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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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Senior-Friendly Furniture Aids for Mobility Challenged Seniors

Posted: 11/26/2015 11:28 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I am interested in purchasing a recliner that lifts and lowers off the ground, or some other type of senior-friendly furniture that can help my elderly father. He’s arthritic and overweight and struggles mightily with getting up from most of the cushioned furniture in the house. What can you recommend? Need a Boost

How to Guard Against Deadly Aortic Aneurysms

Posted: 11/19/2015 11:12 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My father died several years ago, at the age of 76, from a stomach aneurysm, which now has me wondering. What are my risk factors of getting this, and what can I do to protect myself, as I get older? Just Turned 60

Required IRA and 401(k) Withdrawal Rules for Retirees

Posted: 11/12/2015 11:03 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you give me the details on required IRA and 401(k) distributions? I turned 70 this year, and want to be clear on what I’m required to do, and when I’ll have to do it. Planning Ahead

How to Choose a Good Nursing Home

Posted: 11/5/2015 10:52 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you give me some tips on picking a good nursing home for my mother who has Alzheimer’s disease? I’ve been taking care of her at home, but she’s gotten to the point where she’s too much for me to handle. Overwhelmed Daughter

Understanding Reverse Mortgages: Beware of Misleading Ads

Posted: 10/29/2015 9:58 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you give us a rundown of how reverse mortgages work? I’ve see actors Fred Thompson and Henry Winkler pitching them on TV, and they sound like a good deal. What can you tell me? Need the Money

Social Security’s Viagra Benefit for Kids

Posted: 10/22/2015 9:47 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve been told that my children, who are 13 and 16 years old, may be eligible for Social Security when I file for my retirement benefits. What can you tell me about this? Older Dad

How to Plan an Affordable Funeral

Posted: 10/15/2015 9:35 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, When my brother died last year, my sister and I had a regular funeral for him and got stuck with a $12,000 bill. Can you recommend some funeral cost cutting tips or cheaper alternatives? I don’t want to stick my kids with a big funeral bill after I’m gone. Looking Ahead

How to Find a Better Medicare Prescription Drug Plan

Posted: 10/8/2015 9:33 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
I recently received a letter from my Medicare drug plan provider notifying me that they are increasing my co-pays next year. I’d like to look for a better plan but could use some guidance. What’s the easiest way to do this?
Need a Change

Specialized Services That Help Seniors Relocate

Posted: 10/1/2015 9:12 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
I need to find some help with selling my elderly mother’s house – where she’s lived for almost 50 years – and relocating her to an apartment or condo closer to where I live. Can you recommend any businesses or services that specialize in helping seniors relocate?,
Overwhelmed Daughter

How to Save on Hearing Aids

Posted: 9/24/2015 9:53 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
Where can we find affordable hearing aids? My husband needs a set but we can’t really afford to pay the exorbitant prices. Can you help us?
Loud-Talking Wife

Roadside Assistance Services for Older Drivers

Posted: 9/17/2015 9:42 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
I would like to get my wife and I set up with some type of roadside assistance service in case we get a flat tire or our battery conks out. Can you recommend some good and affordable services for retirees on a budget?
Too Old to Fix a Flat

Adjusted Flu Vaccine Options Available to Seniors This Year

Posted: 9/10/2015 9:33 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What can you tell me about this year’s flu shot? Last year’s vaccine was ineffective at preventing the flu, especially among seniors. What options are available to me this year?
Seeking Protection

How Seniors Can Stop Robocalls

Posted: 9/3/2015 9:26 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What can I do to stop the perpetual prerecorded robocalls I keep getting? I’m signed up with the National Do Not Call Registry, but it seems like I still get three or four robo telemarketing calls a day offering lower credit card interest rates, medical alert devices and more.
Fed Up Senior

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

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