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March 2014

Music Therapy for Alzheimer’s Patients

Posted: 8/15/2013 11:37 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,What can you tell me about music therapy for Alzheimer’s patients? I’m helping my dad take care of my 80-year-old mother who has mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease and thought it might be something worth trying. How do we proceed? --Unmusical Mary

Shingles Vaccine Protects Seniors and is Covered by Medicare

Posted: 8/8/2013 11:34 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,What can you tell me about the shingles vaccine? I just turned 65 and have been thinking about getting vaccinated, but would like to know how effective it is and how it’s covered by Medicare. --Afraid of Needles  

How to Help Seniors Extend Their Driving Years

Posted: 8/2/2013 4:28 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,What tips or resources can you recommend to help seniors with their driving skills? My 84-year-old mother is still a capable driver, but she has declined a little in recent years and could definitely use some help. --Concerned Daughter

How to Choose the Right Executor for Your Will

Posted: 7/25/2013 9:18 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,What are my options for choosing an executor for my will? I was considering asking one of my kids to do it but I don’t think any of them are up for the job. What can you tell me?Still Kicking

Summertime Heat Poses Special Risks to Seniors

Posted: 7/18/2013 9:12 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,Can you write a column alerting seniors to the dangers of summertime heat? I manage a number of urgent care clinics, and last summer we had more than 200 cases of heat-related illnesses, most of who were seniors. I would like to reduce that this year. Concerned Citizen

Debt Counseling Programs Can Help Seniors with Financial Problems

Posted: 7/11/2013 9:09 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,What resources can you recommend to help seniors with financial problems? I hate to admit it, but I’ve fallen behind on my house payments and have accumulated quite a bit of credit card debt over the past few years. Where can we get help? Indebt At 70

How to Choose a Home Stair Lift

Posted: 7/3/2013 9:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,My wife is having an increasingly difficult time going up and down the stairs in our house. We are interested in purchasing a stair lift, but aren’t sure what to get or where to look. Can you help us? Need a Lift

Skin Cancer and Seniors

Posted: 6/27/2013 10:47 AM by Interim HealthCare

Today’s seniors are more likely than previous generations to develop skin cancer. They risk is greater because during their younger years the public did not have the same awareness of the damage the sun (and tanning beds) can do to skin. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, and it affects almost 2.2 million Americans.

What to Consider Before Joining a Clinical Trial

Posted: 6/25/2013 11:30 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,What can you tell me about clinical trials and how to go about finding one? My wife has a chronic condition and we’re interested in trying anything that may be able to help her. --Looking For Help

How to Spot and Prevent Senior Financial Fraud

Posted: 6/18/2013 11:25 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,Can you offer some tips on protecting seniors from financial scams? My neighbor’s elderly mother was recently swindled out of $10,000 and I want to make sure my own mother is protected. --Troubled Daughter

Aging in Place

Posted: 6/18/2013 9:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

The goal of many seniors is to stay in their homes for as long as they can. Seniors want to be in surroundings that are familiar and comfortable. As a person ages, however, he or she may need to adapt their home to make it safer for independent living. One of the biggest dangers in the home for seniors is a fall. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention one out of three adult...

Honoring Nursing Assistants

Posted: 6/13/2013 11:29 AM by Interim HealthCare

June 13 through 20 is Nursing Assistants Week, a time set aside to promote recognition, education, research, advocacy and peer support development for nursing assistants in nursing homes and other long-term care settings. Nursing assistants go by many titles, and can also be known as nurse aides, direct care workers, caregivers, certified nursing assistants, geriatric aides, unlicensed assistiv...

How to Find Lost Life-Insurance Policies

Posted: 6/11/2013 11:19 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,When my father passed away we thought he had a life insurance policy, but we haven’t been able to track it down. Do you know of any resources that might help?--Searching Family

Men’s Health Week—Symptoms Not to Ignore

Posted: 6/10/2013 11:29 AM by Interim HealthCare

The cliché about men not going to the doctor apparently exists for a reason. In 2010 a survey by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that only 57% of men had visited the doctor in the past year. To help raise awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men June 10 - 16 has been set aside as Men’s Hea...

Simple Television Remotes Designed for Seniors

Posted: 6/4/2013 11:14 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,Can you recommend some easy-to-use television remote controls for seniors? I got my 74-year-old mother a new HDTV for her birthday, but the remote control is very confusing for her to operate.--Shopping Son

Could you save the life of someone choking?

Posted: 6/1/2013 2:25 PM by Interim HealthCare

June 1st was Heimlich Maneuver day which is an emergency technique for preventing suffocation when a person's airway (windpipe) becomes blocked by a piece of food or other object. It can be used safely on both adults and children, but most experts do not recommend it for infants less than 1 year old. You can also perform the maneuver on yourself.

How to Use Herbal Supplements Safely

Posted: 5/29/2013 10:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy SeniorAre herbal supplements safe for seniors who are taking other prescription medications? I have a friend who swears by them, but I want to be sure before I take anything new.--Cautious Carol   Dear Carol, Herbal supplements have become increasingly popular in recent years as millions of Americans are looking for natural and more affordable ways to improve their health. Bu...

How Married Couples Can Boost Their Social Security Checks

Posted: 5/22/2013 10:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,I’ve heard that there are strategies available that can help married couples increase their Social Security benefits when they retire. My wife and I are approaching retirement age and would like to understand these options. What can you tell us?--Getting Prepared   Dear Getting, If you’re willing to wait to full retirement age and beyond, married couples ha...

How Health Insurance Marketplaces Will Help Early Retirees

Posted: 5/15/2013 3:12 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,What can you tell me about the new Obamacare health insurance exchanges that begin next year? I am interested in retiring early at age 61, but need to find some affordable health until my Medicare benefits begin at 65.Ready to Retire   Dear Ready, The new health insurance exchanges – also known as Health Insurance Marketplaces – that begin in 2014 will be a...

Retirement Planning Resources for Women

Posted: 4/29/2013 10:26 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,What retirement planning resources can you recommend to women? I’m 58 years old, divorced and living on a tight budget and need all the help I can get.  Financially Challenged   Dear Challenged, When it comes to planning for retirement, most Americans could stand to brush up on their financial knowledge a bit, but it’s especially important for unmarrie...

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