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Simple Television Remotes Designed for Seniors

Posted: 6/4/2013 11:14 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,Can you recommend some easy-to-use television remote controls for seniors? I got my 74-year-old mother a new HDTV for her birthday, but the remote control is very confusing for her to operate.--Shopping Son

Could you save the life of someone choking?

Posted: 6/1/2013 2:25 PM by Interim HealthCare

June 1st was Heimlich Maneuver day which is an emergency technique for preventing suffocation when a person's airway (windpipe) becomes blocked by a piece of food or other object. It can be used safely on both adults and children, but most experts do not recommend it for infants less than 1 year old. You can also perform the maneuver on yourself.

How to Use Herbal Supplements Safely

Posted: 5/29/2013 10:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy SeniorAre herbal supplements safe for seniors who are taking other prescription medications? I have a friend who swears by them, but I want to be sure before I take anything new.--Cautious Carol   Dear Carol, Herbal supplements have become increasingly popular in recent years as millions of Americans are looking for natural and more affordable ways to improve their health. Bu...

How Married Couples Can Boost Their Social Security Checks

Posted: 5/22/2013 10:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,I’ve heard that there are strategies available that can help married couples increase their Social Security benefits when they retire. My wife and I are approaching retirement age and would like to understand these options. What can you tell us?--Getting Prepared   Dear Getting, If you’re willing to wait to full retirement age and beyond, married couples ha...

How Health Insurance Marketplaces Will Help Early Retirees

Posted: 5/15/2013 3:12 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,What can you tell me about the new Obamacare health insurance exchanges that begin next year? I am interested in retiring early at age 61, but need to find some affordable health until my Medicare benefits begin at 65.Ready to Retire   Dear Ready, The new health insurance exchanges – also known as Health Insurance Marketplaces – that begin in 2014 will be a...

Retirement Planning Resources for Women

Posted: 4/29/2013 10:26 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,What retirement planning resources can you recommend to women? I’m 58 years old, divorced and living on a tight budget and need all the help I can get.  Financially Challenged   Dear Challenged, When it comes to planning for retirement, most Americans could stand to brush up on their financial knowledge a bit, but it’s especially important for unmarrie...

How to Shop For a Hearing Aid

Posted: 4/22/2013 10:18 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,What tips can you offer people who are shopping for hearing aids? Overwhelmed Senior   Dear Overwhelmed, With so many choices and options available today, shopping for a hearing aid that meets your needs, lifestyle and budget can be challenging. Here are some tips that can help you locate a good hearing aid provider and choose an appropriate aid.

The Important Role of Occupational Therapists

Posted: 4/22/2013 9:24 AM by Interim HealthCare

Anyone, at any time may need help from an occupational therapist or OT. According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), “Occupational therapy is therapy based on performing the meaningful activities of daily life ... despite impairments or limitations in physical or mental functioning.

How to Choose a Medigap Supplemental Policy

Posted: 4/15/2013 4:15 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,I’ll be 65 in a few months – Medicare enrollment age – and am thinking about getting a Medicare supplemental policy to help cover things outside of Medicare. Can you give me some advice on choosing a plan? Shopping Sam   Dear Sam, If you’re planning to choose original Medicare for your health coverage, getting a supplemental policy too (also kno...

Avoiding Medication Mix-Ups

Posted: 4/12/2013 4:18 PM by Interim HealthCare

The Food and Drug Administration reports at least 75 incidents per month of mix-ups due to similarly named drugs and confusing labels. How can you avoid dangerous and costly medication mix-ups? Interim HealthCare’s Home Care program can help you manage your prescriptions, but ultimately, you are in charge of your own healthcare. That is why it is important to take an active role in your t...

Car Shopping Tips for Older Drivers

Posted: 4/11/2013 9:31 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,What resources can you recommend to seniors who are shopping for a car? My wife and I are relatively healthy 70-year-olds and are looking for a new senior-friendly vehicle, but could use some help.Older Drivers   Dear Older, For seniors who are in the market for a new or used car, the AAA (American Automobile Association) and the University of Florida’s Institute...

Looking for Love and Companionship Online

Posted: 4/8/2013 4:07 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,What can you tell me about online dating for older people? My daughter has been urging me to give it a try, but at age 62, I’m a little hesitant. Lonely Senior   Dear Lonely, Dating sites have become enormously popular among the older generation in recent years. In fact, boomers and seniors make up about 20 percent of online daters today, and the numbers keeps g...

Transitioning from facility care to home

Posted: 4/2/2013 4:22 PM by Interim HealthCare

After a hospital or rehabilitation facility stay, all you may be thinking about is returning to the comfort of your own home. But even after leaving these facilities, your recovery is still ongoing.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 fam...

How to Avoid Identity Theft When You Travel

Posted: 4/1/2013 4:33 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,What tips can you recommend to help retirees guard against identity theft when traveling? My sister and her husband had their identity stolen while on vacation last year, and I want to make sure I’m protecting myself on my trip to Europe next month.Paranoid Pam   Dear Pam, Most people don’t realize that when you travel, your risk of identity theft increases...

Over 50? The Vaccines You Need.

Posted: 3/20/2013 10:07 AM by Interim HealthCare

Vaccines aren’t just for children. In fact, many of the vaccinations that children receive, adults also need as a part of their senior care. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its list of adult-recommended vaccinations in 2012. Here are the vaccines or boosters that adults 50 and over need to talk to their health care provider about:

The Facts About Cataracts

Posted: 3/14/2013 10:15 AM by Interim HealthCare

For more than half of American Baby Boomers over the age of 65, cataracts are something they have had, or will have, to deal with. Cataracts are the result of a buildup of protein in the lens of the eye. Old lens cells become compacted into the center of the lens, as new lens cells form on the outside of the lens. The compacted old cells are the cataract. This makes vision cloudy and prevents l...

Coping with Grief

Posted: 3/9/2013 9:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Grieving over the loss of a loved one is a highly personal process that can take months or years. How long you grieve depends on many things, including your relationship with the person, if the person’s death was expected or sudden, and many other factors. There is no one way to handle the loss of a loved one. Each journey through grief to healing is a personal one.

Increase Longevity with a Healthy Diet

Posted: 3/6/2013 4:31 PM by Interim HealthCare

Good nutrition is important at any age. But for adults 65 and over with chronic diseases, eating right  takes on even more importance. Whether you have high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol, there are food choices you can make that will not only improve your condition, but also increase longevity. For instance, a diabetic will want to control the quantity

Benefits of Home Care

Posted: 2/22/2013 8:49 AM by Interim HealthCare

Not only has technology enabled us to live longer, healthier lives, but when illness does strike technological advances have provided us with more care options. When an illness or medical condition does occur, In-home care is the preference of many individuals. Interim HealthCare’s home health care services offers convenient access to trained professionals who are knowledgeable in the a...

Heart health tips for the family caregiver

Posted: 2/5/2013 3:37 PM by Interim HealthCare

It's no secret that caring for a loved one is a stressful endeavor. Shouldering any responsibility for another person can certainly cause anxiety, but it can also take its toll on a caregivers' health because they are often more concerned with their loved one's well-being than their own. It's important for caregivers to remember that their own health is just as important, and ...

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