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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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How to Calculate Your Retirement Number

Posted: 2/4/2016 8:03 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you help me calculate about how much my wife and I need to save for retirement? We are both in out late-fifties and want to see where we stand. Looking Ahead

Could You Have COPD?

Posted: 1/28/2016 8:28 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I have struggled with some shortness of breath for the past five years or so. I just thought I was getting older and out of shape, but a friend recently mentioned I may have COPD. What can you tell me about this? Breathless Bob

How to Find Discounts for People with Disabilities

Posted: 1/21/2016 8:17 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any worthwhile discounts available to people with disabilities, and if so, how can I find them? My wife – who’s 48 – has Multiple Sclerosis that now requires her to use a wheelchair. Need to Save

How to Keep Tabs On an Elderly Parent with Video Monitoring

Posted: 1/14/2016 8:07 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good home video monitoring devices that can help my sister and me keep an eye on our elderly mother? Over the holidays, we noticed that her health has slipped a bit, and would like to keep a closer eye on her. Worried Daughters

Paying Income Tax on Social Security Benefits

Posted: 1/7/2016 7:59 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Will I have to pay federal income taxes on my Social Security benefits when I retire? Approaching Retirement

How To Write Your Own Obituary

Posted: 12/31/2015 9:45 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you provide any tips on how to write your own obituary? At age 80, I am in the process of pre-planning my funeral and would also like to take a crack at writing my own newspaper obit too. Still Alive

Helping an Aging Parent with their Finances

Posted: 12/24/2015 9:40 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you offer any tips on helping an elderly parent with their finances? My 82-year-old mother is having some trouble keeping up with her bills, and I just found out that she has been making a lot of small contributions to suspicious charities. Concerned Daughter

Pill Splitting Dos and Don’ts

Posted: 12/17/2015 9:35 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Is pill splitting safe? I have several friends who cut their pills in half in order to save money, but I have some concerns. What can you tell me? Cautious Kim

How to Make Your Kitchen Safer and Easier to Use

Posted: 12/10/2015 9:20 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you recommend for making a kitchen senior-friendly? My wife, who loves to cook, has had several kitchen-related accidents over the past year, which is why we would like to modify to make it safer and more practical. Hungry Husband

How Much You’ll Pay for Medicare in 2016

Posted: 12/3/2015 9:15 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I know there won’t be a cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits next year but what about Medicare? I’ve heard some beneficiaries will get hit with a big Part B monthly premium increase in 2016. What can you tell me, and who will this affect? Planning Ahead

Senior-Friendly Furniture Aids for Mobility Challenged Seniors

Posted: 11/26/2015 11:28 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I am interested in purchasing a recliner that lifts and lowers off the ground, or some other type of senior-friendly furniture that can help my elderly father. He’s arthritic and overweight and struggles mightily with getting up from most of the cushioned furniture in the house. What can you recommend? Need a Boost

How to Guard Against Deadly Aortic Aneurysms

Posted: 11/19/2015 11:12 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My father died several years ago, at the age of 76, from a stomach aneurysm, which now has me wondering. What are my risk factors of getting this, and what can I do to protect myself, as I get older? Just Turned 60

Required IRA and 401(k) Withdrawal Rules for Retirees

Posted: 11/12/2015 11:03 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you give me the details on required IRA and 401(k) distributions? I turned 70 this year, and want to be clear on what I’m required to do, and when I’ll have to do it. Planning Ahead

How to Choose a Good Nursing Home

Posted: 11/5/2015 10:52 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you give me some tips on picking a good nursing home for my mother who has Alzheimer’s disease? I’ve been taking care of her at home, but she’s gotten to the point where she’s too much for me to handle. Overwhelmed Daughter

Understanding Reverse Mortgages: Beware of Misleading Ads

Posted: 10/29/2015 9:58 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you give us a rundown of how reverse mortgages work? I’ve see actors Fred Thompson and Henry Winkler pitching them on TV, and they sound like a good deal. What can you tell me? Need the Money

Social Security’s Viagra Benefit for Kids

Posted: 10/22/2015 9:47 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve been told that my children, who are 13 and 16 years old, may be eligible for Social Security when I file for my retirement benefits. What can you tell me about this? Older Dad

How to Plan an Affordable Funeral

Posted: 10/15/2015 9:35 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, When my brother died last year, my sister and I had a regular funeral for him and got stuck with a $12,000 bill. Can you recommend some funeral cost cutting tips or cheaper alternatives? I don’t want to stick my kids with a big funeral bill after I’m gone. Looking Ahead

How to Find a Better Medicare Prescription Drug Plan

Posted: 10/8/2015 9:33 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
I recently received a letter from my Medicare drug plan provider notifying me that they are increasing my co-pays next year. I’d like to look for a better plan but could use some guidance. What’s the easiest way to do this?
Need a Change

Specialized Services That Help Seniors Relocate

Posted: 10/1/2015 9:12 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
I need to find some help with selling my elderly mother’s house – where she’s lived for almost 50 years – and relocating her to an apartment or condo closer to where I live. Can you recommend any businesses or services that specialize in helping seniors relocate?,
Overwhelmed Daughter

How to Save on Hearing Aids

Posted: 9/24/2015 9:53 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
Where can we find affordable hearing aids? My husband needs a set but we can’t really afford to pay the exorbitant prices. Can you help us?
Loud-Talking Wife

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