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Seniors

Four tips to prepare for extended power outages

February 9, 2018

BPT In the year 2018, it’s very easy to take your home’s power for granted. You flick the light switch and the lights come on. Same with the television and the microwave. It’s easy. And should a storm knock the power out, you expect that it will be up again in a matter of minutes…

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Savvy Senior: Three ways to cut hearing aid costs

February 2, 2018

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve heard that hearing aids will soon be available over-the-counter and will be much cheaper than they currently are. What can you tell me about this? My husband desperately needs hearing aids but we simply can’t afford them. Searching Spouse Dear Searching, Unfortunately, for many years the high cost of hearing aids…

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Savvy Senior: Financial Tips for Retiring Abroad

January 26, 2018

Dear Savvy Senior, What are some financial factors to consider when retiring abroad? My husband and I will be retiring in a few years and are interested in living in a foreign country that’s cheaper than the U.S. Frugal Couple Dear Frugal, Retiring abroad has become a growing trend for millions of U.S. retirees who…

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Savvy Senior: What to do when a loved one dies

January 12, 2018

Dear Savvy Senior, This may seem like a strange question, but can you tell me what steps need to be taken after a loved one dies? My 80-year-old father has a terminal illness, and I would like to find out what I will need to do when he passes. Only Daughter Dear Only, I’m sorry…

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Savvy Senior: Don’t Eat This if You’re Taking That

January 5, 2018

Dear Savvy Senior, If the prescription label says “take with meals,” does it matter what you eat? I currently take eight different medications for various health problems and would like to know if there are any foods I need to avoid. Over Medicated Dear Over, It depends on the medication. Many meds should be taken…

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Savvy Senior: How to divvy up your family belongings peacefully and sensibly

December 29, 2017

Dear Savvy Senior, What’s the best way to distribute my personal possessions to my kids after I’m gone without causing hard feelings or conflict? I have a lot of jewelry, art, family heirlooms and antique furniture, and three grown kids that don’t always see eye-to-eye on things. Planning Ahead Dear Planning, Divvying up personal possessions…

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Savvy Senior: Simple home modifications that can help seniors age in place

December 22, 2017

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you recommend to help make a home safer for aging-in-place? My 76-year-old mother wants to stay living in her own home for as long as possible, but she doesn’t have the money for any big renovations. Concerned Son Dear Concerned, There are dozens of small adjustments and simple modifications…

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Savvy Senior: Financial help for grandparents raising grandchildren

December 7, 2017

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any financial assistance programs that can help grandparents who are raising their grandkids? I’m raising two grandchildren and could use some help. Struggling Grandma Dear Struggling, Money is often an issue for the millions of U.S. grandparents who are raising their grandchildren today. To help with the day-to-day expenses, there…

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Savvy Senior: Recognizing and treating depression in retirement

November 30, 2017

Dear Savvy Senior, Since retiring a few years ago, my husband has become increasingly irritable and apathetic. I’m concerned that he’s depressed, even though he may not admit it. Where can we turn to get help with this, and what, if anything, does Medicare pay for? Concerned Spouse Dear Concerned, Depression is unfortunately a widespread…

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