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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 Medicare Covers Preventive Health Services

Posted: 2/16/2017 8:07 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Does Medicare cover 100 percent of all preventive health care screenings? I’m due to get a colonoscopy and a few other tests, but I want to find out if I’ll have to pay anything before I proceed. - New to Medicare

Do You Need To File a Tax Return in 2017?

Posted: 2/9/2017 8:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the IRS income tax filing requirements for retirees this tax season? My income dropped way down when I retired last year in 2016, so I’m wondering if I need to even file a tax return this year. - New Retire

How to Help Older Drivers Give Up the Car Keys

Posted: 2/2/2017 7:40 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you recommend that can help me deal with my mom’s bad driving? At age 83, her driving abilities have declined, but I know she’s bound and determined to keep driving as long as she’s alive. - Nervous Nelly

Tax Help for Caregiver of Elderly Parents

Posted: 1/26/2017 11:33 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Are caregiving expenses tax deductible? I provide a lot of financial support to my elderly mother and would like to find out if I can write any of it off on my taxes. Supporting Son

Help for Seniors with Bladder Control Problems

Posted: 1/19/2017 11:28 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the best treatments recommended to help seniors with bladder control problems? Leaking Linda

How to Organize Your Affairs

Posted: 1/12/2017 11:19 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My wife and I would like to get our personal and financial affairs in order so our kids will know what’s going on if we get sick or die. What tips can you offer? Procrastinating Paul

Getting Old Pays Off

Posted: 1/5/2017 11:07 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What types of discounts are available to baby boomers, at what age do they kick in, and what’s the best way to go about finding them? Almost 50

How to Spot and Fix Medical Billing Mistakes

Posted: 12/22/2016 9:34 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, After a recent hospital stay, I have a stack of confusing medical bills at home I need to decipher. I’ve heard these bills frequently contain mistakes. How do I spot them to ensure I’m not paying more than I need to be? Cautious Carol

How to Create a Safe ‘Aging-in-Place’ Home

Posted: 12/15/2016 9:18 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are thinking about making some modifications to our home so we can remain living there for as long as possible. Can you recommend some good resources that can help us with aging in place ideas? Staying Put

Locating Lost Life Insurance Policies

Posted: 12/8/2016 8:47 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, When my mom passed away we thought she had a life insurance policy, but we have no idea how to track it down. Do you know of any resources that might help? Searching Susan

How Much You’ll Pay for Medicare in 2017

Posted: 12/1/2016 8:39 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I know there won’t be much of a cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits next year but what about Medicare? How will the 0.3 percent Social Security raise affect our Part B monthly premiums in 2017? Inquiring Beneficiary

Thyroid Disorders Often Missed in Seniors

Posted: 11/24/2016 10:22 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you write a column on the overlooked problem of thyroid disease? After struggling with chronic fatigue, joint pain and memory problems, I was finally diagnosed hypothyroidism. Now, at age 70, I’m on thyroid medication and am doing great. Five years of feeling lousy. I wish I’d have known. Frustrated Patient

Caregiving Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers

Posted: 11/17/2016 10:09 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any long-distance caregiving tips that can help me help my elderly father who lives in another state? He has physically declined over the past year, but is determined to stay living in his own house. Worried Daughter

Automatic Medicare Advantage Enrollment Causes Confusion

Posted: 11/10/2016 10:04 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ll be 65 in a few months and I recently pre-enrolled in original Medicare. But last week, I received a member card in the mail for a Medicare Advantage plan that I did not enroll in. What’s going on? Medicare is so confusing with all the different choices, and now it seems like I’m getting automatically enrolled in a plan I didn’t even choose. Is this a scam? New to Medicare

Incentive Trusts Can Motivate Your Heirs

Posted: 11/3/2016 10:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about incentive trusts? I have two adult children that are financial disasters. Before I die, I want to put some type of requirements in place that they will need to follow in order to receive their portion of my estate. Otherwise, they’ll blow it all in the first year. Troubled Parent

How to Find and Hire a Good Handyman or Contractor

Posted: 10/27/2016 9:35 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What’s the best way to find a good handyman or tradesman to do some work around the house? I’ve have had some bad luck lately with unprofessional workers who do shoddy work and charge too much. Frustrated Senior

Forgetfulness - What’s Normal, What’s Not?

Posted: 10/20/2016 9:26 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, At age 76, my husband has become forgetful lately and is worried he may have Alzheimer’s. What resources can you recommend to help us get a grip on this? Concerned Wife

How Much Does a Funeral Cost?

Posted: 10/13/2016 9:19 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, How much does an average funeral and body burial cost? I need to make funeral arrangements for my aunt, who’s terminally ill, and would like to have a cost idea going in so I can plan and budget appropriately. The Executor

Flu Vaccines Designed Specifically for Seniors

Posted: 10/6/2016 9:12 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any specific flu shots that are better suited for seniors? I just turned 65 and would like to find out what’s recommended and how Medicare covers it. Semi-Healthy Senior

How and When to Apply for Social Security Retirement Benefits

Posted: 9/29/2016 8:57 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What is the easiest way to apply for my Social Security retirement benefits, and how far in advance do I need to apply before I start collecting? Approaching 62

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