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How Senior Care Can Help with Late Stage Dementia

Posted: 8/17/2018 4:08 PM by Interim HealthCare

Having a family member with dementia is challenging. The initial diagnosis is upsetting and difficult to deal with as the older adult and those around them contemplate what the future might hold. And, as the disease progresses, the care needs of the dementia sufferer increase. Finally, by the time the person has late stage dementia, they require constant care. Yet, many families want to keep th...

How Older People Can Find Clinical Trials

Posted: 8/3/2018 5:27 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about clinical trials and how to go about finding one? Old and Ill

Retirement Planning Tips for Single Women

Posted: 8/3/2018 5:26 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What retirement planning tips can you recommend to single women? I’m 54 and divorced with a teenage daughter and very little saved for retirement. Financially Behind

Where Seniors Can Get Help With Home Chores and Small Jobs

Posted: 8/3/2018 5:25 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What’s the best way to find good, trustworthy, qualified people who can help seniors with home chores or small jobs? Looking for Mom

How Medicare Covers Diabetes

Posted: 8/3/2018 5:23 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, How well does Medicare cover diabetes? I’m 66 years old and was recently told by my doctor that I have pre-diabetes. If it progresses to full-fledged diabetes what can I expect from Medicare. Recently Retired

Supporting Your Parent Before Their Cancer Test

Posted: 8/3/2018 7:48 AM by Interim HealthCare

Proactive healthcare is all about making decisions, and taking steps that educate you about health, and allow you to make further changes and decisions to manage health issues, and cope with their effects. When considering the possibility of cancer, getting the tests and screenings recommended by a doctor is an important proactive step. These tests and screenings provide information that can al...

5 Reasons Why Caregivers Need Exercise

Posted: 7/26/2018 8:40 AM by Interim HealthCare

Family caregivers do a lot for their elderly relatives, making sure they are clean, fed and comfortable. However, many family caregivers are so focused on their loved one’s needs that they neglect themselves. The area where many family caregivers truly suffer is exercising.

How to Make the Most of Your Doctor’s Visit

Posted: 7/26/2018 8:35 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I manage a large health clinic that treats thousands of seniors each year, and we’ve have found that patients that come prepared when they visit our doctors are much more satisfied with the care they receive. Can you write a column educating patients on how to prepare for doctor’s appointments? Healthcare Helper

Symptom Checker: Is It Shingles or Some Other Rash?

Posted: 7/23/2018 11:19 AM by Interim HealthCare

Every year, about one in 100 people age 60 or older develops shingles, the dreaded skin condition notorious for causing pain that can be agonizing. Recognizing the rash is important, since early treatment can help shorten an outbreak and prevent complications.

How to Get a Therapy Pet to Visit a Loved One at Home

Posted: 7/19/2018 1:46 PM by Interim HealthCare

Anyone who likes animals knows how calming and comforting it can be to stroke and cuddle a friendly dog or cat. It’s little wonder that therapy pets are often brought into nursing homes and hospice facilities. But did you know that you can arrange — often at no cost — to have a therapy pet visit a sick or aging relative in their home?

Showing Your Love for Your Parent When You Care from a Distance

Posted: 7/19/2018 1:28 PM by Interim HealthCare

As much as you would like to spend your caregiver experience close to your aging parent so you can be with them on a regular basis, this isn't always possible. You may already live far away from your parents when they need you to start being their family caregiver, or life circumstances can arise requiring you to move away from your parent. Whatever the reason is, if you are caring for your par...

Can a Debt Collector Take My Social Security Benefits?

Posted: 7/19/2018 8:33 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can my Social Security benefits be garnished if I have some outstanding debts? I just turned 62 and would like to start collecting my retirement benefits, but want to find this out before I apply. Worried Retiree

The Different Stages of Dementia

Posted: 7/18/2018 11:04 AM by Interim HealthCare

Learning that a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia can be devastating. But understanding what’s ahead can help you plan for the care your family member will need. Maura Rhodes, an experienced health journalist, elaborates on the symptoms of each dementia stage.

How to Talk to Your Loved One About Hospice

Posted: 7/17/2018 9:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

Realizing that your parent or another loved one in your care has reached the point of needing hospice is painful. It means the time has come to make the person comfortable instead of trying to make them better. Broaching the subject of hospice can also be painful, and it can be hard to figure out how to do it. But the conversation itself doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think.

What Are ADLs, and Can Your Aging Parent Manage Them?

Posted: 7/16/2018 2:23 PM by Interim HealthCare

Most of the simple things we do each day — getting out of bed, getting into the shower, lining up the buttons of a shirt, scooping a spoonful of cereal and delivering it to the mouth — we never think twice about. For some older adults, however, they become a real challenge. Maura Rhodes provides insight on how to tell if your aging loved one needs a little extra help at home.

What’s the Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

Posted: 7/12/2018 8:29 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia? My aunt has dementia, but they don’t know if she has Alzheimer’s disease, which is very confusing to me. Trying To Understand

Tips for Enjoying Water Recreation with Your Senior Parent

Posted: 7/11/2018 2:01 PM by Interim HealthCare

Taking trips and enjoying new experiences are essential parts of the summertime months for many families. Many people love taking the opportunities presented by warmer, longer days, breaks from school, and an overall more leisurely pace of life during the summer season to enjoy quality time as a family, and go on trips to take a break from daily life. If your senior loved one is adventurous, th...

What Fall Risks Might Increase During the Summer?

Posted: 7/6/2018 2:51 PM by Interim HealthCare

Falls are some of the most serious risks elderly adults face. Each year throughout the United States millions of seniors experience falls, and a large percentage of these will suffer injuries serious enough to end up in the hospital. These injuries can lead to serious consequences, including greatly diminished mobility, health, and quality of life. While there are some fall risks your parent is...

Taming the Senior Sweet Tooth

Posted: 7/5/2018 1:12 PM by Interim HealthCare

Ice cream for breakfast, cookies with lunch, heaps of sugar in coffee or tea...It’s not unusual for older people to suddenly have insatiable cravings for sweet foods. And if a parent or other aging senior you’re caring for seems to be channeling their inner toddler at the table, you’re probably wondering why they’re insisting on dessert with every meal — or dessert for every meal — and how you ...

Simple Gadgets That Can Help Older Drivers

Posted: 7/5/2018 8:27 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any specific auto gadgets you can recommend that can help senior drivers? Both of my parents are in there eighties and still pretty good drivers, but due to arthritis and age they’re very stiff, which causes them some driving problems. Researching Daughter

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