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Seniors

Savvy Senior: Smart home devices that can help seniors ‘age-in-place’

January 11, 2019

Dear Savvy Senior, I recently read an article about how “smart home” devices can help seniors with aging-in-place. What types of smart home products can you recommend that can help with this? Inquiring Senior Dear Inquiring, There are actually a wide variety of affordable smart home devices you can add to your home that can…

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Savvy Senior: What you should know about your aging parents’ finances

January 4, 2019

Dear Savvy Senior, My siblings and I don’t know much about our elderly parent’s financial situation or their wishes if something happens to them. When mom broke her hip last year, it got me thinking we need to be better prepared. What’s the best way to handle this, and what all should we know?  Tentative…

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Savvy Senior: How to cope with SAD [Seasonal Affective Disorder]

December 29, 2018

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about seasonal affective disorder? I have always hated wintertime, but since I retired and am home a lot more, the dark and cold winter months make me depressed and lethargic.  Fighting the Blues Dear Fighting, If you get depressed in the winter but feel better in spring…

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Holiday entertainment with friends and family of all ages

December 21, 2018

ABOVE PHOTO:  shutterstock FAMILY FEATURES Holiday entertaining is no small chore. From feeding the masses to keeping everyone happy and engaged, it can be a big job playing host during the holidays.  From time-saving meal options to ideas that encourage everybody to take part in the festivities, consider these tips to help make it easy…

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Savvy Senior: Does Medicare cover dental care?

December 6, 2018

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 Almost, Medicare’s coverage of dental care is extremely limited. It will…

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Five reasons why people apply for disability benefits

November 30, 2018

BPT More than 155 million U.S. workers are insured for a disability through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. They receive this important insurance coverage through their payroll taxes, or FICA taxes, as a part of the Social Security program. Fortunately, many workers experience a lengthy working career without any medical issues. But for…

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Winter weatherproofing: Preparing your home to stay safe and save energy

November 21, 2018

BPT The heat will certainly be on this winter. With winter storms hitting many parts of the country early in the winter season, furnaces are plugging away, causing heating bills across the country to increase. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the typical U.S. family spends at least $2,200 per year on energy bills…

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Savvy Senior: How to capture your elder loved ones’ story

November 16, 2018

Dear Savvy Senior, I am interested in making a video of my 82-year-old parents’ life story/legacy and how they want to be remembered. With the holidays approaching, I thought this could be a neat gift to my older siblings, but I could use some help. What can you tell me? Youngest of Five Dear Youngest,…

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Savvy Senior: How to get veterans’ funeral and burial benefits

November 9, 2018

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 memorial benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration. Veterans who…

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Savvy Senior: What You’ll Pay for Medicare in 2019

November 2, 2018

Dear Savvy Senior, I know there will be a small 2.8 percent cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits next year but what about Medicare? What will our Medicare Part B monthly premiums and other Medicare costs be in 2019? Curious Jim Dear Jim, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced their cost adjustments…

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