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October 2014

Getting Old Pays Off

Posted: 1/5/2017 11:07 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What types of discounts are available to baby boomers, at what age do they kick in, and what’s the best way to go about finding them? Almost 50

How Does Your Elderly Loved One's Skin Change? as She Ages?

Posted: 12/30/2016 2:24 PM by Interim HealthCare

The largest organ in the human body is the skin and your elderly loved one is likely to notice a lot of changes to her skin as she ages. Some of these changes may not be a big deal, but others, such as dry patches of skin, can be uncomfortable.

The Benefits of Music for Seniors

Posted: 12/29/2016 12:18 PM by Interim HealthCare

Music can bring back memories and affect moods. It is a hallmark of celebrations. One song can take you to your childhood while another finds you on the shores of a Hawaiian island. For seniors who may find themselves alone more often than not, music can offer not only mood enhancement, but mental benefits as well.

Boosting an Aging Immune System

Posted: 12/28/2016 5:25 PM by Interim HealthCare

The body’s immune system is a remarkable mechanism consisting of intricate biological processes that protect people against foreign invaders. Cells, tissues and organs work in unison to defend against unwanted bacteria, virus, parasites and fungi.

How to Spot and Fix Medical Billing Mistakes

Posted: 12/22/2016 9:34 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, After a recent hospital stay, I have a stack of confusing medical bills at home I need to decipher. I’ve heard these bills frequently contain mistakes. How do I spot them to ensure I’m not paying more than I need to be? Cautious Carol

Providing Care for an Elderly Parent

Posted: 12/16/2016 4:48 PM by Interim HealthCare

When your loved one needs to be cared for, most adult children or family members want to be the caregiver of their ill loved one. However, being a caregiver is more complicated than just agreeing to do it. You need to have a clear picture of what your loved one will need help with, how healthy they are, and what tasks they will be able to accomplish alone. Here are just a few tips to help your ...

How to Create a Safe ‘Aging-in-Place’ Home

Posted: 12/15/2016 9:18 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are thinking about making some modifications to our home so we can remain living there for as long as possible. Can you recommend some good resources that can help us with aging in place ideas? Staying Put

The Link between Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Posted: 12/13/2016 7:52 AM by Interim HealthCare

When you think of diabetes, you probably do not think of hearing loss as being a complication of the condition. However, that is actually something that some people with diabetes develop.

Locating Lost Life Insurance Policies

Posted: 12/8/2016 8:47 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, When my mom passed away we thought she had a life insurance policy, but we have no idea how to track it down. Do you know of any resources that might help? Searching Susan

How to Consistently Get Help as a Family Caregiver

Posted: 12/2/2016 11:26 AM by Interim HealthCare

One reason that family caregivers try to take on too much themselves is that they're often used to not having enough help. They may have some help from family or friends, but it might not be consistent. If that's the case for you, try some of these ideas to get help more consistently.

How Much You’ll Pay for Medicare in 2017

Posted: 12/1/2016 8:39 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I know there won’t be much of a cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits next year but what about Medicare? How will the 0.3 percent Social Security raise affect our Part B monthly premiums in 2017? Inquiring Beneficiary

How Can You Help a Senior With Increased Limitations During the Holidays?

Posted: 11/30/2016 10:14 AM by Interim HealthCare

Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult who is dealing with new challenges and limitations is not easy at any time of the year, but can be particularly challenging during the holiday season.

How to Prevent Hip Fractures Among Older Adults

Posted: 11/28/2016 3:36 PM by Interim HealthCare

Hip fractures are extremely common among adults over the age of 60. In fact, nine out of 10 people over the age of 60 experience this type of injury.

Thyroid Disorders Often Missed in Seniors

Posted: 11/24/2016 10:22 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you write a column on the overlooked problem of thyroid disease? After struggling with chronic fatigue, joint pain and memory problems, I was finally diagnosed hypothyroidism. Now, at age 70, I’m on thyroid medication and am doing great. Five years of feeling lousy. I wish I’d have known. Frustrated Patient

Caregiving Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers

Posted: 11/17/2016 10:09 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any long-distance caregiving tips that can help me help my elderly father who lives in another state? He has physically declined over the past year, but is determined to stay living in his own house. Worried Daughter

Why Your Elderly Loved One Might Benefit from a Home Blood Pressure Monitor

Posted: 11/17/2016 7:53 AM by Interim HealthCare

Whether your elderly loved one has low or high blood pressure, regular monitoring with a home blood pressure monitor can help her to manage her health much more efficiently.

Important First Aid Skills Every Caregiver Needs to Know

Posted: 11/14/2016 8:55 AM by Interim HealthCare

Whenever you are caring for another human being, whether it is a child or older adult, knowing basic first aid skills could save a life in case of emergency. For example, if your elderly loved one has problems chewing or swallowing their food, this could lead to choking. Knowing how to dislodge the food in their throat could turn a near fatal situation into a minor one.

Automatic Medicare Advantage Enrollment Causes Confusion

Posted: 11/10/2016 10:04 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ll be 65 in a few months and I recently pre-enrolled in original Medicare. But last week, I received a member card in the mail for a Medicare Advantage plan that I did not enroll in. What’s going on? Medicare is so confusing with all the different choices, and now it seems like I’m getting automatically enrolled in a plan I didn’t even choose. Is this a scam? New to Medic...

Incentive Trusts Can Motivate Your Heirs

Posted: 11/3/2016 10:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about incentive trusts? I have two adult children that are financial disasters. Before I die, I want to put some type of requirements in place that they will need to follow in order to receive their portion of my estate. Otherwise, they’ll blow it all in the first year. Troubled Parent

How to Find and Hire a Good Handyman or Contractor

Posted: 10/27/2016 9:35 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What’s the best way to find a good handyman or tradesman to do some work around the house? I’ve have had some bad luck lately with unprofessional workers who do shoddy work and charge too much. Frustrated Senior

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