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 By Jim Miller    Opinion    April 11, 2018

Take the steps to write an effective will for your future

Dear Savvy Senior, Though it may seem hard to believe, at age 65, I never have gotten around to making a will, but I’d like to now. My question is: Do I need to hire a lawyer to write my will, or...

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    March 14, 2018

How to wisely Get Cash for Your Life Insurance Policy

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 a...

 

Baby Boomers finding new ways to connect online

Dear Savvy Senior, 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 Dear Linda, Whether...

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    January 31, 2018

Finding sufficient financial help for home-care costs

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,...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    December 6, 2017

Simple home modifications that can help seniors age in place

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you recommend to help make a home safer for aging-in-place? My 76-year-old mother wants to stay living in her own home for as long as possible, but she doesn’t have...

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    November 1, 2017

How to get coverage for nursing home care

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the eligibility requirements to get Medicaid coverage for nursing home care? Caregiving Daughter Dear Caregiving, The rules and requirements for Medicaid eligibility for...

 

Top New Cars for Older Drivers

Dear Savvy Senior, My wife and I are both in our late sixties and are looking to buy a new car. Can you recommend some good resources that can help us evaluate and choose a good car for older drivers?...

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    August 23, 2017

Cell phone plans that are easy on the wallet

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m interested in downsizing my smartphone wireless plan, and am looking for the best low cost options. I use my phone primarily for talking and texting, but also need some... Full story

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    August 9, 2017

Finding help for seniors on opioids

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m worried about my 72-year-old mother who has been taking the opioid medication Vicodin for her hip and back pain for more than a year. I fear she’s becoming addicted to the... Full story

 
 By Jim Miller    Community    July 5, 2017

New Medicare cards set to gradually arrive next year

New Medicare Cards Debut Next Year Dear Savvy Senior, I just received my Medicare card in the mail and was surprised to see that the ID number is the same as my Social Security number. I know it’s... Full story

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    June 21, 2017

How to Hire a Home Helper

Dear Savvy Senior, I would like to hire a personal assistant/home helper for my mom to assist with some simple household chores like housekeeping, errand running, driving her to the doctor, and... Full story

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    June 7, 2017

Work while retired can affect SS benefits

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...

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    May 31, 2017

Can I Inherit My Parent's Debt?

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...

 
 By Jim Miller    Community    April 19, 2017

How working in retirement can affect your benefits

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... Full story

 
 By Jim Miller    Community    March 15, 2017

How to find affordable high-speed internet service

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...

 

Savvy Senior Caregiving Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any long-distance caregiving tips that can help me help my elderly father who lives in another state? He has physically declined over the past year, but is... Full story

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    November 2, 2016

Incentive Trusts can motivate even your wayward heirs

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about incentive trusts? I have two adult children that are financial disasters. Before I die, I want to put some type of requirements in place that they will...

 

Cell phones plans for seniors

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the cheapest cellphone options available to seniors today who only want one for emergency purposes or occasional calls? I have a cellphone now that cost me $30 per month,...

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    July 6, 2016

Who's eligible for Social Security survivor benefits?

Dear Savvy Senior, Who all is eligible for Social Security survivor benefits? My ex-husband died last year at the age of 59, and I would like to find out if me, or my two kids – ages 13 and 16 –...

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    June 15, 2016

New diet can lower chance of getting Alzheimer's

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve heard that there’s a new diet that can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. What can you tell me about this? My 80-year-old mother has Alzheimer’s and I want to do everyth...

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    June 1, 2016

Help a tech-challenged senior get the right kind of tablet

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m interested in getting my 78-year-old mother a tablet for video calls and email but want to get one that’s super simple to use. What can you recommend? Shopping Around Dear...

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    May 4, 2016

How to replace important documents that get lost

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you tell me how to go about replacing important lost documents? My wife and I recently downsized to a retirement community, and somewhere in the move we lost our Social...

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    April 20, 2016

Auto insurance discounts available for older drivers

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve read that many car insurance companies offer a variety of discounts to older drivers when they retire or reach a certain age. What can you tell me about this? Discount Seeker...

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    April 6, 2016

Seniors strongly advised to get booster vaccinations

Dear Savvy Senior, I just turned 65 and would like to find out what types of vaccinations are recommended to Medicare beneficiaries, and how they are covered. Health Conscious Dear Conscious, Most...

 

Use video monitoring to check on elderly parents

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good home video monitoring devices that can help my sister and me keep an eye on our elderly mother? Over the holidays, we noticed that her health has...

 

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