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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 Pick a Medicare Advantage Plan

Posted: 5/19/2016 10:09 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m approaching 65 and am interested in a Medicare Advantage plan to cover my health care and medications. What tips can you provide to help me pick a plan? Medicare Shopper

Simplified Tablets Designed for Tech-Challenged Seniors

Posted: 5/12/2016 9:54 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m interested in getting my 78-year-old mother a tablet for video calls and email but want to get one that’s super simple to use. What can you recommend? Shopping Around

How to Replace Vital Documents that are Lost or Stolen

Posted: 5/5/2016 9:42 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you tell me how to go about replacing important lost documents? My wife and I recently downsized to a retirement community, and somewhere in the move we lost our Social Security and Medicare cards, birth certificates, marriage license and passports. Worried Ron

How to Downsize Your Stuff for a Move

Posted: 4/28/2016 10:04 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you offer any helpful tips for downsizing? My husband and I are interested in moving to a condo downtown when we retire, but we need to get rid of a lot of our personal possessions before we can move. We’ve lived in the same house for almost 35 years and have accumulated tons of stuff. Feeling Overwhelmed

When Does it Pay to Take Social Security Early?

Posted: 4/21/2016 10:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I will turn 62 in a few months and am trying to decide when to start taking my Social Security retirement benefits. Almost everything I read on this topic tells me it’s better to wait until my full retirement age or beyond. Is there ever a good reason to start early? Ready to Retire

Auto Insurance Discounts for Older Drivers

Posted: 4/14/2016 9:49 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve read that many car insurance companies offer a variety of discounts to older drivers when they retire or reach a certain age. What can you tell me about this? Discount Seeker

Booster Shots Recommended for Seniors

Posted: 4/7/2016 9:43 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I just turned 65 and would like to find out what types of vaccinations are recommended to Medicare beneficiaries, and how they are covered. Health Conscious

The Consequences of Dying Without a Will

Posted: 3/24/2016 2:14 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What will happen to my money and possessions if I die without a will? Getting Old

Elder Mediation Can Help Families Resolve Caregiving Conflicts

Posted: 3/17/2016 1:54 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any services that you know of that help families resolve caregiving conflicts? My mother – who just turned 82 – recently had a stroke, and to make matters worse, my two siblings and I have been perpetually arguing about how to handle her caregiving needs and finances. Bickering Siblings

How Retirees Can Save on Prescription Eyeglasses

Posted: 3/10/2016 12:43 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you recommend for finding affordable prescription eyeglasses? I used to have vision insurance through my work, but lost it when I turned 65, retired, and signed up for Medicare. Looking For Eyeglasses

How to Avoid Medicare Mistakes When You’re Still Working

Posted: 3/3/2016 12:29 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Should I enroll in Medicare at age 65 if I’m still working and have coverage through my employer? Almost 65

Make Long-Term Care Coverage More Affordable

Posted: 2/25/2016 10:13 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I have been thinking about getting a long-term care insurance policy, but have found the monthly premiums to be very expensive. How can I find cheaper coverage? Getting Old

2016 Tax Filing Requirements for Retirees

Posted: 2/18/2016 10:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What is the IRS income tax filing requirements going to be for this tax season? Due to health problems I stopped working early last year, so I’m wondering if I need to file. Unintended Retiree

Choosing a Hospice Care Program

Posted: 2/11/2016 9:11 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you offer any information on hospice care, how to choose a good provider, and whether Medicare covers it? My grandmother has terminal cancer and wants to die at home, if possible. Grieving Granddaughter

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

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