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The Impacts of Hearing Loss

Posted: 6/28/2018 10:50 AM by Interim HealthCare

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.

Memory-Building Activities for Seniors with Alzheimer's

Posted: 6/1/2018 6:34 PM by Interim HealthCare

Memory and thought are something many people take for granted, using them daily and thinking little of them. Alzheimer's disease, however, robs people of these basic abilities and leaves their friends and family distinctly aware not only of this loss, but of their own abilities. Alzheimer's is a progressive disease with the symptoms usually starting gradually and building in severity as the dis...

The 6 Challenges of Aging

Posted: 5/30/2018 10:16 AM by Interim HealthCare

There are plenty of changes that occur as a person ages, some of them are normal for every elderly person, and some of them are connected to other diseases and problems. How are you supposed to know which is which? Senior care can be a challenge in itself, but you might not realize the challenges your parent is personally going through.

Facts About Cataracts

Posted: 5/2/2018 10:07 AM by Interim HealthCare

​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.

Senior Care: Understanding the Risk for Falls

Posted: 4/30/2018 9:37 PM by Interim HealthCare

One of the most important efforts that you can make in your senior care journey with your elderly loved one is keeping him/her safe. Though there are many risks to face when caring for a senior, one of the most prevalent is falling. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2 and a half million older adults have to be treated in emergency departments throughout the ...

Symptoms of Lyme Disease in Seniors

Posted: 4/25/2018 9:10 PM by Interim HealthCare

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 black-legged tick, the carriers of Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease.

Healthy Heart Tips for Caregivers

Posted: 2/13/2018 10:07 AM by Interim HealthCare

One of if not the most common side effect of being a family caregiver is not properly caring for them self. This happens because the caregiver is so focused on the health of their loved one, that they forget to care for themselves and their health needs. It is important for every caregiver to understand that the better they care for themselves the better they can care for their loved one.

Helping Seniors Avoid Pneumonia

Posted: 2/6/2018 10:03 AM by Interim HealthCare

Pneumonia is a lung infection, either bacterial or viral in nature, causing inflammation in the air sacs in your lungs, which are called alveoli. The alveoli fill with fluid or pus, making it difficult to breathe. Pneumonia can range in seriousness from mild to life-threatening. It is most serious for infants and young children, people older than age 65, and people with health problems or weak...

Cervical Health Awareness Month

Posted: 1/25/2018 12:54 PM by Interim HealthCare

During January we take the time to raise awareness about cervical health. This month is meant to educate both men and women on the causes and effects of cervical cancer and HPV, as well as encouraging women to take the proper steps to reduce their risk of developing cervical cancer.

The First Step to Good Health is Proper Diet and Daily Exercise

Posted: 1/12/2018 12:53 PM by Interim HealthCare

The first step to building and maintaining good health is to eat a nutrient dense and diverse diet along with daily exercise. This step applies to people of all ages and is especially important to seniors. Without a proper diet and regular eating habits seniors can lose out on essential nutrients needed to keep them healthy and help them fight disease and other illnesses. Without daily exercise...

Know the Signs of Early Onset Parkinson's

Posted: 12/22/2017 2:55 PM by Interim HealthCare

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.

Keeping Your Brain Fit

Posted: 12/8/2017 2:47 PM by Interim HealthCare

At Interim HealthCare through our unique HomeLife Enrichment® Program we strive to assist our clients in keeping their minds fit with brain fun & fitness games.

Home Care Services Help Seniors with Arthritis Manage Joint Pain and Overall Bone Health

Posted: 11/24/2017 2:35 PM by Interim HealthCare

Of all the forms of arthritis in older adults, osteoarthritis is the most prevalent. Affecting both men and women, it is estimated that 12.4 million individuals over 65 years old are affected by the disease.

Handling the heat

Posted: 11/10/2017 2:29 PM by Interim HealthCare

Summertime and the livin’ is easy. If you know how to handle the heat, that is. Seniors are especially at risk as the temperatures begin to climb during the summer months.

The Many Benefits of Hospice Care

Posted: 10/27/2017 2:23 PM by Interim HealthCare

According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), more than 1.58 million people in the U.S. receive care from hospice palliative care providers every year. November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a time to learn more about the many benefits of this kind of care.

Avoiding Medication Mix-Ups

Posted: 10/13/2017 2:13 PM by Interim HealthCare

The Food and Drug Administration reports at least 75 incidents per month of mix-ups due to similarly named drugs and confusing labels. How can you avoid dangerous and costly medication mix-ups? Interim HealthCare’s Home Care program can help you manage your prescriptions, but ultimately, you are in charge of your own healthcare. That is why it is important to take an active role in your treatme...

The Benefits of Music for Seniors

Posted: 9/15/2017 12:37 PM by Interim HealthCare

Music can bring back memories and affect moods. It is a hallmark of celebrations. One song can take you to your childhood while another finds you on the shores of a Hawaiian island. For seniors who may find themselves alone more often than not, music can offer not only mood enhancement, but mental benefits as well.

Tips for Protecting Your Parent from Identity Theft

Posted: 9/1/2017 12:26 PM 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...

Losing Sense Of Smell

Posted: 8/18/2017 11:42 AM by Interim HealthCare

A sense of smell can be extremely important to your senior loved one’s wellbeing and memory. Certain kinds of smells can recall memories: a certain kind of perfume or cologne, foods, or the smell of certain places.

Tips for Indulging the Sweet Tooth of a Senior with Diabetes

Posted: 8/4/2017 11:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Diabetes is a very serious condition that requires extensive and management to ensure that it does not develop into more severe complications. One of the major ways to help your senior manage their condition is through changing their diet. What your loved one eats makes a tremendous difference in their health and well-being, as well as their ability to manage their condition. This might be a bi...

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