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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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Understanding the Responsibilities of an Executor

Posted: 8/27/2015 10:28 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
An old family friend recently asked me to be the executor of his will when he dies. I feel flattered that he asked, but I’m not sure what exactly the job entails. What can you tell me?
Concerned Friend

How to Reduce Your Medication Costs

Posted: 8/20/2015 10:15 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
Can you recommend any tips to help me save on my medication costs? I currently take five different prescription medications that are very expensive even with insurance.
Searching Susan

Mobile Safety Products that Can Help Seniors on the Go

Posted: 8/13/2015 9:48 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
Do you know of any medical alert SOS buttons for seniors that work away from the home? I would like to get one for my 80-year-old mother, but would like to find one that’s not limited to the house.
Shopping Son

Medicare Options for Retirees who Travel

Posted: 8/6/2015 9:36 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What are the best Medicare coverage options for retirees who travel a lot?
Almost 65

Financial Aid for Older Adults Going Back to School

Posted: 7/30/2015 2:17 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any financial aid resources you can recommend to baby boomers who are interested in going back to school? I’ve been thinking about taking some classes at a nearby college, and wanted to check into financial aid opportunities first. Looking For Aid

How to Protect Your Eyes from Macular Degeneration

Posted: 7/23/2015 2:01 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Is macular degeneration hereditary? My mother lost her vision from it before she died a few years ago, and now at age 65, I’m worried I may get it. What can you tell me? Nearsighted Susan

How to Choose the Best Place to Retire

Posted: 7/16/2015 1:48 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My wife and I will both be retiring in a year or two and are interested in moving to a smaller house in a better climate but could use some help. What resources can you recommend for locating and researching good places to retire in the U.S.?
Looking To Relocate

When and How Social Security Checks are Delivered

Posted: 7/9/2015 1:38 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I plan to apply for my Social Security benefits in September. When can I expect my first check? And, is direct deposit my only option for receiving my monthly payment?
Almost Eligible

Simplified Cellphones for Seniors with Hearing Problems

Posted: 7/2/2015 1:24 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
Can you recommend some basic simplified cellphones for seniors with hearing loss? My 82-year-old father needs to get a new cellphone for occasional calls or emergencies, but he needs something that’s easy to use and one that he can hear on.
Looking Around

How Seniors Can Tame Pet Care Costs

Posted: 6/26/2015 9:26 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What tips can you recommend to help senior pet owners with their veterinary bills? I have two cats and a dog that are family to me, but their vet bills have become unaffordable
Fix Income Frankie

Helping Seniors Learn New Technology

Posted: 6/18/2015 9:07 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What teaching resources can you recommend to help seniors learn how to use computers, tablets and smartphone devices? At age 72, I am interested in joining the technology revolution so I can keep up with my kids and grandkids a little better, but I need help.
Technology Novice

Choosing a Home Blood Pressure Monitor

Posted: 6/11/2015 8:54 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
Can you offer me any tips on choosing a home blood pressure monitor? I just found out I have high blood pressure, and my doctor told me I need a monitor for the house so I can keep an eye on it.
Shopping Around

How to Compare and Locate Senior Housing Options

Posted: 6/4/2015 8:40 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
Can you go over the different types of housing options available to seniors, and recommend some good resources for locating and choosing one? I need to find a place for my elderly mother, and could use some help.
Searching Daughter

How to Find and Choose a New Doctor

Posted: 5/28/2015 10:05 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What resources can you recommend to help me find and research some doctors in my area? I’m looking for a good primary care doctor or internist for my elderly parents, and need to locate a good orthopedic doctor for me.
Shopping for Doctors

Home Improvement Assistance Programs for Seniors

Posted: 5/21/2015 9:57 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
Do you know of any financial assistance programs or other resources that can help seniors with home improvement projects? I would like to help my 86-year-old father make a few modifications to his house so he can live there as long as possible, but money is very tight.
Inquiring Daughter

How to Recognize Stroke Symptoms and What to Do

Posted: 5/14/2015 9:49 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What are the symptoms of a stroke? My 66-year-old aunt had a stroke a few months ago and neither she nor my uncle had a clue it was happening.
Concerned Relative

How to Search for Lost Pension Money

Posted: 5/7/2015 9:39 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What tips can you offer for tracking down a lost pension from a previous employer?
About to Retire

Handy Aids For Achy Hands

Posted: 3/26/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What products can you recommend for seniors with hand arthritis? I really struggle with anything that requires gripping and turning, which makes most activities difficult.
Gripless Joan

How Medicare Covers In-Home Care

Posted: 3/19/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
How does Medicare cover home health care? Because of my illness, my doctor suggested I get home health care, but I want to find out how it’s covered before I proceed.
Need Some Help

Essential Legal Documents All Seniors Should Have

Posted: 3/12/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What kinds of legal documents are suggested for end-of-life plans? I would like to get my affairs in order before it’s too late.   
Getting Old

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