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 By Jim Miller    Features    April 12, 2021 

Savvy Senior: The Most and Least Popular Ages to Claim Social Security

Dear Savvy Senior, How much does your claiming age affect your Social Security benefits, and what are the most popular ages people start taking their retirement benefits? Nearing Retirement Dear...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    April 5, 2021

Savvy Senior: How to Help Your Elderly Parent with Their Finances

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you offer on helping an elderly parent with their finances? My 84-year-old father is having trouble keeping up with his bills and insurance, and I just found out that...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    March 29, 2021

Savvy Senior: How to Search for Senior Discounts in 2021

Dear Savvy Senior, I just turned 60 and would like to find out the best way to go about locating senior discounts. Looking to Save Dear Looking, One of the best, yet underutilized perks of growing...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    March 22, 2021

Savvy Senior: Keeping Your Balance as You Age

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about balance exercises? I’ve fallen a few times over the past year and have read that balance exercises can help me regain my steadiness, but I’m not...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    March 15, 2021

Savvy Senior: Technology That Can Help You Locate Things You Misplace

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any good devices that help seniors with tracking down misplaced items? My wife misplaces everything including her car keys, eyeglasses, cell phone, purse and...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    March 8, 2021

Savvy Senior: A Social Security Perk for Older Parents

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve been told that my two children, ages 14 and 16, may be eligible for Social Security when I file for my retirement benefits. Is this true? What can you tell me? Viagra Daddy...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    March 1, 2021

Savvy Senior: How to Choose a Quality Nursing Home During a Pandemic

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you give me some tips on how to pick a good nursing home in the COVID era? My mother had a stroke a while back and can’t use her legs any longer. I’ve been taking care of...

 

Savvy Senior: How to Choose a Hospice Care Program

Dear Savvy Senior, Where can I turn to find a good Medicare covered hospice provider? My husband’s mother has a terminal condition and wants to die at home, if possible, so I’m helping out where...

 

Savvy Senior: Do I Need to Sign-Up for Medicare If I'm Still Working?

Dear Savvy Senior, I will turn 65 in a few months and plan to keep working for several more years. I have good health insurance from my employer now. Do I have to sign up for Medicare when I reach...

 

Savvy Senior: How to Choose a Medical Alert System

Dear Savvy Senior, I am interested in getting my mom, who lives alone, a medical alert system with a wearable pendant button that will let her call for help if she falls or has a medical emergency....

 

Savvy Senior: How Much Do You Have to Make to File Income Taxes?

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the IRS income tax filing requirements for retirees in 2020? My income dropped way down when I was forced into retirement last March due to COVID-19, so I’m wondering if...

 

Savvy Senior: How to Find Affordable Housing for Seniors

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any resources to help seniors find and pay for senior apartments? My aunt, who’s 75 years old, needs to find a new place to live but has very little money. What can you...

 

Savvy Senior: Acupuncture- Does It Work and Is It Covered by Medicare?

Dear Savvy Senior, Is acupuncture a viable treatment for pain and is it covered by Medicare? Since the pandemic hit, I have a lot of lower back and neck pain and am wondering if it’s worth trying....

 

Savvy Senior: How Seniors Can Make Their Bathrooms Safer and Easier to Use

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you recommend for making a bathroom senior-friendly? My 78-year-old mother has mobility problems and fell getting out of the bathtub last month. I’d like to modify...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    January 4, 2021

Savvy Senior: Is Social Security Income Taxable?

Dear Savvy Senior, I understand that a portion of my Social Security benefits may be taxable when I retire. Can you tell me how to calculate this? Ready to Retire Rear Ready, Whether or not you’ll...

 

Savvy Senior: What Caregivers Should Know About Medicare

Dear Savvy Senior, I am the caregiver for my 81-year-old mother, who recently fell and broke her hip, and have a lot of questions about how original Medicare works and what it covers. Where can I get...

 

Savvy Senior: How Robotic Pets Can Help Isolated Seniors Avoid Loneliness

Dear Savvy Senior, I recently read an article about robotic pets being a great substitute for pet-loving seniors who can’t have or take care of a pet any longer. What do you think of this? My...

 

Savvy Senior: Noticing Memory Problems? What to Do Next

Dear Savvy Senior, My mom, who’s 76, has become more forgetful lately and is worried she may be getting Alzheimer’s disease. What resources can you recommend to help us get a handle on this?...

 

Savvy Senior: How to Write an Online Will

Dear Savvy Senior, Writing a will has never been a high priority to me but this lingering coronavirus crisis has changed my thinking. Can you recommend some good do-it-yourself resources to help me...

 

Savvy Senior: What You'll Pay for Medicare in 2021

Dear Savvy Senior, I know there will be a small cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits next year but what about Medicare? What will the Medicare Part B monthly premiums be in 2021, and...

 

Savvy Senior: How to Claim Social Security Benefits During the Pandemic

Dear Savvy Senior, With my local Social Security offices being closed due to COVID-19, what is the best way to apply for my Social Security retirement benefits? Approaching 62 Dear Approaching, Becaus...

 

Savvy Senior: How to Track Down Old Friends Online

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m interested in tracking down some old friends I’ve lost touch with over the years but could use some help. What websites can you recommend that can help me find them?...

 

Savvy Senior: What happens to Medicare if Obamacare is overturned?

Dear Savvy Senior, Will my Medicare benefits be affected if Obamacare is overturned by the Supreme Court? Concerned Beneficiary Dear Concerned, Unfortunately, yes. If the Affordable Care Act (ACA)...

 

Savvy Senior: How Seniors can Save Money on Prescription Eyeglasses

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you recommend for finding affordable prescription eyeglasses? I used to have vision insurance through my work but lost it when I turned 65 and signed up for Medicare....

 

Savvy Senior: Recognize and Stop Elder Abuse in the COVID Era

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you write a column on how to recognize elder abuse and what to do if you suspect it? Concerned Relative Dear Concerned, Elder abuse is a big problem in the United States that...

 

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