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Psoriasis Awareness

Posted: 6/14/2017 8:15 AM by Interim HealthCare

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. It typically affects the outside of the elbows, knees, or scalp, though it can appear on any location. Some people report that psoriasis is itchy, burns and stings. Psoriasis is associated with other serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and depression.

Occupational Therapy

Posted: 5/31/2017 4:06 PM by Interim HealthCare

When a person experiences serious illness or injury and spends a long time being a “patient”, he may lose the ability to perform self-care tasks on his own, and may become dependent on others.

Fruits and Vegetables - More Matters

Posted: 5/3/2017 3:15 PM 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!!!!!

What is IBS?

Posted: 4/15/2017 2:58 PM by Interim HealthCare

Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is a common condition of the lower colon. Irritable bowel syndrome commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. IBS is a chronic condition that will require long-term management.

Unfounded Vaccine Fears Put Everyone at Risk

Posted: 4/5/2017 2:27 PM by Interim HealthCare

At the movement's core is the fear that toxins in childhood immunizations are the cause of autism and possibly other diseases. This group claims that the rise of autism is due to the number of vaccines children get at a young age. While it is true that autism is typically noted around the time many childhood immunizations are given, decades of scientific research have not found a link between v...

Physical Therapy for Elderly Adults - Tips for Caregivers

Posted: 3/15/2017 2:27 PM by Interim HealthCare

Physical therapy is often recommended by doctors for elderly adults who are recovering from an injury, illness, or surgery. Sometimes, it may even be recommended as a treatment for chronic pain. Physical therapy is an effective treatment for many conditions and it can help elderly adults to gain/regain strength which will ultimately help them have a better quality of life. Physical therapy i...

How to Keep the Peace in a Multigenerational Household

Posted: 3/5/2017 1:56 PM by Interim HealthCare

The recent economic recession, which has caused job losses and home foreclosures, and the increasing senior population have fueled an upsurge of three or more generations living under the same roof. Today, an estimated 51.5 million Americans live in multi-generational households.

Managing Celiac Disease - Tips for Seniors

Posted: 2/13/2017 12:03 PM by Interim HealthCare

​Celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, is a condition that can’t be cured, but can be treated and managed effectively. For seniors with celiac disease, making every day food choices can be a challenge and even a cause for stress. Depending on their level of gluten intolerance, making the right food choices can be very important for avoiding symptoms such as diarrhea, gas, and vomiting.

4 Tips to Help Your Senior Loved One Avoid Psoriasis Flare-ups

Posted: 2/5/2017 11:20 AM by Interim HealthCare

Psoriasis can be embarrassing, especially during a flare-up when your loved one's skin can become red and scaly. It's also painful, and a diagnosis of psoriasis can be overwhelming both to you and to your loved one. The best option for you as a family caregiver is to help your loved one to do everything that she can in order to avoid a flare-up. Once her psoriasis is under better control, she'l...

Is Your Elderly Loved One at Greater Risk for Falls?

Posted: 1/15/2017 8:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Falls can be a common, but dangerous occurrence for the elderly. A fall is defined by medical professionals as any outside force that causes a person to have an unexpected or accidental land on the ground. Not to be confused with falls resulting from a loss of consciousness, falls are a major cause of brain injuries in the elderly, and the number one cause of hospital admissions. And the simple...

Being a Home Caregiver in the Hospital Setting

Posted: 1/5/2017 8:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

When you are a caregiver, you may have accompanied your patient on multiple trips to the ER or hospital admissions. While having experience with hospital routines may reduce anxiety, being hospitalized remains very stressful for patient and caregiver.

Seniors and Osteoporosis: Warning Signs

Posted: 12/22/2016 8:47 AM 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.

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.

Coping with Holidays as a Home Caregiver

Posted: 12/8/2016 1:42 PM 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.

Life Extension

Posted: 12/8/2016 8:47 AM 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...

November is American Diabetes Month

Posted: 11/30/2016 9:17 AM by Interim HealthCare

Every 23 seconds, someone in the US is diagnosed with Diabetes. 86 million Americans are at risk for developing diabetes and most do not know it. Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the US, killing more Americans than AIDS and Breast cancer combined.

Elder Care After a Heart Attack

Posted: 11/24/2016 8:46 AM 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 ...

November 2016 National Diabetes Month

Posted: 11/14/2016 9:12 AM by Interim HealthCare

A diabetes diagnosis can be overwhelming. As caregivers, we want to support our loved ones and help them enjoy the healthiest lives possible. But what is the best way to do that? We talked to experts—both health care providers and people who have been there—to learn what is helpful and what to avoid.

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

Posted: 11/10/2016 8:44 AM 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.

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