your eyes open for clues like a messy yard, a dented car, dressing inappropriately or having poor personal hygiene.

Creative Ways to Celebrate Home Healthcare Nurses

Posted: 5/8/2018 9:40 AM by Interim HealthCare

You value the home healthcare nurses on your team. But do they know just how much you appreciate them? National Nurses Week is a perfect time to show them the love. Expressing your gratitude isn’t just nice, it’s good for your business. In a study by staffing firm OfficeTeam, 66 percent of employees said they would quit their jobs if they felt unappreciated. For millennials, that figure jump...

Why You Need to Hire Home Health Care Services

Posted: 5/3/2018 8:43 AM by Interim HealthCare

If you are new to the role of family caregiving, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed about all the things your elderly relative needs to get through their day. As you are working out your schedule and figuring out what your loved one needs, consider hiring home health care services to help both of you out.

What’s Normal for Memory in Seniors?

Posted: 4/27/2018 6:53 AM by Interim HealthCare

One of the things that older adults and their family members sometimes worry about is memory loss. After all, the prospect of a dementia or Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis is troublesome, to say the least. Some forgetfulness is normal with aging. However, it can be hard to know what’s normal and when it’s time to talk to a doctor.

What Causes Swallowing Problems in Seniors?

Posted: 4/20/2018 9:03 AM by Interim HealthCare

Experts say that up to 25 percent of adults in the United States develop a condition called dysphagia in their lives. Dysphagia is the medical term for difficulty swallowing. Dysphagia puts older adults at a higher risk for aspiration pneumonia, which occurs when food enters the lungs. Approximately half of people with dysphagia die within 12 months of being diagnosed. Researchers continue to s...

5 Digestion Tips for Seniors

Posted: 4/13/2018 1:08 PM by Interim HealthCare

There are lots of reasons why seniors develop digestive issues. Old age weakens the immune system, which in turn affects the healthy bacteria in the intestines. Seniors can also suffer from nutritional deficiencies, digestive diseases, side effects of medicine and any number of chronic conditions that can affect digestion. With the help of family members, elder care assistants, senior service o...

Creating a Caregiver Kit for Your Car

Posted: 4/6/2018 7:53 AM by Interim HealthCare

As a family caregiver, it is likely that you spend a considerable amount of time in your car. With driving to and from your parent’s house, providing transportation for your children, driving to and from work, running errands, and other tasks, your car can often seem like your headquarters. This makes it important for you to ensure that your car is properly equipped with tools and items that wi...

Is Your Loved One at Increased Risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Posted: 3/28/2018 8:57 AM by Interim HealthCare

Sudden cardiac arrest is a devastating event with increased risk as we age. This post helps caregivers identify potential risk factors in their loved ones and have an open conversation with Mom or Dad's doctor.

This Month is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month- Why is it Important to Get Checked?

Posted: 3/16/2018 8:51 AM by Interim HealthCare

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. This is an important cancer to talk about. It's equally important that your parents get tested. In 2017, more than 135,000 positive cases were diagnosed. More than 50,000 died from colon cancer. The earlier it's caught, the better the outcome.

Five Foods Doctors Recommend When People Want to Lower the Risk of Alzheimers

Posted: 3/9/2018 10:08 AM by Interim HealthCare

In just shy of two decades, the number of deaths attributed to Alzheimer's has increased by 89 percent. Right now, people aged 65 or older have a 1 in 10 chance of having Alzheimer's. It's expected that in the next 32 years, the number of Alzheimer's patients will triple.

Simple Ways to Encourage More Physical Activity for Your Parent

Posted: 2/28/2018 8:20 AM by Interim HealthCare

As a family caregiver, you know how important it is to keep your parents physically active. Getting enough activity everyday is essential for keeping your parent at a healthy weight, supporting cardiovascular health, warding off a wide variety of health complications, and preventing health challenges. staying physically active is also important for maintaining good mental emotional health and w...

How Can You Help Your Aging Loved One Monitor Her Health?

Posted: 2/23/2018 10:04 AM by Interim HealthCare

There's a lot that goes into keeping track of overall health and the key can be paying attention to signs along the way. Here are just a few ways your elderly family member can get a better handle on how she's doing.

Six Ways to Clear the Air

Posted: 2/14/2018 8:19 AM by Interim HealthCare

When you think of pollution, do you think about the air inside your home? Probably not. Most people don’t. But, according to WebMD, the air inside the house could actually contain more pollution than the outside air. For older adults with respiratory conditions, like COPD or asthma, having cleaner indoor air could improve some of their symptoms.

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