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 By Jim Miller    Opinion    December 4, 2019

Free Legal Assistance for Seniors are Plentiful

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any resources that provide free or low-cost legal services to seniors? I’m 68 and need some professional legal assistance but have limited funds. Need Help Dear...

 

How to create an ethical will

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you write a column on ethical wills and how to make one? The attorney that made up my will recently suggested I write one as a tool to explain the intentions of my will, as...

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    October 23, 2019

How SSI can help low income seniors

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about the Supplemental Security Income program and what are the eligibility requirements? My father is very low-income, so I’m wondering if this is something...

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    October 2, 2019

How to Help Aging Parents Manage their Medications

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips or tools can you recommend that can help seniors and their caregivers keep up with medications? My 82-year-old mother, who lives alone, is supposed to take several...

 

Get your SS benefits when you can't work

Dear Savvy Senior, What do I need to do to get Social Security disability benefits? I’m 60 years old and have some health problems that won’t allow me to work, but I’ve read that getting...

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    August 28, 2019

Smart home devices that can help seniors age in-place

Dear Savvy Senior, I recently read an article about how “smart home” devices can help seniors with aging-in-place. My 76-year-old mother, who likes technology, lives alone but I worry about her...

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    August 21, 2019

Understanding how Medicare covers ambulance costs

Dear Savvy Senior, How does Medicare cover ambulance services? About three months ago, I took an ambulance to the hospital emergency room because I rarely drive anymore, and I just received a $1,100 b...

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    August 7, 2019

How to Help an Aging Parent with a Hoarding Problem

My 70-year-old mother has become somewhat of a hoarder. Since my father died a few years ago, her house is so disorganized and messy with stuff that it's becoming a hazard. What should I do to help...

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    July 10, 2019

How to hire a good in-home caretaker for elderly parents

Dear Savvy Senior, I need to locate a good in-home caregiver for my 83-year-old mother. What’s the best way to find and hire one? Looking for Care Dear Looking, Finding a good in-home caregiver for...

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    June 12, 2019

Thrifty Travel: How Retirees Can Find Cheap Travel Accommodations

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good websites for finding cheaper travel accommodations? My husband and I love to travel but hotel costs eat up our budget so much that we can’t afford to g...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    June 5, 2019

What's in the Sky

June brings the summer solstice and the start of summer. This year June will also bring the closest approach of the planet Jupiter, a conjunction of...

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    May 22, 2019

The long-term benefit many veterans are missing out on

Dear Savvy Senior, I have heard that the VA has a benefit that can help veterans and spouses with long-term care costs. We recently had to move my 86-year-old father – who served in the army nearly...

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    May 8, 2019

Understanding Medicare's Enrollment Periods

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about the different enrollment periods for Medicare? I’m planning to work past age 65 and understand Medicare offers Initial, Special and General periods in...

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion    April 3, 2019

Finding good insurance before enrolling in Medicare

Dear Savvy Senior, I will be retiring in a few months and need to get some health insurance for my wife and me until we can enroll in Medicare. What are my options? About to Retire Dear About, There...

 
 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...

 

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