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‘Deprescribing’ in Seniors: Is Mom or Dad Taking Too Many Meds?

Posted: 10/9/2018 5:08 PM by Interim HealthCare

The process of subtracting medications or lowering the dosage is called “deprescribing,” and it’s an important but often overlooked part of senior healthcare.

Choosing a Continuing-Care Retirement Community

Posted: 10/4/2018 6:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you give me some tips on picking an all-inclusive residential retirement community that offers independent housing along with assisted living and nursing care? My husband and I are looking to downsize and simplify, but we want our next move to be our last. Approaching 80

Which Flu Shot Is Right for You?

Posted: 9/27/2018 6:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve been reading that there are a bunch of different flu vaccines for seniors this flu season. Which flu shot is right for me? Flu-Conscious Carol

Health Insurance Tips for Traveling Abroad

Posted: 9/20/2018 6:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, How does health insurance and Medicare cover health care outside the U.S.? My husband and I have a trip abroad planned this fall and would like to find out if we should buy extra insurance. What can you tell us? Almost Retired

Talking to Your Senior About the Possibility of Hospice Care

Posted: 9/18/2018 4:16 PM by Interim HealthCare

The end of your senior's life isn't something you want to think about, but as a family caregiver it is not something you can avoid. It is important for you to be honest with yourself and with your parent about this aspect of their life and of your care so together you can make decisions that are right for them. This is particularly important if they are living with a serious disease such as Par...

Financial Aid for Family Caregivers

Posted: 9/13/2018 6:04 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Do you know of any resources that help family caregivers monetarily? I have to miss a lot of work to take care of my elderly mother and it’s financially stressing me. Stretched Thin

Preparing an Elderly Loved One for a Hurricane

Posted: 9/12/2018 10:37 AM by Interim HealthCare

Planning in advance offers peace of mind and pays off when a storm hits. An impending hurricane is worrisome enough for most people. But if you having an aging parent you help care for, you need to worry about their preparedness as much as your own. And advance preparation is indeed the name of the game. Experts recommend these steps.

Why Is Your Aging Adult Getting Dehydrated?

Posted: 9/7/2018 8:35 AM by Interim HealthCare

If you and your senior's doctor have noticed that she's becoming dehydrated more often, there could be some reasons for that. Understanding those reasons can help you to find solutions that help your senior to stay hydrated.

Understanding the IADLs That Impact a Parent's Ability to Age at Home

Posted: 8/31/2018 10:28 AM by Interim HealthCare

Instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) are tasks a senior should be able to do on their own. These activities are not primary activities like being able to eat or drink, but they're important for a senior who wants to age at home independently. As your mom or dad age, it's important to monitor their ability to perform IADLs. If they struggle with them, you should start helping out ...

What Are the Duties of a Home Health Aide?

Posted: 8/30/2018 2:12 PM by Interim HealthCare

Most seniors prefer to age in place, in the home they know and love. For many older adults, home health aides make this possible. These aides assist with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and meal preparation. But perhaps the most meaningful benefits they provide are companionship for the patient and much-needed “time off” for exhausted family caregivers.

Can You Really Exercise as a Caregiver?

Posted: 8/23/2018 8:11 AM by Interim HealthCare

Even if exercise isn't your biggest priority, you might realize that you need at least a little bit in your daily routine. Here are some ideas for getting more exercise as a family caregiver.

How Senior Care Can Help with Late Stage Dementia

Posted: 8/17/2018 4:08 PM by Interim HealthCare

Having a family member with dementia is challenging. The initial diagnosis is upsetting and difficult to deal with as the older adult and those around them contemplate what the future might hold. And, as the disease progresses, the care needs of the dementia sufferer increase. Finally, by the time the person has late stage dementia, they require constant care. Yet, many families want to keep th...

How Older People Can Find Clinical Trials

Posted: 8/3/2018 5:27 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about clinical trials and how to go about finding one? Old and Ill

Retirement Planning Tips for Single Women

Posted: 8/3/2018 5:26 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What retirement planning tips can you recommend to single women? I’m 54 and divorced with a teenage daughter and very little saved for retirement. Financially Behind

Where Seniors Can Get Help With Home Chores and Small Jobs

Posted: 8/3/2018 5:25 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What’s the best way to find good, trustworthy, qualified people who can help seniors with home chores or small jobs? Looking for Mom

How Medicare Covers Diabetes

Posted: 8/3/2018 5:23 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, How well does Medicare cover diabetes? I’m 66 years old and was recently told by my doctor that I have pre-diabetes. If it progresses to full-fledged diabetes what can I expect from Medicare. Recently Retired

Supporting Your Parent Before Their Cancer Test

Posted: 8/3/2018 7:48 AM by Interim HealthCare

Proactive healthcare is all about making decisions, and taking steps that educate you about health, and allow you to make further changes and decisions to manage health issues, and cope with their effects. When considering the possibility of cancer, getting the tests and screenings recommended by a doctor is an important proactive step. These tests and screenings provide information that can al...

5 Reasons Why Caregivers Need Exercise

Posted: 7/26/2018 8:40 AM by Interim HealthCare

Family caregivers do a lot for their elderly relatives, making sure they are clean, fed and comfortable. However, many family caregivers are so focused on their loved one’s needs that they neglect themselves. The area where many family caregivers truly suffer is exercising.

How to Make the Most of Your Doctor’s Visit

Posted: 7/26/2018 8:35 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I manage a large health clinic that treats thousands of seniors each year, and we’ve have found that patients that come prepared when they visit our doctors are much more satisfied with the care they receive. Can you write a column educating patients on how to prepare for doctor’s appointments? Healthcare Helper

Symptom Checker: Is It Shingles or Some Other Rash?

Posted: 7/23/2018 11:19 AM by Interim HealthCare

Every year, about one in 100 people age 60 or older develops shingles, the dreaded skin condition notorious for causing pain that can be agonizing. Recognizing the rash is important, since early treatment can help shorten an outbreak and prevent complications.

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