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 By Jim Miller    Features    June 27, 2022 

Savvy Senior: How to hire an in-home helper for an aging parent

Dear Savvy Senior, I would like to hire an in-home helper for my 82-year-old mother to assist with household chores like housekeeping, grocery shopping and driving her to the doctor, etc. But mom...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    June 20, 2022

Savvy Senior: Is skin cancer hereditary?

Dear Savvy Senior, Is skin cancer hereditary? My 63-year-old brother died of melanoma last year, and I’m wondering if I’m at higher risk. Younger Sister Dear Younger, While long-term sun exposure...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    June 13, 2022

Savvy Senior: How to choose a Medicare supplemental (Medigap) policy

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m planning to enroll in original Medicare in a few months and have been told I probably need to get a Medicare supplemental policy too. Can you offer any tips on selecting one?...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    June 6, 2022

Savvy Senior: Adaptive clothing takes the stress out of dressing

Dear Savvy Senior, What kinds of clothing options are available to mobility-challenged seniors who have a difficult time dressing? Looking for Mom Dear Looking, The chore of dressing and undressing...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    May 30, 2022

Savvy Senior: How to get underutilized COVID funeral assistance funds

Dear Savvy Senior, I recently saw a news segment on TV about a government funeral assistance program available to families who lost loved ones during the pandemic. What can you tell me about this? I...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    May 23, 2022

Savvy Senior: How to start a walking program and stay motivated

Dear Savvy Senior, My doctor recently suggested I start a walking program to help get my weight and blood pressure under control, but I’ve never exercised much and am 66. Can you recommend some...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    May 16, 2022

Savvy Senior: Best senior travel discounts in 2022

Dear Savvy Senior, What are some of the best travel discounts available to seniors? My husband and are about to retire and are interested in traveling more, but live on a tight budget. Frugal...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    May 9, 2022

Savvy Senior: How Medicare covers Alzheimer's disease

Dear Savvy Senior, What exactly does Medicare cover when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease? My husband was recently diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s, and we would like to find out what’s...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    May 2, 2022

Savvy Senior: Specialized moving services that help seniors downsize and relocate

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any businesses or services that specialize in helping seniors downsize and relocate? I need to find some help moving my mother from her four-bedroom home ...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    April 25, 2022

Savvy Senior: How to find educational trips for retirees who love to learn

Dear Savvy Senior, My wife and I are planning to travel much more frequently in retirement and are very interested in educational trips and adventures. Can you recommend any groups or firms that speci...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    April 18, 2022

Savvy Senior: When to expect your Social Security checks

Dear Savvy Senior, I am planning to retire and apply for my Social Security benefits in July. When can I expect my first check, and is direct deposit my only option for receiving my monthly payment?...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    April 11, 2022

Savvy Senior: A common heart problem that's often ignored

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about atrial fibrillation? Every so often, I’ve noticed my heart starts beating rapidly for no particular reason. Is this something I should be worried...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    April 4, 2022

Savvy Senior: How to choose a Medicare Advantage plan

Dear Savvy Senior, I will be 65 and eligible for Medicare in a few months and am interested in getting a Medicare Advantage plan to cover my health care and medications. What tips can you provide to h...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    March 28, 2022

Savvy Senior: How to get help as an elder orphan

Dear Savvy Senior, I need to find someone honest and reliable to look after my estate, health and long-term care when I’m no longer able to do it myself. I’m a 67-year-old recent widow with no...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    March 21, 2022

Savvy Senior: What to do with cremated ashes

Dear Savvy Senior, A while back I saw an article on different ways to scatter a person’s ashes after they’re cremated, but I’ve misplaced it. Can you help me with this? I’m preplanning my...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    March 14, 2022

Savvy Senior: Does Medicare cover power lift chairs?

Dear Savvy Senior, Because of back pain and knee arthritis I’m interested in getting a power lift recliner for my living room that’s easy for me to get into and out of. Does Medicare cover them?...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    March 7, 2022

Savvy Senior: Super cheap smartphone plans for scrimping seniors

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you direct me to some really cheap wireless smartphone plans for seniors who don’t use much data? I use my smartphone primarily for texting and talking but need some data for...

 

Savvy Senior: Can COBID-19 cause shingles?

Dear Savvy Senior, How effective is the shingles vaccine and what is the CDC recommendation for getting it? My older brother and sister, both in their fifties, got COVID a few months back followed by...

 

Savvy Senior: How to convince an elderly parent to stop driving

Dear Savvy Senior, What is the best way to deal with older drivers who probably shouldn’t be driving anymore? My dad, who’s 86, is bound and determined to keep driving as long as he’s alive. Bac...

 

Savvy Senior: Do I have to file income tax returns this year?

Dear Savvy Senior, What is the IRS standard tax deduction for 2021? I didn’t file a tax return last tax year (2020) because I lost my job and my income in March due to COVID. But I got a part-time...

 

Savvy Senior: Approaching 65? Here's what to know about enrolling in Medicare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you give me a brief rundown of Medicare’s enrollment choices along with when and how to sign-up? Approaching 65 Dear Approaching, The rules and timetables for Medicare...

 

Savvy Senior: Home modification tips for 'aging-in-place'

Dear Savvy Senior, My wife and I would like to make some affordable changes to our home so we can remain living there for as long as possible. Can you recommend some good resources that can help us...

 

Savvy Senior: How to recognize a mini-stroke and what to do

Dear Savvy Senior, How can a person know if they’ve had a minor stroke? My 72-year-old mother had a spell a few weeks ago where she suddenly felt dizzy for no apparent reason, and had trouble...

 

Savvy Senior: Tax breaks for caregiver of elderly parents

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any tax breaks that you know of for family caregivers? I help financially support my 82-year-old mother and would like to find out if I can write any of these expenses...

 

Savvy Senior: How to write a loved one's obituary

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you provide any tips on how to write an obituary? My dad, who has terminal cancer, has asked me to write his obituary, which will be published in the funeral program and run in...

 

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