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July 2016

Simple Smartphones for Seniors

Posted: 6/2/2016 9:05 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some smartphones that are specifically designed for seniors? My 75-year-old mother is interested in upgrading from a basic cellphone to a smartphone, but will need one that’s very easy to operate. Inquiring Daughter

How to Start an Exercise Routine as a Family Caregiver

Posted: 5/31/2016 7:55 AM by Interim HealthCare

Beating stress means getting enough rest, eating right, and moving your body more. You'll definitely want to check with your doctor before beginning any new exercise plans, but these tips can help you to get started with a plan you'll want to stick with for a long time.

Simple Steps to Protect Yourself from Melanoma Skin Cancer

Posted: 5/26/2016 10:19 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Does skin cancer run in families? My 63-year-old brother died of melanoma last year, and I’m wondering about my risks of getting this. What can you tell me? Younger Sibling

5 Clues That Your Elderly Loved One Needs More Help

Posted: 5/24/2016 7:03 AM by Interim HealthCare

All too often your elderly loved one may need more help with some aspect of her life and yet she won't want to tell you, her family caregiver, that she needs that assistance. This could be because of pride or it might be because your loved one is having other problems. It's important to pay close attention to the details of her life.

Why Is Hearing Loss Potentially a Huge Problem for Your Elderly Loved One?

Posted: 5/19/2016 6:17 PM by Interim HealthCare

Besides the obvious problems associated with hearing loss, your elderly loved one is at risk of other problems when his or her hearing begins to fail. If you're aware of the potential trouble that could pop up, you're more likely to be better prepared to help the individual deal with the situation.

How to Pick a Medicare Advantage Plan

Posted: 5/19/2016 10:09 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m approaching 65 and am interested in a Medicare Advantage plan to cover my health care and medications. What tips can you provide to help me pick a plan? Medicare Shopper

Innovative Home Care: Using Your Parent's Hobbies and Skills to Help You Pursue Care Goals

Posted: 5/16/2016 1:26 PM by Interim HealthCare

Home care is not a one size fits all experience. In order for your aging loved one to get the most benefit for your care efforts for them, it is important that you focus on customizing the experience and creating a care approach that is tailored to them as a whole individual rather than just as a person with generic needs. This type of approach not only helps to ensure that your parent's partic...

Simplified Tablets Designed for Tech-Challenged Seniors

Posted: 5/12/2016 9:54 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m interested in getting my 78-year-old mother a tablet for video calls and email but want to get one that’s super simple to use. What can you recommend? Shopping Around

How to Replace Vital Documents that are Lost or Stolen

Posted: 5/5/2016 9:42 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you tell me how to go about replacing important lost documents? My wife and I recently downsized to a retirement community, and somewhere in the move we lost our Social Security and Medicare cards, birth certificates, marriage license and passports. Worried Ron

Senior Care Outings: Attending a Play with Your Elderly Parent

Posted: 5/4/2016 9:28 AM by Interim HealthCare

Shaking up your senior care routine by going on outings with your loved one is a fantastic way to support their mental, emotional, and even physical health. By planning these special outings you are encouraging your parents to make memories, engage socially, and keep their minds active. While there are many different activities that you can enjoy with your aging parent, attending a play can be ...

Elderly Care Observances: National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week

Posted: 4/29/2016 10:05 AM by Interim HealthCare

May 1 through 7 is National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week. During this week, set aside some time to learn more about these mental health concerns and how they could be impacting your elderly care journey with your aging parent. By teaming up with your loved one and the rest of your care network to understand these risks and focus on managing them you can improve your care efforts, and y...

How to Downsize Your Stuff for a Move

Posted: 4/28/2016 10:04 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you offer any helpful tips for downsizing? My husband and I are interested in moving to a condo downtown when we retire, but we need to get rid of a lot of our personal possessions before we can move. We’ve lived in the same house for almost 35 years and have accumulated tons of stuff. Feeling Overwhelmed

When Does it Pay to Take Social Security Early?

Posted: 4/21/2016 10:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I will turn 62 in a few months and am trying to decide when to start taking my Social Security retirement benefits. Almost everything I read on this topic tells me it’s better to wait until my full retirement age or beyond. Is there ever a good reason to start early? Ready to Retire

4 Summer Fun Ideas for Loved Ones with Memory Issues

Posted: 4/18/2016 9:58 AM by Interim HealthCare

Memory issues can make many things more difficult with your elderly loved one, especially family fun in the summer. This doesn't have to be the case, though, especially if you try some of these tips.

Auto Insurance Discounts for Older Drivers

Posted: 4/14/2016 9:49 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve read that many car insurance companies offer a variety of discounts to older drivers when they retire or reach a certain age. What can you tell me about this? Discount Seeker

Booster Shots Recommended for Seniors

Posted: 4/7/2016 9:43 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I just turned 65 and would like to find out what types of vaccinations are recommended to Medicare beneficiaries, and how they are covered. Health Conscious

Getting Information About Your Loved One's Health at the Beginning of Your Caregiving Journey

Posted: 4/7/2016 9:03 AM by Interim HealthCare

When you first start taking care of your elderly loved one, you may not realize everything that you're up against. Asking the right questions from the start can help you to get the information that you need to make the right decisions.

Helping Your Loved One Cope with Springtime Allergies

Posted: 4/1/2016 12:06 PM by Interim HealthCare

Nearly 55 percent of the population of the United States suffers from some kind of allergy. For a large percentage of these people, those allergies are seasonal. Seasonal allergies are reactions caused by plant matter such as pollen, mold, or grass. Often referred to as hay fever, these allergies show symptoms called rhinitis. These symptoms can include congestion, sneezing, watery eyes, itchy ...

Challenging Elderly Care: Understanding Substance Abuse in Seniors

Posted: 3/29/2016 10:08 AM by Interim HealthCare

Substance abuse is often a highly emotionally charged issue for any family. For family caregivers of seniors, however, it can be particularly trying. Many people have the perception that substance abuse is something that is limited only to young people or is something that "intelligent" older people simply would not do. This, however, is not the case. According to the National Epidemiologic Sur...

The Consequences of Dying Without a Will

Posted: 3/24/2016 2:14 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What will happen to my money and possessions if I die without a will? Getting Old

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