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November 2015

Could You Have Diabetes

Posted: 3/8/2018 8:57 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My brother and his wife, who are ages 60 and 56, were recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and prediabetes, and neither one had a clue. Could I have it too? Concerned Sibling

How to Get Cash For Your Life Insurance Policy

Posted: 3/1/2018 8:51 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I have a life insurance policy that I’ve been paying on for years that I really don’t need any longer. I’ve been thinking about letting it lapse, but I’ve heard that I can actually sell it for a nice payout. What can you tell me about this? Interested In Selling

Simple Ways to Encourage More Physical Activity for Your Parent

Posted: 2/28/2018 8:20 AM by Interim HealthCare

As a family caregiver, you know how important it is to keep your parents physically active. Getting enough activity everyday is essential for keeping your parent at a healthy weight, supporting cardiovascular health, warding off a wide variety of health complications, and preventing health challenges. staying physically active is also important for maintaining good mental emotional health and w...

How Can You Help Your Aging Loved One Monitor Her Health?

Posted: 2/23/2018 10:04 AM by Interim HealthCare

There's a lot that goes into keeping track of overall health and the key can be paying attention to signs along the way. Here are just a few ways your elderly family member can get a better handle on how she's doing.

Strength Training Tips For Seniors

Posted: 2/22/2018 12:56 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve fallen several times over the past year and my doctor has recommended that I start a strength-training program to help prevent future falls. But at age 72, I’ve never lifted weights before and could use some help. What can you tell me? Looking for Help

Income Tax Filing Requirements for Retirees

Posted: 2/15/2018 12:45 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the IRS income tax filing requirements for seniors this year?

Six Ways to Clear the Air

Posted: 2/14/2018 8:19 AM by Interim HealthCare

When you think of pollution, do you think about the air inside your home? Probably not. Most people don’t. But, according to WebMD, the air inside the house could actually contain more pollution than the outside air. For older adults with respiratory conditions, like COPD or asthma, having cleaner indoor air could improve some of their symptoms.

Baby Boomers Finding Companionship Online

Posted: 2/8/2018 12:25 PM by Interim HealthCare

What can you tell me about online dating for baby boomers? I’m 57 and recently divorced, and would like to find a new friend to spend time with. Lonely Linda

Help Elderly Relatives Avoid Falls at Home

Posted: 2/8/2018 10:10 AM by Interim HealthCare

For seniors, the risk of falling and getting injured increases every year. In fact, one in five falls causes a significant injury to an elderly person, such as a head injury or broken bone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even if seniors have a family caregiver and senior care assistance, they are still susceptible to slip and fall accidents. It doesn’t take much fo...

Three Ways to Cut Hearing Aid Costs

Posted: 2/1/2018 12:19 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve heard that hearing aids will soon be available over-the-counter and will be much cheaper than they currently are. What can you tell me about this? My husband desperately needs hearing aids but we simply can’t afford them. Searching Spouse

How to Find Volunteer Opportunities in Retirement

Posted: 2/1/2018 9:38 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What resources can you recommend for locating interesting volunteer opportunities? Since I retired, I’ve been doing some volunteer work but most of the opportunities I’ve tried haven’t been very satisfying. Unsatisfied Volunteer

Flossing Tips for Seniors

Posted: 1/31/2018 12:12 PM by Interim HealthCare

Flossing is an important part of keeping the mouth healthy. This process removes food and bacteria from between teeth, helping to prevent infections, tooth decay, and gum disease. Unfortunately, many elderly adults have either never flossed or stop flossing as they get older, believing that it is no longer important. As their family caregiver it is important that you emphasize to them the impor...

5 Ways Caregivers Can Help Seniors With Finances

Posted: 1/31/2018 11:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

If an elderly person requires a family caregiver to assist them in various aspects of daily living, it’s possible they also need help keeping up with their finances. Even if a senior is relatively healthy physically, they may be diminishing enough mentally that they forget to pay bills or can’t remember all their investment details. They may need their family caregiver to take over financial du...

What To Do When a Loved One Dies

Posted: 1/25/2018 9:28 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, This may seem like a strange question, but can you tell me what steps need to be taken after a loved one dies? My 80-year-old father has a terminal illness, and I would like to find out what I will need to do when he passes. Only Daughter

Help Your Elderly Parent Avoid Social Isolation

Posted: 1/19/2018 7:54 AM by Interim HealthCare

One of the drawbacks of growing old is the increase in social isolation. Elderly parents that were once active in their jobs, the community and with their growing families and friends are eventually removed from all of that over the years. Illness, injury, loss of driving ability and more can further separate elderly adults from the activities and people they need. As humans, we instinctively w...

Financial Tips for Retiring Abroad

Posted: 1/18/2018 8:58 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What are some financial factors to consider when retiring abroad? My husband and I will be retiring in a few years and are interested in living in a foreign country that’s cheaper than the U.S. Frugal Couple

Help With Home-Care Bills

Posted: 1/11/2018 8:50 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Do you know of any resources that can help with my mother’s home-care bills? Mom is recovering from a stroke and needs in-home care, but I understand Medicare doesn’t cover it, and she doesn’t have long-term care insurance. Stressed-Out Daughter

Can a Senior with Heart Failure Still Live a Full and Fulfilling Life?

Posted: 1/9/2018 8:02 AM by Interim HealthCare

If you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult who has recently received a diagnosis of heart failure, you may be worried that this means that they will not be able to live a full, fulfilling, and enjoyable life after diagnosis. Statistics show that the average length of life after diagnosis is five years, but advancements in treatments and improved lifestyles have shown that seniors with h...

Why Is Your Aging Adult So Angry?

Posted: 1/5/2018 7:35 AM by Interim HealthCare

Your elderly family member might surprise you sometimes with an angry or aggressive outburst that seems to come out of nowhere. The reality is that these types of episodes don't truly come out of nowhere. There's a reason for them, even if it's difficult to sort it out at first.

Dont Eat This if Youre Taking That

Posted: 1/4/2018 8:41 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, If the prescription label says “take with meals,” does it matter what you eat? I currently take eight different medications for various health problems and would like to know if there are any foods I need to avoid. Over Medicated

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