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Discussing end-of-life care is not harmful

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Senior Care

Recent research shows that discussing end-of-life care with a physician is not harmful to older patients.

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Keeping knees healthy without surgery

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Arthritis, Joint Replacement, Senior Care

Knee replacement surgeries have increased by 100 percent over the past 10 years and are expected to rise to 500 percent by 2030, reflecting the aging population of baby boomers, the Tuscon Citizen reports.

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Low levels of B12 vitamins may lead to cognitive problems

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Alzheimer's, Senior Care

Older people who have low levels of B12 vitamins may be more likely to have smaller brains and problems with their cognitive abilities, according to a new study published in the September 27 issue of Neurology.

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Hip fractures may be particularly dangerous for older women

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Joint Replacement, Senior Care

Of the 300,000 people who suffer hip fractures each year, women between the ages of 65 and 79, as well as healthy women over age 80, are particularly at risk within a year after the fracture, according to a new study published by the Archives of Internal Medicine, a JAMA/Archives journal.

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Exercise may help arthritis, no matter the diet

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Arthritis, Chronic Disease, Senior Care

Weight alone is not what exacerbates the pain of osteoarthritis - new research suggests that exercise, even when not paired with a low-fat diet or weight loss, improved arthritis symptoms in obese mice.

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Home care costs less than most think - DO NOT POST

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Senior Care

A recent study found that many families overestimate the cost of home healthcare, as forego it as a result.

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Resources available for long-distance caregivers

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Senior Care

People caring for an ailing or ill loved one who is geographically distant face a unique set of caregiving stressors, including guilt, helplessness and worry, according to a study conducted by nurses in the Oncology Nurses Forum, according to the Oncology Nurse Advisor.

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New study may lead to earlier osteoarthritis detection

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Arthritis

Researchers from the New York University Langone Medical Center's Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Radiology recently discovered certain advanced MRI techniques that may be a diagnostic tool in osteoarthritis.

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To care well, use correct tools

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Senior Care

Using a hammer to cut wood is likely going to be ineffective and possibly result in injury. A similar phenomenon is true in caregiving, according to The Advertiser.

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When caregivers need a vacation

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Senior Care

While caregiving is almost always a voluntary task, it often ends up consuming more than just a few hours each week.

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Cats, dogs provide multitude of benefits to elderly

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Senior Care

Home caregivers may worry about whether an ailing senior can still take care of a beloved pet, but before making a decision on what to do with the animal, they should consider the many ways in which pets can improve the health of the elderly.

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Families keep positive relationships with elderly caregivers

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Senior Care

Sometimes, hiring a home caregiver or home health agency is the best way to offer a loved one quality healthcare, allowing family members respite from the stressful responsibility of maintaining the person's health.

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Disabled Tennessee residents sue the state over home care cuts

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Chronic Disease, Senior Care

A group of mentally disabled Tennesseans sued the state over its recent budget cuts that limit opportunities for home care, according to KnoxNews.com.

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Staying involved may slow cognitive decline

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Alzheimer's, Senior Care

While scientific studies have not been conclusive on the ways in which intellectual stimulation can cure degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia, many people have found that mental and physical activity keep them feeling healthy well into old age.

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Retirees can put their hobbies to good use

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Alzheimer's

Retirement allows plenty of time for the hobbies that most people never had time for during their careers.

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Household chores may prevent dementia

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Alzheimer's, Senior Care

Everyday chores such as emptying the dishwasher, mowing the lawn and doing laundry may help keep dementia away, according to new research published recently in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Some antidepressants may cause falls in seniors

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Depression, Senior Care

Certain antidepressants may put seniors at a high risk of falling within the first four days of starting it, according to a recent study published in the Journals of Gerontology, AARP reports.

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Sandwich generation must resist boomerang children

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Senior Care

The members of the sandwich generation are growing as people live longer.

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Florida pushes sex ed for seniors

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Senior Care

Thanks to drugs like Viagra for men and hormone treatments for women, Americans are staying sexually active well into their 60s, 70s and often time 80s, ABC News reports.

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Tips for aging gracefully

Published: by Interim HealthCare in Depression, Senior Care

With so many options available to seniors to reverse the effects of aging - from creams to Botox - many are taking advantage of the opportunity to look and feel young again.

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