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Seniors

Savvy Senior: Nifty gadgets that can help seniors with hearing loss

May 26, 2017

Dear Savvy Senior, What types of products can you recommend to help people with hearing problems? My 65-year-old husband has some hearing issues, but doesn’t think he needs a hearing aid, so I’m looking for some alternative devices that can help. Loud Talker Dear Loud, If your husband feels he’s not ready for a hearing…

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Savvy Senior: Can I Inherit My Parent’s Debt?

May 18, 2017

Dear Savvy Senior, What happens to a person’s debt after they die? My mother has taken on a lot of medical and credit card debt over the past few years and I’m worried that my brother and I will be responsible for it when she dies. What can you tell me? Worried Daughter Dear Worried,…

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Giving to the next generation

May 12, 2017

Family Features From self-expression to self-direction, there are countless ways to age out loud. Some of the most rewarding ways for older adults involve passing on experiences, wisdom and skills to others. Everyone has something to share, and these ideas from the Administration of Community Living can help you get started. Mentor. Use professional or…

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Savvy Senior: Should all baby boomers get tested for Hepatitis C?

May 5, 2017

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve recently read that all baby boomers should get tested for hepatitis C. Is this really necessary, and if so, what are the testing and treatment procedures? Healthy Boomer Dear Healthy, It’s true. Both the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that all…

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Here’s how to tap into your home’s not-so-hidden potential

April 28, 2017

BPT Your most valuable asset is around you all the time. It’s above you, it’s below you and in many cases you don’t realize how much it can do for you. According to the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., “Americans have a staggering amount of untapped equity in their homes.” How much? Altogether, $11,030,000,000,000. That’s…

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Cephas invites constituents to her Senior Chat N’ Chew

April 28, 2017

State Rep. Morgan Cephas, (D-Phila,) is hosting a “Senior Chat ‘N’ Chew” from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM, Thursday, May 3rd at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, located at 5732 Race St., Philadelphia. “The event is free and will provide assorted medical screenings at no charge, as well as access to information from local and state…

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Savvy Senior: How Medicare covers therapy services

April 22, 2017

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you explain how Medicare covers physical therapy services? I’m a new beneficiary, and would like to get some treatments for my back. Need Help Dear Need, Medicare covers a variety of outpatient therapy services including physical, occupational and speech therapy, if you meet their coverage criteria. Here’s how it works. Medicare…

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Savvy Senior: Coping with ringing in your ears

April 13, 2017

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any new treatments you know of that can help with constant ear ringing syndrome known as tinnitus? I’ve had it for years, but it’s gotten worse the older I get. Ringing Louder at 62 Dear Ringing, Tinnitus is a common condition that affects around 45 million Americans, but is usually…

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Savvy Senior: What to Do with Cremated Ashes?

April 7, 2017

Dear Savvy Senior, When my father passed away a few months ago we had him cremated, but are now wondering what to do with his ashes. My sister and I would like to do something celebratory for his life, but aren’t sure what to do. Any suggestions? No Instructions Left Dear No, If your dad…

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Savvy Senior: How to pick a medical alert system

March 31, 2017

Dear Savvy Senior, I would like to get my 82-year-old mother, who lives alone, a home medical alert system with a panic button that she can push in case she falls or needs help. Can you recommend some good options to help me choose? Overwhelmed Daughter Dear Overwhelmed, A good medical alert system is an…

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