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Tips for Protecting Your Parent from Identity Theft

Posted: 12/22/2017 2:53 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...

The Benefits of Music for Seniors

Posted: 12/8/2017 2:29 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 Vegetarian Seniors

Posted: 11/24/2017 2:17 PM by Interim HealthCare

As a culture we are more aware than ever of the importance of the foods we eat and the impact they make on physical and mental health, wellbeing, and longevity. One of the most important things that people have come to understand in recent years is the potential danger of eating too many animal products, particularly too much red meat. Switching over to a vegetarian or vegan diet is an increasi...

How Does Your Elderly Loved One's Skin Change? as She Ages?

Posted: 11/10/2017 2:12 PM by Interim HealthCare

The largest organ in the human body is the skin and your elderly loved one is likely to notice a lot of changes to her skin as she ages. Some of these changes may not be a big deal, but others, such as dry patches of skin, can be uncomfortable.

Tips for Indulging the Sweet Tooth of a Senior with Diabetes

Posted: 10/27/2017 1:56 PM 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...

Losing Sense Of Smell

Posted: 10/13/2017 1:30 PM 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.

How to Deal with Long Distance Caregiving for a Loved One with Dementia

Posted: 9/15/2017 3:05 PM by Interim HealthCare

Being away from your elderly loved one is difficult as a long-distance family caregiver, but if she's diagnosed with dementia, that can make you a little more nervous. Finding ways to compensate for the distance involved can help you and your elderly loved one to feel more at ease.

How Can You Convince a Reluctant Elderly Loved One to Bathe More Often?

Posted: 9/1/2017 2:53 PM by Interim HealthCare

When you're a family caregiver to an elderly loved one, some situations can crop up that you didn't expect. A loved one who is suddenly reluctant to bathe is one such situation, especially if your loved one has always paid a lot of attention to her personal hygiene. Some of these tips can help.

Is Your Parent Not Getting Through Their Grief Effectively?

Posted: 8/18/2017 2:37 PM by Interim HealthCare

Grief is something that virtually everyone will have to face and get through at some point in their lives. This loss of an important person can be extremely painful and a difficult phase to push through, but as a family caregiver it is critical that you are prepared to help your parent deal with their loss in an effective and healthy way so that they can move forward and enjoy a lifestyle that ...

4 Summer Fun Ideas for Loved Ones with Memory Issues

Posted: 8/4/2017 1:38 PM by Interim HealthCare

Memory issues can make many things more difficult with your elderly loved one, especially family fun in the summer. This doesn't have to be the case, though, especially if you try some of these tips.

Should Your Parent Consider Hip Replacement Surgery?

Posted: 7/21/2017 11:48 AM by Interim HealthCare

The thought of your parent undergoing surgery can be daunting. Hip replacement surgery, however, can make a tremendous difference in their health and quality of life, enabling them to stay more active, healthier, and more engaged in the world around them. Helping your parent to determine if they should consider this type of surgery empowers them to make the decision that is right for them and f...

What is Macular Degeneration and Can You Prevent It?

Posted: 7/7/2017 10:41 AM by Interim HealthCare

While there are many potential causes for low vision among elderly adults, one of the most common is a condition called macular degeneration. This disease is a leading cause of the loss of vision among those older adults over the age of 50 and can develop so gradually that the senior is not even aware of the changes in their vision until they have become severe. This condition does not lead to ...

A Time to Reassess Care: Part 2

Posted: 6/20/2017 2:06 PM by Interim HealthCare

Changes in appearance. Does the person's hair and makeup look all right? Are clothes clean? Someone known for crisply ironed shirts who's now in a stained sweatshirt may lack the dexterity for buttons or may have lost the strength for managing an ironing board and iron. A formerly clean-shaven man with an unkempt beard may be forgetting to shave (or forgetting how to shave). These are just ...

A Time to Reassess Care: Part 1

Posted: 6/5/2017 1:52 PM by Interim HealthCare

The decision to help an aging adult move out of a current home is a complex one -- both emotionally and practically. Above all, you want the person to be safe and well. How can you all feel more confident about whether circumstances suggest that your loved one should no longer be living alone? Although every situation is different, looking at the following 11 signs will give you valuable infor...

Caring For Caregivers: Seeking Solutions 2

Posted: 5/15/2017 1:33 PM by Interim HealthCare

Seeking solutions to difficult situations is, of course, one of the most important tools in caregiving. Once you've identified a problem, taking action to solve it can change the situation and also change your attitude to a more positive one, giving you more confidence in your abilities.

Caring For The Caregiver

Posted: 5/5/2017 1:24 PM by Interim HealthCare

Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others. Caring for yourself is one of the most important—and one of the most often forgotten—things you can do as a caregiver. When your needs are taken care of, the person you care for will benefit, too.

Aging Well is Not for Sissies!

Posted: 4/15/2017 1:19 PM by Interim HealthCare

Getting older certainly has its rewards. We all like to think that our long history of various experiences has made us wise enough to make better decisions. Retirement has its moments, and grandchildren are a great source of joy and happiness.

Fruits and Vegetables - More Matters

Posted: 4/5/2017 11:12 AM by Interim HealthCare

The CDC says that currently, about one third of Americans are obese. The percentage of children, age 6-11 who are obese increased from 7% in 1980 to 18% in 2012. These startling statistics do not bode well for our health in the future. Eating well doesn’t have to be difficult! The following guide for healthy eating is called The GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY!!!!!

Giving a Senior the Control and Independence They Are Seeking

Posted: 3/15/2017 9:28 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.

Senior Care Awareness: Staph Infections

Posted: 3/1/2017 9:19 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.

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