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August 2018

Finding Help for Seniors Addicted to Opioids

Posted: 8/3/2017 11:24 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m worried about my 72-year-old mother who has been taking the opioid medication Vicodin for her hip and back pain for more than a year. I fear she’s becoming addicted to the drug but I don’t know what to do. Concerned Daughter

How Can You Deal with a Senior Who is Resistant to Home Care?

Posted: 7/27/2017 1:59 PM by Interim HealthCare

In your role as a family caregiver, your parent’s safety, health, comfort, and happiness are your highest priorities. You want to know that they are getting everything that they need to keep them this way as they age in place, and to help them to live the highest quality of life possible throughout their later years. In trying to make sure that you can achieve this for your parent, you might ha...

How to Find and Claim Your Family’s Unclaimed Money

Posted: 7/27/2017 10:43 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve heard that there are free online search tools that can help people look for lost or forgotten money left behind by deceased relatives. Can you refer me? When my father passed away his financial affairs were in such a mess, I’m wondering if there was anything he left behind. Wondering Daughter

Can You Care for a Senior After a Tense Relationship?

Posted: 7/21/2017 12:20 PM by Interim HealthCare

Being a family caregiver for an elderly loved one can be one of the most important and fulfilling decisions that you can ever make in your life. After all, this is a chance for you to give back to them for the care that they have given you, to show them that you love them, and to make sure that they are getting all of the care, support, and assistance that they desire and deserve. When entering...

The Hidden Dangers of Heartburn

Posted: 7/20/2017 10:40 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Is regular heartburn or indigestion anything to worry about? My 60-year-old husband eats a lot of Tums or Rolaids throughout the day to help him manage it, but it keeps him up at night too. What can you tell us? Inquiring Spouse

How Can You Communicate with a Loved One Who Has Trouble Hearing?

Posted: 7/17/2017 9:10 AM by Interim HealthCare

Having a difficult time hearing what's going on around her can be really difficult for your loved one to deal with. It can also mean that communication is not as easy as it could be. Taking your time communicating and avoiding making the situation worse are all good first steps.

New Medicare Cards Debut Next Year

Posted: 7/13/2017 10:20 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I just received my Medicare card in the mail and was surprised to see that the ID number is the same as my Social Security number. I know it’s a bad idea to carry around anything that displays my Social Security number because it makes me vulnerable to identity theft. Wasn’t the government supposed to stop putting Social Security numbers on Medicare cards? New Beneficiary

Auto Safety Devices That Can Help Seniors with Older Cars

Posted: 7/6/2017 10:08 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Do you know of any auto safety products that can help seniors with older cars? My 80-year-old father, who drives his beloved 2004 Toyota Avalon, is still a good pretty driver but he has limited range-of-motion, which makes looking over his shoulder to back-up or merge into traffic very difficult. Inquiring Son

Outdoor Safety Tips for Seniors with Mobility Limitations

Posted: 7/6/2017 8:32 AM by Interim HealthCare

Mobility limitations are extremely common among elderly adults. If you are a family caregiver for a senior who is dealing with this time of difficulty, it is an important priority for you to help them cope with these limitations and approach their activities of daily living in a way that will keep their quality of life high while keeping them safe and secure. While there are many things that yo...

Important Documents for Family Caregivers

Posted: 6/29/2017 3:29 PM by Interim HealthCare

Often part of the job of being a family caregiver is coordinating medical care and taking care of your parent’s important paperwork. Unfortunately, organizing important documents is sometimes forgotten until an emergency occurs. When that happens, it can be difficult to navigate your parent’s medical care and handle some other important decisions. If you haven’t already done so, getting your pa...

Tips for Helping a Senior Deal with Incontinence

Posted: 6/22/2017 10:58 AM by Interim HealthCare

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that approximately half of elderly adults are dealing with some level of incontinence or urinary urgency. This condition is particularly common among aging women, with up to 80 percent of those who experience these symptoms being women. Whether it is not being able to control their bladder, experiencing leakage, or dealing with urgency, this can be a ve...

How to Fight Dry Eyes and Protect Your Vision

Posted: 6/22/2017 10:12 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior What all can be done to combat dry eyes? Since I turned 50, my eyes have become increasingly dry and irritated. Constantly Blinking

Different Types of Caregivers for Different Types of Home Care

Posted: 6/19/2017 3:43 PM by Interim HealthCare

What is in-home care? How do I go about arranging it? Will they be safe? Well for starters, there are two basic types of in-home caregivers. The first are licensed healthcare professionals... The second are caregivers who serve as companions, homemakers and aides.

Best Bicycles for Aging Baby Boomers

Posted: 6/15/2017 10:11 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are interested in getting a couple of bicycles for leisurely exercise and fun, and would like to get your recommendation. We’re both approaching 60 and are a little overweight, and it’s been a while since we rode. Easy Riders

Does Aging Skin Require Special Care?

Posted: 6/14/2017 9:06 AM by Interim HealthCare

When people are younger, their skin care routine sometimes centers around trying to prevent skin from wrinkling. However, for older adults, the focus of skin care should change to keeping skin healthy since seniors are more prone to skin infections and other skin problems due to changes in the skin. When seniors are cared for by elder care providers or family caregivers, the responsibility for ...

Why Do People with Alzheimer’s Disease Wander?

Posted: 6/12/2017 8:31 AM by Interim HealthCare

There are approximately 5.5 million people throughout the United States who are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Of these, 3 in 5, or around 60 percent, will develop wandering tendencies at some point in their progression. This can be a very dangerous situation for your elderly parent, putting them at risk of serious injury or even death. By understanding why your loved one might wander and wha...

How to Hire a Home Helper

Posted: 6/8/2017 9:49 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I would like to hire a personal assistant/home helper for my mom to assist with some simple household chores like house keeping, errand running, driving her to the doctor, and keeping her company. But mom doesn’t require personal/physical caregiving nor does she require any home medical care. Any tips to help us find someone? Looking for Mom

Elderly Care – Do You Know the Symptoms of a Stroke?

Posted: 6/7/2017 6:15 AM by Interim HealthCare

As the person responsible for the elderly care of an aging parent or loved one, you are surely aware of all of the possible medical crises that can occur. It is important, though, to know the signs and symptoms of each individual problem, so that you can take the correct action as quickly as possible. One of the medical emergencies that requires the quickest action on your part is a stroke. A ...

What Immediate Steps Can You Take to Help Your Loved One Be Safer at Home?

Posted: 6/2/2017 7:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

As your loved one's primary family caregiver, you're in charge of making sure she's as safe as possible. if you don't know where to start, though, the job can feel overwhelming. Start with these safety considerations and then you can branch out to other potential safety problems.

Social Security Advice for Soon-To-Be Retirees

Posted: 6/1/2017 8:41 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any services that help pre-retirees decide when to start drawing their Social Security benefits? My wife and I are approaching retirement age and want to carefully weigh our options to make sure we’re maximizing our benefits. Approaching Retirement

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