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 By Jim Miller    Columns    September 3, 2014

Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, I run a community counseling program for needy families and am frustrated that so few eligible seniors take advantage of the food stamp program. Can you write a column on this to help educate seniors to this under utilized...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    May 28, 2014

Savvy Senior

What types of senior discounts are available to older travelers? My husband and I are approaching retirement and love to travel, but love to save money too. -Almost Retired Dear Almost, There is actually wide variety of travel discounts available to...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    April 9, 2014

How Reverse Mortgages Work in 2014

Dear Savvy Senior: What can you tell me about reverse mortgages? I was considering one last year, but now I hear they are more difficult to get. Ready to Reverse Dear Ready, That’s correct. Tighter rules on reverse mortgages that have recently gone...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    August 28, 2012

Savvy Senior

Dear Worried, Telemarketing fraud is a big problem in the United States, particularly among seniors who tend to be the most vulnerable and frequently targeted. Here’s what you should know, along with some tips to help protect your mom. Phone...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    July 3, 2012

What types of vaccinations are recommended for seniors? I know about flu shots, but what else is recommended and what’s covered by Medicare?

Dear Sally, Most people think that vaccinations are just for kids, but adults, especially seniors, need their shots too. Here’s a breakdown of what vaccines the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends for adults age 50 and...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    February 28, 2012

What tips can you recommend to help me save on my drug costs?

Dear Savvy Senior What tips can you recommend to help me save on my drug costs? I’m 62 years old, and currently take six different prescription medications that I can barely afford. -Poorly Insured Dear Poorly, There are actually a variety of...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    January 3, 2012

What seniors need to do to find and research doctors who accept medicare

Dear Savvy Senior, What resources are available to help seniors locate and research Medicare doctors? My husband and I are approaching age 65 and need to find a new internist or primary care doctor who accepts Medicare. Our current doctor is not...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    December 5, 2011

How Much Do You Need to Retire?

Dear Savvy Senior, Is there an easy way to figure out how much savings a person needs to retire? I’m 52 years old – about 10 years from when I would like to retire – and I want to see where I stand. Planning Ahead Dear Planning How...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    October 28, 2011

How to Detect and Prevent Telemarketing Scams

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some tips to help protect seniors from telemarketing scams? My 80-year-old mother has been swindled out of several hundred dollars over the past year and keeps getting calls from scam artists. Worried Daughter Dea...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    July 18, 2011

How to Find Affordable Dental Care

Dear Savvy Senior, Where can seniors turn to find affordable dental care? I had dental insurance through my work for many years but lost it when I retired. What can you tell me? Flossing Frank Dear Frank, Very few U.S. retirees have dental insurance...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    June 13, 2011

Simplified Computers for Seniors

Dear Savvy Senior Do you know of any home computers that are specifically designed for senior citizens? I would like to get a computer for my 73-year-old mother, but she’s not computer savvy at all. Look Around Dear Looking, There are actually...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    May 19, 2011

Best Cell Phone Plans for Seldom Calling Seniors

Dear Savvy Senior What are the absolutely cheapest cell phone plans for seniors? I’ve had a cell phone for nearly four years that I rarely use, but I like having it for emergency purposes. Infrequent Caller Dear Infrequent, For seniors who...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    February 24, 2011

Raising Grandkids

Savvy Senior Grandfamilies: Resources for grandparents raising grandchildren Dear Savvy Senior, Where can grandparents raising grandchildren find help? My two grandkids are about to move in with me indefinitely, and I’m looking to find out what...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    February 17, 2011

How to Keep Up With Your Medications

Dear Savvy Senior, What devices can you recommend to help forgetful seniors keep up with their medications? My 76-year-old mother takes nine different prescription drugs and that doesn’t include all the vitamin supplements or over-the-counter...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    February 7, 2011

Diabetes: Have you been screened lately?

Dear Savvy Senior What can you tell me about diabetes and how can a person know if they have it? My sister and her husband, who are ages 65 and 63 were both recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and neither had a clue. Surprised Sister Dear...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    September 24, 2010

How to Save on Your Final Farewell

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any affordable ways to die these days? When my father died a few months ago we had a regular funeral for him and got stuck with a $12,000 bill. Are there any funeral cost-cutting tips or cheaper alternatives that you can...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    September 16, 2010

Recommended Vaccinations for Seniors this Flu Season

Recommended Vaccinations for Seniors This Flu Season Dear Savvy Senior Outside of a seasonal flu shot, which I usually get, are public health officials recommending any additional vaccinations for seniors this flu season? Cautious Carol Dear Carol,...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    April 27, 2010

Dear Savvy Senior, How will the new healthcare bill affect seniors? My wife and I both receive Medicare benefits and would like to know what we can expect. Concerned Senior  

Dear Concerned, There are several ways the new healthcare reform law will affect seniors on Medicare and those planning for their retirement years. Here are some of the key changes you should be aware of. Drug Benefit Boost If you’re one of the 27...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    January 4, 2010

Downsizing for Dollars: How to make money on your unwanted stuff

Dear Savvy Senior Over the years, my husband and I have acquired a house and garage full of stuff, and would like to start downsizing before we get too old. To do this we would like to sell off what we can. So my question is what is the best way to...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    November 12, 2009

New Options for Senior’s with Cataracts

I’ve read that there’s a new type of cataract surgery that can also correct vision so you don’t have to wear reading glasses anymore. What can you tell me about this? I will need cataract surgery in the near future and would like to learn...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    August 31, 2009

Cell Phone Savings for Seniors

Dear Savvy Senior A few months ago you wrote a column on simple cell phones for seniors. Can you now write one on cheaper cell phones for seniors on a budget? My wife and I have had a cell phone for nearly two years that we rarely use but like...