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Senior Nutrition and a Balanced Diet

Posted: 4/30/2018 12:57 PM by Interim HealthCare

There's no doubt about it, as the clock ticks and we get older, our bodies begin to change as we age. Not only do our bodies change but our senior parents need a much different diet than they did when they were in their 20's or 40's. A wholesome, well-balanced diet can be the first line of defense in staying healthy. Mealtime should be enjoyable and many seniors like variety at each meal.

Skin Cancer Awareness

Posted: 4/27/2018 4:52 PM by Interim HealthCare

Today’s seniors are more likely than previous generations to develop skin cancer. They risk is greater because during their younger years the public did not have the same awareness of the damage the sun (and tanning beds) can do to skin. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, and it affects almost 2.2 million Americans.

February is American Heart Month

Posted: 2/22/2018 11:45 AM by Interim HealthCare

February 2018 is American Heart Month, and February 2nd is National Wear Red Day. The purpose of these two causes is to raise awareness of heart health in America.

What to Know About Age Related Hearing Loss

Posted: 2/8/2018 11:44 AM by Interim HealthCare

Age-related hearing loss, or presbycusis, is the slow loss of hearing that occurs as people get older. Hearing loss starts when the tiny hairs in your ear damaged or die. These tiny hairs pick up sound waves, change them into nerve signals, and the brain interprets them. These hairs do not grow back, so most cases where the hairs are lost, the damage is permanent.

The Benefits of Home Care

Posted: 1/29/2018 9:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

In-home care provides the highest professional health care services available while being in the most comfortable environment, your home! It eliminates the daunting task of going to the hospital or doctor’s office, it reduces stress and fatigue on patients and family members, and allows for the best recovery conditions for patients.

Stroke Prevention Tips for Seniors

Posted: 1/19/2018 8:58 AM by Interim HealthCare

A stroke is a traumatic event that can happen to anyone at any time. A stroke occurs because there is a lack of blood flow to the brain. The brain cells are deprived of oxygen causing the cells to die, which has negative effects on the body and mind. Depending on how severe the stroke (how much brain damage is down) will determine how much the person is physically and mentally affected.

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

Posted: 12/22/2017 2:24 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: 12/8/2017 2:10 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.

What is Macular Degeneration and Can You Prevent It?

Posted: 11/24/2017 1:50 PM 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 ...

Should Your Parent Consider Hip Replacement Surgery?

Posted: 11/10/2017 12:06 PM 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...

Is Your Parent Not Getting Through Their Grief Effectively?

Posted: 10/27/2017 11:58 AM 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: 10/13/2017 10:54 AM 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.

The Link between Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Posted: 9/15/2017 8:45 AM by Interim HealthCare

When you think of diabetes, you probably do not think of hearing loss as being a complication of the condition. However, that is actually something that some people with diabetes develop.

How to Prevent Hip Fractures Among Older Adults

Posted: 9/1/2017 8:43 AM by Interim HealthCare

Hip fractures are extremely common among adults over the age of 60. In fact, nine out of 10 people over the age of 60 experience this type of injury.

How Elder Care Can Make Sensitive Bathing Tasks Less Stressful

Posted: 8/18/2017 8:37 AM by Interim HealthCare

As a family caregiver you already know that this role is about helping your elderly parent manage their specific needs, challenges, and limitations in a way that is respectful, supportive, and nurturing. Some of these task, however, are much more challenging than others. These are not only difficult for your elderly loved one, but they might be for you as well. When this happens, it can put a s...

Helping an Elderly Loved One Improve Their Fine Motor Skills

Posted: 8/4/2017 8:33 AM by Interim HealthCare

Has your elderly parent suffered from a stroke or other health condition that has made it too difficult to control their hand movements or other body parts? Fortunately, there are some activities that can help strengthen their fine motor skills, making it easier for them to control their movements. By participating in a number of rehabilitation exercises, the senior can rewire the brain as a wa...

7 Ways to Help an Elderly Parent with Sundowners Syndrome Sleep Better

Posted: 7/21/2017 8:29 AM by Interim HealthCare

Sundowners syndrome is just one of many sleep problems older adults go through in their life. Approximately 40 million Americans are impacted by long-term, chronic sleep disorders.

What Can You Do to Reduce the Risk of Poisoning?

Posted: 7/7/2017 8:02 AM by Interim HealthCare

Each year throughout the United States approximately 4 percent of the injuries suffered by adults aged 65 or older are caused by unintentional poisoning. This is a very serious risk that causes more injuries and deaths than fires.

Senior Care Awareness: Staph Infections

Posted: 6/28/2017 11:55 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.

Giving a Senior the Control and Independence They Are Seeking

Posted: 6/14/2017 11:41 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.

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