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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

Simplified Cellphones for Seniors With Hearing Problems

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 3:39 PM


Dear Savvy Senior,
Can you recommend some basic simplified cellphones for seniors with hearing loss? My 82-year-old father needs to get a new cellphone for occasional calls or emergencies, but he needs something that's easy to use and one that he can...

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How Seniors Can Tame Pet Care Costs

(6) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 9:24 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,
What tips can you recommend to help senior pet owners with their veterinary bills? I have two cats and a dog that are family to me, but their vet bills have become unaffordable.

--Fix Income Frankie

Dear Frankie,

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Helping Seniors Learn New Technology

(6) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 8:31 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,
What teaching resources can you recommend to help seniors learn how to use computers, tablets and smartphone devices? At age 72, I am interested in joining the technology revolution so I can keep up with my kids and grandkids...

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Choosing a Home Blood Pressure Monitor

(3) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 10:19 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,
Can you offer me any tips on choosing a home blood pressure monitor? I just found out I have high blood pressure, and my doctor told me I need a monitor for the house so I can keep an...

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How to Compare and Locate Senior Housing Options

(1) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 9:13 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,
Can you go over the different types of housing options available to seniors, and recommend some good resources for locating and choosing one? I need to find a place for my elderly mother, and could use some help.


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How to Find and Choose a New Doctor

(3) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 11:48 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,
What resources can you recommend to help me find and research some doctors in my area? I'm looking for a good primary care doctor or internist for my elderly parents, and need to locate a good orthopedic doctor for...

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Home Improvement Assistance Programs for Seniors

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 10:33 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,

Do you know of any financial assistance programs or other resources that can help seniors with home improvement projects? I would like to help my 86-year-old father make a few modifications to his house so he can live there as...

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How to Recognize Stroke Symptoms and What to Do

(1) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 10:48 AM

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the symptoms of a stroke? My 66-year-old aunt had a stroke a few months ago and neither she nor my uncle had a clue it was happening.

--Concerned Relative

Dear Concerned,
Unfortunately, most Americans don't know...

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How to Search for Lost Pension Money

(1) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 8:40 AM

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you offer for tracking down a lost pension from a previous employer?

--About to Retire

Dear About,
It's not unusual for a worker to lose track of a pension benefit. Perhaps you left an employer...

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Understanding Medicare's Enrollment Rules

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 7:30 PM


Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you give me a rundown on Medicare's enrollment choices and rules along with when and how to apply? I turn 65 next year and want to make sure I know what to do.

--Almost Retired

Dear Almost,

The strict...

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How to Talk to Your Elderly Parent About the Dangers of Falling

(2) Comments | Posted April 26, 2015 | 2:49 PM


Watching an elderly parent's health decline is never easy, but for many adult children, like Patty Cicione of Norton, Mass., having conversations about a parent's vulnerabilities, health and well-being in their later years can be equally difficult.

"Mom was 74 years old,...

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How to Keep Up With Your Medications

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 9:15 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,

What products or solutions can you recommend to help seniors keep up with their medications? My mom is supposed to take several different medications at different times of the day, but frequently forgets.

--Reminding Son

Dear Reminding,

Anybody who juggles...

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Driving Safely With Dementia and Knowing When to Quit

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 11:20 AM

Dear Savvy Senior, Is it safe for seniors with dementia to drive, and if so, when should they stop? My dad has early Alzheimer's disease but still drives himself around town just fine.

--Looking Ahead

Dear Looking,
While most doctors agree...

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Social Security Offers Lump Sum Payouts to Retirees

(21) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 3:37 PM


Dear Savvy Senior,
I've heard that Social Security offers a lump-sum payment to retirees who need some extra cash. I have not yet started drawing my benefits and would like to investigate this option. What can you tell me?

--Almost Retired


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Easier Screening Tests for Colon Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 1:19 PM


Dear Savvy Senior,

Are there any easier alternatives to a colonoscopy to check for colon cancer? I'm in my 60s and would like to be tested, but hate the idea of drinking all that laxative solution and being sedated for the procedure.

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Handy Aids For Achy Hands

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 3:53 PM


Dear Savvy Senior,
What products can you recommend for seniors with hand arthritis? I really struggle with anything that requires gripping and turning, which makes most activities difficult.

--Gripless Joan

Dear Joan,
There are literally hundreds of different arthritis aids...

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How Medicare Covers In-Home Care

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 3:06 PM


Dear Savvy Senior,

How does Medicare cover home health care? Because of my illness, my doctor suggested I get home health care, but I want to find out how it's covered before I proceed.

-- Need Some Help

Dear Need,

Medicare covers...

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Essential Legal Documents All Seniors Should Have

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 3:16 PM


Dear Savvy Senior,
What kinds of legal documents are suggested for end-of-life plans? I would like to get my affairs in order before it's too late.

--Getting Old

Dear Getting,
Every adult -- especially seniors -- should have at least...

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Simplified Smartphone Options for Tech-Shy Seniors

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 10:52 AM

Dear Savvy Senior, I'm interested in getting my 72-year-old mother a smartphone, but want to get one that's very easy for her to use. What can you recommend?

--Shopping Around

Dear Shopping,
There are several different ways you can go about...

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How to Protect Yourself From Osteoporosis Bone Fractures

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 4:11 PM


Dear Savvy Senior,

Can a person in their early 50s have osteoporosis? When I fell and broke my wrist last winter the doctor that treated me told me I might have osteoporosis. What can you tell me?

-- Worried Ronda

Dear Ronda,

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