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December 2016

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

How a Home Care Provider Can Help Your Parents Maintain Their Dignity

Posted: 2/29/2016 3:23 PM by Interim HealthCare

Caregiver Tips by Interim HealthCare Aging can present many challenges and seniors who were once active, engaged, healthy, and independent may find themselves incapable of handling basic day-to-day tasks on their own. Whether it is due to physical limitations, mobility challenges, or cognitive challenges, when seniors start to lose the ability to care for themselves and require the assistanc...

Elder Care After a Heart Attack

Posted: 2/25/2016 2:48 PM by Interim HealthCare

A heart attack can be one of those things that as an adult child you think will never happen to your loved one. As a family caregiver, however, it is important to understand the risk of this type of urgent medical situation occurring in your elder care journey with your senior and to be prepared for how you are going to handle not just the attack as it is happening, but the care that you offer ...

Make Long-Term Care Coverage More Affordable

Posted: 2/25/2016 10:13 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I have been thinking about getting a long-term care insurance policy, but have found the monthly premiums to be very expensive. How can I find cheaper coverage? Getting Old

Caregiver Awareness: Kidney Stones

Posted: 2/19/2016 10:02 AM by Interim HealthCare

Your mother starts experiencing sharp, intense pain through her back and beneath her ribs. She feels the urge to urinate more frequently, but when she goes to the bathroom she tells you that she is only able to urinate a small amount and never feels like she has completely emptied her bladder. The pain seems to intensify when she is urinating and changing position when she is sitting or lying d...

2016 Tax Filing Requirements for Retirees

Posted: 2/18/2016 10:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What is the IRS income tax filing requirements going to be for this tax season? Due to health problems I stopped working early last year, so I’m wondering if I need to file. Unintended Retiree

Creating a Senior Care Plan for After a Stroke

Posted: 2/16/2016 11:39 AM by Interim HealthCare

A stroke can be one of the most frightening experiences that you ever go through with your elderly mother. In just moments everything that you thought you knew about her health and had in mind for her care as she ages in place can change and suddenly you are having to reimagine her life and the care that you will give her as she moves through her stroke, goes through her recovery period, and th...

Choosing a Hospice Care Program

Posted: 2/11/2016 9:11 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you offer any information on hospice care, how to choose a good provider, and whether Medicare covers it? My grandmother has terminal cancer and wants to die at home, if possible. Grieving Granddaughter

Home Care Awareness: Itchy Skin

Posted: 2/9/2016 2:23 PM by Interim HealthCare

Everyone deals with itchiness on their skin every now and then. Technically a pain response, itchiness is the skin's way of telling you that there is something wrong. While much of the time this "something wrong" is mild and easily addressed, if chronically itchy skin has become a part of your home care journey with your elderly loved ones, you know how frustrating, and potentially dangerous, i...

How to Calculate Your Retirement Number

Posted: 2/4/2016 8:03 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you help me calculate about how much my wife and I need to save for retirement? We are both in out late-fifties and want to see where we stand. Looking Ahead

Elder Care Tips for Dealing with Immobility

Posted: 2/1/2016 1:25 PM by Interim HealthCare

A large percentage of the elderly adult population deals with some level of mobility challenges, whether it is a bit of a balance issue that makes it more difficult for them to walk around easily or total immobility that keeps seniors limited to the bed or a wheelchair most or even all of the time. If immobility is part of your elder care journey with your aging loved ones, it is important that...

Could You Have COPD?

Posted: 1/28/2016 8:28 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I have struggled with some shortness of breath for the past five years or so. I just thought I was getting older and out of shape, but a friend recently mentioned I may have COPD. What can you tell me about this? Breathless Bob

4 Common Illnesses Among Seniors, and How to Care for Them

Posted: 1/26/2016 1:35 PM by Interim HealthCare

The average life expectancy has taken a turn for the better since research shows that adults over the age of 65 can still live healthy lives for an average of 19.3 additional years. Yet, due to years of unhealthy eating and lifestyle choices, many older adults are being diagnosed with chronic illnesses that greatly impact their quality of life. Some seniors also require elderly care since their...

How to Find Discounts for People with Disabilities

Posted: 1/21/2016 8:17 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any worthwhile discounts available to people with disabilities, and if so, how can I find them? My wife – who’s 48 – has Multiple Sclerosis that now requires her to use a wheelchair. Need to Save

4 Tips to Help Your Senior Loved One Avoid Psoriasis Flare-ups

Posted: 1/19/2016 8:36 AM by Interim HealthCare

Psoriasis can be embarrassing, especially during a flare-up when your loved one's skin can become red and scaly. It's also painful, and a diagnosis of psoriasis can be overwhelming both to you and to your loved one. The best option for you as a family caregiver is to help your loved one to do everything that she can in order to avoid a flare-up. Once her psoriasis is under better control, she'l...

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