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Seniors

Savvy Senior: Finding money for long-term care

August 18, 2017

Dear Savvy Senior, What resources can you refer me to for long-term care financial help? My 84-year-old mother needs assisted living or nursing home care, but we don’t have a lot of money and she doesn’t have long-term care insurance. Searching Daughter    Dear Searching, If your mother does not have a long-term care insurance…

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Savvy Senior: Low-cost wireless plans for seniors who use smartphones

August 11, 2017

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m interested in downsizing my smartphone wireless plan, and am looking for the best low cost options. I use my phone primarily for talking and texting, but also need some cellular data for checking my email and other functions when I’m away from WiFi. What can you tell me?  Senior Saver Dear…

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Savvy Senior: Finding help for seniors addicted to opioids

August 4, 2017

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m worried about my 72-year-old mother who has been taking the opioid medication Vicodin for her hip and back pain for more than a year. I fear she’s becoming addicted to the drug but I don’t know what to do.  Concerned Daughter Dear Concerned, The opioid epidemic is a national problem that…

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Savvy Senior: The hidden dangers of heartburn

July 29, 2017

Dear Savvy Senior, Is regular heartburn or indigestion anything to worry about? My 60-year-old husband eats a lot of Tums or Rolaids throughout the day to help him manage it, but it keeps him up at night too. What can you tell us? Inquiring Spouse Dear Inquiring, Almost everyone experiences heartburn or acid indigestion from…

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Before Retiring, Try Spending Like a Retired Person

July 21, 2017

A financial adviser’s suggestions on finding cutbacks before you need to   By Trey Smith In planning for retirement, many people may develop what they believe is a realistic budget. Yet they have no palpable way of knowing whether they’ll be able to make changes necessary to stay within that budget and keep from prematurely…

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Savvy Senior: New Medicare cards debut next year

July 14, 2017

Dear Savvy Senior, I just received my Medicare card in the mail and was surprised to see that the ID number is the same as my Social Security number. I know it’s a bad idea to carry around anything that displays my Social Security number because it makes me vulnerable to identity theft. Wasn’t the…

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Savvy Senior: How to choose the right type of walker

July 7, 2017

Dear Savvy Senior, How does one go about choosing a walker? I have some balance issues along with arthritis in my knee and could use a little more help than a cane provides. Unsteady at 70 Dear Unsteady, When it comes to choosing a walker, there are various styles and options to consider, but selecting…

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How to use your home equity in retirement

June 23, 2017

BPT Most of us save and plan for decades to enjoy the period of our life when we no longer need to go into the office and work an eight-hour day for a paycheck. But even with those decades of hard work, it can be tough to save up enough cash to cover all your…

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Survey: Cataracts impact lifestyle; surgery brings emotional benefits

June 15, 2017

BPT You may know that cataracts can interfere with your ability to see clearly, but might be unaware of their impact on your emotions. Alcon, the global leader in eye care, conducted a survey of about 1,300 people age 60 and older who have undergone cataract surgery and found that almost 60 percent of respondents…

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