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 By Jim Miller    Health    August 1, 2021 

How to buy the best blood pressure monitor for you

Dear Savvy Senior: I just found out I have stage 1 hypertension and my doctor recommended I get a home blood pressure monitor to keep an eye on it. Can you offer me any tips on choosing a good one? - Hypertensive Helen Dear Helen: It’s a smart...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    June 1, 2021

These golf gadgets can help older golfers

Dear Savvy Senior: Do you know of any golfing equipment that can help older golfers? My dad, who's 76, loves to play golf, but arthritis in his hands has made griping the club challenging, and his...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    March 1, 2021

Keeping your balance as you age takes work

Dear Savvy Senior: What can you tell me about balance exercises? I’ve fallen a few times over the past year and have read that balance exercises can help me regain my steadiness, but I’m not exactly sure what to do. — Unsteady at 70 Dear Unstea...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    March 1, 2021

Technology can help you locate misplaced belongings

Dear Savvy Senior: Can you recommend any good devices that help seniors with tracking down misplaced items? My wife misplaces everything including her car keys, eyeglasses, cell phone, purse and...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    February 1, 2021

I'm still working: Do I need to sign-up for Medicare?

Dear Savvy Senior: I will turn 65 in a few months and plan to keep working for several more years. I have good health insurance from my employer now. Do I have to sign up for Medicare when I reach 65? — Looking Ahead Dear Looking: Whether you need...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    January 1, 2021

Is Social Security income taxable?

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: Whether or not you’ll be required to pay federal income tax on your...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    November 1, 2020

Here's how to track down old friends online

Dear Savvy Senior: I’m interested in tracking down some old friends I’ve lost touch with over the years but could use some help. What websites can you recommend that can help me find them? - Tracking Tom Dear Tom: Thanks to the internet,...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    September 1, 2020

Is there an age limit for organ donation?

Dear Savvy Senior: I never thought about becoming an organ donor until my brother died of kidney failure last year. But at age 78, I would like to know if I’m too old to be a donor, or if they would even use my organs if I were to die from COVID-19...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    August 1, 2020

Quit smoking! Medicare and other tools can help you kick the habit

Dear Savvy Senior: I understand that COVID-19 hits smokers a lot harder than nonsmokers but quitting at my age is very difficult. Does Medicare offer any coverage that helps beneficiaries quit smoking? - Must Quit Dear Must: It’s true. Smokers and...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    August 1, 2020

Financial help for retirees affected by COVID-19

Dear Savvy Senior: Are there any financial assistance programs you can refer me to? The coronavirus pandemic has cost me my part-time retirement job and has shrunk my measly IRA account. - Needy Retiree Dear Needy: Absolutely. In addition to the...

 
 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...

 

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