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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 Choose a Good Estate Sale Company

Posted: 5/24/2018 10:37 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you provide some tips on how to choose a good estate sale company who can sell all the leftover items in my mother’s house? Inquiring Daughter

‘Extra Help’ Program Helps Seniors With Their Medication Costs

Posted: 5/17/2018 10:33 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any special Medicare programs that help seniors with their medication costs? My 74-year-old mother, who lives primarily on her Social Security, takes several high-priced drugs that sap her income even with her Medicare drug plan. Looking for Assistance

What You Need to Know About Reverse Mortgages

Posted: 5/10/2018 10:27 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about reverse mortgages for retirees? My wife and I are contemplating getting one but want to make sure we know what we’re getting into. Running Short

New Shingles Vaccine Provides Better Protection for Seniors

Posted: 5/3/2018 9:57 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, A good friend of mine got a bad case of shingles last year and has been urging me to get vaccinated. Should I? Suspicious Susan

Is Your Blood Pressure Too High?

Posted: 4/26/2018 10:28 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What numbers constitute high blood pressure? I use to be pre-hypertensive, but they keep changing the guidelines, so I’m not sure where I fit in now. Approaching 60

Simple Video Calling Devices for Tech-Challenged Seniors

Posted: 4/19/2018 10:06 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any senior-friendly devices that you can recommend for video calling? I live about a day’s drive from my 83-year-old father and would like to see him more often but he doesn’t use a computer, tablet or a smartphone. Searching Susan

What to Know About the New Medicare Cards

Posted: 4/11/2018 9:57 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about the new Medicare cards? I’ve heard there are a lot of scams associated with these new cards and I want to make sure I protect myself. Leery Senior

How to Choose a Memory Care Unit

Posted: 3/22/2018 9:26 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My mom has Alzheimer’s disease and has gotten to the point that she can’t live at home any longer. I need to find a good memory care residential unit for her but could use some help. Any suggestions? Exhausted Daughter

Tips and Resources for Older Job Seekers

Posted: 3/15/2018 9:12 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What resources can you recommend to help older job seekers? I’m 60 and have been out of work for nearly a year now and need some help. Seeking Employment

Could You Have Diabetes

Posted: 3/8/2018 8:57 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, My brother and his wife, who are ages 60 and 56, were recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and prediabetes, and neither one had a clue. Could I have it too? Concerned Sibling

How to Get Cash For Your Life Insurance Policy

Posted: 3/1/2018 8:51 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I have a life insurance policy that I’ve been paying on for years that I really don’t need any longer. I’ve been thinking about letting it lapse, but I’ve heard that I can actually sell it for a nice payout. What can you tell me about this? Interested In Selling

Strength Training Tips For Seniors

Posted: 2/22/2018 12:56 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve fallen several times over the past year and my doctor has recommended that I start a strength-training program to help prevent future falls. But at age 72, I’ve never lifted weights before and could use some help. What can you tell me? Looking for Help

Income Tax Filing Requirements for Retirees

Posted: 2/15/2018 12:45 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the IRS income tax filing requirements for seniors this year?

Baby Boomers Finding Companionship Online

Posted: 2/8/2018 12:25 PM by Interim HealthCare

What can you tell me about online dating for baby boomers? I’m 57 and recently divorced, and would like to find a new friend to spend time with. Lonely Linda

Three Ways to Cut Hearing Aid Costs

Posted: 2/1/2018 12:19 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve heard that hearing aids will soon be available over-the-counter and will be much cheaper than they currently are. What can you tell me about this? My husband desperately needs hearing aids but we simply can’t afford them. Searching Spouse

How to Find Volunteer Opportunities in Retirement

Posted: 2/1/2018 9:38 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What resources can you recommend for locating interesting volunteer opportunities? Since I retired, I’ve been doing some volunteer work but most of the opportunities I’ve tried haven’t been very satisfying. Unsatisfied Volunteer

What To Do When a Loved One Dies

Posted: 1/25/2018 9:28 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, This may seem like a strange question, but can you tell me what steps need to be taken after a loved one dies? My 80-year-old father has a terminal illness, and I would like to find out what I will need to do when he passes. Only Daughter

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

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