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December 2016

How to Create a Safe ‘Aging-in-Place’ Home

Posted: 12/15/2016 9:18 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are thinking about making some modifications to our home so we can remain living there for as long as possible. Can you recommend some good resources that can help us with aging in place ideas? Staying Put

The Link between Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Posted: 12/13/2016 7:52 AM by Interim HealthCare

When you think of diabetes, you probably do not think of hearing loss as being a complication of the condition. However, that is actually something that some people with diabetes develop.

Locating Lost Life Insurance Policies

Posted: 12/8/2016 8:47 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, When my mom passed away we thought she had a life insurance policy, but we have no idea how to track it down. Do you know of any resources that might help? Searching Susan

How to Consistently Get Help as a Family Caregiver

Posted: 12/2/2016 11:26 AM by Interim HealthCare

One reason that family caregivers try to take on too much themselves is that they're often used to not having enough help. They may have some help from family or friends, but it might not be consistent. If that's the case for you, try some of these ideas to get help more consistently.

How Much You’ll Pay for Medicare in 2017

Posted: 12/1/2016 8:39 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I know there won’t be much of a cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits next year but what about Medicare? How will the 0.3 percent Social Security raise affect our Part B monthly premiums in 2017? Inquiring Beneficiary

How Can You Help a Senior With Increased Limitations During the Holidays?

Posted: 11/30/2016 10:14 AM by Interim HealthCare

Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult who is dealing with new challenges and limitations is not easy at any time of the year, but can be particularly challenging during the holiday season.

How to Prevent Hip Fractures Among Older Adults

Posted: 11/28/2016 3:36 PM by Interim HealthCare

Hip fractures are extremely common among adults over the age of 60. In fact, nine out of 10 people over the age of 60 experience this type of injury.

Thyroid Disorders Often Missed in Seniors

Posted: 11/24/2016 10:22 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you write a column on the overlooked problem of thyroid disease? After struggling with chronic fatigue, joint pain and memory problems, I was finally diagnosed hypothyroidism. Now, at age 70, I’m on thyroid medication and am doing great. Five years of feeling lousy. I wish I’d have known. Frustrated Patient

Caregiving Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers

Posted: 11/17/2016 10:09 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any long-distance caregiving tips that can help me help my elderly father who lives in another state? He has physically declined over the past year, but is determined to stay living in his own house. Worried Daughter

Why Your Elderly Loved One Might Benefit from a Home Blood Pressure Monitor

Posted: 11/17/2016 7:53 AM by Interim HealthCare

Whether your elderly loved one has low or high blood pressure, regular monitoring with a home blood pressure monitor can help her to manage her health much more efficiently.

Important First Aid Skills Every Caregiver Needs to Know

Posted: 11/14/2016 8:55 AM by Interim HealthCare

Whenever you are caring for another human being, whether it is a child or older adult, knowing basic first aid skills could save a life in case of emergency. For example, if your elderly loved one has problems chewing or swallowing their food, this could lead to choking. Knowing how to dislodge the food in their throat could turn a near fatal situation into a minor one.

Automatic Medicare Advantage Enrollment Causes Confusion

Posted: 11/10/2016 10:04 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ll be 65 in a few months and I recently pre-enrolled in original Medicare. But last week, I received a member card in the mail for a Medicare Advantage plan that I did not enroll in. What’s going on? Medicare is so confusing with all the different choices, and now it seems like I’m getting automatically enrolled in a plan I didn’t even choose. Is this a scam? New to Medic...

Incentive Trusts Can Motivate Your Heirs

Posted: 11/3/2016 10:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about incentive trusts? I have two adult children that are financial disasters. Before I die, I want to put some type of requirements in place that they will need to follow in order to receive their portion of my estate. Otherwise, they’ll blow it all in the first year. Troubled Parent

How to Find and Hire a Good Handyman or Contractor

Posted: 10/27/2016 9:35 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What’s the best way to find a good handyman or tradesman to do some work around the house? I’ve have had some bad luck lately with unprofessional workers who do shoddy work and charge too much. Frustrated Senior

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

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