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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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Retirement Planning Resources for Women

Posted: 4/29/2013 10:26 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What retirement planning resources can you recommend to women? I’m 58 years old, divorced and living on a tight budget and need all the help I can get. 
Financially Challenged
 
Dear Challenged,
When it comes to planning for retirement, most Americans could stand to brush up on their financial knowledge a bit, but it’s especially important for unmarried women. Here’s what you should know.

How to Shop For a Hearing Aid

Posted: 4/22/2013 10:18 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What tips can you offer people who are shopping for hearing aids?
Overwhelmed Senior
 
Dear Overwhelmed,
With so many choices and options available today, shopping for a hearing aid that meets your needs, lifestyle and budget can be challenging. Here are some tips that can help you locate a good hearing aid provider and choose an appropriate aid.

How to Choose a Medigap Supplemental Policy

Posted: 4/15/2013 4:15 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
I’ll be 65 in a few months – Medicare enrollment age – and am thinking about getting a Medicare supplemental policy to help cover things outside of Medicare. Can you give me some advice on choosing a plan?
Shopping Sam
 
Dear Sam,
If you’re planning to choose original Medicare for your health coverage, getting a supplemental policy too (also known as Medigap insurance) is a good idea if you can afford it, because it will help pay for things that aren’t covered by Medicare like copayments, coinsurance and deductibles. Here are some tips and tools to help you choose an appropriate plan for you.

Car Shopping Tips for Older Drivers

Posted: 4/11/2013 9:31 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What resources can you recommend to seniors who are shopping for a car? My wife and I are relatively healthy 70-year-olds and are looking for a new senior-friendly vehicle, but could use some help.
Older Drivers
 
Dear Older,
For seniors who are in the market for a new or used car, the AAA (American Automobile Association) and the University of Florida’s Institute for Mobility, Activity and Participation has just updated an excellent resource called “Smart Features for Older Drivers” that can help you choose a vehicle that meets your needs as you age.

Looking for Love and Companionship Online

Posted: 4/8/2013 4:07 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What can you tell me about online dating for older people? My daughter has been urging me to give it a try, but at age 62, I’m a little hesitant.
Lonely Senior
 
Dear Lonely,
Dating sites have become enormously popular among the older generation in recent years. In fact, boomers and seniors make up about 20 percent of online daters today, and the numbers keeps growing. Here’s what you should know.

How to Avoid Identity Theft When You Travel

Posted: 4/1/2013 4:33 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What tips can you recommend to help retirees guard against identity theft when traveling? My sister and her husband had their identity stolen while on vacation last year, and I want to make sure I’m protecting myself on my trip to Europe next month.
Paranoid Pam
 
Dear Pam,
Most people don’t realize that when you travel, your risk of identity theft increases. Here are a few simple steps you can take to protect yourself while you’re away.

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