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 By Jim Miller    Opinion    January 9, 2019

What You Should Know About Your Aging Parents Finances

Dear Savvy Senior, My siblings and I don’t know much about our elderly parent’s financial situation or their wishes if something happens to them. When mom broke her hip last year, it got me...

 By Jim Miller    Opinion    January 2, 2019

How much will you pay for Medicare in the new year

Dear Savvy Senior, I know there will be a small 2.8 percent cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits next year but what about Medicare? What will our Medicare Part B monthly premiums and...


How to best Capture Your Elder Loved Ones' Story

Dear Savvy Senior, I am interested in making a video of my 82-year-old parents’ life story/legacy and how they want to be remembered. With the holidays approaching, I thought this could be a neat gi...


How to Get Veterans' Funeral and Burial Benefits

Dear Savvy Senior, Does the VA provide any special burial benefits to old veterans? My dad, who has late-stage Parkinson’s disease, served during the Vietnam War in the 1960s. Only Daughter Dear...

 By Jim Miller    Opinion    October 10, 2018

Take Advantage of Free Resources to choose options

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m considering making changes in my Medicare coverage during the open-enrollment period. Can you recommend any free resources that can help with my choices? Swapping Senior Dear...


Which Flu Shot Is Right for You?

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve been reading that there are a bunch of different flu vaccines for seniors this flu season. Which flu shot is right for me? Flu-Conscious Carol Dear Carol, It wasn’t that...

 By Jim Miller    Opinion    August 29, 2018

What's the story on Medicare coverage for diabetes?

Dear Savvy Senior, How well does Medicare cover diabetes? I’m 66 years old and was recently told by my doctor that I have pre-diabetes. If it progresses to full-fledged diabetes what can I expect...

 By Jim Miller    Opinion    August 8, 2018

Where Seniors Can Get Help With Home Chores and Small Jobs

Dear Savvy Senior, What’s the best way to find good, trustworthy, qualified people who can help seniors with home chores or small jobs? Looking for Mom Dear Looking, Getting help at home for any...

 By Jim Miller    Opinion    July 25, 2018

Simple Driving Devices That Can Help Older Drivers

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any specific auto gadgets you can recommend that can help senior drivers? Both of my parents are in there eighties and still pretty good drivers, but due to arthritis and...

 By Jim Miller    Opinion    July 11, 2018

Can a Debt Collector Take My Social Security Benefits?

Dear Savvy Senior, Can my Social Security benefits be garnished if I have some outstanding debts? I just turned 62 and would like to start collecting my retirement benefits, but want to find this out...

 By Jim Miller    Opinion    June 20, 2018

Travel discounts for seniors are plentiful and useful

Dear Savvy Senior, What types of travel discounts are available to older travelers? I just retired and am interested in learning about travel deals for people over 60. Ready To Go Dear Ready, There...

 By Jim Miller    News    June 6, 2018

What's in the Sky

June is here, with the start of summer and our longest days. At the summer solstice on June 21, sunrise will be at 5:15am, and sunset will occur at 9...

 By Jim Miller    Opinion    May 16, 2018

What You Need to Know About Reverse Mortgages

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 Dear...

 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...


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