Senior Homecare Blog - Jacksonville Florida
Posted: 12/17/2013 12:00 AM by
We’ve all done it - you know, justifying that extra serving of cornbread stuffing or another slice of pumpkin pie because it’s the holidays. We know it’s not good for us, but we figure our New Year’s resolution of weight loss and exercise will take care of the few extra calories in the long term. Those of us who are caring for seniors have to remember that this cyc...
Posted: 12/10/2013 12:00 AM by
It’s that time of year again, and if you’re planning to travel for the holidays, there are some important things that you should remember. Whether you’re flying out to visit with the family or finally going on the holiday cruise you’ve always wanted to take, the following tips will help make sure that you stay healthy enough to enjoy your holiday travel to the fullest.Be...
Posted: 11/19/2013 12:00 AM by
Often, seniors just want someone to listen and help them to feel important. Reflecting on memories can be beneficial to their mental health and emotional well being. The holidays are a great time for this, and you just may learn something that you never knew.
Posted: 11/5/2013 12:00 AM by
Approximately 16 million Americans currently receive home-delivered health care for causes including acute illness, long-term health conditions, permanent disabilities or terminal illness. In 2014 alone, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services projected that annual expenditures for home health care were forecasted to be $104.2 billion. That’s why each November the National Associ...
Posted: 10/19/2013 12:00 AM by
Our bones remain fairly healthy and strong through young adulthood. The problem is that as we hit middle age, they start to thin out. For women, this process can even accelerate after menopause. Seniors in particular are at special risk when it comes to bone health, but the good news is that you can put the brakes on bone degeneration and one of the best lines of defense in this battle is your ...
Posted: 10/3/2013 12:00 AM by
According to AARP, one in four American adults help provide senior home care to an older parent, spouse, adult relative or loved one. Family support is critical for seniors to remain in their homes and in their communities, but it often comes at a substantial cost.
Posted: 9/20/2013 12:00 AM by
Meditation is helpful for more than just relaxation and stress reduction. Studies show that it is also good for the brain, especially for seniors. A recent study sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation found that seniors who do just 12 minutes of Yoga exercises every day can improve memory and thinking skills. The study’s leader also thinks this daily activit...
Posted: 9/6/2013 1:28 PM by
Flu season will soon be upon us. It generally peaks from November to April. Now is the time for people, especially seniors, to consider getting a flu shot. The best time of year to get one is October or November. This will help prevent contracting the serious illness when flu season arrives. At Interim HealthCare, all of our caregivers keep an eye out for those that will likely benefit from a f...
Posted: 8/25/2013 12:00 AM by
Contrary to what you might think, recovery from surgery begins long before you even leave the hospital. It starts in your doctor’s office before your procedure and involves you asking a lot of questions. However trivial they may seem, you should ask your surgeon every question you can think of prior to your operation. These can include plans for pain management, bathing instructions, how ...
Posted: 8/10/2013 12:00 AM by
The American Heart Association released a study showing that “Heart attack or heart failure patients may have a high risk of death or re-admission for a month or longer after leaving the hospital.” The study, released on May 16, 2013, states that 70.3 percent of heart failure patients were re-hospitalized within the first year and 41.8 percent died. Patients who suffered heart...
Posted: 7/23/2013 12:00 AM by
As older Americans are becoming increasingly computer literate, the promise of social networking – sharing photos, videos, links, contacts and status updates – has incredible purpose for seniors and intergenerational connections. In addition to family, seniors have also found that social networking allows them to connect with people and friends from their past. These connections can...
Posted: 7/9/2013 2:18 PM by
Most of us know that having good friends can help enrich our daily lives, but when it comes to elder care, a recent study shows that close friends may do more than provide companionship—they can actually add years to your life.
Posted: 5/3/2013 8:05 AM by
Coming home for a visit is an excellent way to evaluate whether your older loved ones who live on their own are doing ok. There are several factors to consider when making a visit. Of course we all want to socialize and spend time just visiting, but you can also use the opportunity to take a look at a couple of things...
Posted: 4/15/2013 8:39 AM by
As adults get older, their ability to remember, focus and react is diminished by aging. For some, this occurs sooner than others or in a more drastic manner. The ability to drive a vehicle can be impaired by any number of factors with senior citizens. For safety reasons, it is sometimes necessary to restrict or take away driving privileges in order to keep the drivers, passengers and others on ...
Posted: 2/28/2013 10:23 AM by
What happens when your senior loved one suddenly stops making sense?
What happens when you have an elder loved one who has been clear headed and carrying on without issue suddenly saying things that don’t make any sense?
What happens is you have a serious problem that can be easily missed-- especially when caregivers don’t speak up. At Interim HealthCare of ...
Posted: 2/13/2013 11:42 AM by
At Interim HealthCare of Jacksonville we know that Valentine’s Day can be a lonely holiday for most seniors. Some of whom may have lost a spouse. Valentine's activities that aim to involve elderly persons and take into account their medical and dietary needs may not only keep loneliness at bay, but might also add some fun to Valentine's Day for your elderly loved one.
Posted: 1/31/2013 1:47 PM by
We know at Interim HealthCare of Jacksonville as you age there are a myriad of things to worry about or take care you may not have had any issue with at all before. And some give you physical clues long before an actual diagnosis from your doctor is given. Physical Heart disease symptoms in women or in men are indications that you feel or experience, while a sign of heart disease is somet...