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 By Jim Miller    General    June 18, 2014

How to make an online memorial for a departed loved one | Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about online memorials? My uncle recently passed away, and some of the family thought it would be neat to create an online memorial to pay tribute to him, and accommodate the many family and friends who are...

 
 By Jim Miller    General    June 16, 2014

How to protect your Medicare card from identity theft | Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, I just turned 65 and received my Medicare card. I see that the ID number on my card is the same as my Social Security number, and on the back of the card it tells me I need to carry it with me at all times. What can I do to...

 
 By Jim Miller    General    June 6, 2014

Work from home employment opportunities for retirees | Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some popular work from home jobs for retirees? I’m interested in earning a little extra cash, but would also like to stay at home and have a flexible schedule. -Recently Retired Dear Retired, If you have a...

 
 By Jim Miller    General    April 30, 2014

How married couples can boost their Social Security checks | Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve heard that there are strategies available that can help married couples increase their Social Security benefits when they retire. My wife and I are approaching retirement age and would like to understand these options. What...

 
 By Jim Miller    General    January 21, 2014

Work from home employment opportunities for retirees | Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some popular work from home jobs for retirees? I’m interested in earning a little extra cash, but would also like to stay at home and have a flexible schedule. -Recently Retired Dear Retired, If you have a...

 
 By Jim Miller    General    January 21, 2014

Tips and support services for family caregivers | Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, What resources do you recommend that offer help to caregivers? I’ve been taking care of my 82-year-old mother, and it’s wearing me to a frazzle. -Exhausted Daughter Dear Exhausted, Taking care of an elder loved one over a...

 

What you should know about your parents' affairs | Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, My pastor recently suggested that I get informed on my elderly parents’ financial situation and end-of-life plans so I can be better prepared when something happens to them. What’s the best way to handle this and what all do I...

 

Age-friendly telephones help seniors stay in touch | Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good age-friendly home telephones for elderly seniors? My 82-year-old mother has a difficult time hearing over the phone, and her vision and memory isn’t so great either. -Shopping Son Dear Shopping, There...

 

How to get cheap or free Internet access at home | Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you help me find a cheap Internet service for my house? I’m retired and live on a fixed income, and the Internet service I use now is too expensive. -Financially Squeezed Dear Squeezed, There are actually a number of...

 
 By Jim Miller    General    October 9, 2013

Help for seniors who are drowning in clutter

Dear Savvy Senior, My 67-year-old mother’s house has become a cluttered mess. Since my father died a few years ago, her house is so disorganized and messy with stuff that it’s becoming a hazard. I think she has a hoarding problem. What can I do?...

 
 By Jim Miller    General    August 28, 2013

How to get paid for being a family caregiver

Dear Savvy Senior, I have been taking care of my elderly mother for nearly three years and it’s taking a huge toll on my finances. Are there any resources you know about that can help family caregivers get paid? -Financially Exhausted Dear...

 
 By Jim Miller    General    July 3, 2013

How to choose the right executor for your will

Dear Savvy Senior, What are my options for choosing an executor for my will? I was considering asking one of my kids to do it but I don’t think any of them are up for the job. What can you tell me? -Still Kicking Dear Kicking, Choosing an executor...

 
 By Jim Miller    General    April 17, 2013

How to look for love and companionship online

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about online dating for older people? My daughter has been urging me to give it a try, but at age 62, I’m a little hesitant. -Lonely Senior Dear Lonely, Dating sites have become enormously popular among the o...

 

How to locate discounts if you’re 50 or older

Dear Savvy Senior, I just turned 50 and would like to know what resources you recommend for locating senior discounts. -Love To Save Dear Love, One of the great perks of growing older in the United States is the many discounts that are available to...

 

Employment resources for older job seekers

Dear Savvy Senior, What resources can you recommend to help older job seekers? I’m 62 and have been out of work for nearly a year now and need some help. -Looking For Work Dear Looking, While the U.S. job market has improved slightly over the past...

 
 By Jim Miller    General    January 16, 2013

How to locate discounts if you’re 50 or older

Dear Savvy Senior, I just turned 50 and would like to know what resources you recommend for locating senior discounts. -Love To Save Dear Love, One of the great perks of growing older in the United States is the many discounts that are available to...

 

Can Social Security checks be garnished?

Dear Savvy Senior, I have some outstanding debts and would like to find out if my Social Security checks can be garnished. What can you tell me? -Old and Indebt Dear Old, Whether your Social Security benefits are garnishable or not depends on who...

 

How to save money by donating your body to science

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about body donations? With little money to spare, I’m looking for a cheap way to die and have heard that donating my body to science is free, not to mention it benefits medical research. -Old and Poor Dear...

 
 By Jim Miller    General    October 17, 2012

Help for seniors who worry about memory loss

Dear Savvy Senior, My mother, who’s 72, has become very forgetful lately and is worried she may have Alzheimer’s. Is her forgetfulness really something we should worry about? What should we do? -Worried Daughter Dear Worried, Many seniors worry...

 

Paying for nursing home care with Medicaid

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the eligibility requirements to get Medicaid coverage for nursing home care? -Looking Ahead Dear Looking, The rules and requirements for Medicaid eligibility for nursing home care are somewhat complicated and will vary...

 

Health insurance options for pre-Medicare spouses

Dear Savvy Senior, My wife, who’s 60, is on my health insurance plan through my employer. When I retire in a few months at 65, and go on Medicare, what happens to her? Do we have to purchase private insurance, or is there some kind of Medicare...

 

How to search for forgotten money your loved ones left behind

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve heard that there are resources available that can help people look for lost or forgotten money left behind by their deceased relatives. When my mother and father passed away their financial affairs were in such a mess,...

 
 By Jim Miller    General    April 18, 2012

Dying with debt: Will your children inherit your obligations?

Dear Savvy Senior, What happens to a person’s debt after they die? At age 78, I have accumulated quite a bit of credit card and medical debt over the past few years and am concerned about leaving my son and daughter with a big bill after I die....

 
 By Jim Miller    General    March 21, 2012

Exercises that can help ease arthritis pain

Dear Savvy Senior, Can exercise help seniors with arthritis? I have osteoarthritis and have read that certain exercises can help ease the pain, but I don’t know where to start, and I certainly don’t want to make it any worse than it already is. W...

 
 By Jim Miller    General    March 16, 2012

How to save money on your prescription 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...

 

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