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When to See a Geriatrician

Posted: 6/26/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What kinds of health problems do geriatricians treat? My mother, who’s 80, takes several different medications for various health problems, but she hasn’t been feeling herself lately. I’m wondering if she would benefit by seeing a geriatrician in place of her regular family doctor. Inquiring Daughter

The Return of Doctor House Calls: How Home Care Services Matter

Posted: 6/25/2014 10:47 AM by Interim HealthCare

For the longest time, doctors mostly made house calls only. Then, during the latter part of the 19th century and throughout the 20th century, medical clinics and hospitals became the centers where doctors operated and house calls ended up falling by the wayside. Today, with the increase in home care services and with more hospitals trying to save money by sending patients home to reco...

Top Rated New Vehicles for Seniors

Posted: 6/19/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,Can you recommend any credible resources that rate the best vehicles for older drivers? My wife and I are both in our seventies and are looking to purchase a new automobile but could use some help choosing one that’s age friendly. What can you tell us?  Car Shoppers

3 Signs being a Caregiver is Not Right for You

Posted: 6/18/2014 10:41 AM by Interim HealthCare

Being a caregiver is not ideal for everyone, and if you have agreed to take on the role of a home care provider for a loved one, you may be experiencing a significant level of stress in your life. Not everyone is going to find that being a caregiver is right for them, and if you find that you’re not suited for this type of work, the sooner that you address this situation, the sooner you&r...

Senior Care – 6 Health Challenges of Aging

Posted: 6/16/2014 9:21 AM by Interim HealthCare

There are plenty of changes that occur as a person ages, some of them are normal for every elderly person, and some of them are connected to other diseases and problems. How are you supposed to know which is which? Caring for a senior parent can be a challenge in itself, but you might not realize the challenges your parent is personally going through. It’s hard to empathize when you&rsquo...

How To Make and Online Memorial for a Departed Loved One

Posted: 6/13/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,What can you tell me about online memorials? My uncle recently passed away, and some of the family thought it would be neat to create an online memorial to pay tribute to him, and accommodate the many family and friends who are scattered around the country who couldn’t attend his funeral.Grieving Niece

Preventing Dehydration when Providing Elderly Care

Posted: 6/11/2014 10:16 AM by Interim HealthCare

Mark wasn’t much of a caregiver, had never been one, but when his mother fell and she needed someone to help her at home during her recovery, he took it upon himself to do that, mostly because he was the only real viable option. Or so he thought. He didn’t know the first thing about elderly care, but he knew what his mother would require from and of him and he was willing to provide...

Health Insurance Options for Early Retirees

Posted: 6/6/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,At age 63, I will be retiring in a few months and need to find some health insurance coverage for my wife and me until Medicare kicks in. Is Obamacare my only option?About to Retire

Find Out How Much Your Old Stuff Is Worth

Posted: 5/29/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,What resources can you recommend for finding the value of old items? I inherited a large number of old antiques and unique art from my great aunt, and I would like to find out what some of these items are worth.Seeking Answers

Coping with Tragedy, and then Finding Elderly Care

Posted: 5/28/2014 3:11 PM by Interim HealthCare

It’s not easy to deal with any type of tragedy. Whether it’s the sudden loss of a loved one or having lost your job, tragedy can strike at any time. When it occurs to your elderly loved one, you may be focused on the pain that you’re feeling, or the relief that they may still be alive and with you. However, when it happens, such as a stroke, heart attack, or other serious heal...

How to Help Seniors with their Computer Issues from Far Away

Posted: 5/22/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,Are there any computer software products that you know of that will let me help my parents with their computer issues from afar? They are in their seventies and frequently call me with their computer questions and problems, but I live across town and don’t always have time to get in the car and drive over to help them. What’s available that can help us?Weary Son

Home Care Services – Better Sleep Using Diet Strategies

Posted: 5/20/2014 2:05 PM by Interim HealthCare

Getting a good sleep at night isn’t just a luxury; it’s an important part of a healthy lifestyle. If you’ve been kept up at night with stress or worry, you’ve probably been searching for an answer to relax and cope with your situation. Being a caregiver isn’t easy even for the best of us. You don’t have to only rely on counting sheep to get some shuteye &ndas...

Travel Discounts Available to Older Travelers

Posted: 5/15/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,What types of senior discounts are available to older travelers? My husband and I are approaching retirement and love to travel, but love to save money too. Almost Retired

Taking Time Out from Elder Care: How to Not Feel Guilty

Posted: 5/14/2014 3:39 PM by Interim HealthCare

Taking care of an elderly individual, whether it’s a family member or someone else, will usually take a lot out of you. Stopping by their house, making sure that they have everything they need, helping them into and out of the shower, and so on can be taxing to even the strongest, healthiest individual. When you need to take a break (or a time out) from elder care, especially when you&rsq...

Six Common Myths About Home Care Services

Posted: 5/14/2014 3:25 PM by Interim HealthCare

Home care services are considered a godsend to many caregivers who have loved ones requiring help with day to day tasks in the home. However, there are still some who are concerned with the idea of a stranger taking care of their loved one or being in their home. There are several myths regarding home care services.

How Medicare Covers Your Eyes

Posted: 5/8/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What does Medicare cover when it comes to eye care? I currently have good vision insurance through my employer but will lose it when I retire. Looking Ahead

Walk Your Way to Better Health

Posted: 5/1/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,Can you give me some tips on starting a walking program? I need to lose weight and get my blood pressure under control, but I hate to exercise. Unfit at 59

Air Travel Tips for Seniors with Special Needs

Posted: 4/24/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,I would like to fly my elderly parents across the country next month for my daughter’s wedding but have some concerns about the flight. My mom has trouble walking long distances and my dad has COPD and needs an oxygen tank. What airport or airline services are available to help old passengers?Concerned Daughter

How Reverse Mortgages Work in 2014

Posted: 4/17/2014 10:09 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,What can you tell me about reverse mortgages? I was considering one last year, but now I hear they are more difficult to get. Ready to Reverse

Taking Time Out from Elder Care: How to Not Feel Guilty

Posted: 4/16/2014 9:45 AM by Interim HealthCare

Taking care of an elderly individual, whether it’s a family member or someone else, will usually take a lot out of you. Stopping by their house, making sure that they have everything they need, helping them into and out of the shower, and so on can be taxing to even the strongest, healthiest individual. When you need to take a break (or a time out) from elder care, especially when you&rsq...

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