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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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How to Safely Dispose of Unused Medicines

Posted: 10/10/2013 3:00 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What is the safest way to dispose of unwanted medications? My husband and I have drawers full of unused and expired drugs that we’d like to get rid of, and get them out of sight of our curious grandkids. What can you tell me?
--Concerned Grandmother

Many Flu Shot Options Available to Older Adults this Season

Posted: 10/3/2013 3:57 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
I understand that there are a number of different flu vaccines being offered to adults this flu season. What can you tell me about them?
--Seeking Protection

How to Track Down Long-Lost Friends

Posted: 9/26/2013 1:48 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
I’m interested in tracking down some old friends I’ve lost touch with over the years but could use some help. What tips or resources can you recommend to help me find them?
--Searching Senior

How to Get Paid for Being a Family Caregiver

Posted: 9/19/2013 1:38 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
I have been taking care of my elderly mother for nearly three years and it’s taking a huge toll on my finances. Are there any resources you know about that can help family caregivers get paid?
---Financially Exhausted

Computers Designed Specifically for Seniors

Posted: 9/12/2013 1:31 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What computers can you recommend for seniors with very limited computer skills? I am interested in getting one, but at 76, I need one that’s designed simplistically for me.
--Inexperienced Senior

Health Exchange Shopping Tips for Uninsured Boomers and Early Retirees

Posted: 9/5/2013 4:00 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
At age 62, I will be retiring at the end of the year and plan to enroll in Obamacare until my Medicare kicks in. Can you offer me any advice on choosing a plan?
--Almost Retired

Assistance Programs that Help Seniors with Health Care Costs

Posted: 8/22/2013 11:42 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
Are there any programs that you know of that help seniors with their Medicare expenses? I’m 67 and live primarily on my Social Security, and am having a hard time paying my Medicare premiums, deductibles, co-pays and prescription drug costs.
--Need Some Help

Music Therapy for Alzheimer’s Patients

Posted: 8/15/2013 11:37 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What can you tell me about music therapy for Alzheimer’s patients? I’m helping my dad take care of my 80-year-old mother who has mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease and thought it might be something worth trying. How do we proceed?
--Unmusical Mary

Shingles Vaccine Protects Seniors and is Covered by Medicare

Posted: 8/8/2013 11:34 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What can you tell me about the shingles vaccine? I just turned 65 and have been thinking about getting vaccinated, but would like to know how effective it is and how it’s covered by Medicare.
--Afraid of Needles
 

How to Help Seniors Extend Their Driving Years

Posted: 8/2/2013 4:28 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What tips or resources can you recommend to help seniors with their driving skills? My 84-year-old mother is still a capable driver, but she has declined a little in recent years and could definitely use some help.
--Concerned Daughter

How to Choose the Right Executor for Your Will

Posted: 7/25/2013 9:18 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What are my options for choosing an executor for my will? I was considering asking one of my kids to do it but I don’t think any of them are up for the job. What can you tell me?
Still Kicking

Summertime Heat Poses Special Risks to Seniors

Posted: 7/18/2013 9:12 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
Can you write a column alerting seniors to the dangers of summertime heat? I manage a number of urgent care clinics, and last summer we had more than 200 cases of heat-related illnesses, most of who were seniors. I would like to reduce that this year.
Concerned Citizen

Debt Counseling Programs Can Help Seniors with Financial Problems

Posted: 7/11/2013 9:09 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What resources can you recommend to help seniors with financial problems? I hate to admit it, but I’ve fallen behind on my house payments and have accumulated quite a bit of credit card debt over the past few years. Where can we get help?
Indebt At 70

How to Choose a Home Stair Lift

Posted: 7/3/2013 9:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
My wife is having an increasingly difficult time going up and down the stairs in our house. We are interested in purchasing a stair lift, but aren’t sure what to get or where to look. Can you help us?
Need a Lift

What to Consider Before Joining a Clinical Trial

Posted: 6/25/2013 11:30 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What can you tell me about clinical trials and how to go about finding one? My wife has a chronic condition and we’re interested in trying anything that may be able to help her.
--Looking For Help

How to Spot and Prevent Senior Financial Fraud

Posted: 6/18/2013 11:25 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
Can you offer some tips on protecting seniors from financial scams? My neighbor’s elderly mother was recently swindled out of $10,000 and I want to make sure my own mother is protected.
--Troubled Daughter

How to Find Lost Life-Insurance Policies

Posted: 6/11/2013 11:19 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
When my father passed away we thought he had a life insurance policy, but we haven’t been able to track it down. Do you know of any resources that might help?
--Searching Family

Simple Television Remotes Designed for Seniors

Posted: 6/4/2013 11:14 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
Can you recommend some easy-to-use television remote controls for seniors? I got my 74-year-old mother a new HDTV for her birthday, but the remote control is very confusing for her to operate.
--Shopping Son

How to Use Herbal Supplements Safely

Posted: 5/29/2013 10:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior
Are herbal supplements safe for seniors who are taking other prescription medications? I have a friend who swears by them, but I want to be sure before I take anything new.
--Cautious Carol
 
Dear Carol,
Herbal supplements have become increasingly popular in recent years as millions of Americans are looking for natural and more affordable ways to improve their health. But, it’s important to know that many herbs can also cause side effects and can interact with prescription medications, especially if you have hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease or liver problems.

How Married Couples Can Boost Their Social Security Checks

Posted: 5/22/2013 10:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
I’ve heard that there are strategies available that can help married couples increase their Social Security benefits when they retire. My wife and I are approaching retirement age and would like to understand these options. What can you tell us?
--Getting Prepared
 
Dear Getting,
If you’re willing to wait to full retirement age and beyond, married couples have several unique claiming options that could actually add tens of thousands of dollars to your Social Security checks over your retirement. Here’s what you should know.
 

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