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Jim T. Miller
Jim Miller is the creator of Savvy Senior (, a syndicated information column written for Boomers and Seniors that is published in more than 400 newspapers and magazines nationwide. Jim is also a contributor on NBC’s Today show, KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City and is the author of The Savvy Senior, The Ultimate Guide to Health, Family and Finances for Senior Citizens, (Hyperion).

Entries by Jim T. Miller

How to Guard Against Deadly Aortic Aneurysms

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 1:00 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,

My father died several years ago, at the age of 76, from a stomach aneurysm, which now has me wondering. What are my risk factors of getting this, and what can I do to protect myself, as I get older?

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How Much You'll Pay for Medicare in 2016

(3) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 4:10 PM


Dear Savvy Senior,
I know there won't be a cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits next year but what about Medicare? I've heard some beneficiaries will get hit with a big Part B monthly premium increase in 2016. What can you...

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Required IRA and 401(k) Withdrawal Rules for Retirees

(2) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 9:46 AM

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you give me the details on required IRA and 401(k) distributions? I turned 70 this year, and want to be clear on what I'm required to do, and when I'll have to do it.

--Planning Ahead

Dear Planning,

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How to Choose a Good Nursing Home

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 8:42 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,
Can you give me some tips on picking a good nursing home for my mother who has Alzheimer's disease? I've been taking care of her at home, but she's gotten to the point where she's too much for me...

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Understanding Reverse Mortgages: Beware of Misleading Ads

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 9:38 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,
Can you give us a rundown of how reverse mortgages work? I've seen actors Fred Thompson and Henry Winkler pitching them on TV, and they sound like a good deal. What can you tell me?

--Need the Money

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Social Security's Viagra Benefit for Kids

(5) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 11:37 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,
I've been told that my children, who are 13 and 16 years old, may be eligible for Social Security when I file for my retirement benefits. What can you tell me about this?

--Older Dad

Dear Older,

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How to Plan an Affordable Funeral

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 10:52 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,
When my brother died last year, my sister and I had a regular funeral for him and got stuck with a $12,000 bill. Can you recommend some funeral cost cutting tips or cheaper alternatives? I don't want to stick...

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How to Find a Better Medicare Prescription Drug Plan

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 11:25 AM

Dear Savvy Senior, I recently received a letter from my Medicare drug plan provider notifying me that they are increasing my co-pays next year. I'd like to look for a better plan but could use some guidance. What's the easiest way to...
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Specialized Services That Help Seniors Relocate

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 11:07 AM

Dear Savvy Senior, I need to find some help with selling my elderly mother's house -- where she's lived for almost 50 years -- and relocating her to an apartment or condo closer to where I live. Can you recommend any businesses...
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How to Save on Hearing Aids

(2) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 11:46 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,
Where can we find affordable hearing aids? My husband needs a set but we can't really afford to pay the exorbitant prices. Can you help us?

--Loud-Talking Wife

Dear Loud,
It's unfortunate, but millions of Americans with...

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Roadside Assistance Services for Older Drivers

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 11:19 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,
I would like to get my wife and I set up with some type of roadside assistance service in case we get a flat tire or our battery conks out. Can you recommend some good and affordable services for...

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Adjusted Flu Vaccine Options Available to Seniors This Year

(7) Comments | Posted September 7, 2015 | 11:10 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,
What can you tell me about this year's flu shot? Last year's vaccine was ineffective at preventing the flu, especially among seniors. What options are available to me this year?

--Seeking Protection

Dear Seeking,
You're right. Last...

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How To Stop Robocalls Once And For All

(59) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 11:35 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,
What can I do to stop the perpetual prerecorded robocalls I keep getting? I'm signed up with the National Do Not Call Registry, but it seems like I still get three or four robo telemarketing calls a day offering...

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Understanding the Responsibilities of an Executor

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 6:36 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,
An old family friend recently asked me to be the executor of his will when he dies. I feel flattered that he asked, but I'm not sure what exactly the job entails. What can you tell me?


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How to Reduce Your Medication Costs

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 11:43 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,
Can you recommend any tips to help me save on my medication costs? I currently take five different prescription medications that are very expensive even with insurance.

--Searching Susan

Dear Susan,
There are actually a variety ways...

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Mobile Safety Products That Can Help Seniors on the Go

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 12:00 PM


Dear Savvy Senior,
Do you know of any medical alert SOS buttons for seniors that work away from the home? I would like to get one for my 80-year-old mother, but would like to find one that's not limited to the house....

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Medicare Options for Retirees Who Travel

(1) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 11:15 AM

Dear Savvy Senior,
What are the best Medicare coverage options for retirees who travel a lot?

--Almost 65

Dear Almost,
The best Medicare options for retirees who travel extensively depends on your destination.

Let's start with a quick...

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Financial Aid for Older Adults Going Back to School

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 11:34 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,
Are there any financial aid resources you can recommend to baby boomers who are interested in going back to school? I've been thinking about taking some classes at a nearby college, and wanted to check into financial aid opportunities...

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How to Protect Your Eyes From Macular Degeneration

(3) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 10:38 AM

Dear Savvy Senior, Is macular degeneration hereditary? My mother lost her vision from it before she died a few years ago, and now at age 65, I'm worried I may get it. What can you tell me?

--Nearsighted Susan

Dear Susan,

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How to Choose the Best Place to Retire

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 9:41 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,
My wife and I will both be retiring in a year or two and are interested in moving to a smaller house in a better climate but could use some help. What resources can you recommend for locating and...

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