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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Learn About Getting Seniors Involved!

Posted: 10/8/2014 11:10 AM by Interim HealthCare

There are Plenty of Activities Throughout the Month for Both Women and Men Breast cancer awareness month is in October. In 2007, the Tokyo tower was lit up in pink on October 1st for raising awareness. During this month in 2008, the White House was even decorated in pink in honor of those whose lives are affected by this disease. Every year, men and women from all across America do what t...

Vaccination Options Available to Seniors this Flu Season

Posted: 10/2/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,I understand that there are several types of flu vaccines being offered to seniors this flu season. What can you tell me about them?Cautious Senior

Did You Know? October is Eye Injury Prevention Month

Posted: 10/1/2014 11:32 AM by Interim HealthCare

Learn More About the Most Common Causes of Eye Accidents, and How to Prevent Them According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, nearly 50% of all eye injuries each year occur in the home. October is the month to pay closer attention to preventing eye injuries. Some people may argue that they don’t do anything that could cause an eye injury. Or they assume that only people who work...

Wandering Solutions for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Posted: 9/25/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,My mother, who lives with me, has Alzheimer’s disease and I worry about her wandering away. What tips can you recommend to help me protect her?Concerned Daughter

Generic Drugs Offer Seniors Big Savings

Posted: 9/18/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,Are brand-name medications better than generic, and if not, why is there such a price difference? Also, how can I find out which medicines are available in generic form.Leery Senior

How to Recognize and Handle Senior Gambling Problems

Posted: 9/10/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,How can you know when someone has a gambling problem? Since my father passed away a couple years ago, my 76-year-old mother spends a lot of time at an Indian casino near her house playing slot machines.Troubled Son

How to Get Social Security Benefits When You’re Disabled

Posted: 9/4/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,What do I need to do to get Social Security disability? I’m 57 years old and have some health issues that are keeping me from working, but I’ve heard it’s very difficult to get benefits. Need Assistance

How to Get a Medicare Covered Power Scooter or Wheelchair

Posted: 8/28/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What's the process for getting Medicare to pay for an electric mobility scooter or power wheelchair? My 76-year-old mother has arthritis in her knees and hips, and has a difficult time getting around anymore. Searching Daughter

How Home Care Services Can Help Alleviate Loneliness and the Danger it Poses

Posted: 8/27/2014 2:55 PM by Interim HealthCare

Being a caregiver to an aging parent or loved one can be a rewarding experience, but it can also take a toll because of the demands it can place on an individual. Not only is it physically and mentally challenging, but caregivers often get consumed by the responsibilities that come with providing care. When caregivers find that they are becoming lonely due to the amount of time they are devotin...

Important Facts about Gout and Why Elder Care Makes a Difference

Posted: 8/22/2014 9:55 AM by Interim HealthCare

Gout is a severe form of arthritis more commonly found among elderly men than women. It is the most painful type of arthritis accompanied by swelling, stiffness, heat, and tenderness in the joints.  Gout is caused as a result of crystalized uric acid getting deposited into the joints. This in turn causes inflammatory arthritis in the joints. Gout can last anywhere from a few days to severa...

Is Life Insurance Needed in Retirement?

Posted: 8/21/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,Is life insurance needed in retirement? I’m about to retire and have been thinking about dropping my policy to escape the premiums. Is this a good idea? Over Insured

5 Common Health Issues Seniors Face

Posted: 8/20/2014 9:40 AM by Interim HealthCare

There are some common health issues faced by all adults of any age. For elderly people, these health issues can have a great deal of consequence for the loved one’s health. They are already getting to a stage in life where they want and need to slow things down a little. They may also start needing some help at home. Now is a good time to consider getting a home care provider for them to ...

How to Find the Best Reacher-Grabber Tool

Posted: 8/14/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What kinds of reacher grabber tools can you recommend for seniors who need help picking things up off the ground. I bought a cheap one at Walmart a few months ago that doesn’t work very well for me, and would like to find one that does. Need a Hand

Food Assistance Programs Can Help Seniors in Need

Posted: 8/7/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,I run a community counseling program for needy families and am frustrated that so few eligible seniors take advantage of the food stamp program. Can you write a column on this to help educate seniors to this underutilized benefit?Reaching Out

Things You Should Know when a Loved One has Shingles

Posted: 8/6/2014 10:20 AM by Interim HealthCare

Shingles is a painful skin disease common in both men and women over the age of 50 caused by the varicella zoster virus. Another name for shingles is herpes zoster yet it is unrelated to the herpes virus. When providing senior care for a loved one with shingles, there are a few things you should know to help aid in their care.

Senior Organizations That Appeal to Conservatives

Posted: 7/31/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,Can you recommend any advocacy organizations for seniors other than AARP? I cut up my AARP card a few years back when they supported Obamacare, and am now looking for another organization that better represents me.Conservative Senior

Low-Cost and Free Cell Phone Options for Seniors

Posted: 7/24/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,What are the cheapest cell phone options available today to seniors living on a shoestring budget? I only need it for occasional calls. Seldom Calling Senior

Alternative Lodging Options for Retirees Who Travel

Posted: 7/17/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,Since retiring, my husband and I love to travel but hotel costs eat up our budget so fast we can’t stay as long, or go as often as we’d like to. I’ve heard that there are alternative lodging options like short-term apartment rentals or even house sitting that offer a much cheaper way to travel. How can we find these? Retired Travelers

Ergonomic Tools That Can Ease Gardening Pains

Posted: 7/10/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,Can you recommend some good ergonomic gardening gear for seniors? My 72-year-old mother loves to work in the garden, but has been plagued by various gardening injuries this year.Looking for Solutions

How to Protect Your Medicare Card from Identity Theft

Posted: 7/3/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,I just turned 65 and received my Medicare card. I see that the ID number on my card is the same as my Social Security number, and on the back of the card it tells me I need to carry it with me at all times. What can I do to protect myself from identify theft if my purse and Medicare card get stolen?Conflicted Beneficiary

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