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 By Jim Miller    Features    January 20, 2020 

Savvy Senior: Food assistance programs can help seniors in need

Dear Savvy Senior, I would like to find out if my 73-year-old aunt is eligible for food stamps or any other type of food assistance program. It seems...

 

Savvy Senior: Monitoring Solutions for Loved Ones with Dementia

Dear Savvy Senior,  My husband, who lives at home, has dementia and I worry about him wandering off and not being able to get back. Can you...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    January 6, 2020

Savvy Senior: IRS Introduces a Tax Form for Older Taxpayers

Dear Savvy Senior, A couple months back I read that the IRS will be offering a new senior-friendly tax form this tax season that will be easier to use...

 

Savvy Senior: How to Manage a Loved One's Social Media Afterlife

Dear Savvy Senior, How do I go about changing or canceling a person’s social media accounts when they die? My sister passed away several months ago...

 

Savvy Senior: What to Do When Medicare Tells You No

Dear Savvy Senior, How do I go about appealing Medicare when they won’t pay for something that they covered in the past? Rejected Rhonda Dear...

 

Savvy Senior: How to know when an older parent has a gambling problem

Dear Savvy Senior,  I’m worried that my 76-year-old father has become addicted to gambling. He spends at least two days a week at an Indian...

 

Savvy Senior: Does it Run in the Family? How to Create a Family Health Portrait

Dear Savvy Senior, How do I go about making a family health history? Most of my relatives have died before age 65, so my doctor recently suggested I...

 

Savvy Senior: How to Create an Ethical Will

Dear Savvy Senior,  Can you write a column on ethical wills and how to make one? The attorney that made up my will recently suggested I write one...

 

Savvy Senior: How to Help Aging Parents Manage their Medications

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips or tools can you recommend that can help seniors and their caregivers keep up with medications? My 82-year-old mother,...

 

Savvy Senior: Getting Around When You No Longer Drive

Dear Savvy Senior, Where can I find out about alternative transportation services for my 80-year-old mother? It’s time that she gives up driving,...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    October 7, 2019

Savvy Senior: Flu Vaccines for Seniors That Provide Better Protection

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about the flu shots designed for older adults? I got sick last winter after getting a standard flu shot and...

 

Savvy Senior: Who Needs to See a Geriatrician?

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about geriatrics doctors? My father, who’s 82, takes eight different prescription drugs for different...

 

Savvy Senior: Sept. 16, 2019

Home Sharing Programs Can Help Seniors Find Renters Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about senior home sharing programs? I’m 76-years-old...

 

Savvy Senior: How to get Social Security disability benefits when you can't work

Dear Savvy Senior, What do I need to do to get Social Security disability benefits? I’m 60 years old and have some health problems that won’t...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    August 26, 2019

Savvy Senior: How to Find a Good Financial Planner

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some tips on finding and choosing a good financial planner? My wife and I are both in our late fifties and would...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    August 19, 2019

Savvy Senior: Is Pet Insurance a Good Idea for Seniors on a Budget?

Dear Savvy Senior, I own two dogs and a cat that I would do almost anything for, but expensive veterinary bills put a strain on my budget. Is pet...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    August 5, 2019

Savvy Senior: How Medicare Covers Ambulance Services

How Medicare Covers Ambulance Services Dear Savvy Senior, How does Medicare cover ambulance services? About three months ago, I took an ambulance to...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    July 29, 2019

Savvy Senior: Finding an Alternative to AARP

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any conservative membership organizations for older adults that offer discounts too? AARP is way too liberal for...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    July 22, 2019

Savvy Senior: Men Get Osteoporosis Too

Men Get Osteoporosis Too Dear Savvy Senior, Can men get osteoporosis or is it primarily a problem for women? When I fell and broke my wrist last winte...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    July 8, 2019

Savvy Senior: How Seniors Can Spot Fake News

Dear Savvy Senior, I recently read that seniors are the number one purveyor of fake news on the Internet. Is this true, or is it fake news too? If it...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    July 1, 2019

Savvy Senior: Hiring an In-Home Caregiver

Dear Savvy Senior, I need to locate a good in-home caregiver for my 83-year-old mother. What’s the best way to find and hire one? Looking for Care...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    June 17, 2019

Savvy Senior: How to Protect Yourself from the Social Security Imposter Scam

Dear Savvy Senior, I recently received a strange call from a Social Security employee. He told me my Social Security number had been suspended...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    June 10, 2019

Savvy Senior- Thrifty Travel: How Retirees Can Find Cheap Travel Accommodations

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good websites for finding cheaper travel accommodations? My husband and I love to travel but hotel costs eat...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    June 3, 2019

Savvy Senior: How a Government Pension Might Reduce Your Social Security Benefits

Dear Savvy Senior, As a teacher for 20 years, I receive a pension from a school system that did not withhold Social Security taxes from my pay. After...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    May 27, 2019

Savvy Senior: Adaptive Gardening: Tips and Tools for Older Gardeners

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good tools and tips for senior gardeners? My 77-year-old mother loves to work in the garden but over the...

 

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