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Senior Care Awareness: Staph Infections

Posted: 12/8/2016 10:10 AM by Interim HealthCare

One very common, but potentially very serious, infection that could impact your aging loved ones is a staph infection. Caused by a bacteria called Staphylococcus, this type of infection can range from minor irritation that is easily treated to treatment-resistant flesh-eating varieties depending on the type of exposure and the manner in which the bacteria entered the body.

Coping with Holidays as a Home Caregiver

Posted: 12/8/2016 9:18 AM by Interim HealthCare

​​We all know that the Holidays can be a very stressful time just in living an ordinary family life. There is much confusion with the hustle and bustle of preparing for extra company, fixing special meals and playing host while also trying to enjoy the experience ourselves. For the caregiver, this time can add a completely new set of stresses to an already stressful situation.

Reducing the Risk of Urinary Tract Infections

Posted: 11/24/2016 10:09 AM by Interim HealthCare

Elderly adults tend to experience urinary tract infections more commonly and with greater frequency than younger adults and children, and the consequences associated with these infections tend to be more serious and long lasting. With a few simple lifestyle changes, however, you can help to greatly reduce the chances that your parent will suffer such an infection, and can help to reduce the sev...

Giving a Senior the Control and Independence They Are Seeking

Posted: 11/10/2016 10:07 AM by Interim HealthCare

Most adult children of elderly parents know what it is like to worry about the well-being of their aging mother and father. As a person ages, they will have a number of different hazards to worry about. When an elderly person gets hurt, it may take longer to heal, which is why safeguarding the home is needed.

Tips for Supporting Senior Joint Health

Posted: 10/27/2016 10:06 AM by Interim HealthCare

​Your elderly loved ones' joints have been through a lot in their lives. They have spent decades supporting their muscles and going through the movements of life, taking on a tremendous amount of force and possibly sustaining injuries. It's important to keep their joints healthy and strong so they can experience less pain and stiffness, increase their mobility, and enjoy a more active, engaging...

Home Care Awareness: Itchy Skin

Posted: 10/13/2016 10:05 AM by Interim HealthCare

Itchy skin on its own may not cause any true problems for your parents' health, but if your parents are prone to scratching, pulling, rubbing, or tugging on their skin when it itches, their actions could cause tears, cuts, or abrasions in the skin. They can then introduce bacteria and germs into the skin through their nails or whatever other object they are using to soothe the itch, potentially...

Seniors and Osteoporosis: Warning Signs

Posted: 9/15/2016 1:17 PM by Interim HealthCare

As we age we lose bone mass, which could lead to osteoporosis without any noticeable symptoms. In fact, many seniors do not realize they have osteoporosis until they fall and break a bone.

Life Extension

Posted: 9/1/2016 1:12 PM by Interim HealthCare

How long do you want to live? What if science created a treatment that could help you live longer and healthier? It's not science-fiction, and it may be available sooner than you think. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, the Scripps Institute, and other institutions have created a new class of drugs to slow the aging process in mice. These drugs, known as senolytics, not only added lifespan, bu...

How we lose weight

Posted: 8/18/2016 1:07 PM by Interim HealthCare

Your body weight is controlled by the number of calories you eat and the number of calories you use each day. So, to lose weight you need to take in fewer calories than you use. You can do this by becoming more physically active or by eating less. Following a weight-loss program that helps you to become more physically active and decrease the amount of calories that you eat is most likely to le...

How to Care for a Senior with a Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted: 8/4/2016 12:53 PM by Interim HealthCare

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can take a toll on the person caring for a loved one with this condition. The primary goal of the caregiver is to help the senior live as independently as possible, while receiving in-home care for the tasks that are no longer a possibility for them.

Elder Care After a Heart Attack

Posted: 7/21/2016 12:46 PM by Interim HealthCare

A heart attack can be one of those things that as an adult child you think will never happen to your loved one. As a family caregiver, however, it is important to understand the risk of this type of urgent medical situation occurring in your elder care journey with your senior and to be prepared for how you are going to handle not just the attack as it is happening, but the care that you offer ...

4 Big Ways that Eating Slowly Can Help Your Elderly Loved One

Posted: 7/7/2016 12:41 PM by Interim HealthCare

If your elderly loved one finishes a meal within a few minutes after sitting down to eat, it's possible that she's eating much too quickly. Some of the signs that this is the case can also include indigestion and a difficulty maintaining her weight. If you can help her to slow down a little bit while she eats, she will reap quite a few benefits.

5 Ways to Improve Elder Care

Posted: 6/28/2016 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: 6/14/2016 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: 5/31/2016 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 ...

Care for Elderly Adults with Pacemakers

Posted: 5/3/2016 10:32 AM by Interim HealthCare

Each year, more than 600,000 people receive a pacemaker to help them safely regulate their heart rhythm. Of these, more than half of them are over the age of 75. If one of your parents may receive a pacemaker soon, or if a pacemaker has already become a part of their daily life, understanding this device and its purpose is essential so you can modify your senior care and ensure your loved one c...

Controlled Blood Sugar & A Healthy Heart

Posted: 4/30/2016 8:40 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.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Posted: 4/22/2016 8:21 AM by Interim HealthCare

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 12 million Americans are living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive lung disease that causes breathing difficulties and can turn fatal. Another 12 million people may have COPD but don't even know it.

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