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10:28 PM / Tuesday May 11, 2021

Seniors

Savvy Senior: How to prevent falls at home

September 10, 2016

Dear Savvy Senior, My 79-year-old mother, who lives alone, has fallen several times over the past year. Are there any extra precautions we should take that can help prevent this? Worried Daughter Dear Worried, Falls are a big concern for many elderly seniors and their families. Each year, 1-in-3 older Americans fall, making it the…

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New grandbaby? Learn how to help baby and mom thrive

September 2, 2016

BPT Grandparents play a unique, important role in caring for family members of all ages. Here are some ways that you can help keep babies and moms safe and healthy. Helping babies sleep safely Grandparents can help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death. To help…

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Savvy Senior: Donating old hearing aids, eyeglasses and mobility equipment

August 29, 2016

Dear Savvy Senior, Where are some good places to donate old hearing aids, eyeglasses and mobility equipment? My uncle passed away a few months ago and left behind a bunch of useful aids that could surely help someone else. Searching Nephew Dear Searching, Donating old, unused assistive living aids and/or medical equipment is a great…

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Savvy Senior: Medicare coverage for non-working spouses

August 19, 2016

Dear Savvy Senior, Does Medicare cover spouses who have not worked? I have worked all my life, but my spouse worked only for a few years when we first got married but then quit to take care of our children fulltime. Will she be eligible for Medicare? Inquiring Husband Dear Inquiring There are plenty of…

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Five Tips To Keep Your Cellphone Running Smoothly

August 13, 2016

BPT We all love the convenience of modern cellphones. They’re so much more than just phones – they’ve become our cameras, calendars, mailboxes, entertainment consoles and internet browsers. But all those apps, photos, videos and games compete for a limited amount of room in which to operate. If you’re not careful, your phone’s memory will…

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Tips for caretakers to help their loved one get better nutrition

August 5, 2016

BPT When a patient is battling cancer, good nutrition is essential to maintain physical strength and help ensure a better response to treatment. Foods high in protein are an important part of your loved one’s balanced diet, and helping them eat well is a critical investment in their health and well-being. That said, there may…

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Savvy Senior: How to find financial assistance for elderly parents

July 28, 2016

Dear Savvy Senior, Where can I go to locate financial assistance programs for seniors? I have been helping support my 70-year-old mother the past couple years and really can’t afford to do it any longer. Feeling Overwhelmed Dear Overwhelmed, There are actually a wide variety of financial assistance programs and government benefits that can help…

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Four simple ways to stay safe this summer

July 15, 2016

BPT Summer is an appropriate time to assess your personal safety and plan ahead for emergencies. This is especially important for those living on their own and looking for ways to maintain their independence. A few simple tips and safety measures will help give peace of mind that you’ve taken necessary precautions to prepare for…

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Savvy Senior: How to Choose an Adult Day Care Service

July 8, 2016

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you offer any tips on finding and choosing a good adult day care service for an elderly parent? My 82-year-old mother, who is moving in with me, has Alzheimer’s and needs attention during the day while I’m at work. Looking for Help Dear Looking, Adult day care services can be a…

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