iOS app Android app

Jim T. Miller
GET UPDATES FROM Jim T. Miller
Jim Miller is the creator of Savvy Senior (savvysenior.org), 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 Stop Robocalls Once And For All

(56) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 10:35 AM

2015-08-31-1441027541-9677105-021913_robocalls_600.jpg

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...

Read Post

Understanding the Responsibilities of an Executor

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 5:36 AM

2015-08-24-1440407720-4532332-iStock_000024028946Small.jpg

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?

--Concerned...

Read Post

How to Reduce Your Medication Costs

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 10:43 AM

2015-08-17-1439811636-379355-USarthritispatientswillstillfacehighcostspostbiosimilars.jpg

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...

Read Post

Mobile Safety Products That Can Help Seniors on the Go

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 11:00 AM

2015-08-10-1439210750-6956571-banner_5.jpg

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....

Read Post

Medicare Options for Retirees Who Travel

(1) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 10:15 AM

2015-08-03-1438594223-1152229-3d_world_map_with_stethoscope_stock_photo_Slide01.jpg
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...

Read Post

Financial Aid for Older Adults Going Back to School

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 10:34 AM

2015-07-27-1438005645-877412-EducationLifelonglearningseniors500x332.jpg

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...

Read Post

How to Protect Your Eyes From Macular Degeneration

(2) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 9:38 AM

2015-07-20-1437395883-734939-image.php.jpeg
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,
...

Read Post

How to Choose the Best Place to Retire

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 8:41 AM

2015-07-13-1436789645-1637566-intro.jpg

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...

Read Post

When and How Social Security Checks Are Delivered

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2015 | 6:42 PM

2015-07-11-1436641539-8395529-nSOCIALSECURITYlarge570.jpg

Dear Savvy Senior,

I plan to apply for my Social Security benefits in September. When can I expect my first check? And, is direct deposit my only option for receiving my monthly payment?

--Almost Eligible

Dear Almost,

Generally, Social Security retirement benefits...

Read Post

Simplified Cellphones for Seniors With Hearing Problems

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

2015-06-28-1435517610-7266164-oldcell.jpg

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...

Read Post

How Seniors Can Tame Pet Care Costs

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

2015-06-22-1434969043-9423424-shutterstock_116766232.jpg

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,

Read Post

Helping Seniors Learn New Technology

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

2015-06-15-1434370532-8645305-computertraining2.jpg

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...

Read Post

Choosing a Home Blood Pressure Monitor

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

2015-06-08-1433769338-7791990-homebloodpressuremonitor.jpg

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...

Read Post

How to Compare and Locate Senior Housing Options

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

2015-06-01-1433161747-9398517-testimonialsheader1.png

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.

--Searching...

Read Post

How to Find and Choose a New Doctor

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

2015-05-25-1432567696-4577658-071708_doctor_stethescope.JPG

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...

Read Post

Home Improvement Assistance Programs for Seniors

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

2015-05-18-1431958791-6579844-ok8big.jpg

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...

Read Post

How to Recognize Stroke Symptoms and What to Do

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

2015-05-11-1431350464-8071338-strokesigns.jpg
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...

Read Post

How to Search for Lost Pension Money

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

2015-05-04-1430741457-7365435-88622428.jpg
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...

Read Post

Understanding Medicare's Enrollment Rules

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

2015-04-28-1430262868-447300-medicare_card.jpg

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...

Read Post

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

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

2015-04-26-1430074001-322550-longtermhealthcare.jpg

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,...

Read Post