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December 2016

Realistic Care Goals for Parkinson's Disease

Posted: 7/19/2016 5:52 PM by Interim HealthCare

Parkinson's disease is not something that happens suddenly. Your parent will not be perfectly healthy and normal functioning one day and then wake up the next morning with severe tremors and cognitive limitations. Rather, this is a progressive disease that generally begins very subtly and worsens the further your parent moves into it. This means, however, that even after your parent has receive...

How to Choose an Adult Day Care Service

Posted: 7/14/2016 7:55 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you offer any tips on finding and choosing a good adult day care service for an elderly parent? My 82-year-old mother, who is moving in with me, has Alzheimer’s and needs attention during the day while I’m at work. Looking for Help

How to Adjust Your Thinking about the Situations that Cause You Stress

Posted: 7/8/2016 8:30 AM by Interim HealthCare

Family caregivers handle a lot for their elderly loved ones and for other family members. Unfortunately, that can mean that they wind up feeling quite a bit of stress that can be difficult to manage.

Great Gadgets for Aging Golfers

Posted: 7/7/2016 7:37 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any products that can help older golfers? I love to play golf, but at age 74, I have hip and back problems that make bending over to tee up or pick up the ball difficult. And I have arthritis in my thumbs that makes griping the club a problem. Ailing Eddy

4 Tips for Walking with Your Elderly Loved One

Posted: 7/5/2016 8:45 AM by Interim HealthCare

Walking is fantastic exercise for your elderly loved one because she doesn't need any special equipment. It's also something that you can do together in order to stay healthy. As her family caregiver, it's a good idea to start out your new exercise plan properly.

Who’s Eligible for Social Security Survivor Benefits?

Posted: 6/30/2016 7:33 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Who all is eligible for Social Security survivor benefits? My ex-husband died last year at the age of 59, and I would like to find out if me, or my two kids – ages 13 and 16 – that we had together are eligible for anything? Divorced Widow

What is Macular Degeneration and Can You Prevent It?

Posted: 6/28/2016 8:21 AM by Interim HealthCare

While there are many potential causes for low vision among elderly adults, one of the most common is a condition called macular degeneration. This disease is a leading cause of the loss of vision among those older adults over the age of 50 and can develop so gradually that the senior is not even aware of the changes in their vision until they have become severe. This condition does not lead to ...

How Medicare Handles Second Medical Opinions

Posted: 6/23/2016 10:55 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Does Medicare cover second medical opinions? The doctor I currently see thinks I need back surgery, but I would like to get some other treatment options before I proceed. What can you tell me? Searching Senior

Should Your Parent Consider Hip Replacement Surgery?

Posted: 6/23/2016 6:53 AM by Interim HealthCare

The thought of your parent undergoing surgery can be daunting. Hip replacement surgery, however, can make a tremendous difference in their health and quality of life, enabling them to stay more active, healthier, and more engaged in the world around them. Helping your parent to determine if they should consider this type of surgery empowers them to make the decision that is right for them and f...

Deciding What to Do in Retirement

Posted: 6/16/2016 10:30 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I just turned 62 and am financially prepared for retirement, but I’m less certain about how to spend my time after leaving work. Can you recommend some resources or tools that can help me with this? Feeling Lost

How to Help Your Loved One Cope with Disabilities

Posted: 6/14/2016 11:25 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dealing with a disability, whether it's a physical one or something less visible like hearing loss, can be frustrating for your loved one. How you both approach problem solving can make a big difference.

The New MIND Diet May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s

Posted: 6/9/2016 9:45 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve heard that there’s a new diet that can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. What can you tell me about this? My 80-year-old mother has Alzheimer’s and I want to do everything I can to protect myself. Concerned Daughter

Degenerative Scoliosis and Elders: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Posted: 6/8/2016 8:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

Degenerative scoliosis, also known as adult scoliosis, occurs when there is a side-to-side curve of the spine, which creates a “C” shape. It is located in the lumbar spine and commonly occurs among those adults who are over the age of 65. This condition can be painful for many seniors, making it a challenge to go about their day as they usually would. In these cases, hiring an elder care aid wo...

Simple Smartphones for Seniors

Posted: 6/2/2016 9:05 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some smartphones that are specifically designed for seniors? My 75-year-old mother is interested in upgrading from a basic cellphone to a smartphone, but will need one that’s very easy to operate. Inquiring Daughter

How to Start an Exercise Routine as a Family Caregiver

Posted: 5/31/2016 7:55 AM by Interim HealthCare

Beating stress means getting enough rest, eating right, and moving your body more. You'll definitely want to check with your doctor before beginning any new exercise plans, but these tips can help you to get started with a plan you'll want to stick with for a long time.

Simple Steps to Protect Yourself from Melanoma Skin Cancer

Posted: 5/26/2016 10:19 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Does skin cancer run in families? My 63-year-old brother died of melanoma last year, and I’m wondering about my risks of getting this. What can you tell me? Younger Sibling

5 Clues That Your Elderly Loved One Needs More Help

Posted: 5/24/2016 7:03 AM by Interim HealthCare

All too often your elderly loved one may need more help with some aspect of her life and yet she won't want to tell you, her family caregiver, that she needs that assistance. This could be because of pride or it might be because your loved one is having other problems. It's important to pay close attention to the details of her life.

Why Is Hearing Loss Potentially a Huge Problem for Your Elderly Loved One?

Posted: 5/19/2016 6:17 PM by Interim HealthCare

Besides the obvious problems associated with hearing loss, your elderly loved one is at risk of other problems when his or her hearing begins to fail. If you're aware of the potential trouble that could pop up, you're more likely to be better prepared to help the individual deal with the situation.

How to Pick a Medicare Advantage Plan

Posted: 5/19/2016 10:09 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m approaching 65 and am interested in a Medicare Advantage plan to cover my health care and medications. What tips can you provide to help me pick a plan? Medicare Shopper

Innovative Home Care: Using Your Parent's Hobbies and Skills to Help You Pursue Care Goals

Posted: 5/16/2016 1:26 PM by Interim HealthCare

Home care is not a one size fits all experience. In order for your aging loved one to get the most benefit for your care efforts for them, it is important that you focus on customizing the experience and creating a care approach that is tailored to them as a whole individual rather than just as a person with generic needs. This type of approach not only helps to ensure that your parent's partic...

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