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 By Jim Miller    Features    September 26, 2022 

Savvy Senior: Free online hearing tests you can take at home

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any good online hearing tests? My husband has hearing loss, but I can’t get him to go in and get his hearing checked, so I thought a simple online test could...

 

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 D...

 
 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 longterm 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 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    Opinion    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 policy (Medigap)

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    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: The best 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 Travelers...

 
 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

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...

 
 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 is 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...

 

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