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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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Financial Tips for Retiring Abroad

Posted: 1/18/2018 8:58 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What are some financial factors to consider when retiring abroad? My husband and I will be retiring in a few years and are interested in living in a foreign country that’s cheaper than the U.S. Frugal Couple

Help With Home-Care Bills

Posted: 1/11/2018 8:50 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Do you know of any resources that can help with my mother’s home-care bills? Mom is recovering from a stroke and needs in-home care, but I understand Medicare doesn’t cover it, and she doesn’t have long-term care insurance. Stressed-Out Daughter

Dont Eat This if Youre Taking That

Posted: 1/4/2018 8:41 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, If the prescription label says “take with meals,” does it matter what you eat? I currently take eight different medications for various health problems and would like to know if there are any foods I need to avoid. Over Medicated

How to Divvy Up Your Family Belongings Peacefully and Sensibly

Posted: 12/28/2017 8:50 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What’s the best way to distribute my personal possessions to my kids after I’m gone without causing hard feelings or conflict? I have a lot of jewelry, art, family heirlooms and antique furniture, and three grown kids that don’t always see eye-to-eye on things. Planning Ahead

Recognizing and Treating Depression in Retirement

Posted: 12/21/2017 8:44 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Since retiring a few years ago, my husband has become increasingly irritable and apathetic. I’m concerned that he’s depressed, even though he may not admit it. Where can we turn to get help with this, and what, if anything, does Medicare pay for? Concerned Spouse

Financial Help for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Posted: 12/14/2017 8:36 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any financial assistance programs that can help grandparents who are raising their grandkids? I’m raising two grandchildren and could use some help. Struggling Grandma

Simple Home Modifications That Can Help Seniors Age in Place

Posted: 12/7/2017 8:28 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you recommend to help make a home safer for aging-in-place? My 76-year-old mother wants to stay living in her own home for as long as possible, but she doesn’t have the money for any big renovations. Concerned Son

How to Protect Yourself from Peripheral Artery Disease

Posted: 11/23/2017 9:34 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, For the last six months or so, I’ve been having problems with my hips and legs cramping when I walk, although they feel better once I stop. I thought it was just because I’m getting old, but my friend was telling me about a leg vein disease called PAD and thinks I may have it. What can you tell me about this condition? Limping at 60

Social Security Options for Divorced Spouses

Posted: 11/16/2017 9:26 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, As a divorced woman, am I entitled to my ex-husband’s Social Security benefits? I was married for 14 years and would like to know how this works. Happily Divorced

Assistance Dogs Provide Help and Love

Posted: 11/9/2017 9:22 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior What can you tell me about assistance dogs for people with disabilities? My sister, who’s 58, has multiple sclerosis and I’m wondering if an assistance dog could help make her life a little easier. Inquiring Sister

When Will Medicaid Pay for Nursing Home Care?

Posted: 11/2/2017 9:15 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the eligibility requirements to get Medicaid coverage for nursing home care? Caregiving Daughter

Flu Shots for Seniors

Posted: 10/27/2017 9:13 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about the flu shots made for seniors? I got sick last winter after getting a standard flu shot, and am wandering if the flu vaccine for older adults would provide me better protection this year. Almost 70

How to Search for Forgotten 401k Money

Posted: 10/27/2017 8:59 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, How do I find an old 401(k) that I think I contributed money to at a former employer? Approaching Retirement

Exercises that Help Ease Arthritis Pain and Stiffness

Posted: 9/28/2017 8:17 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What exercises are best suited for seniors with arthritis? I have osteoarthritis in my neck, back, hip and knee and have read that exercises can help ease the pain and stiffness, but I don’t know where to start, and I certainly don’t want to aggravate it. Stiff and Achy

How to Find a Better Medicare Prescription Drug Plan

Posted: 9/21/2017 8:12 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I think I’m paying too much for the medications I take. I have a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan and my out-of-pocket spending is over $4,000 thus far in 2017. When and how can I change my Medicare drug plan? Inquiring Carol

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

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