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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 Fight Dry Eyes and Protect Your Vision

Posted: 6/22/2017 10:12 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior What all can be done to combat dry eyes? Since I turned 50, my eyes have become increasingly dry and irritated. Constantly Blinking

Best Bicycles for Aging Baby Boomers

Posted: 6/15/2017 10:11 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are interested in getting a couple of bicycles for leisurely exercise and fun, and would like to get your recommendation. We’re both approaching 60 and are a little overweight, and it’s been a while since we rode. Easy Riders

How to Hire a Home Helper

Posted: 6/8/2017 9:49 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I would like to hire a personal assistant/home helper for my mom to assist with some simple household chores like house keeping, errand running, driving her to the doctor, and keeping her company. But mom doesn’t require personal/physical caregiving nor does she require any home medical care. Any tips to help us find someone? Looking for Mom

Social Security Advice for Soon-To-Be Retirees

Posted: 6/1/2017 8:41 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any services that help pre-retirees decide when to start drawing their Social Security benefits? My wife and I are approaching retirement age and want to carefully weigh our options to make sure we’re maximizing our benefits. Approaching Retirement

Health Coverage Options for Pre-Medicare-Age Spouses

Posted: 5/25/2017 12:33 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My wife, who is 62, is on my health insurance plan through my employer. When I retire in a few months at 65, and go on Medicare, what are my wife’s options? Is there some kind of Medicare coverage for dependent spouses, or do we have to purchase Obamacare? Approaching Retirement

Should All Baby Boomers Get Tested for Hepatitis C?

Posted: 5/18/2017 11:55 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve recently read that all baby boomers should get tested for hepatitis C. Is this really necessary, and if so, what are the testing and treatment procedures? Healthy Boomer

Can I Inherit My Parent’s Debt?

Posted: 5/11/2017 8:47 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What happens to a person’s debt after they die? My mother has taken on a lot of medical and credit card over the past few years and I’m worried that my brother and I will be responsible for it when she dies. What can you tell me? Worried Daughter

Nifty Gadgets That Can Help Seniors with Hearing Loss

Posted: 5/4/2017 1:37 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What types of products can you recommend to help people with hearing problems? My 65-year-old husband has some hearing issues, but doesn’t think he needs a hearing aid, so I’m looking for some alternative devices that can help. Loud Talker

How Medicare Covers Therapy Services

Posted: 4/30/2017 10:47 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you explain how Medicare covers physical therapy services? I’m a new beneficiary, and would like to get some treatments for my back. Need Help

What to Do with Cremated Ashes?

Posted: 4/27/2017 10:41 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, When my father passed away a few months ago we had him cremated, but are now wondering what to do with his ashes. My sister and I would like to do something celebratory for his life, but aren’t sure what to do. Any suggestions? No Instructions Left

Coping with Ringing in Your Ears

Posted: 4/20/2017 10:39 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any new treatments you know of that can help with constant ear ringing syndrome known as tinnitus? I’ve had it for years but it’s gotten worse the older I get. Ringing Louder at 62

How Working in Retirement Can Affect Your Social Security Benefits

Posted: 4/13/2017 10:36 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m considering retiring later this year and starting my Social Security benefits, but would also like to work part time. Will this affect my benefits, and if so, how much? Ready to Retire

How to Pick a Medical Alert System

Posted: 4/6/2017 10:23 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I would like to get my 82-year-old mother, who lives alone, a home medical alert system with a panic button that she can push in case she falls or needs help. Can you recommend some good options to help me choose? Overwhelmed Daughter

Escort Services That Can Help Seniors With the Rigors of Travel

Posted: 3/23/2017 7:41 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Do you know of any services that help seniors with the rigors of traveling? My youngest daughter is getting married in a few months and would love to have my 82-year old mother attend, but she needs help flying across the country. Searching Daughter

How To Stop Snoring

Posted: 3/16/2017 7:31 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Over the past few years my 57-year-old husband’s snoring has gotten much worse. It’s to the point that I have to either wear earplugs or move to a different room. Any suggestions? Sleep Deprived Susan

The ABCs of Picking a Medicare Supplemental Policy

Posted: 3/9/2017 7:21 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you provide any advice on choosing a Medicare supplemental policy to help cover things outside of Medicare? I’ll be 65 in a few months and could use some assistance. Looking for Help

How to Find Affordable High-Speed Home Internet Services

Posted: 3/2/2017 10:21 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Do you know of any resources that can help me find affordable high-speed home Internet services? I’m retired and live primarily on my Social Security and would like to find something cheaper than the $40 per month that I currently pay. Searching Senior

Choosing the Best Assisted Living Facility

Posted: 2/23/2017 8:09 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you offer for choosing a quality assisted living facility for my mom? Her health and mental abilities have declined to the point that she can’t live alone anymore but isn’t ready for a nursing home either. - Looking Around

How Medicare Covers Preventive Health Services

Posted: 2/16/2017 8:07 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Does Medicare cover 100 percent of all preventive health care screenings? I’m due to get a colonoscopy and a few other tests, but I want to find out if I’ll have to pay anything before I proceed. - New to Medicare

Do You Need To File a Tax Return in 2017?

Posted: 2/9/2017 8:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the IRS income tax filing requirements for retirees this tax season? My income dropped way down when I retired last year in 2016, so I’m wondering if I need to even file a tax return this year. - New Retire

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