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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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Top New Cars for Older Drivers

Posted: 9/14/2017 8:03 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My wife and I are both in our late sixties and are looking to buy a new car. Can you recommend some good resources that can help us evaluate and choose a good car for older drivers? Car Shoppers

Check-In Services That Can Help Seniors Stay Put

Posted: 9/7/2017 7:53 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any services you know of that check in on elderly seniors who live alone. I worry about my 84-year-old father falling or having a medical emergency, and not being able to get to the phone to call for help. And he won’t wear a lifeline help-button. Desperate Daughter

How to Stop Unwanted Junk Mail and Guard Against Mail Fraud

Posted: 8/24/2017 12:03 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My elderly father gets over 100 pieces of junk mail every week, and I just discovered that he’s given away nearly $5,000 over the past few months to many of the solicitors that mail him this junk. Can you offer any tips on how can I stop this? Irritated Son

Finding Money for Long-Term Care

Posted: 8/17/2017 11:44 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What resources can you refer me to for long-term care financial help? My 84-year-old mother needs assisted living or nursing home care, but we don’t have a lot of money and she doesn’t have long-term care insurance. Searching Daughter

Low-Cost Wireless Plans for Seniors Who Use Smartphones

Posted: 8/10/2017 11:34 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m interested in downsizing my smartphone wireless plan, and am looking for the best low cost options. I use my phone primarily for talking and texting, but also need some cellular data for checking my email and other functions when I’m away from WiFi. What can you tell me? Senior Saver

Finding Help for Seniors Addicted to Opioids

Posted: 8/3/2017 11:24 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m worried about my 72-year-old mother who has been taking the opioid medication Vicodin for her hip and back pain for more than a year. I fear she’s becoming addicted to the drug but I don’t know what to do. Concerned Daughter

How to Find and Claim Your Family’s Unclaimed Money

Posted: 7/27/2017 10:43 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve heard that there are free online search tools that can help people look for lost or forgotten money left behind by deceased relatives. Can you refer me? When my father passed away his financial affairs were in such a mess, I’m wondering if there was anything he left behind. Wondering Daughter

The Hidden Dangers of Heartburn

Posted: 7/20/2017 10:40 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Is regular heartburn or indigestion anything to worry about? My 60-year-old husband eats a lot of Tums or Rolaids throughout the day to help him manage it, but it keeps him up at night too. What can you tell us? Inquiring Spouse

New Medicare Cards Debut Next Year

Posted: 7/13/2017 10:20 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I just received my Medicare card in the mail and was surprised to see that the ID number is the same as my Social Security number. I know it’s a bad idea to carry around anything that displays my Social Security number because it makes me vulnerable to identity theft. Wasn’t the government supposed to stop putting Social Security numbers on Medicare cards? New Beneficiary

Auto Safety Devices That Can Help Seniors with Older Cars

Posted: 7/6/2017 10:08 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Do you know of any auto safety products that can help seniors with older cars? My 80-year-old father, who drives his beloved 2004 Toyota Avalon, is still a good pretty driver but he has limited range-of-motion, which makes looking over his shoulder to back-up or merge into traffic very difficult. Inquiring Son

How to Fight Dry Eyes and Protect Your Vision

Posted: 6/22/2017 10:12 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior What all can be done to combat dry eyes? Since I turned 50, my eyes have become increasingly dry and irritated. Constantly Blinking

Best Bicycles for Aging Baby Boomers

Posted: 6/15/2017 10:11 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are interested in getting a couple of bicycles for leisurely exercise and fun, and would like to get your recommendation. We’re both approaching 60 and are a little overweight, and it’s been a while since we rode. Easy Riders

How to Hire a Home Helper

Posted: 6/8/2017 9:49 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I would like to hire a personal assistant/home helper for my mom to assist with some simple household chores like house keeping, errand running, driving her to the doctor, and keeping her company. But mom doesn’t require personal/physical caregiving nor does she require any home medical care. Any tips to help us find someone? Looking for Mom

Social Security Advice for Soon-To-Be Retirees

Posted: 6/1/2017 8:41 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any services that help pre-retirees decide when to start drawing their Social Security benefits? My wife and I are approaching retirement age and want to carefully weigh our options to make sure we’re maximizing our benefits. Approaching Retirement

Health Coverage Options for Pre-Medicare-Age Spouses

Posted: 5/25/2017 12:33 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My wife, who is 62, is on my health insurance plan through my employer. When I retire in a few months at 65, and go on Medicare, what are my wife’s options? Is there some kind of Medicare coverage for dependent spouses, or do we have to purchase Obamacare? Approaching Retirement

Should All Baby Boomers Get Tested for Hepatitis C?

Posted: 5/18/2017 11:55 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve recently read that all baby boomers should get tested for hepatitis C. Is this really necessary, and if so, what are the testing and treatment procedures? Healthy Boomer

Can I Inherit My Parent’s Debt?

Posted: 5/11/2017 8:47 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What happens to a person’s debt after they die? My mother has taken on a lot of medical and credit card over the past few years and I’m worried that my brother and I will be responsible for it when she dies. What can you tell me? Worried Daughter

Nifty Gadgets That Can Help Seniors with Hearing Loss

Posted: 5/4/2017 1:37 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What types of products can you recommend to help people with hearing problems? My 65-year-old husband has some hearing issues, but doesn’t think he needs a hearing aid, so I’m looking for some alternative devices that can help. Loud Talker

How Medicare Covers Therapy Services

Posted: 4/30/2017 10:47 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you explain how Medicare covers physical therapy services? I’m a new beneficiary, and would like to get some treatments for my back. Need Help

What to Do with Cremated Ashes?

Posted: 4/27/2017 10:41 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, When my father passed away a few months ago we had him cremated, but are now wondering what to do with his ashes. My sister and I would like to do something celebratory for his life, but aren’t sure what to do. Any suggestions? No Instructions Left

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