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How Medicare Covers Preventive Health Services

Posted: 2/16/2017 8:07 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Does Medicare cover 100 percent of all preventive health care screenings? I’m due to get a colonoscopy and a few other tests, but I want to find out if I’ll have to pay anything before I proceed. - New to Medicare

Do You Need To File a Tax Return in 2017?

Posted: 2/9/2017 8:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the IRS income tax filing requirements for retirees this tax season? My income dropped way down when I retired last year in 2016, so I’m wondering if I need to even file a tax return this year. - New Retire

How to Help Older Drivers Give Up the Car Keys

Posted: 2/2/2017 7:40 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you recommend that can help me deal with my mom’s bad driving? At age 83, her driving abilities have declined, but I know she’s bound and determined to keep driving as long as she’s alive. - Nervous Nelly

Important First Steps for Caring for a Senior with Parkinson’s Disease

Posted: 2/1/2017 3:44 PM by Interim HealthCare

The moment that you hear that your elderly loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease is a life-changing and potentially frightening moment. You have found out that your parent is dealing with a debilitating disease that will eventually lead to their death and you know that everything that you have planned for the future of your care will now need to be evaluated and possibly changed. This...

How Can You Make Agitation Less of a Problem for Your Elderly Loved One?

Posted: 1/30/2017 9:33 AM by Interim HealthCare

Agitation is a common problem for elderly loved ones who have dementia. It's a situation in which they may begin to pace, engage in repetitive actions or vocalizations, or otherwise display that they're not comfortable. Agitation can be disturbing for you to witness and it's definitely disruptive and disturbing for your elderly loved one.

Help Your Loved One Suffering with Sundowning

Posted: 1/28/2017 12:05 PM by Interim HealthCare

People with Alzheimer’s may develop changes in their behavior that lead to problems at dusk and into the night. This is known as Sundowning.

Tax Help for Caregiver of Elderly Parents

Posted: 1/26/2017 11:33 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Are caregiving expenses tax deductible? I provide a lot of financial support to my elderly mother and would like to find out if I can write any of it off on my taxes. Supporting Son

Factors That Could Put Your Loved One at a High Risk for Stroke

Posted: 1/26/2017 9:05 AM by Interim HealthCare

When the brain is not getting an adequate amount of blood, a stroke could occur. This causes some of the brain cells to die, resulting in permanent damage. For most people, stroke is a condition that is highly preventable. In fact, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke reported that 8 out of 10 strokes can be prevented.

Help for Seniors with Bladder Control Problems

Posted: 1/19/2017 11:28 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the best treatments recommended to help seniors with bladder control problems? Leaking Linda

How to Organize Your Affairs

Posted: 1/12/2017 11:19 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My wife and I would like to get our personal and financial affairs in order so our kids will know what’s going on if we get sick or die. What tips can you offer? Procrastinating Paul

Getting Old Pays Off

Posted: 1/5/2017 11:07 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What types of discounts are available to baby boomers, at what age do they kick in, and what’s the best way to go about finding them? Almost 50

How Does Your Elderly Loved One's Skin Change? as She Ages?

Posted: 12/30/2016 2:24 PM by Interim HealthCare

The largest organ in the human body is the skin and your elderly loved one is likely to notice a lot of changes to her skin as she ages. Some of these changes may not be a big deal, but others, such as dry patches of skin, can be uncomfortable.

The Benefits of Music for Seniors

Posted: 12/29/2016 12:18 PM by Interim HealthCare

Music can bring back memories and affect moods. It is a hallmark of celebrations. One song can take you to your childhood while another finds you on the shores of a Hawaiian island. For seniors who may find themselves alone more often than not, music can offer not only mood enhancement, but mental benefits as well.

Boosting an Aging Immune System

Posted: 12/28/2016 5:25 PM by Interim HealthCare

The body’s immune system is a remarkable mechanism consisting of intricate biological processes that protect people against foreign invaders. Cells, tissues and organs work in unison to defend against unwanted bacteria, virus, parasites and fungi.

How to Spot and Fix Medical Billing Mistakes

Posted: 12/22/2016 9:34 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, After a recent hospital stay, I have a stack of confusing medical bills at home I need to decipher. I’ve heard these bills frequently contain mistakes. How do I spot them to ensure I’m not paying more than I need to be? Cautious Carol

Providing Care for an Elderly Parent

Posted: 12/16/2016 4:48 PM by Interim HealthCare

When your loved one needs to be cared for, most adult children or family members want to be the caregiver of their ill loved one. However, being a caregiver is more complicated than just agreeing to do it. You need to have a clear picture of what your loved one will need help with, how healthy they are, and what tasks they will be able to accomplish alone. Here are just a few tips to help your ...

How to Create a Safe ‘Aging-in-Place’ Home

Posted: 12/15/2016 9:18 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are thinking about making some modifications to our home so we can remain living there for as long as possible. Can you recommend some good resources that can help us with aging in place ideas? Staying Put

The Link between Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Posted: 12/13/2016 7:52 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.

Locating Lost Life Insurance Policies

Posted: 12/8/2016 8:47 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, When my mom passed away we thought she had a life insurance policy, but we have no idea how to track it down. Do you know of any resources that might help? Searching Susan

How to Consistently Get Help as a Family Caregiver

Posted: 12/2/2016 11:26 AM by Interim HealthCare

One reason that family caregivers try to take on too much themselves is that they're often used to not having enough help. They may have some help from family or friends, but it might not be consistent. If that's the case for you, try some of these ideas to get help more consistently.

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