Interim HealthCare Blog
Posted: 4/8/2013 4:07 PM by
Dear Savvy Senior,What can you tell me about online dating for older people? My daughter has been urging me to give it a try, but at age 62, I’m a little hesitant. Lonely Senior
Dating sites have become enormously popular among the older generation in recent years. In fact, boomers and seniors make up about 20 percent of online daters today, and the numbers keeps g...
Posted: 4/2/2013 4:22 PM by
After a hospital or rehabilitation facility stay, all you may be thinking about is returning to the comfort of your own home. But even after leaving these facilities, your recovery is still ongoing.One of the keys to making this transition a successful one is communication. By effectively sharing information between doctors, nurses and other heath care providers with the patient and his/her fam...
Posted: 4/1/2013 4:33 PM by
Dear Savvy Senior,What tips can you recommend to help retirees guard against identity theft when traveling? My sister and her husband had their identity stolen while on vacation last year, and I want to make sure I’m protecting myself on my trip to Europe next month.Paranoid Pam
Most people don’t realize that when you travel, your risk of identity theft increases...
Posted: 3/20/2013 10:07 AM by
Vaccines aren’t just for children. In fact, many of the vaccinations that children receive, adults also need as a part of their senior care. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its list of adult-recommended vaccinations in 2012. Here are the vaccines or boosters that adults 50 and over need to talk to their health care provider about:
Posted: 3/14/2013 10:15 AM by
For more than half of American Baby Boomers over the age of 65, cataracts are something they have had, or will have, to deal with. Cataracts are the result of a buildup of protein in the lens of the eye. Old lens cells become compacted into the center of the lens, as new lens cells form on the outside of the lens. The compacted old cells are the cataract. This makes vision cloudy and prevents l...
Posted: 3/9/2013 9:00 AM by
Grieving over the loss of a loved one is a highly personal process that can take months or years. How long you grieve depends on many things, including your relationship with the person, if the person’s death was expected or sudden, and many other factors. There is no one way to handle the loss of a loved one. Each journey through grief to healing is a personal one.
Posted: 3/6/2013 4:31 PM by
Good nutrition is important at any age. But for adults 65 and over with chronic diseases, eating right takes on even more importance. Whether you have high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol, there are food choices you can make that will not only improve your condition, but also increase longevity. For instance, a diabetic will want to control the quantity
Posted: 2/22/2013 8:49 AM by
Not only has technology enabled us to live longer, healthier lives, but when illness does strike technological advances have provided us with more care options. When an illness or medical condition does occur, In-home care is the preference of many individuals. Interim HealthCare’s home health care services offers convenient access to trained professionals who are knowledgeable in the a...
Posted: 2/5/2013 3:37 PM by
It's no secret that caring for a loved one is a stressful endeavor. Shouldering any responsibility for another person can certainly cause anxiety, but it can also take its toll on a caregivers' health because they are often more concerned with their loved one's well-being than their own. It's important for caregivers to remember that their own health is just as important, and ...
Posted: 2/4/2013 5:29 PM by
Heart failure and heart disease are a critical health issue for any adult. More than 26 million adults in the U.S. suffer from heart disease, and it is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Despite this, all too often heart disease is still thought of something that affects men more often than women. February is American Heart Month, a great time to not only raise awareness about h...
Posted: 12/28/2012 9:54 AM by
Twenty-nine percent of adults in the U.S. are caring for an aging parent or relative. As family caregiving becomes more common, adult children need to know the warning signs of problems with their own senior-aged parents.
Posted: 12/3/2012 6:19 PM by
Meeting the needs of a loved one who is sick or injured is a lot of responsibility to put on one person. In fact, caregivers who try to do it all by themselves are more likely to suffer from caregiver stress and depression.
Getting help from others to assist in caregiving duties not only reduces your workload, but also provides you with someone to lean on in difficult times. A companion can al...
Posted: 8/16/2012 11:20 AM by
Summer & fall are times to be outdoors—gardening, walking or simply enjoying the warm weather. Unfortunately, being more active outside also increases your chance of encountering a blacklegged tick, the carriers of Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease.
Posted: 8/16/2012 11:15 AM by
The lens of your eye is made mostly of water and protein. Aging can cause proteins in the lens to accumulate and create a cloudy area on the eye, which prevents light from passing through. This cloudy area on the lens is a cataract. The size of cataracts can vary and will determine how your vision is affected.
Posted: 8/16/2012 10:16 AM by
Healthcare providers talk a lot about protecting yourself against skin cancer, but there are other skin diseases and abnormalities seniors need to be aware of as well. Here are five of the most common conditions, how to identify them and their treatment methods:
Posted: 4/29/2012 8:30 AM by
Imagine not being able to participate in a conversation or hear the dialogue of a television show. For 37 million Americans that is their reality as they learn to live without their hearing. Hearing loss can have a significant impact on the day-to-day living, but recognizing the signs early can help you receive the proper treatment.
Posted: 4/24/2012 8:39 AM by
Living by yourself as an adult is becoming more and more common in the United States. In fact, 28% of households are comprised of adults who live alone, an increase of 19% from 1950. However, just because a great number of adults are living alone, doesn't mean they lack the need for companionship. Many of the things we have long believed about single living simply are not true.
Posted: 4/17/2012 8:50 AM by
It can be difficult to face the responsibilities of caring for an elderly parent alone, but for some families, sharing the duties with siblings can bring about a whole slew of other issues. Sometimes, siblings run into issues when one lives near the senior and the other is trying to care from a distance. Other times, both siblings live near their loved one and cannot come to a conclusion about ...
Posted: 4/11/2012 8:52 AM by
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 ...
Posted: 4/2/2012 9:01 AM by
Parkinson's disease is one of the many conditions that Interim HealthCare offers home care services for. Our staff provides both skilled nursing care, when needed, and non-medical home care. Non-medical care can include assistance with activities of daily living such as dressing, cooking, light housekeeping and transportation.