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December 2016

Elder Care Observances: Mental Health Wellness Week

Posted: 11/6/2015 2:43 PM by Interim HealthCare

November 9 through 15 is Mental Health Wellness Week, the perfect opportunity for you to turn the focus of your elder care to effective and compassionate ways for you to support the mental and emotional health and wellness of your aging loved ones, and yourself. Mental health concerns are a common problem for elderly adults, with estimates setting the percentage of elderly adults who have coped...

How to Choose a Good Nursing Home

Posted: 11/5/2015 10:52 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you give me some tips on picking a good nursing home for my mother who has Alzheimer’s disease? I’ve been taking care of her at home, but she’s gotten to the point where she’s too much for me to handle. Overwhelmed Daughter

Tips for Eating Healthier

Posted: 11/5/2015 10:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

Nutrition is a central element of elder care, providing a basis on which all of your other efforts build. Without proper nutrition, your parents' bodies are unable to function properly and will be at greater risk of a variety of health consequences. If they are like many seniors in their generation, however, healthy eating is not something that they have concerned themselves with much over the ...

Senior Care Awareness: Staph Infections

Posted: 11/3/2015 11:15 AM by Interim HealthCare

One of the most pressing risks in your senior care journey with your aging loved ones is infection. Older adults tend to be more prone to infections than younger adults due to suppressed immune systems, and less capable of naturally fighting them off with their body's own resistance. This means that what would likely be a minor infection for a younger adult can turn into something very severe f...

Elder Care Tips: Eating Safely

Posted: 10/29/2015 1:26 PM by Interim HealthCare

Eating is a daily element of your elderly care routine with your aging loved ones, and many caregivers take this activity for granted as simply something that they do to keep their bodies healthy and strong. Many health conditions, however, can make eating a more challenging task for seniors, putting them at risk when they sit down for a meal or snack. Understanding the challenges that they fac...

Understanding Reverse Mortgages: Beware of Misleading Ads

Posted: 10/29/2015 9:58 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you give us a rundown of how reverse mortgages work? I’ve see actors Fred Thompson and Henry Winkler pitching them on TV, and they sound like a good deal. What can you tell me? Need the Money

Social Security’s Viagra Benefit for Kids

Posted: 10/22/2015 9:47 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve been told that my children, who are 13 and 16 years old, may be eligible for Social Security when I file for my retirement benefits. What can you tell me about this? Older Dad

What You Should Know About Your Parents' Medical Conditions

Posted: 10/19/2015 3:46 PM by Interim HealthCare

Though you put a tremendous amount of time, effort, and energy into creating an elder care plan for your aging loved ones that focuses on protecting them from health hazards and keeping them as strong and healthy as possible throughout their later years, illness is a reality of life. Whether it is a minor complaint such as a cold, a chronic issue such as congestive heart failure, or something m...

How to Plan an Affordable Funeral

Posted: 10/15/2015 9:35 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, When my brother died last year, my sister and I had a regular funeral for him and got stuck with a $12,000 bill. Can you recommend some funeral cost cutting tips or cheaper alternatives? I don’t want to stick my kids with a big funeral bill after I’m gone. Looking Ahead

How to Find a Better Medicare Prescription Drug Plan

Posted: 10/8/2015 9:33 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I recently received a letter from my Medicare drug plan provider notifying me that they are increasing my co-pays next year. I’d like to look for a better plan but could use some guidance. What’s the easiest way to do this? Need a Change

Causes and Symptoms of Malnutrition in the Elderly

Posted: 10/7/2015 12:16 PM by Interim HealthCare

Healthy meals that contain the nutrients our bodies need to function well is important for our overall health. As we age, it is even more important that our bodies get the nutrients it needs, yet many older adults are not getting adequate nutrition. This lack of a healthy diet may cause malnutrition; however, it is not just the foods and drinks consumed that can cause this condition.

Tips for Supporting Senior Joint Health

Posted: 10/1/2015 10:30 AM by Interim HealthCare

Your elderly loved ones' joints have been through a lot in their lives. They have spent decades supporting their muscles and going through the movements of life, taking on a tremendous amount of force and possibly sustaining injuries. It's important to keep their joints healthy and strong so they can experience less pain and stiffness, increase their mobility, and enjoy a more active, engaging ...

Specialized Services That Help Seniors Relocate

Posted: 10/1/2015 9:12 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I need to find some help with selling my elderly mother’s house – where she’s lived for almost 50 years – and relocating her to an apartment or condo closer to where I live. Can you recommend any businesses or services that specialize in helping seniors relocate?, Overwhelmed Daughter

How to Save on Hearing Aids

Posted: 9/24/2015 9:53 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Where can we find affordable hearing aids? My husband needs a set but we can’t really afford to pay the exorbitant prices. Can you help us? Loud-Talking Wife

Innovative Caregiver: The Benefits of Heading Out of Town with Your Seniors

Posted: 9/22/2015 1:07 PM by Interim HealthCare

As a caregiver for your aging loved ones, you are probably used to the idea of creating and following a basic routine in your care. Having a routine is a great way to ensure your care remains consistent, to give beneficial structure and predictability to your care, and to help your parents maintain as much of their independence as possibly by assimilating to your routine and cooperating with th...

Roadside Assistance Services for Older Drivers

Posted: 9/17/2015 9:42 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I would like to get my wife and I set up with some type of roadside assistance service in case we get a flat tire or our battery conks out. Can you recommend some good and affordable services for retirees on a budget? Too Old to Fix a Flat

Senior Care Observances: Family Health and Fitness Day

Posted: 9/16/2015 1:14 PM by Interim HealthCare

Physical health and wellness are an important goal within your senior care plan for your elderly loved ones, but this pursuit is not just about making sure that your aging parents stay strong, healthy, and active. You should also focus on keeping yourself, your partner, and your children in their best condition so that you can all live happy, active, and engaged lives no matter what point in li...

Giving a Senior the Control and Independence they Are Seeking

Posted: 9/14/2015 9:46 AM by Interim HealthCare

Most adult children of elderly parents know what it is like to worry about the well-being of their aging mother and father. As a person ages, they will have a number of different hazards to worry about.

Adjusted Flu Vaccine Options Available to Seniors This Year

Posted: 9/10/2015 9:33 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about this year’s flu shot? Last year’s vaccine was ineffective at preventing the flu, especially among seniors. What options are available to me this year? Seeking Protection

How Seniors Can Stop Robocalls

Posted: 9/3/2015 9:26 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What can I do to stop the perpetual prerecorded robocalls I keep getting? I’m signed up with the National Do Not Call Registry, but it seems like I still get three or four robo telemarketing calls a day offering lower credit card interest rates, medical alert devices and more. Fed Up Senior

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