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August 2017

Forgetfulness - What’s Normal, What’s Not?

Posted: 10/20/2016 9:26 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, At age 76, my husband has become forgetful lately and is worried he may have Alzheimer’s. What resources can you recommend to help us get a grip on this? Concerned Wife

Helping an Elderly Loved One Improve Their Fine Motor Skills

Posted: 10/18/2016 11:15 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...

How Much Does a Funeral Cost?

Posted: 10/13/2016 9:19 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, How much does an average funeral and body burial cost? I need to make funeral arrangements for my aunt, who’s terminally ill, and would like to have a cost idea going in so I can plan and budget appropriately. The Executor

How to Adapt Daily Activities for a Loved One with Dementia

Posted: 10/10/2016 7:40 AM by Interim HealthCare

For some elderly loved ones with dementia, daily activities can become far more complicated than they've ever been. Something as simple as getting dressed can seem almost insurmountable if the chore isn't broken down a bit. Try these suggestions to see if they help.

Flu Vaccines Designed Specifically for Seniors

Posted: 10/6/2016 9:12 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any specific flu shots that are better suited for seniors? I just turned 65 and would like to find out what’s recommended and how Medicare covers it. Semi-Healthy Senior

How and When to Apply for Social Security Retirement Benefits

Posted: 9/29/2016 8:57 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What is the easiest way to apply for my Social Security retirement benefits, and how far in advance do I need to apply before I start collecting? Approaching 62

Can You Help Your Elderly Loved One Avoid Falls

Posted: 9/27/2016 2:14 PM by Interim HealthCare

Falling is a tremendous problem for the elderly. Aside from the big problem, which is usually the landing, falling can leave your elderly loved one feeling unsafe on her own. It might even lead to her feeling less independent, which can cause other problems. But there are things that you can do to help your loved one avoid falling.

How Can You Help Your Parent Cope with Flu Symptoms

Posted: 9/27/2016 11:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

The flu can tremendously disrupt your aging parent’s life. This viral infection can leave them feeling miserable and vulnerable to further infection and worsening illness that can put their health, safety, and even life at risk. Helping your senior cope with the symptoms of the flu can make their recovery period easier and help to reduce the chances that they will suffer serious complications r...

Meal Service Delivery Options for Seniors Who Don’t Cook

Posted: 9/22/2016 10:19 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior What types of healthy meal delivery options can you recommend for seniors who live at home, but don’t cook and don’t get out much. Since mom passed away, my dad’s diet is terrible and I worry about his health. Long-Distance Daughter

5 Ways to Keep the Peace Among Multiple Generations Under One Roof

Posted: 9/20/2016 9:39 AM by Interim HealthCare

Having multiple generations living in the same house can be challenging. Each one will most likely have different opinions and different ways of handling certain situations, such as raising children. This is especially true when adult children move their elderly parents in with them in order to become their caregivers.

Health Tips and Advice for Senior Travelers

Posted: 9/15/2016 10:09 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are recently retired and would like to do some traveling both in the United States and abroad, but worry about health issues, such as insurance, finding a good hospital if we get sick, etc. What tips can you offer health conscious seniors who want to travel? Older Travelers

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

Posted: 9/14/2016 1:56 PM 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.

Cheap Cellphone Plans for Seldom Calling Seniors

Posted: 9/8/2016 10:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the cheapest cellphone options available to seniors today who only want one for emergency purposes or occasional calls? I have a cellphone now that cost me $30 per month, but I hate paying for something I hardly ever use. Infrequent Caller

What Are the Best Ways to Help Your Elderly Loved One Manage Osteoarthritis?

Posted: 9/2/2016 6:34 PM by Interim HealthCare

Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that can show up gradually for your loved one. Once it sets in, there is no cure but it can be effectively managed in many instances.

How to Prevent Falls at Home

Posted: 9/1/2016 9:45 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My 79-year-old mother, who lives alone, has fallen several times over the past year. Are there any extra precautions we should take that can help prevent this? Worried Daughter

Is Your Elderly Parent at Risk for Hypoglycemia?

Posted: 8/29/2016 8:30 AM by Interim HealthCare

Hypoglycemia, also known as hypoglycemia unawareness, is a condition that can easily go undetected for someone who has diabetes. It occurs when there is an unusually low level of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Although it is commonly linked to diabetes, it can also occur to anyone with a condition that causes low blood sugar levels.

Donating Old Hearing Aids, Eyeglasses and Mobility Equipment

Posted: 8/25/2016 12:59 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Where are some good places to donate old hearing aids, eyeglasses and mobility equipment? My uncle passed away a few months ago and left behind a bunch of useful aids that could surely help someone else. Searching Nephew

What Can You Do to Reduce the Risk of Poisoning?

Posted: 8/24/2016 4:40 PM 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.

How to Track Down Things You Routinely Misplace

Posted: 8/18/2016 12:47 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any products or devices to help seniors track down lost or misplaced items, like car keys, wallet, cell phone, etc. My husband has become forgetful in his old age, so we spend a lot of wasted time looking for things. Frustrated Spouse

What Kinds of Complications Does a Loved One with COPD Face?

Posted: 8/17/2016 10:24 AM by Interim HealthCare

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, commonly referred to as COPD, is a complex series of lung diseases and problems that can make life very difficult for your elderly loved one. One of the biggest potential problems are the complications that can come along with a diagnosis of COPD.

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