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Savvy Senior ArticlesSavvy Senior is written by Jim Miller, a regular contributor to the NBC Today Show and author of "The Savvy Senior" book. The Savvy Senior also offers a nationally syndicated question-and-answer column devoted to meeting the needs of today's senior citizens and the families who support them. Each week Savvy Senior provides practical information and resources on a wide variety of topics relevant to senior living in the 21st century.  The articles are offered as a helpful and informative service and may not always reflect Interim HealthCare's official position on some topics.
 

Jim invites you to send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070 or visit his web site at www.savvysenior.org.

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Home Improvement Assistance Programs for Seniors

Posted: 5/21/2015 9:57 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
Do you know of any financial assistance programs or other resources that can help seniors with home improvement projects? I would like to help my 86-year-old father make a few modifications to his house so he can live there as long as possible, but money is very tight.
Inquiring Daughter

How to Recognize Stroke Symptoms and What to Do

Posted: 5/14/2015 9:49 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What are the symptoms of a stroke? My 66-year-old aunt had a stroke a few months ago and neither she nor my uncle had a clue it was happening.
Concerned Relative

How to Search for Lost Pension Money

Posted: 5/7/2015 9:39 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What tips can you offer for tracking down a lost pension from a previous employer?
About to Retire

Handy Aids For Achy Hands

Posted: 3/26/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What products can you recommend for seniors with hand arthritis? I really struggle with anything that requires gripping and turning, which makes most activities difficult.
Gripless Joan

How Medicare Covers In-Home Care

Posted: 3/19/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
How does Medicare cover home health care? Because of my illness, my doctor suggested I get home health care, but I want to find out how it’s covered before I proceed.
Need Some Help

Essential Legal Documents All Seniors Should Have

Posted: 3/12/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What kinds of legal documents are suggested for end-of-life plans? I would like to get my affairs in order before it’s too late.   
Getting Old

Simplified Smartphone Options for Tech-Shy Seniors

Posted: 3/5/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
I’m interested in getting my 72-year-old mother a smartphone, but want to get one that’s very easy for her to use. What can you recommend?
Shopping Around


How to Protect Yourself from Osteoporosis Bone Fractures

Posted: 2/26/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
Can a person in their early 50’s have osteoporosis? When I fell and broke my wrist last winter the doctor that treated me told me I might have osteoporosis. What can you tell me?
Worried Ronda

Who Should Buy Long-Term Care Insurance?

Posted: 2/24/2015 4:11 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Is there a good rule of thumb on who should buy a long-term care insurance policy? My wife and I have a few assets we’d like to protect but we hate the idea of paying expensive monthly premiums for a policy we may never use. Planning Ahead

Do You Need To File A Tax Return in 2015?

Posted: 2/19/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What are the IRS income tax filing requirements for retirees this tax season? I didn’t have to file last year, but I picked up a little income from a part-time job in 2014, and I’m wondering I need to file this year.
Part-Time Retiree

Who Should Buy Long-Term Care Insurance?

Posted: 2/12/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
Is there a good rule of thumb on who should buy a long-term care insurance policy? My wife and I have a few assets we’d like to protect but we hate the idea of paying expensive monthly premiums for a policy we may never use.
Planning Ahead

How to Make Your Bathroom Safer

Posted: 2/5/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What tips do you recommend for making a bathroom safer and more functional for seniors. My 79-year-old mother slipped and fell getting out of the shower last month, and I’d like to modify her bathroom a bit with some safety features that can help protect her.
Searching Daughter

How to Take Care of Your Kidneys

Posted: 1/29/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What can you tell me about kidney disease? My mother died from kidney failure a few years ago at age 76, and I’m curious what my risks are and what I can do to protect myself.
Kidney Concerned

What Medicare Doesn’t Cover

Posted: 1/22/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
I’m about to sign up for Medicare Part A and B and would like to find out what they don’t cover so I can avoid any unexpected costs down the road.
Almost 65

Getting Around When You No Longer Drive

Posted: 1/15/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
Where can I find out about alternative transportation options for my elderly mother? She needs to give up driving, but before she does, we need to figure out how she’ll get around.  
Searching Daughter

How to Claim the Retirement Saver’s Tax Credit

Posted: 1/8/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
A coworker was recently telling me about a tax credit she got last year for simply contributing to our company’s 401(k) plan. What can you tell me about this, and who’s eligible?
Over 55

How to Keep Tabs On an Elderly Parent When You Can’t Be There

Posted: 1/1/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
Can you recommend any caregiving devices or technology products that help families keep an eye on an elderly parent that lives alone? Over the holidays, my sister and I noticed that my dad’s health has slipped, so we would like to find something that helps us keep closer tabs on him when we’re not around.
Concerned Son

How to Appeal When Medicare Won’t Pay

Posted: 12/26/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
How does one go about appealing Medicare when they won’t pay for something that has been covered in the past?
Denied Senior

Who Should Be Screened for Lung Cancer?

Posted: 12/18/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What can you tell me about lung cancer screenings? My husband was a long-time smoker, but quit many years ago, so I’m wondering if he should be checked out.
Concerned Spouse

Convenient Ways to Get Help With Your Social Security Questions

Posted: 12/11/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
Can you recommend some easier ways that I can get help with my Social Security questions? When I call their toll-free help line I get put on hold forever, and the wait time at my local Social Security office is over two hours.
Approaching 62

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