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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

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

(5) 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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How Medicare Covers Your Eyes

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2014 | 11:09 AM


Dear Savvy Senior,
What does Medicare cover when it comes to eye care? I currently have good vision insurance through my employer but will lose it when I retire.

--Looking Ahead

Dear Looking,
Many retirees are unclear with what...

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Walk Your Way to Better Health

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 2:21 PM


Dear Savvy Senior,
Can you give me some tips on starting a walking program? I need to lose weight and get my blood pressure under control, but I hate to exercise.

--Unfit at 59

Dear Unfit,
More than 25 years...

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Air Travel Tips for Seniors With Special Needs

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2014 | 12:17 PM


Dear Savvy Senior,
I would like to fly my elderly parents across the country next month for my daughter's wedding but have some concerns about the flight. My mom has trouble walking long distances and my dad has COPD and needs an...

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How Reverse Mortgages Work in 2014

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 8:59 AM

Dear Savvy Senior,
What can you tell me about reverse mortgages? I was considering one last year, but now I hear they are more difficult to get.

--Ready to Reverse

Dear Ready,
That's correct. Tighter rules on reverse mortgages that have recently gone into affect have made...

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Personal Sound Amplification Products Can Help Seniors Hear Better

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2014 | 1:05 PM

Dear Savvy Senior,
What types of amplification products can you recommend to help people with hearing impairment? My 62-year-old husband has some hearing issues, but doesn't think he needs a hearing aid, so I'm looking for some alternative devices that can help.

--Shouting Spouse

Dear Shouting,
If your...

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How to Get Help With Medicare Decisions

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 3:06 PM

Dear Savvy Senior,

Where can I get help with my Medicare decisions? I'm approaching 65 and could use some help sorting through the different Medicare plan options that are available to me.

--Almost Eligible

Dear Almost,

The options and choices available to Medicare beneficiaries today can be overwhelming....

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How to Fight Age Discrimination

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 2:34 PM

Dear Savvy Senior,

What constitutes age discrimination in the workplace, and where can I turn to for help if I think I've got a case?

--Demoted at 64

Dear Demoted,

Age discrimination has become a much more frequent complaint in recent years as more and more people...

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Health Strategies for Preventing Alzheimer's Disease

(2) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 12:52 PM

Dear Savvy Senior,

Are there any proven strategies to preventing dementia? My 80-year-old mother has Alzheimer's, which has me wondering if there is anything I can do to protect myself.

-- Concerned at 53

Dear Concerned,

While there's currently no cure for Alzheimer's disease, new research indicates that there...

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Automobile Aids That Can Help Elderly Drivers

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 3:26 PM

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you recommend any products that can help older drivers with their vehicles? My 84-year-old mother is still a pretty good driver, but she has arthritis, which limits her range of motion and hinders her driving.

--Searching Son

Dear Searching,

To help keep older drivers safe...

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