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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

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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

Meal Service Delivery Options for Seniors Who Don’t Cook

Posted: 9/22/2016 10:19 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior What types of healthy meal delivery options can you recommend for seniors who live at home, but don’t cook and don’t get out much. Since mom passed away, my dad’s diet is terrible and I worry about his health. Long-Distance Daughter

Health Tips and Advice for Senior Travelers

Posted: 9/15/2016 10:09 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are recently retired and would like to do some traveling both in the United States and abroad, but worry about health issues, such as insurance, finding a good hospital if we get sick, etc. What tips can you offer health conscious seniors who want to travel? Older Travelers

Cheap Cellphone Plans for Seldom Calling Seniors

Posted: 9/8/2016 10:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the cheapest cellphone options available to seniors today who only want one for emergency purposes or occasional calls? I have a cellphone now that cost me $30 per month, but I hate paying for something I hardly ever use. Infrequent Caller

How to Prevent Falls at Home

Posted: 9/1/2016 9:45 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My 79-year-old mother, who lives alone, has fallen several times over the past year. Are there any extra precautions we should take that can help prevent this? Worried Daughter

Donating Old Hearing Aids, Eyeglasses and Mobility Equipment

Posted: 8/25/2016 12:59 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Where are some good places to donate old hearing aids, eyeglasses and mobility equipment? My uncle passed away a few months ago and left behind a bunch of useful aids that could surely help someone else. Searching Nephew

How to Track Down Things You Routinely Misplace

Posted: 8/18/2016 12:47 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any products or devices to help seniors track down lost or misplaced items, like car keys, wallet, cell phone, etc. My husband has become forgetful in his old age, so we spend a lot of wasted time looking for things. Frustrated Spouse

Medicare Coverage for Non-Working Spouses

Posted: 8/11/2016 12:40 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Does Medicare cover spouses who have not worked? I have worked all my life, but my spouse worked only for a few years when we first got married but then quit to take care of our children full time. Will she be eligible for Medicare? Inquiring Husband

How to Find Financial Assistance for Elderly Parents

Posted: 8/4/2016 11:44 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Where can I go to locate financial assistance programs for seniors? I have been helping support my 70-year-old mother the past couple years and really can’t afford to do it any longer. Feeling Overwhelmed

Acupuncture Can Help Relieve Pain and Many Other Ailments

Posted: 7/28/2016 8:13 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Is acupuncture a proven treatment for arthritis pain? I have a lot of back and neck pain and am wondering if it’s worth trying. What all can you tell me about acupuncture? Afraid of Needles

10 Ways Seniors Can Avoid Identity Theft

Posted: 7/21/2016 8:02 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What can seniors do to protect themselves from identity theft? My brother-in-law, who’s 77, recently had his identity stolen and I want to make sure it doesn’t happen to me. Worried Relative

How to Choose an Adult Day Care Service

Posted: 7/14/2016 7:55 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you offer any tips on finding and choosing a good adult day care service for an elderly parent? My 82-year-old mother, who is moving in with me, has Alzheimer’s and needs attention during the day while I’m at work. Looking for Help

Great Gadgets for Aging Golfers

Posted: 7/7/2016 7:37 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any products that can help older golfers? I love to play golf, but at age 74, I have hip and back problems that make bending over to tee up or pick up the ball difficult. And I have arthritis in my thumbs that makes griping the club a problem. Ailing Eddy

Who’s Eligible for Social Security Survivor Benefits?

Posted: 6/30/2016 7:33 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Who all is eligible for Social Security survivor benefits? My ex-husband died last year at the age of 59, and I would like to find out if me, or my two kids – ages 13 and 16 – that we had together are eligible for anything? Divorced Widow

How Medicare Handles Second Medical Opinions

Posted: 6/23/2016 10:55 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Does Medicare cover second medical opinions? The doctor I currently see thinks I need back surgery, but I would like to get some other treatment options before I proceed. What can you tell me? Searching Senior

Deciding What to Do in Retirement

Posted: 6/16/2016 10:30 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I just turned 62 and am financially prepared for retirement, but I’m less certain about how to spend my time after leaving work. Can you recommend some resources or tools that can help me with this? Feeling Lost

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