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 By Jim Miller    News    July 1, 2020 

Video calling for the tech-challenged

Dear Savvy Senior: Can you recommend some simple devices that can help tech-challenged seniors with video calls? My 80-year-old mother has been isolating herself for months now in fear of the coronavirus and I haven’t been able to see her...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    June 1, 2020

How to make the most of your telehealth appointment

Dear Savvy Senior: I manage a large doctor’s clinic that treats hundreds of seniors each month. We are moving to more telehealth visits to help keep our patients safe at home during the coronavirus pandemic, but this new way of seeing a doctor is b...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    June 1, 2020

High blood pressure is even more dangerous in the COVID-19 era

Dear Savvy Senior: Are people with high blood pressure at increased risk of getting coronavirus? - Hypertensive Helen Dear Helen: If you have high blood pressure, you definitely need to take extra care to protect yourself during the coronavirus...

 
 By Jim Miller    COVID-19    May 1, 2020

Do pneumonia vaccines protect seniors from coronavirus?

Dear Savvy Senior: Do currently offered vaccines against pneumonia provide seniors any protection against the coronavirus disease? I’ve always been bad about getting vaccinated, but this coronavirus pandemic is causing me to change my thinking. - P...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    May 1, 2020

How the coronavirus relief law helps retirement savers and retirees

Dear Savvy Senior: What can you tell me about the retirement account changes that Congress recently passed in response to the coronavirus crisis? - Seeking Answers Dear Seeking: Tucked into the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    April 1, 2020

Genes and other indicators of kidney disease

Dear Savvy Senior: Do kidney problems run in families? My mother died from kidney failure 10 years ago at age 74 but didn’t know she had a kidney problem until it was too late. - Just Turned 60 Dear 60: Anyone who has a family history of kidney dis...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    April 1, 2020

Social Security offers lump sum payouts to retirees

Dear Savvy Senior: In light of the stock market crashing, I’ve heard that Social Security offers a lump-sum payment to new retirees who need some extra cash. I have not yet filed for my retirement benefits and would like to investigate this...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    March 1, 2020

Beware of potential 2020 Census scams

Dear Savvy Senior: Can you offer some tips to help seniors guard against census scams? With the 2020 Census gearing up, I’ve read that there are a lot of potential scammers out there looking to take advantage of older people and I want to protect...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    January 1, 2020

IRS introduces tax form for older taxpayers

Dear Savvy Senior: A couple months back I read that the IRS will be offering a new senior-friendly tax form this tax season that will be easier to use. What can you tell me about this? - Paper Filer Dear Filer: It’s true. The Internal Revenue...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    December 1, 2019

Why the risk of heart attack rises in winter

Dear Savvy Senior: I've read that people with heart problems need to be extra careful during the winter months because heart attacks are much more common. Why is this? -- Cautious Senior Dear...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    October 1, 2019

Getting around when you no longer drive

Dear Savvy Senior: Where can I find out about alternative transportation services for my 80-year-old mother? It's time that she gives up driving, but before she does, we need to figure out how she'll...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    July 1, 2019

Osteoporosis strikes older men, too

Dear Savvy Senior: Can men get osteoporosis or is it primarily a problem for women? When I fell and broke my wrist last winter the doctor that treated me told me I might have osteoporosis, but I never got it checked. What can you tell me? — Bony...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    July 1, 2019

A government pension might reduce your Social Security benefits

Dear Savvy Senior: As a teacher for 20 years, I receive a pension from a school system that did not withhold Social Security taxes from my pay. After teaching, I’ve been working for a small company where I do pay Social Security taxes. Now,...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    June 1, 2019

Protect yourself from the Social Security impostor scam

Dear Savvy Senior: I recently received a strange call from a Social Security employee. He told me my Social Security number had been suspended because it was involved in a crime, and that I needed to reactivate it and secure my bank funds by...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    May 1, 2019

The long-term care benefit many veterans miss 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 60 years ago – into an assisted living...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    May 1, 2019

These tricycle options are for grown-ups

Dear Savvy Senior: What can you tell me about three-wheeled bicycles? I'm 65 years old and would like to start cycling again but I have some occasional balance problems and don't trust myself on a...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    April 1, 2019

Safe ways to get rid of expired, unused medicine

Dear Savvy Senior: What’s the best, environmentally safe way to dispose of old and unused medications? My mother has a medicine cabinet chocked-full of pills, some of which haven’t been touched in 25 years, and I’d like to clean it out for...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    March 1, 2019

Does Medicare cover vision services?

Dear Savvy Senior: I will be enrolling in Medicare in a few months, and would like to know how Medicare covers vision services? I currently have vision insurance through my employer but will lose it...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    February 1, 2019

Could you have glaucoma?

Dear Savvy Senior: What are the warning signs for glaucoma? My 65-year-old brother lost some of his vision because of it but never had a clue anything was wrong. Could I be at risk too? - Concerned Sister Dear Concerned: It’s called the “silent...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    December 1, 2018

Medicare coverage for dental care; coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Dear Savvy Senior: I will turn 65 in a few months and will be enrolling in Medicare, but I am concerned about Medicare’s coverage of dental care. Does Medicare cover dental procedures? And if not, where can I get dental coverage? - Almost 65 Dear...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    November 1, 2018

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 Child Dear Only: Most U.S. veterans are eligible for burial and...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    October 1, 2018

These products ease dental care

Dear Savvy Senior: I have arthritis in my hands that affects my grip strength and dexterity and makes brushing my teeth difficult. I’ve read that electric powered toothbrushes help make the job easier. Can you make any recommendations on what to...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    August 1, 2018

How older people can find clinical trials

Dear Savvy Senior: What can you tell me about clinical trials and how to go about finding one?—Old and Ill Dear Old: Each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans participate in clinical trials in hopes of gaining access to the latest, and...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    July 1, 2018

These simple gadgets 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 their eighties and still pretty good drivers, but due to arthritis and age they’re very stiff, which causes them some...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    July 1, 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 before I apply. - Worried Retiree Dear Worried:...

 

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