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What Is the Link Between Cold and Migraines?

Posted: 5/25/2018 12:32 PM by Interim HealthCare

A migraine is a kind of headache that can cause severe pain, often on only one side of the head. In addition to pain, migraine can cause symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. They can last for hours or even days. Doctors don’t know just what causes migraines, they think it might have something to do with the brain stem and the way it works with certain nerves. In a...

Older Americans Month - Fun Ways for Your Kids to Celebrate With Your Parents

Posted: 5/25/2018 12:26 PM by Interim HealthCare

For 2018's Older American's Month, the theme is “Engage at Every Age.” The goal is to get everyone out and engaging within the community. Engaging activities can help a person, teach someone something, or help the environment.

What Is Sundowning and How Can I Help My Loved One Avoid It?

Posted: 5/24/2018 12:11 PM by Interim HealthCare

Sundowning is a phenomenon that occurs later in the day for individuals who suffer from Alzheimer's disease. They often experience a burst of confusion, anxiety and aggression, which can be difficult for loved ones to cope with. We provide several tips you can follow to help ease the agitation.

How to Choose a Good Estate Sale Company

Posted: 5/24/2018 10:37 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you provide some tips on how to choose a good estate sale company who can sell all the leftover items in my mother’s house? Inquiring Daughter

‘Extra Help’ Program Helps Seniors With Their Medication Costs

Posted: 5/17/2018 10:33 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any special Medicare programs that help seniors with their medication costs? My 74-year-old mother, who lives primarily on her Social Security, takes several high-priced drugs that sap her income even with her Medicare drug plan. Looking for Assistance

4 Things to Know About Human Connection and Stroke Prevention

Posted: 5/17/2018 9:35 AM by Interim HealthCare

As driving becomes challenging and mental health issues make socializing more difficult, seniors are prone to facing feelings of isolation. While it's not proven that social connection benefits the heart and blood vessels, companionship certainly has its benefits when it comes to reducing the risk of a stroke.

What You Need to Know About Reverse Mortgages

Posted: 5/10/2018 10:27 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about reverse mortgages for retirees? My wife and I are contemplating getting one but want to make sure we know what we’re getting into. Running Short

10 Subtle Signs Your Aging Parent May Need Help

Posted: 5/10/2018 8:32 AM by Interim HealthCare

Our parents dedicate their time to taking care of us. One day, you'll be taking care of them as they age. The signs that tell you they might need help in their later years could be subtle. It's important to keep your eyes open for clues like a messy yard, a dented car, dressing inappropriately or having poor personal hygiene.

Creative Ways to Celebrate Home Healthcare Nurses

Posted: 5/8/2018 9:40 AM by Interim HealthCare

You value the home healthcare nurses on your team. But do they know just how much you appreciate them? National Nurses Week is a perfect time to show them the love. Expressing your gratitude isn’t just nice, it’s good for your business. In a study by staffing firm OfficeTeam, 66 percent of employees said they would quit their jobs if they felt unappreciated. For millennials, that figure jump...

New Shingles Vaccine Provides Better Protection for Seniors

Posted: 5/3/2018 9:57 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, A good friend of mine got a bad case of shingles last year and has been urging me to get vaccinated. Should I? Suspicious Susan

Why You Need to Hire Home Health Care Services

Posted: 5/3/2018 8:43 AM by Interim HealthCare

If you are new to the role of family caregiving, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed about all the things your elderly relative needs to get through their day. As you are working out your schedule and figuring out what your loved one needs, consider hiring home health care services to help both of you out.

Is Your Blood Pressure Too High?

Posted: 4/26/2018 10:28 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What numbers constitute high blood pressure? I use to be pre-hypertensive, but they keep changing the guidelines, so I’m not sure where I fit in now. Approaching 60

Simple Video Calling Devices for Tech-Challenged Seniors

Posted: 4/19/2018 10:06 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any senior-friendly devices that you can recommend for video calling? I live about a day’s drive from my 83-year-old father and would like to see him more often but he doesn’t use a computer, tablet or a smartphone. Searching Susan

What to Know About the New Medicare Cards

Posted: 4/11/2018 9:57 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about the new Medicare cards? I’ve heard there are a lot of scams associated with these new cards and I want to make sure I protect myself. Leery Senior

Is Your Loved One at Increased Risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Posted: 3/28/2018 8:57 AM by Interim HealthCare

Sudden cardiac arrest is a devastating event with increased risk as we age. This post helps caregivers identify potential risk factors in their loved ones and have an open conversation with Mom or Dad's doctor.

How to Choose a Memory Care Unit

Posted: 3/22/2018 9:26 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My mom has Alzheimer’s disease and has gotten to the point that she can’t live at home any longer. I need to find a good memory care residential unit for her but could use some help. Any suggestions? Exhausted Daughter

This Month is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month- Why is it Important to Get Checked?

Posted: 3/16/2018 8:51 AM by Interim HealthCare

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. This is an important cancer to talk about. It's equally important that your parents get tested. In 2017, more than 135,000 positive cases were diagnosed. More than 50,000 died from colon cancer. The earlier it's caught, the better the outcome.

Tips and Resources for Older Job Seekers

Posted: 3/15/2018 9:12 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What resources can you recommend to help older job seekers? I’m 60 and have been out of work for nearly a year now and need some help. Seeking Employment

Five Foods Doctors Recommend When People Want to Lower the Risk of Alzheimers

Posted: 3/9/2018 10:08 AM by Interim HealthCare

In just shy of two decades, the number of deaths attributed to Alzheimer's has increased by 89 percent. Right now, people aged 65 or older have a 1 in 10 chance of having Alzheimer's. It's expected that in the next 32 years, the number of Alzheimer's patients will triple.

Could You Have Diabetes

Posted: 3/8/2018 8:57 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My brother and his wife, who are ages 60 and 56, were recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and prediabetes, and neither one had a clue. Could I have it too? Concerned Sibling

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