Posted: 6/1/2013 2:25 PM by
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.
Posted: 5/29/2013 10:00 AM by
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
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...
Posted: 5/22/2013 10:00 AM by
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
If you’re willing to wait to full retirement age and beyond, married couples ha...
Posted: 5/15/2013 3:12 PM by
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
The new health insurance exchanges – also known as Health Insurance Marketplaces – that begin in 2014 will be a...
Posted: 4/29/2013 10:26 AM by
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
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...
Posted: 4/22/2013 10:18 AM by
Dear Savvy Senior,What tips can you offer people who are shopping for hearing aids? Overwhelmed Senior
With so many choices and options available today, shopping for a hearing aid that meets your needs, lifestyle and budget can be challenging. Here are some tips that can help you locate a good hearing aid provider and choose an appropriate aid.
Posted: 4/22/2013 9:24 AM by
Anyone, at any time may need help from an occupational therapist or OT. According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), “Occupational therapy is therapy based on performing the meaningful activities of daily life ... despite impairments or limitations in physical or mental functioning.
Posted: 4/15/2013 4:15 PM by
Dear Savvy Senior,I’ll be 65 in a few months – Medicare enrollment age – and am thinking about getting a Medicare supplemental policy to help cover things outside of Medicare. Can you give me some advice on choosing a plan? Shopping Sam
If you’re planning to choose original Medicare for your health coverage, getting a supplemental policy too (also kno...
Posted: 4/12/2013 4:18 PM by
The Food and Drug Administration reports at least 75 incidents per month of mix-ups due to similarly named drugs and confusing labels. How can you avoid dangerous and costly medication mix-ups? Interim HealthCare’s Home Care program can help you manage your prescriptions, but ultimately, you are in charge of your own healthcare. That is why it is important to take an active role in your t...
Posted: 4/11/2013 9:31 AM by
Dear Savvy Senior,What resources can you recommend to seniors who are shopping for a car? My wife and I are relatively healthy 70-year-olds and are looking for a new senior-friendly vehicle, but could use some help.Older Drivers
For seniors who are in the market for a new or used car, the AAA (American Automobile Association) and the University of Florida’s Institute...
Posted: 4/8/2013 4:07 PM by
Dear Savvy Senior,What can you tell me about online dating for older people? My daughter has been urging me to give it a try, but at age 62, I’m a little hesitant. Lonely Senior
Dating sites have become enormously popular among the older generation in recent years. In fact, boomers and seniors make up about 20 percent of online daters today, and the numbers keeps g...
Posted: 4/2/2013 4:22 PM by
After a hospital or rehabilitation facility stay, all you may be thinking about is returning to the comfort of your own home. But even after leaving these facilities, your recovery is still ongoing.One of the keys to making this transition a successful one is communication. By effectively sharing information between doctors, nurses and other heath care providers with the patient and his/her fam...
Posted: 4/1/2013 4:33 PM by
Dear Savvy Senior,What tips can you recommend to help retirees guard against identity theft when traveling? My sister and her husband had their identity stolen while on vacation last year, and I want to make sure I’m protecting myself on my trip to Europe next month.Paranoid Pam
Most people don’t realize that when you travel, your risk of identity theft increases...
Posted: 3/20/2013 10:07 AM by
Vaccines aren’t just for children. In fact, many of the vaccinations that children receive, adults also need as a part of their senior care. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its list of adult-recommended vaccinations in 2012. Here are the vaccines or boosters that adults 50 and over need to talk to their health care provider about:
Posted: 3/14/2013 10:15 AM by
For more than half of American Baby Boomers over the age of 65, cataracts are something they have had, or will have, to deal with. Cataracts are the result of a buildup of protein in the lens of the eye. Old lens cells become compacted into the center of the lens, as new lens cells form on the outside of the lens. The compacted old cells are the cataract. This makes vision cloudy and prevents l...
Posted: 3/9/2013 9:00 AM by
Grieving over the loss of a loved one is a highly personal process that can take months or years. How long you grieve depends on many things, including your relationship with the person, if the person’s death was expected or sudden, and many other factors. There is no one way to handle the loss of a loved one. Each journey through grief to healing is a personal one.
Posted: 3/6/2013 4:31 PM by
Good nutrition is important at any age. But for adults 65 and over with chronic diseases, eating right takes on even more importance. Whether you have high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol, there are food choices you can make that will not only improve your condition, but also increase longevity. For instance, a diabetic will want to control the quantity
Posted: 2/22/2013 8:49 AM by
Not only has technology enabled us to live longer, healthier lives, but when illness does strike technological advances have provided us with more care options. When an illness or medical condition does occur, In-home care is the preference of many individuals. Interim HealthCare’s home health care services offers convenient access to trained professionals who are knowledgeable in the a...
Posted: 2/5/2013 3:37 PM by
It's no secret that caring for a loved one is a stressful endeavor. Shouldering any responsibility for another person can certainly cause anxiety, but it can also take its toll on a caregivers' health because they are often more concerned with their loved one's well-being than their own. It's important for caregivers to remember that their own health is just as important, and ...
Posted: 2/4/2013 5:29 PM by
Heart failure and heart disease are a critical health issue for any adult. More than 26 million adults in the U.S. suffer from heart disease, and it is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Despite this, all too often heart disease is still thought of something that affects men more often than women. February is American Heart Month, a great time to not only raise awareness about h...