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December 2016

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...

Simplified Tablets Designed for Tech-Challenged Seniors

Posted: 5/12/2016 9:54 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m interested in getting my 78-year-old mother a tablet for video calls and email but want to get one that’s super simple to use. What can you recommend? Shopping Around

How to Replace Vital Documents that are Lost or Stolen

Posted: 5/5/2016 9:42 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you tell me how to go about replacing important lost documents? My wife and I recently downsized to a retirement community, and somewhere in the move we lost our Social Security and Medicare cards, birth certificates, marriage license and passports. Worried Ron

Senior Care Outings: Attending a Play with Your Elderly Parent

Posted: 5/4/2016 9:28 AM by Interim HealthCare

Shaking up your senior care routine by going on outings with your loved one is a fantastic way to support their mental, emotional, and even physical health. By planning these special outings you are encouraging your parents to make memories, engage socially, and keep their minds active. While there are many different activities that you can enjoy with your aging parent, attending a play can be ...

Elderly Care Observances: National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week

Posted: 4/29/2016 10:05 AM by Interim HealthCare

May 1 through 7 is National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week. During this week, set aside some time to learn more about these mental health concerns and how they could be impacting your elderly care journey with your aging parent. By teaming up with your loved one and the rest of your care network to understand these risks and focus on managing them you can improve your care efforts, and y...

How to Downsize Your Stuff for a Move

Posted: 4/28/2016 10:04 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you offer any helpful tips for downsizing? My husband and I are interested in moving to a condo downtown when we retire, but we need to get rid of a lot of our personal possessions before we can move. We’ve lived in the same house for almost 35 years and have accumulated tons of stuff. Feeling Overwhelmed

When Does it Pay to Take Social Security Early?

Posted: 4/21/2016 10:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I will turn 62 in a few months and am trying to decide when to start taking my Social Security retirement benefits. Almost everything I read on this topic tells me it’s better to wait until my full retirement age or beyond. Is there ever a good reason to start early? Ready to Retire

4 Summer Fun Ideas for Loved Ones with Memory Issues

Posted: 4/18/2016 9:58 AM by Interim HealthCare

Memory issues can make many things more difficult with your elderly loved one, especially family fun in the summer. This doesn't have to be the case, though, especially if you try some of these tips.

Auto Insurance Discounts for Older Drivers

Posted: 4/14/2016 9:49 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve read that many car insurance companies offer a variety of discounts to older drivers when they retire or reach a certain age. What can you tell me about this? Discount Seeker

Booster Shots Recommended for Seniors

Posted: 4/7/2016 9:43 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I just turned 65 and would like to find out what types of vaccinations are recommended to Medicare beneficiaries, and how they are covered. Health Conscious

Getting Information About Your Loved One's Health at the Beginning of Your Caregiving Journey

Posted: 4/7/2016 9:03 AM by Interim HealthCare

When you first start taking care of your elderly loved one, you may not realize everything that you're up against. Asking the right questions from the start can help you to get the information that you need to make the right decisions.

Helping Your Loved One Cope with Springtime Allergies

Posted: 4/1/2016 12:06 PM by Interim HealthCare

Nearly 55 percent of the population of the United States suffers from some kind of allergy. For a large percentage of these people, those allergies are seasonal. Seasonal allergies are reactions caused by plant matter such as pollen, mold, or grass. Often referred to as hay fever, these allergies show symptoms called rhinitis. These symptoms can include congestion, sneezing, watery eyes, itchy ...

Challenging Elderly Care: Understanding Substance Abuse in Seniors

Posted: 3/29/2016 10:08 AM by Interim HealthCare

Substance abuse is often a highly emotionally charged issue for any family. For family caregivers of seniors, however, it can be particularly trying. Many people have the perception that substance abuse is something that is limited only to young people or is something that "intelligent" older people simply would not do. This, however, is not the case. According to the National Epidemiologic Sur...

The Consequences of Dying Without a Will

Posted: 3/24/2016 2:14 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What will happen to my money and possessions if I die without a will? Getting Old

Senior Care Awareness: Understanding the Risk for Falls

Posted: 3/22/2016 10:16 AM by Interim HealthCare

One of the most important efforts that you can make in your senior care journey with your elderly loved one is keeping her safe. Though there are many risks that your aging parent will face as she ages in place, one of the most prevalent is falling. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2 and a half million older adults have to be treated in emergency department...

Elder Mediation Can Help Families Resolve Caregiving Conflicts

Posted: 3/17/2016 1:54 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any services that you know of that help families resolve caregiving conflicts? My mother – who just turned 82 – recently had a stroke, and to make matters worse, my two siblings and I have been perpetually arguing about how to handle her caregiving needs and finances. Bickering Siblings

Reducing the Risk of Urinary Tract Infections

Posted: 3/15/2016 9:10 AM by Interim HealthCare

Urinary tract infections are one of the most common types of infections, particularly for elderly adults. More than half of women will experience one or more UTIs throughout her adult years, and though they are not as common in men, they can and do happen. This type of infection can be a serious and potentially dangerous experience in your elderly care journey with your aging loved one, putting...

How Retirees Can Save on Prescription Eyeglasses

Posted: 3/10/2016 12:43 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you recommend for finding affordable prescription eyeglasses? I used to have vision insurance through my work, but lost it when I turned 65, retired, and signed up for Medicare. Looking For Eyeglasses

Brain Injury Awareness Month

Posted: 3/10/2016 9:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, the ideal opportunity for you to learn more about the potential for brain injuries and how those injuries can impact your home care journey with your elderly loved one. A brain injury can occur as a result of a variety of circumstances, including falls, car accidents, and other traumatic injuries, and can lead to lasting disability or even death, making it...

How to Avoid Medicare Mistakes When You’re Still Working

Posted: 3/3/2016 12:29 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Should I enroll in Medicare at age 65 if I’m still working and have coverage through my employer? Almost 65

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