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Tips for Eating Healthier

Posted: 12/22/2016 10:10 AM by Interim HealthCare

​Nutrition is a central element of elder care, providing a basis on which all of your other efforts build. Without proper nutrition, your parents' bodies are unable to function properly and will be at greater risk of a variety of health consequences.

Safe Toys and Gift Month Part 2

Posted: 12/20/2016 11:11 AM by Interim HealthCare

Gifts of sports equipment should always be accompanied by protective gear (give a helmet with the skateboard) Think protection from injury while having fun! Also, keep in mind that new sports often have a learning curve that may require adult supervision at first.

Safe Toys and Gifts Month Part 1

Posted: 12/15/2016 11:05 AM by Interim HealthCare

As we kick off the holiday season, we all want to show how much we care by giving the perfect gift to each of our loved ones. Parents want to give the hottest, most talked about toy at school or on TV. It is easy to be caught up in the spirit of the season, and purchase gifts without reading the fine print, considering the age of the recipient, or the appropriateness of the item.

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 9:13 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.

Caring For Caregivers - Communicating Constructively

Posted: 6/28/2016 2:13 PM by Interim HealthCare

Being able to communicate constructively is one of a caregiver's most important tools. When you communicate in ways that are clear, assertive and constructive, you will be heard and get the help and support you need. Here are some basic guidelines for good communication.

Caring For Caregivers: Reducing Personal Stress

Posted: 6/14/2016 2:13 PM by Interim HealthCare

How we perceive and respond to an event is a significant factor in how we adjust and cope with it. The stress you feel is not only the result of your caregiving situation but also the result of your perception of it—whether you see the glass as half-full or half-empty. It is important to remember that you are not alone in your experiences.

When to Break up with Your Doctor

Posted: 5/31/2016 2:02 PM by Interim HealthCare

Everyone says that Healthcare is reforming. Being an aging senior with chronic conditions, you might spend fair amount of time in the doctor’s office or in contact with her staff.

Home Care Nurses are a Great Source for Diabetes Education

Posted: 5/3/2016 2:02 PM by Interim HealthCare

Home Care Nursing is a reliable source of Diabetes education that can be delivered in a series of visits over time. This is much preferred to trying to learn a large amount of new information in a single office visit where you may be feeling rushed or emotionally stressed.

Most Common Senior Health Issues Part 2

Posted: 4/19/2016 4:04 PM by Interim HealthCare

Osteoporosis can contribute to becoming less mobile and potentially disabled should you fall and have a fracture.

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