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January 2015

How To Stop Snoring

Posted: 3/16/2017 7:31 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Over the past few years my 57-year-old husband’s snoring has gotten much worse. It’s to the point that I have to either wear earplugs or move to a different room. Any suggestions? Sleep Deprived Susan

How to Help Your Loved One Exercise without the Gym

Posted: 3/14/2017 8:55 AM by Interim HealthCare

Often people think about the gym when it comes to exercise, especially when their elderly loved one is starting an exercise program. You don't have to do something that dull, however. Exercising regularly without going to the gym is possible and it can be a lot of fun for your loved one and for you.

The ABCs of Picking a Medicare Supplemental Policy

Posted: 3/9/2017 7:21 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you provide any advice on choosing a Medicare supplemental policy to help cover things outside of Medicare? I’ll be 65 in a few months and could use some assistance. Looking for Help

A Broken Leg Is Only One Risk for Seniors at Home After a Fall

Posted: 3/7/2017 8:45 AM by Interim HealthCare

What do you think about if you envision an elderly loved one falling at home? Many people would immediately think about a broken leg, ankle, hip, or other limb. Would you ever think they could fall, smack their head, and suffer a brain injury? Probably not.

How to Find Affordable High-Speed Home Internet Services

Posted: 3/2/2017 10:21 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Do you know of any resources that can help me find affordable high-speed home Internet services? I’m retired and live primarily on my Social Security and would like to find something cheaper than the $40 per month that I currently pay. Searching Senior

How to Deal with Long Distance Caregiving for a Loved One with Dementia

Posted: 2/26/2017 8:30 AM by Interim HealthCare

Being away from your elderly loved one is difficult as a long-distance family caregiver, but if she's diagnosed with dementia, that can make you a little more nervous. Finding ways to compensate for the distance involved can help you and your elderly loved one to feel more at ease.

4 Major Benefits to Bringing in Senior Care Providers for Your Elderly Loved One

Posted: 2/24/2017 11:36 AM by Interim HealthCare

Many elderly loved ones balk at the idea of hiring senior care providers. It could be the fact that there's a stranger in her home now or simply that she's always been so independent.

What Are the Best Ways to Help Your Elderly Loved One Avoid Pneumonia?

Posted: 2/24/2017 9:15 AM by Interim HealthCare

Pneumonia is a lung infection, either bacterial or viral in nature, which can make your elderly loved one extremely sick. Severe cases can even land your loved one in the hospital. Avoiding pneumonia is your loved one's best bet.

Choosing the Best Assisted Living Facility

Posted: 2/23/2017 8:09 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you offer for choosing a quality assisted living facility for my mom? Her health and mental abilities have declined to the point that she can’t live alone anymore but isn’t ready for a nursing home either. - Looking Around

3 Ways Senior Care Gets a Senior Up and Out of the House

Posted: 2/22/2017 8:21 AM by Interim HealthCare

Isolation can take hold of the best of us. Whether it’s suffering from an illness, dealing with grief or the effects of old age, people can suddenly find themselves isolated and alone. But this doesn't have to happen. For aging parents who don't get out of the house like they use to because they can no longer drive, senior care is the remedy.

How Medicare Covers Preventive Health Services

Posted: 2/16/2017 8:07 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Does Medicare cover 100 percent of all preventive health care screenings? I’m due to get a colonoscopy and a few other tests, but I want to find out if I’ll have to pay anything before I proceed. - New to Medicare

Do You Need To File a Tax Return in 2017?

Posted: 2/9/2017 8:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the IRS income tax filing requirements for retirees this tax season? My income dropped way down when I retired last year in 2016, so I’m wondering if I need to even file a tax return this year. - New Retire

How to Help Older Drivers Give Up the Car Keys

Posted: 2/2/2017 7:40 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you recommend that can help me deal with my mom’s bad driving? At age 83, her driving abilities have declined, but I know she’s bound and determined to keep driving as long as she’s alive. - Nervous Nelly

Important First Steps for Caring for a Senior with Parkinson’s Disease

Posted: 2/1/2017 3:44 PM by Interim HealthCare

The moment that you hear that your elderly loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease is a life-changing and potentially frightening moment. You have found out that your parent is dealing with a debilitating disease that will eventually lead to their death and you know that everything that you have planned for the future of your care will now need to be evaluated and possibly changed. This...

How Can You Make Agitation Less of a Problem for Your Elderly Loved One?

Posted: 1/30/2017 9:33 AM by Interim HealthCare

Agitation is a common problem for elderly loved ones who have dementia. It's a situation in which they may begin to pace, engage in repetitive actions or vocalizations, or otherwise display that they're not comfortable. Agitation can be disturbing for you to witness and it's definitely disruptive and disturbing for your elderly loved one.

Help Your Loved One Suffering with Sundowning

Posted: 1/28/2017 12:05 PM by Interim HealthCare

People with Alzheimer’s may develop changes in their behavior that lead to problems at dusk and into the night. This is known as Sundowning.

Tax Help for Caregiver of Elderly Parents

Posted: 1/26/2017 11:33 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Are caregiving expenses tax deductible? I provide a lot of financial support to my elderly mother and would like to find out if I can write any of it off on my taxes. Supporting Son

Factors That Could Put Your Loved One at a High Risk for Stroke

Posted: 1/26/2017 9:05 AM by Interim HealthCare

When the brain is not getting an adequate amount of blood, a stroke could occur. This causes some of the brain cells to die, resulting in permanent damage. For most people, stroke is a condition that is highly preventable. In fact, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke reported that 8 out of 10 strokes can be prevented.

Help for Seniors with Bladder Control Problems

Posted: 1/19/2017 11:28 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the best treatments recommended to help seniors with bladder control problems? Leaking Linda

How to Organize Your Affairs

Posted: 1/12/2017 11:19 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My wife and I would like to get our personal and financial affairs in order so our kids will know what’s going on if we get sick or die. What tips can you offer? Procrastinating Paul

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