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December 2017

Help Your Elderly Parent Avoid Social Isolation

Posted: 1/19/2018 7:54 AM by Interim HealthCare

One of the drawbacks of growing old is the increase in social isolation. Elderly parents that were once active in their jobs, the community and with their growing families and friends are eventually removed from all of that over the years. Illness, injury, loss of driving ability and more can further separate elderly adults from the activities and people they need. As humans, we instinctively w...

Financial Tips for Retiring Abroad

Posted: 1/18/2018 8:58 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What are some financial factors to consider when retiring abroad? My husband and I will be retiring in a few years and are interested in living in a foreign country that’s cheaper than the U.S. Frugal Couple

Help With Home-Care Bills

Posted: 1/11/2018 8:50 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Do you know of any resources that can help with my mother’s home-care bills? Mom is recovering from a stroke and needs in-home care, but I understand Medicare doesn’t cover it, and she doesn’t have long-term care insurance. Stressed-Out Daughter

Can a Senior with Heart Failure Still Live a Full and Fulfilling Life?

Posted: 1/9/2018 8:02 AM by Interim HealthCare

If you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult who has recently received a diagnosis of heart failure, you may be worried that this means that they will not be able to live a full, fulfilling, and enjoyable life after diagnosis. Statistics show that the average length of life after diagnosis is five years, but advancements in treatments and improved lifestyles have shown that seniors with h...

Why Is Your Aging Adult So Angry?

Posted: 1/5/2018 7:35 AM by Interim HealthCare

Your elderly family member might surprise you sometimes with an angry or aggressive outburst that seems to come out of nowhere. The reality is that these types of episodes don't truly come out of nowhere. There's a reason for them, even if it's difficult to sort it out at first.

Dont Eat This if Youre Taking That

Posted: 1/4/2018 8:41 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, If the prescription label says “take with meals,” does it matter what you eat? I currently take eight different medications for various health problems and would like to know if there are any foods I need to avoid. Over Medicated

How to Divvy Up Your Family Belongings Peacefully and Sensibly

Posted: 12/28/2017 8:50 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What’s the best way to distribute my personal possessions to my kids after I’m gone without causing hard feelings or conflict? I have a lot of jewelry, art, family heirlooms and antique furniture, and three grown kids that don’t always see eye-to-eye on things. Planning Ahead

Talking to Your Senior About Setting Goals

Posted: 12/28/2017 8:15 AM by Interim HealthCare

Setting goals is a fantastic way for your parent to enhance their quality of life and pursue better health and well-being as they age in place. They give your parent the opportunity to discover new sources of excitement and fulfillment, keep them motivated and working toward the next step, and help them to break down larger goals into something more accessible. A great way to start your parent ...

Tips for Encouraging Medication Compliance in a Senior Who Has Suffered a Heart Attack

Posted: 12/22/2017 10:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Being a family caregiver means fulfilling your parent's needs, supporting their health and well-being, and taking steps on a daily basis to help support the highest quality of life possible as your parent ages in place. A major part of this is helping them through medical issues and ensuring that they are doing what they need to do to properly care for themselves and effectively receive care fr...

Recognizing and Treating Depression in Retirement

Posted: 12/21/2017 8:44 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Since retiring a few years ago, my husband has become increasingly irritable and apathetic. I’m concerned that he’s depressed, even though he may not admit it. Where can we turn to get help with this, and what, if anything, does Medicare pay for? Concerned Spouse

Financial Help for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Posted: 12/14/2017 8:36 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any financial assistance programs that can help grandparents who are raising their grandkids? I’m raising two grandchildren and could use some help. Struggling Grandma

What Are Potential Complications of Crohn's Disease?

Posted: 12/14/2017 7:50 AM by Interim HealthCare

If your aging parent has been diagnosed with Crohn's disease, it is important that you as their family caregiver understand that the effects of this disease can go beyond just the initial symptoms. While the symptoms themselves can be difficult and range from the mild to the severe, there are also potential complications of the disease that can lead to further diminished health and challenges f...

Use Holiday Visits to Assess Senior Well-Being

Posted: 12/13/2017 6:41 AM by Interim HealthCare

Have you ever had the feeling, after getting off the phone with your Mom or Dad, that something just seemed off? Did you find yourself wishing you were closer and able to check on them more often, in person? You are not alone.

Simple Home Modifications That Can Help Seniors Age in Place

Posted: 12/7/2017 8:28 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you recommend to help make a home safer for aging-in-place? My 76-year-old mother wants to stay living in her own home for as long as possible, but she doesn’t have the money for any big renovations. Concerned Son

What Does Safer Driving Look Like for Your Aging Adult?

Posted: 12/7/2017 7:29 AM by Interim HealthCare

Your aging adult may have been driving for decades, but if she's not driving safely, that's not going to do anyone any good. Here are some things to look for when it comes to driving and your aging adult.

Why Doesn't Food Taste Good to Your Senior Anymore?

Posted: 11/30/2017 7:21 AM by Interim HealthCare

Your elderly family member may have gradually started to mention that food just doesn't taste good to her anymore and that can present some problems. When food isn't flavorful or even remotely good anymore, your elderly family member may not be as willing to eat. Finding the cause can sometimes help you find a solution.

How to Protect Yourself from Peripheral Artery Disease

Posted: 11/23/2017 9:34 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, For the last six months or so, I’ve been having problems with my hips and legs cramping when I walk, although they feel better once I stop. I thought it was just because I’m getting old, but my friend was telling me about a leg vein disease called PAD and thinks I may have it. What can you tell me about this condition? Limping at 60

Is It Time to Consider Hospice Care for Your Elderly Adult with Alzheimer's Disease?

Posted: 11/22/2017 2:08 PM by Interim HealthCare

It is a sobering reality that Alzheimer's disease is a terminal disease. No one who is diagnosed with it will die without it. While advancements in treatment and management have made it so that some people with the disease are living twenty years or more after diagnosis, the average lifespan is between four and eight years after diagnosis. While this isn't something that you want to think about...

Adaptive Tools for Seniors with Arthritis

Posted: 11/17/2017 4:20 PM by Interim HealthCare

As a family caregiver, one of your goals for your aging family member may be to help them remain as independent as possible. However, for seniors with arthritis, some tasks can be pretty hard to do because of painful joints. Fortunately, there are many adaptive devices available that can make it possible to do all sorts of tasks. Below are some adaptive tools for people with arthritis that migh...

Social Security Options for Divorced Spouses

Posted: 11/16/2017 9:26 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, As a divorced woman, am I entitled to my ex-husband’s Social Security benefits? I was married for 14 years and would like to know how this works. Happily Divorced

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