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 By Jim Miller    Opinion 

How to get help as an elder orphan | Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, I need to find someone honest and reliable to look after my estate, health, and long-term care when I’m no longer able to do it myself. I’m a 67-year-old rece... — Updated 1/25/2023

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion

Specialized moving services that help seniors downsize and relocate | Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any businesses or services that specialize in helping seniors downsize and relocate? I need to find some help moving my mother from her four-bed... — Updated 1/15/2023

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion

How to buy over-the-counter hearing aids | Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m interested in getting some of the new over-the-counter hearing aids that just became available a few months ago. Can you offer any tips to help me with... — Updated 1/11/2023

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion

Ways to pay for long-term care without insurance or savings | Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, What types of financial resources are available to help seniors pay for long-term care? My 86-year-old mother will need either an assisted living facility or... — Updated 11/23/2022

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion

Top financial scams targeting seniors today | Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the most common scams today that target elderly seniors? My 75-year-old mother has been swindled several times over the past year, so I’m being extra... — Updated 11/17/2022

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion

Auto aids that make driving easier and safer | Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, Do you know of any car gadgets that can help older drivers? I drive a 12-year-old car and have arthritis in my neck, back, and knees which limits my mobility... — Updated 10/19/2022

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion

How to choose a Medicare supplemental (Medigap) policy | Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m planning to enroll in original Medicare in a few months and have been told I probably need to get a Medicare supplemental policy too. Can you offer any... — Updated 9/21/2022

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion

Adaptive clothing takes the stress out of dressing | Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, What kinds of clothing options are available to mobility challenged seniors who have a difficult time dressing? – Looking for Mom Dear Looking, The chore of... — Updated 8/24/2022

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion

Daily check-in services for older adults living alone

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any services that check in on elderly seniors who live alone? I live about 200 miles from my 82-year-old mother and worry about her falling or g... — Updated 8/17/2022

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion

Savvy Senior | How to hire in-home help for aging parent

Dear Savvy Senior, I would like to hire an in-home helper for my 82-year-old mother to assist with household chores like housekeeping, grocery shopping and driving her to the... — Updated 7/27/2022

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion

What to do with cremated ashes | Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, A while back I saw an article on different ways to scatter a person’s ashes after they’re cremated, but I’ve misplaced it. Can you help me with this? I’m... — Updated 4/21/2022

 
 By Jim Miller    Opinion

Super cheap smartphone plans for scrimping seniors | Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you direct me to some really cheap wireless smartphone plans for seniors who don’t use much data? I use my smartphone primarily for texting and talking but... — Updated 2/23/2022

 
 By Jim Miller    News

Prime Living | Deciphering senior housing options

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you decipher the different types of housing options available to seniors, and recommend some good resources for locating them? I need to find a place for my... — Updated 1/21/2022

 
 By Jim Miller    News

Calculating when it's best to claim Social Security | Prime Living

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good resources that can help my wife and me determine the best claiming ages for maximizing our Social Security retirement benefits? ... — Updated 12/15/2021

 
 By Jim Miller    News

Tips and tools for family caregivers | Prime Living

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any resources that offer help to family caregivers? I’ve been taking care of my 86-year-old mother and could use some help. – Burned-Out... — Updated 11/17/2021

 
 By Jim Miller    News

How Social Security works when a spouse or ex-spouse dies | Prime Living

Dear Savvy Senior, Who qualifies for Social Security survivor benefits? My ex-husband died last year, so I would like to find out if I or my 17-year-old daughter are eligible for... — Updated 10/20/2021

 
 By Jim Miller    News

Obscure Social Security program helps seniors manage their money | Prime Living

Dear Savvy Senior, Does Social Security offer any special help to beneficiaries who struggle managing their benefits? My aunt, who has no children, has dementia and struggles... — Updated 9/15/2021

 
 By Jim Miller    News

How to replace important documents that are lost or missing | Prime Living

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you tell me what I need to do to replace a variety of important documents? Our house burned down a few months ago, and we lost everything including our home... — Updated 8/18/2021

 
 By Jim Miller    News

Plenty of books, online resources to help you pick the best place to retire | Prime Living

Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I will both be retiring in a few years and are interested in relocating to a warmer climate, but could use some help. What resources can you... — Updated 7/21/2021

 
 By Jim Miller    News

How to downsize your home for a less stressful, easier move | Prime Living

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you offer for downsizing? My husband and I would like to relocate from our house into a retirement community condo near our daughter, but need to ge... — Updated 6/16/2021

 
 By Jim Miller    News

Medicare coverage options for retirees eager to travel | Prime Living

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the best Medicare coverage options for COVID-vaccinated retirees who are eager to travel? My wife and I will both turn 65 over the next few months and... — Updated 5/20/2021

 
 By Jim Miller    News

How to search for senior discounts in 2021 | Prime Living

Dear Savvy Senior, I just turned 60 and would like to find out the best way to go about locating senior discounts. – Looking to Save Dear Looking, One of the best, yet... — Updated 4/21/2021

 
 By Jim Miller    News

How to choose a quality, safe and effective nursing home during a pandemic | Prime Living

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you give me some tips on how to pick a good nursing home in the COVID era? My mother had a stroke a while back and can’t use her legs any longer. I’ve bee... — Updated 3/17/2021

 
 By Jim Miller    News

How to choose a medical alert system | Prime Living

Dear Savvy Senior, I am interested in getting my mom, who lives alone, a medical alert system with a wearable pendant button that will let her call for help if she falls or has a... — Updated 2/17/2021

 
 By Jim Miller    News

Is Social Security income taxable? | Prime Living

Dear Savvy Senior, I understand that a portion of my Social Security benefits may be taxable when I retire. Can you tell me how to calculate this? – Ready to Retire Dear Ready,... — Updated 1/20/2021

 

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