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July 2016

Medicare Coverage for Non-Working Spouses

Posted: 8/11/2016 12:40 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Does Medicare cover spouses who have not worked? I have worked all my life, but my spouse worked only for a few years when we first got married but then quit to take care of our children full time. Will she be eligible for Medicare? Inquiring Husband

Family Caregivers: Planning Fun Outings for Your Loved One

Posted: 8/8/2016 8:04 AM by Interim HealthCare

Ever been cooped up because you were sick or there was a period of bad weather? If so, you how frustrating, even depressing, it can be. So you can imagine what it would be like to be confined to your home day in and day out, as some seniors are.

How to Find Financial Assistance for Elderly Parents

Posted: 8/4/2016 11:44 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Where can I go to locate financial assistance programs for seniors? I have been helping support my 70-year-old mother the past couple years and really can’t afford to do it any longer. Feeling Overwhelmed

7 Tips to Preventing Identity Theft Among Seniors

Posted: 8/1/2016 11:02 AM by Interim HealthCare

Identity thieves are constantly looking for their next victims, which has lately been in the elderly age group. According to the FTC, people over the age of 50 have reported the most identity theft problems for the past three years. One reason identity thieves are targeting this age group is the fact that seniors have more money and assets than that of younger adults.

Acupuncture Can Help Relieve Pain and Many Other Ailments

Posted: 7/28/2016 8:13 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Is acupuncture a proven treatment for arthritis pain? I have a lot of back and neck pain and am wondering if it’s worth trying. What all can you tell me about acupuncture? Afraid of Needles

Is Elderly Care Right Even for a Senior Who Is Not Extremely Old or Debilitated?

Posted: 7/26/2016 6:08 PM by Interim HealthCare

One question that many adult children grapple with when they are considering elderly care for their aging parents is whether this type of care arrangement is actually appropriate for their senior love ones. They may know that their parent has some challenges or needs, but assume that having a caregiver is something that should be limited just to the very old or debilitated, or that younger seni...

10 Ways Seniors Can Avoid Identity Theft

Posted: 7/21/2016 8:02 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What can seniors do to protect themselves from identity theft? My brother-in-law, who’s 77, recently had his identity stolen and I want to make sure it doesn’t happen to me. Worried Relative

Realistic Care Goals for Parkinson's Disease

Posted: 7/19/2016 5:52 PM by Interim HealthCare

Parkinson's disease is not something that happens suddenly. Your parent will not be perfectly healthy and normal functioning one day and then wake up the next morning with severe tremors and cognitive limitations. Rather, this is a progressive disease that generally begins very subtly and worsens the further your parent moves into it. This means, however, that even after your parent has receive...

How to Choose an Adult Day Care Service

Posted: 7/14/2016 7:55 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you offer any tips on finding and choosing a good adult day care service for an elderly parent? My 82-year-old mother, who is moving in with me, has Alzheimer’s and needs attention during the day while I’m at work. Looking for Help

How to Adjust Your Thinking about the Situations that Cause You Stress

Posted: 7/8/2016 8:30 AM by Interim HealthCare

Family caregivers handle a lot for their elderly loved ones and for other family members. Unfortunately, that can mean that they wind up feeling quite a bit of stress that can be difficult to manage.

Great Gadgets for Aging Golfers

Posted: 7/7/2016 7:37 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any products that can help older golfers? I love to play golf, but at age 74, I have hip and back problems that make bending over to tee up or pick up the ball difficult. And I have arthritis in my thumbs that makes griping the club a problem. Ailing Eddy

4 Tips for Walking with Your Elderly Loved One

Posted: 7/5/2016 8:45 AM by Interim HealthCare

Walking is fantastic exercise for your elderly loved one because she doesn't need any special equipment. It's also something that you can do together in order to stay healthy. As her family caregiver, it's a good idea to start out your new exercise plan properly.

Who’s Eligible for Social Security Survivor Benefits?

Posted: 6/30/2016 7:33 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Who all is eligible for Social Security survivor benefits? My ex-husband died last year at the age of 59, and I would like to find out if me, or my two kids – ages 13 and 16 – that we had together are eligible for anything? Divorced Widow

What is Macular Degeneration and Can You Prevent It?

Posted: 6/28/2016 8:21 AM by Interim HealthCare

While there are many potential causes for low vision among elderly adults, one of the most common is a condition called macular degeneration. This disease is a leading cause of the loss of vision among those older adults over the age of 50 and can develop so gradually that the senior is not even aware of the changes in their vision until they have become severe. This condition does not lead to ...

How Medicare Handles Second Medical Opinions

Posted: 6/23/2016 10:55 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Does Medicare cover second medical opinions? The doctor I currently see thinks I need back surgery, but I would like to get some other treatment options before I proceed. What can you tell me? Searching Senior

Should Your Parent Consider Hip Replacement Surgery?

Posted: 6/23/2016 6:53 AM by Interim HealthCare

The thought of your parent undergoing surgery can be daunting. Hip replacement surgery, however, can make a tremendous difference in their health and quality of life, enabling them to stay more active, healthier, and more engaged in the world around them. Helping your parent to determine if they should consider this type of surgery empowers them to make the decision that is right for them and f...

Deciding What to Do in Retirement

Posted: 6/16/2016 10:30 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I just turned 62 and am financially prepared for retirement, but I’m less certain about how to spend my time after leaving work. Can you recommend some resources or tools that can help me with this? Feeling Lost

How to Help Your Loved One Cope with Disabilities

Posted: 6/14/2016 11:25 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dealing with a disability, whether it's a physical one or something less visible like hearing loss, can be frustrating for your loved one. How you both approach problem solving can make a big difference.

The New MIND Diet May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s

Posted: 6/9/2016 9:45 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve heard that there’s a new diet that can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. What can you tell me about this? My 80-year-old mother has Alzheimer’s and I want to do everything I can to protect myself. Concerned Daughter

Degenerative Scoliosis and Elders: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Posted: 6/8/2016 8:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

Degenerative scoliosis, also known as adult scoliosis, occurs when there is a side-to-side curve of the spine, which creates a “C” shape. It is located in the lumbar spine and commonly occurs among those adults who are over the age of 65. This condition can be painful for many seniors, making it a challenge to go about their day as they usually would. In these cases, hiring an elder care aid wo...

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