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 By Jim Miller    Features    November 28, 2022 

Savvy Senior: How to buy over-the-counter hearing aids

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m interested in getting some of the new over-the-counter hearing aids that just became available a few month ago. Can you offer any tips to help me with this? Straining to Hear...

 

Savvy Senior: How leg pains could be an early sign of heart attack or stroke

Dear Savvy Senior,  I started a walking program a few months ago to help me lose weight but I’ve been having problems with my legs and hips hurting during my walk, although they feel better once...

 

Savvy Senior: Daily money managers can help seniors with financial chores

Dear Savvy Senior,  Can you recommend any services that can help my elderly mother with her financial chores? My dad always used to handle the bill paying and paperwork, but he passed away last...

 

Savvy Senior: Top financial scams targeting seniors today

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the most common scams today that target elderly seniors? My 75-year-old mother has been swindled several times over the past year, so I’m being extra cautious. Paranoid...

 

Savvy Senior: What you'll pay for Medicare in 2023

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve read that retirees will be getting a nice cost-of-living increase in our Social Security benefits next year but what about Medicare? What will our Medicare Part B monthly pre...

 

Savvy Senior: How to find an old 401(k)

Dear Savvy Senior, How do I go about looking for an old former company 401(k) plan that I think I contributed money to many years ago, but forgot about until recently? Retired in Rochester Dear...

 

Savvy Senior: Home sharing: A growing trend among baby boomers

Dear Savvy Senior, I saw a news segment on television a few months ago about home sharing programs for seniors and would like to learn more. I’m 68, divorced, and am interested in renting out a...

 

Savvy Senior: How much does an average funeral cost?

Dear Savvy Senior, How much does a typical funeral and body burial cost today? My wife and I are interested in prearranging our funerals but would like to have a cost idea before going in so we can pl...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    October 3, 2022

Savvy Senior: Auto aids that make driving easier and safer

Dear Savvy Senior, Do you know of any car gadgets that can help older drivers? I drive a 12-year old car and have arthritis in my neck, back and knees which limits my mobility making it more...

 

Savvy Senior: Flu vaccines that are recommended for older adults

Dear Savvy Senior, I just turned 65 and would like to learn more about the stronger flu shots I see advertised for older adults. What can you tell me about them and how are they covered by Medicare? S...

 

Savvy Senior: How to find travel companions for older travelers

Dear Savvy Senior, I am interested in finding some type of travel escort service to help my elderly parents fly across the country. My son is getting married in the fall and would love for my parents...

 

Savvy Senior: How the Inflation Reduction Act will lower your drug costs

Dear Savvy Senior, What kind of changes can Medicare beneficiaries expect to see in the Inflation Reduction Act that was recently signed into law? I’m enrolled in original Medicare and have a Part...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    August 29, 2022

Savvy Senior: Daily check-in services for seniors living alone

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any services that check in on elderly seniors who live alone? I live about 200 miles from my 82-year-old mother and worry about her falling or getting ill and not...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    August 22, 2022

Savvy Senior: What is an annual notice of change?

Dear Savvy Senior, Last year I received a “notice of change” letter from my Medicare provider. Should I expect another one this year, and what should I do with it? Medicare Rookie Dear Rookie,...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    August 15, 2022

Savvy Senior: Ways to pay for long-term care without insurance or savings

Dear Savvy Senior, What types of financial resources are available to help seniors pay for long-term care? My 86-year-old mother will need either an assisted living facility or nursing home care in...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    August 8, 2022

Savvy Senior: How to choose a 55-plus active adult community

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you recommend for choosing a good active adult housing community? My husband and I, who recently retired, are planning to relocate to an area closer to our grandkids...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    August 1, 2022

Savvy Senior: Cheap basic cell phone plans for penny pinching seniors

Dear Savvy Senior, A few months ago, I read a column you wrote on extremely cheap smartphone plans for budget-conscious seniors. Can you do a similar column for those of us who still use basic flip...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    July 25, 2022

Savvy Senior: How to sell unwanted burial plots

Dear Savvy Senior, How do I go about selling unwanted burial plots in my hometown cemetery? When my parents died about 25 years ago my husband (at the time) and I bought two plots near them in the...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    July 18, 2022

Savvy Senior: Should you take daily aspirin for your heart?

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve been taking daily aspirin for almost 20 years now because I have a family history of heart disease. But I recently read that using aspirin is not recommended anymore. What ca...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    July 11, 2022

Savvy Senior: How to find and claim your family's forgotten assets

Dear Savvy Senior, A while back I read an article about some online tools that can help people search for lost or forgotten money left behind by their deceased relatives, but I’ve misplaced it. Can...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    July 4, 2022

Savvy Senior: Electric trikes provide older riders fun, fitness and safety

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about electric trikes for semi-seniors? I used to cycle a lot in my younger years but have some balance problems and don’t trust myself on a two-wheeler...

 
 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...

 

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