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December 2016

How to Keep Tabs On an Elderly Parent with Video Monitoring

Posted: 1/14/2016 8:07 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good home video monitoring devices that can help my sister and me keep an eye on our elderly mother? Over the holidays, we noticed that her health has slipped a bit, and would like to keep a closer eye on her. Worried Daughters

Managing Celiac Disease - Tips for Seniors

Posted: 1/13/2016 9:40 AM by Interim HealthCare

Celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, is a condition that can’t be cured, but can be treated and managed effectively. For seniors with celiac disease, making every day food choices can be a challenge and even a cause for stress. Depending on their level of gluten intolerance, making the right food choices can be very important for avoiding symptoms such as diarrhea, gas, and vomiting.

Senior Care Observances: Cervical Health Awareness Month

Posted: 1/12/2016 9:57 AM by Interim HealthCare

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, a health observation dedicated to educating women on the risks of cervical cancer and empowering them to take the proper steps to reduce their risk of developing the cancer, detect changes in the cervix before they develop into cancer, and manage the disease if it does arise. This month as you are looking forward to all of the opportunities that lie a...

4 Big Ways that Eating More Slowly Can Help Your Elderly Loved One

Posted: 1/8/2016 8:32 AM by Interim HealthCare

If your elderly loved one finishes a meal within a few minutes after sitting down to eat, it's possible that she's eating much too quickly. Some of the signs that this is the case can also include indigestion and a difficulty maintaining her weight. If you can help her to slow down a little bit while she eats, she will reap quite a few benefits.

Paying Income Tax on Social Security Benefits

Posted: 1/7/2016 7:59 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Will I have to pay federal income taxes on my Social Security benefits when I retire? Approaching Retirement

Physical Therapy for Elderly Adults - Tips for Caregivers

Posted: 1/4/2016 2:40 PM by Interim HealthCare

Physical therapy is often recommended by doctors for elderly adults who are recovering from an injury, illness, or surgery. Sometimes, it may even be recommended as a treatment for chronic pain. Physical therapy is an effective treatment for many conditions and it can help elderly adults to gain/regain strength which will ultimately help them have a better quality of life. Physical therapy i...

How To Write Your Own Obituary

Posted: 12/31/2015 9:45 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you provide any tips on how to write your own obituary? At age 80, I am in the process of pre-planning my funeral and would also like to take a crack at writing my own newspaper obit too. Still Alive

Helping an Aging Parent with their Finances

Posted: 12/24/2015 9:40 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you offer any tips on helping an elderly parent with their finances? My 82-year-old mother is having some trouble keeping up with her bills, and I just found out that she has been making a lot of small contributions to suspicious charities. Concerned Daughter

Pill Splitting Dos and Don’ts

Posted: 12/17/2015 9:35 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Is pill splitting safe? I have several friends who cut their pills in half in order to save money, but I have some concerns. What can you tell me? Cautious Kim

Seniors and Osteoporosis: Warning Signs

Posted: 12/15/2015 10:23 AM by Interim HealthCare

As we age we lose bone mass, which could lead to osteoporosis without any noticeable symptoms. In fact, many seniors do not realize they have osteoporosis until they fall and break a bone. There are several factors that could put your loved one at risk.

How to Make Your Kitchen Safer and Easier to Use

Posted: 12/10/2015 9:20 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you recommend for making a kitchen senior-friendly? My wife, who loves to cook, has had several kitchen-related accidents over the past year, which is why we would like to modify to make it safer and more practical. Hungry Husband

Is Your Elderly Loved One at Greater Risk for Falls?

Posted: 12/8/2015 10:25 AM by Interim HealthCare

Falls can be a common, but dangerous occurrence for the elderly. A fall is defined by medical professionals as any outside force that causes a person to have an unexpected or accidental land on the ground. Not to be confused with falls resulting from a loss of consciousness, falls are a major cause of brain injuries in the elderly, and the number one cause of hospital admissions.

How Much You’ll Pay for Medicare in 2016

Posted: 12/3/2015 9:15 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I know there won’t be a cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits next year but what about Medicare? I’ve heard some beneficiaries will get hit with a big Part B monthly premium increase in 2016. What can you tell me, and who will this affect? Planning Ahead

How to Care for a Senior With a Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted: 11/27/2015 10:27 AM by Interim HealthCare

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can take a toll on the person caring for a loved one with this condition. The primary goal of the caregiver is to help the senior live as independently as possible, while receiving in-home care for the tasks that are no longer a possibility for them. The Family Caregiver Alliance reported that about 2.5 million Americans suffer from a TBI and is the most common am...

Senior-Friendly Furniture Aids for Mobility Challenged Seniors

Posted: 11/26/2015 11:28 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I am interested in purchasing a recliner that lifts and lowers off the ground, or some other type of senior-friendly furniture that can help my elderly father. He’s arthritic and overweight and struggles mightily with getting up from most of the cushioned furniture in the house. What can you recommend? Need a Boost

Home Care Tips: Burn First Aid

Posted: 11/23/2015 2:29 PM by Interim HealthCare

Burns are one of those household hazards that can occur any time of year, but with all of the cooking that is likely happening around your aging loved ones' home during the holiday season, the risk for suffering one of these painful injuries increases. Knowing how to properly and effectively respond to a burn helps give you more confidence and peace of mind making enjoying time in the kitchen t...

How to Guard Against Deadly Aortic Aneurysms

Posted: 11/19/2015 11:12 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My father died several years ago, at the age of 76, from a stomach aneurysm, which now has me wondering. What are my risk factors of getting this, and what can I do to protect myself, as I get older? Just Turned 60

Diabetic Retinopathy: Symptoms, Causes, and Diagnoses

Posted: 11/19/2015 11:04 AM by Interim HealthCare

Diabetic retinopathy is a serious risk factor for anyone suffering from diabetes. It is a retina-damaging condition that affects more than 5 million Americans over the age of 40 and has caused one-third of older adults to become legally blind. This eye condition genuinely does not occur until the older adult has had diabetes for over 10 years, but it is important your loved one stay current on ...

Required IRA and 401(k) Withdrawal Rules for Retirees

Posted: 11/12/2015 11:03 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you give me the details on required IRA and 401(k) distributions? I turned 70 this year, and want to be clear on what I’m required to do, and when I’ll have to do it. Planning Ahead

Caregiver Awareness: The Link Between Hypertension and Memory

Posted: 11/10/2015 3:20 PM by Interim HealthCare

As a family caregiver for your aging loved one, you might already be vigilant about memory loss worrying about the possibility of your senior developing Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia. If you start to notice that your loved one is showing signs of memory loss, such as losing their keys, struggling to remember names, or telling you the same story a couple of times on the same da...

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