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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...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    December 30, 2015

Furnishings to fit the rising needs of seniors

Dear Savvy Senior, I am interested in purchasing a recliner that lifts and lowers off the ground, or some other type of senior-friendly furniture that can help my elderly father. He’s arthritic and...

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    December 9, 2015

Is there a Medicare premium increase coming?

Dear Savvy Senior, I know there won’t be a cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits next year but what about Medicare? I’ve heard some beneficiaries will get hit with a big Part B...

 

Required IRA and 401(k) withdrawal rules for retirees

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you give me the details on required IRA and 401(k) distributions? I turned 70 this year, and want to be clear on what I’m required to do, and when I’ll have to do it....

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    October 14, 2015

Don't add a heavy financial burden to a sad necessity

Dear Savvy Senior, When my brother died last year, my sister and I had a regular funeral for him and got stuck with a $12,000 bill. Can you recommend some funeral cost cutting tips or cheaper alternat...

 

Have you heard about cheaper ways to buy hearing aids?

Dear Savvy Senior, Where can we find affordable hearing aids? My husband needs a set but we can’t really afford to pay the exorbitant prices. Can you help us? Loud-Talking Wife Dear Loud, It’s...

 

I'm hittin' the road - what are my best Medicare choices?

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the best Medicare coverage options for retirees who travel a lot? Almost 65 Dear Almost, The best Medicare options for retirees who travel extensively depends on your...

 
 By Jim Miller    Features    August 19, 2015

Lots of options for roadside assistance for older drivers

Dear Savvy Senior, I would like to get my wife and I set up with some type of roadside assistance service in case we get a flat tire or our battery conks out. Can you recommend some good and...

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    July 22, 2015

Strategies on how to reduce your medication costs

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any tips to help me save on my medication costs? I currently take five different prescription medications that are very expensive even with insurance. Searching...

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    July 1, 2015

Simplified cell phones for hearing impaired seniors

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some basic simplified cellphones for seniors with hearing impairment? My 82-year-old father needs to get a new cellphone for occasional calls or emergencies, but h...

 

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