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How do I know if Mom (or Dad) Needs help at Home?

Posted: 3/20/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Knowing when to ask for help can be difficult for your loved ones. Sometimes it can feel like a sign of weakness to admit that they can no longer do the tasks of everyday living.

Improve Your Heart Health With A Mediterranean Diet.

Posted: 3/6/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

A Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, nuts, fish, beans, fruits, vegetables and even wine has been shown in multiple studies to reduce the risks of heart disease.

The Importance of Staying Active after Knee Surgery

Posted: 2/15/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

After looking at the records of 1,000 patients from the Mayo Clinic, the study found that 30 percent of those who had the procedure gained approximately 5 percent of their body weight in the five years after surgery. This is a clear message that we, as caregivers, need to encourage an increase in physical activity after this type of surgery.

Must Have Balance…Tai Chi Has Benefits for Seniors

Posted: 1/14/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Focusing on calm thoughts and deep breathing, Tai Chi stresses the importance of posture and slow deliberate movements. Studies by the National Institutes of Health have shown that Tai Chi is beneficial for seniors because it promotes balance and reduces the risk of falling. 

Can Treating Lower Back Pain Reduce the Effects of Depression and Raise Self Esteem?

Posted: 1/6/2015 10:20 AM by Interim HealthCare

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center states that depression and chronic lower back pain both occur in roughly 25 percent of seniors.

Making a Difference to Seniors over the Holidays

Posted: 12/16/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Many seniors have trouble enjoying the holidays because they can be stressful, depressing, and lonely.  Our elders sometimes struggle with physical and mental aliments that can make participating challenging.  Sometimes taking that extra moment to reach out and include our senior loved ones, or even those in our community that might not have anyone, can make a huge difference. Here ar...

Senior Care – Tips for Improving Dental Health

Posted: 12/2/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

As a person reaches their senior years, taking care of their aging teeth may become a daily challenge. Many older adults experience the loss of their natural teeth simply for the reason that they had lost the ability to take care of them properly.

5 Therapeutic Activities Your Loved One Can Enjoy!

Posted: 11/19/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Making sure that your elderly loved one stays active, even in their later years, is the best way for them to maintain their health. Rather than sitting around alone all day long, exercise ensures that your loved one is getting out of the house, meeting new people, and keeping their body and minds as sharp as possible. Here are 5 activities that your elderly loved one will enjoy that will also k...

Caregiver Stress is Real- Home Care Can Help

Posted: 11/5/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Most people step into the role of a family caregiver without thinking about how hard it could be, or that they could end up creating more problems with their relationships, both with the person they are caring for and the other people around them.

Caring for Our Veterans

Posted: 10/21/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

According to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, more than half of U.S. veterans are 60 or older. Around 45 percent are 65 and older, numbers which the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) believe will continue until 2035.

Could you save the life of someone choking?

Posted: 10/7/2014 1:11 PM by Interim HealthCare

Invented in 1974 with a team of Hospital researchers, Dr. Henry Heimlich claims the procedure and its abdominal thrusts -- into the stomach above the navel and up against the diaphragm to force air from the lungs and remove obstructions -- have saved the lives of 100,000 potential choking victims.

Top tips for helping seniors gain weight

Posted: 9/28/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

There are many different reasons for seniors to be under weight. It could be anything from a sore mouth to drug interactions to inability to prepare food to medical problems. Whatever the reason, there’s usually some way to rectify it. The first step is identifying the cause for being underweight. This can probably be done best by your loved one’s doctor.

Three signs that being a caregiver is not right for you

Posted: 9/14/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Not everyone is going to find that being a caregiver is right for them, and if you find that you’re not suited for this type of work, the sooner that you address this situation, the sooner you’ll be able to step back and find someone who will be perfect for your elderly loved one.

The Silent Plague - When a Family Caregiver is Suffering in Silence

Posted: 8/25/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

If you’re a caregiver for a loved one and find that you’re under a great deal of stress, don’t suffer in silence. Ask for help or hire a professional in home care provider to help out. The important thing is the well-being of your elderly loved one and feeling overwhelmed will generally negatively impact that quickly.

Six Common Myths About Home Care Services

Posted: 8/10/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Home care services are considered a godsend to many caregivers who have loved ones requiring help with day to day tasks in the home. However, there are still some who are concerned with the idea of a stranger taking care of their loved one or being in their home. There are several myths regarding home care services.

Home Care Services Can Help Aging Family Members Stay in Touch

Posted: 7/28/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

There’s email, video chatting, social media, snail mail, to name just a few. There’s also the trusty phone. However, how many seniors today have a tendency, or habit, to go on the computer and send or receive emails. For the most part, many don’t have a great deal of experience with computers, don’t understand how to go online, or retrieve email, and fewer still understa...

Five symptoms that men should never ignore

Posted: 7/14/2014 3:53 PM by Interim HealthCare

The cliché about men not going to the doctor apparently exists for a reason. In 2010 a survey by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that only 57% of men had visited the doctor in the past year.

The Transition Home After Surgery

Posted: 6/21/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

One of the keys to making this transition a successful one is communication. By effectively sharing information between doctors, nurses and other heath care providers with the patient and his/her family, dangerous and possibly life-threatening situations can be avoided.

Senior Care News – The Benefits of Music Therapy

Posted: 6/10/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

We’ve all heard the expression “Music Heals” and medical researchers have found that this is indeed the truth, but why? What is it about music that can make such a difference to all of us?

Eating For Strong Bones

Posted: 5/21/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Calcium is the cornerstone to good bone health. Adults up to age 50 need 1,000 milligrams per day but beginning at age 51 women need 1,200 milligrams every day. The following are some foods you can eat that which contain high amounts of calcium to keep your bones healthy and strong.  

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