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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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What Medicare Doesn’t Cover

Posted: 1/22/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
I’m about to sign up for Medicare Part A and B and would like to find out what they don’t cover so I can avoid any unexpected costs down the road.
Almost 65

Getting Around When You No Longer Drive

Posted: 1/15/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
Where can I find out about alternative transportation options for my elderly mother? She needs to give up driving, but before she does, we need to figure out how she’ll get around.  
Searching Daughter

How to Claim the Retirement Saver’s Tax Credit

Posted: 1/8/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
A coworker was recently telling me about a tax credit she got last year for simply contributing to our company’s 401(k) plan. What can you tell me about this, and who’s eligible?
Over 55

How to Keep Tabs On an Elderly Parent When You Can’t Be There

Posted: 1/1/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
Can you recommend any caregiving devices or technology products that help families keep an eye on an elderly parent that lives alone? Over the holidays, my sister and I noticed that my dad’s health has slipped, so we would like to find something that helps us keep closer tabs on him when we’re not around.
Concerned Son

How to Appeal When Medicare Won’t Pay

Posted: 12/26/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, How does one go about appealing Medicare when they won't pay for something that has been covered in the past? Denied Senior

Who Should Be Screened for Lung Cancer?

Posted: 12/18/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What can you tell me about lung cancer screenings? My husband was a long-time smoker, but quit many years ago, so I’m wondering if he should be checked out.
Concerned Spouse

Convenient Ways to Get Help With Your Social Security Questions

Posted: 12/11/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
Can you recommend some easier ways that I can get help with my Social Security questions? When I call their toll-free help line I get put on hold forever, and the wait time at my local Social Security office is over two hours.
Approaching 62

Personal Tech Products Designed Specifically for Seniors

Posted: 12/5/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
Can you recommend any tablets, smartphones or computers that are specifically designed for seniors? I would like to buy a device for my technology-challenged grandmother so she can get online and keep up with her grandkids better, but it needs to be super simplified so she can use it.
Holiday Shopper
 

Free and Low-Cost Legal Services that Help Seniors in Need

Posted: 11/28/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
Where can seniors turn to for free or low-cost legal help? My husband and I need some professional legal assistance but don’t have a lot of money to pay a high priced lawyer. What can you tell us?
Seniors in Need

How Seniors Can Quit Smoking with the Help of Medicare and Other Tools

Posted: 11/21/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
Can Medicare help me quit smoking? I just turned 65, and would like to quit but need some help.
Coughing Connie

How to Improve Your Balance as You Age

Posted: 11/14/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
I’ve always been a walker, but when I fell last month my doctor suggested I start doing some balance exercises. Is this really something I need to practice? What can you tell me?
Avid Walker

A Guide to Finding Affordable Dental Care

Posted: 11/7/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I had dental insurance through my work for many years but lost it when I retired. Where can retirees find affordable dental care? Need a Dentist

How Medicare Covers Outpatient Mental Health Services

Posted: 10/30/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Does Medicare cover outpatient counseling or therapy sessions for seniors? Since retiring, my husband has really struggled with depression and needs to get some help. What can you tell us? Inquiring Senior

What to Consider When Choosing a Walk-in Bathtub

Posted: 10/23/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
I’m interested in getting a walk-in bathtub for my wife that’s easy for her to get into and out of, but could use some assistance. Can you offer any consumer tips?
Need Help

How to Check Up on Your Hospital

Posted: 10/16/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
What resources can you recommend for researching hospitals? I need to get a knee replacement next year, and want to find a good, safe hospital to have it done in.
Shopping Around

Burial and Memorial Benefits Available to Veterans

Posted: 10/9/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
Does the Veterans Administration provide any special funeral services or benefits to old veterans? My father is a 90-year-old World War II veteran with late stage Alzheimer’s, so I’m looking into funeral options and would like to know what the VA may provide.
Planning Ahead

Vaccination Options Available to Seniors this Flu Season

Posted: 10/2/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
I understand that there are several types of flu vaccines being offered to seniors this flu season. What can you tell me about them?
Cautious Senior

Wandering Solutions for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Posted: 9/25/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
My mother, who lives with me, has Alzheimer’s disease and I worry about her wandering away. What tips can you recommend to help me protect her?
Concerned Daughter

Generic Drugs Offer Seniors Big Savings

Posted: 9/18/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
Are brand-name medications better than generic, and if not, why is there such a price difference? Also, how can I find out which medicines are available in generic form.
Leery Senior

How to Recognize and Handle Senior Gambling Problems

Posted: 9/10/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior,
How can you know when someone has a gambling problem? Since my father passed away a couple years ago, my 76-year-old mother spends a lot of time at an Indian casino near her house playing slot machines.
Troubled Son

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