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February 2015

7 Outdoor Safety Tips for Seniors

Posted: 6/13/2018 6:14 AM by Interim HealthCare

Spring and summer entice people young and old to head outdoors, especially after a cold winter. Elderly adults are usually eager to get out there and enjoy warm weather, gardening, walks and fun family events. However, warmer temperatures and sunny skies can also be dangerous to elderly people if they don’t take precautions. Family caregivers have a responsibility to make sure their aging loved...

Scleroderma Awareness Month

Posted: 6/13/2018 6:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

June is Scleroderma Awareness Month and there’s no better time for elderly Americans and their family caregivers to learn more about this chronic condition that affects people of all ages, including elderly adults. While the condition is not very common, it does affect more than 300,000 Americans. Because it can be painful and also contribute to a number of health issues, it’s wise for family c...

Difficult Situations Family Caregivers Face When a Parent Has Alzheimer's

Posted: 6/6/2018 11:33 AM by Interim HealthCare

Between 2000 and 2015, the number of deaths related to Alzheimer's increased by 123 percent. According to the Alzheimer's Association, in just 65 seconds, another person develops Alzheimer's. When your mom or dad has Alzheimer's, it's virtually impossible to predict what you're about to face. Every patient is different. Some progress faster than others. One thing is certain. You'll face sit...

Tips for Living with Low Vision

Posted: 6/4/2018 12:28 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What resources can you recommend to help seniors with vision loss? My husband, who’s 76, has macular degeneration that has progressed to the point that he can’t do a lot of his routine activities anymore, and has become very discouraged. Looking for Help

Cheap Cell Phone Plans for Seldom Calling Seniors

Posted: 6/4/2018 12:26 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior What are the cheapest cell phone plans available to seniors today? I’m 78-years-old and want it primarily for emergency purposes. Infrequent Caller

How to Make a Living Will

Posted: 6/4/2018 12:23 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What’s the best way to go about making a living will? I recently retired and would like to start getting my affairs in order, just in case. Approaching 70

How to Find Retiree Travel Perks

Posted: 6/4/2018 12:18 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What types of travel discounts are available to older travelers? I just retired and am interested in learning about travel deals for people over 60. Ready To Go

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

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