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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

Wandering Solutions for Alzheimer's Caregivers

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 8:14 PM


Dear Savvy Senior,
My mother, who lives with me, has Alzheimer's disease and I worry about her wandering away. What tips can you recommend to help me protect her?

--Concerned Daughter

Dear Concerned,
According to the Alzheimer's Association, about 60 percent...

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Generic Drugs Offer Seniors Big Savings

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 11:22 PM


Dear Savvy Senior,
Are brand-name medications better than generic, and if not, why is there such a price difference? Also, how can I find out which medicines are available in generic form.

--Leery Senior

Dear Leery,
No. Brand-name medications are not...

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How to Recognize and Handle Senior Gambling Problems

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 10:11 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, How can you know when someone has a gambling problem? Since my father passed away a couple years ago, my 76-year-old mother spends a lot of time at an Indian casino near her house playing slot machines.

--Troubled Son

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How to Get Social Security Benefits When You're Disabled

(21) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 7:46 PM


Dear Savvy Senior,
What do I need to do to get Social Security disability? I'm 57 years old and have some health issues that are keeping me from working, but I've heard it's very difficult to get benefits.

--Need Assistance


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How to Get a Medicare-Covered Power Scooter or Wheelchair

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 3:16 PM


Dear Savvy Senior,

What's the process for getting Medicare to pay for an electric mobility scooter or power wheelchair? My 76-year-old mother has arthritis in her knees and hips, and has a difficult time getting around anymore.

--Searching Daughter

Dear Searching,

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Is Life Insurance Needed in Retirement?

(7) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 11:22 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,
Is life insurance needed in retirement? I'm about to retire and have been thinking about dropping my policy to escape the premiums. Is this a good idea?

-- Over Insured

Dear Over,

While many retirees choose to...

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How to Find the Best Reacher Grabber Tool

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 9:03 PM


Dear Savvy Senior,
What kinds of reacher grabber tools can you recommend for seniors who need help picking things up off the ground? I bought a cheap one at Walmart a few months ago that doesn't work very well for me, and...

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Food Assistance Programs Can Help Seniors in Need

(11) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 5:14 PM


Dear Savvy Senior,
I run a community counseling program for needy families and am frustrated that so few eligible seniors take advantage of the food stamp program. Can you write a column on this to help educate seniors to this underutilized benefit?

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Senior Organizations That Appeal to Conservatives

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 3:20 PM


Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you recommend any advocacy organizations for seniors other than AARP? I cut up my AARP card a few years back when they supported Obamacare, and am now looking for another organization that better represents me.

--Conservative Senior

Dear Conservative,

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Ergonomic Tools That Can Ease Gardening Pains

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 9:48 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,
Can you recommend some good ergonomic gardening gear for seniors? My 72-year-old mother loves to work in the garden, but has been plagued by various gardening injuries this year.

--Looking for Solutions

Dear Looking,
There's no doubt that...

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Low-Cost and Free Cell Phone Options for Seniors

(6) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 7:18 PM


Dear Savvy Senior,
What are the cheapest cell phone options available today to seniors living on a shoestring budget? I only need it for occasional calls.

--Seldom Calling Senior

Dear Seldom,
For financially challenged seniors who only want a cell...

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Alternative Lodging Options for Retirees Who Travel

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 2:28 PM


Dear Savvy Senior,

Since retiring, my husband and I love to travel but hotel costs eat up our budget so fast we can't stay as long, or go as often as we'd like to. I've heard that there are alternative lodging options like...

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How to Protect Your Medicare Card from Identity Theft

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 9:29 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,

I just turned 65 and received my Medicare card. I see that the ID number on my card is the same as my Social Security number, and on the back of the card it tells me I need to carry...

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When to See a Geriatrician

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 3:11 PM


Dear Savvy Senior,

What kinds of health problems do geriatricians treat? My mother, who's 80, takes several different medications for various health problems, but hasn't been feeling like herself lately. I'm wondering if she would benefit by seeing a geriatrician in place...

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Top Rated New Vehicles for Seniors

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 7:08 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,
Can you recommend any credible resources that rate the best vehicles for older drivers? My wife and I are both in our seventies and are looking to purchase a new automobile but could use some help choosing one that's...

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How To Make an Online Memorial for a Departed Loved One

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 10:59 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,
What can you tell me about online memorials? My uncle recently passed away, and some of the family thought it would be neat to create an online memorial to pay tribute to him, and accommodate the many family and...

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Health Insurance Options for Early Retirees

(1) Comments | Posted May 31, 2014 | 12:06 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,

At age 63, I will be retiring in a few months and need to find some health insurance coverage for my wife and me until Medicare kicks in. Is Obamacare my only option?

-- About to Retire

Dear About,

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How Much Is Your Old Stuff Worth?

(1) Comments | Posted May 24, 2014 | 1:16 PM


Dear Savvy Senior,
What resources can you recommend for finding the value of old items? I inherited a large number of old antiques and unique art from my great aunt, and I would like to find out what some of these items...

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How to Help Seniors with Their Computer Issues from Far Away

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2014 | 9:00 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,
Are there any computer software products that you know of that will let me help my parents with their computer issues from afar? They are in their seventies and frequently call me with their computer questions and problems, but...

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Travel Discounts Available to Older Travelers

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2014 | 1:15 PM


Dear Savvy Senior,
What types of senior discounts are available to older travelers? My husband and I are approaching retirement and love to travel, but love to save money too.

--Almost Retired

Dear Almost,
There is actually wide variety of...

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