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June 2013

Personal Sound Amplification Products Can Help Seniors Hear Better

Posted: 4/10/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,What types of amplification products can you recommend to help people with hearing impairment? My 62-year-old husband has some hearing issues, but doesn’t think he needs a hearing aid, so I’m looking for some alternative devices that can help.Shouting Spouse

Six Common Myths About Home Care Services

Posted: 4/8/2014 3:07 PM by Interim HealthCare

Home care services are considered a godsend to many caregivers who have loved ones requiring help with day to day tasks in the home. However, there are still some who are concerned with the idea of a stranger taking care of their loved one or being in their home. There are several myths regarding home care services.

Savvy Senior - How to Get Help with Medicare Decisions

Posted: 4/3/2014 9:31 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Where can I get help with my Medicare decisions? I’m approaching 65, and could use some help sorting through the different Medicare plan options that are available to me. Almost Eligible

Elderly Care – How An Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Affects the Family

Posted: 4/1/2014 12:19 PM by Interim HealthCare

It’s normal for some family members to have a hard time accepting the diagnosis their elderly parent has Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. It may make family members feel anxious or depressed. They may also worry about financial or legal issues. The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s affects the entire family, not just the person who is considered to be the primary caregiver.

How to Fight Age Discrimination

Posted: 3/27/2014 9:02 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What constitutes age discrimination in the workplace, and where can I turn to for help if I think I’ve got a case? Demoted at 64

Trying to Provide Elderly Care while Working? Tips to Improve Care

Posted: 3/20/2014 10:02 PM by Interim HealthCare

Anna had a full-time job, actually a part-time job on top of that, but when her mother required elderly care, she didn’t even think twice about it. She agreed to be the elder care provider for her mother and began working on her schedule to ensure that she would have enough time to get to work in the morning, and enough time to spend with her husband at night.

Health Strategies for Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted: 3/20/2014 10:07 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,Are there any proven strategies to preventing dementia? My 80-year-old mother has Alzheimer’s which has me wondering if there is anything I can do to protect myself. Concerned at 53

When visiting your parents make the time worthwhile...

Posted: 3/17/2014 4:45 PM by Interim HealthCare

You check your calendar. Here it is, the day that you plan each month to visit Mom and Dad. Immediately a buzzer goes off in your stomach and you realize that you dread this monthly visit. But why? Simple. You have guilt because you do not visit enough, because you don’t stay long enough, and because you don’t want to face the fact that the visit is awkward and boring.

Automobile Aids That Can Help Elderly Drivers

Posted: 3/13/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any products that can help older drivers with their vehicles? My 84-year-old mother is still a pretty good driver, but she has arthritis, which limits her range of motion and hinders her driving. Searching Son

Home Care Services Can Help Aging Family Members Stay in Touch

Posted: 3/10/2014 11:08 PM by Interim HealthCare

One of the many aspects that elderly individuals need to deal with as they age and their family begins to move away and spread out (although that would likely happen long before they reach a moment when they might need home care services), is staying in touch with their loved ones. Today, there are many simple and convenient ways to stay in touch with people, but not all of them are easy f...

How Seniors Can Guard Against Robocall Scams

Posted: 3/6/2014 10:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,Is there anything that can be done to stop the annoying robocalls my husband and I keep getting? It seems like we get two or three a day offering lower credit card interest rates, medical alert devices, home alarm systems and more. What can you recommend? Frustrated Seniors

How to Pick a Financial Advisor

Posted: 1/30/2014 11:27 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,Can you give me some tips on how to choose a good financial planner or advisor? My wife and I are five or six years away from retiring and could use some professional help to get us on track.--Seeking Advice

How to Choose a Continuing-Care Retirement Community

Posted: 1/23/2014 11:55 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear One, If you want your next move to be your final one, a full-service retirement community – better known as a continuing-care retirement community (or CCRC) – is a good option to consider, but they aren’t cheap, so you need to be prudent when choosing.

Tips and Tools to Help Seniors Regain their Flexibility

Posted: 1/23/2014 11:15 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Stiff, Of all possible exercises, stretching tends to be the most overlooked and neglected among seniors, yet nothing is more vital to keeping an aging body limber and injury free. Here’s what you should know along with some tip and resources to help you regain some flexibility.

What You Should Know About Your Parents Affairs

Posted: 1/9/2014 11:27 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,My pastor recently suggested that I get informed on my elderly parents’ financial situation and end-of-life plans so I can be better prepared when something happens to them. What’s the best way to handle this and what all do I need to find out? --Apprehensive Daughter  

Age-Friendly Telephones Help Seniors Stay In Touch

Posted: 1/2/2014 11:40 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,Can you recommend some good age-friendly home telephones for elderly seniors? My 82-year-old mother has a difficult time hearing over the phone, and her vision and memory isn’t so great either.  --Shopping Son

How Medicare Covers Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted: 12/31/2013 11:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What all does Medicare cover when it comes to Alzheimer's disease? My wife was recently diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer's and I would like to find out what's covered and what's not. --Researching Spouse

For the 12th Consecutive Year Nurses Top Poll for Most Honest and Ethical Profession

Posted: 12/26/2013 4:57 PM by Interim HealthCare

Way to go Nurses! You're once again ranked at the TOP in a Gallup annual poll asking Americans about the honest and ethics of various professions.

Three Tips to be Prepared for Home Care Services

Posted: 12/26/2013 10:06 AM by Interim HealthCare

If you’ve made the decision to hire home care services, then you want to make sure that you’re going to be prepared when the in home care service provider shows up for the first time. There are a few things that you can (or should, depending on the needs of your elderly loved one) do in order to get everything in order and ready.

Simple Changes for Making a Home Senior-Friendly

Posted: 12/24/2013 10:28 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,What tips or products can you recommend to help make a home safer and more convenient for aging in place? My husband and I are in our 70’s and don’t have the money for any big renovations, but we want to do what we can to stay in our house as long as possible. --Homebodies

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