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Does Medicare Cover Weight-Loss Treatments?

Does Medicare Cover Weight-Loss Treatments?

By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, Does Medicare cover any weight-loss treatments for overweight retirees? I just turned 65 and need to lose about 100 pounds and would like to know if Medicare can help. - Overweight Owen Dear Owen, Yes, traditional Medicare does indeed...

How to Close Social Media Accounts of a Deceased Loved One

How to Close Social Media Accounts of a Deceased Loved One

By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, How do I go about canceling a person’s social media accounts when they die? My wife passed away a few months ago and her social media accounts are still active. Sad Spouse Dear Sad, I’m very sorry for your loss, but this is a smart...

Smart Home Devices to Help Seniors Age in Place

Smart Home Devices to Help Seniors Age in Place

By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve been talking to my mobility challenged mother, who lives alone, about automating her house with some smart home products to make it more convenient. She’s very interested, but we’d like to get your opinion as to which types of...

Protecting Your Pets After You’re Gone

Protecting Your Pets After You’re Gone

By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, What is the best way to ensure my pets are taken care of after I’m gone? I have two dogs and a cat that are my four-legged family, and I want to make sure they’ll be well taken care of after I die. Solo Senior Dear Solo, It’s a great...

How Does Medicare Cover Preventive Health Services?

How Does Medicare Cover Preventive Health Services?

By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, How does Medicare cover preventive health screenings? I’m due to get a physical and a colonoscopy this year, but I want to find out what I’ll have to pay for before I go in. Just Turned 65 Dear Just Turned, You’ll be happy to know that...

How to Prepare a Will 

How to Prepare a Will 

By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, I would like to make my last will and testament and would like to know if I can do it myself, or do I need to hire a lawyer? Don’t Have Much Dear Don’t, Very good question! Almost everyone needs a will, but only about one-third of...

Fun Part-Time Jobs Ideas for Retirees

Fun Part-Time Jobs Ideas for Retirees

By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, As a 68-year-old retiree, I’m interested in finding a fun part-time job that can occupy some of my time and generate a little extra income. Can you write a column on low-stress, part-time jobs that are popular among retirees? Part-Time...

How to Protect Seniors from Scam Calls

How to Protect Seniors from Scam Calls

By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, What tools can you recommend to help protect trusting seniors from scam calls? My 74-year-old mother gets tons of unwanted telemarketing and robocalls on her cell and home phones and has been duped out of hundreds of dollars....

Auto Aids That Make Driving Easier and Safer

Auto Aids That Make Driving Easier and Safer

By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, Do you know of any car gadgets that can help older drivers? I drive a 12-year-old car and have arthritis in my neck, back, and knees, which limits my mobility. This makes it more difficult to get in and out of the car and look over my...

Simple Home Safety Solutions for Aging-in-Place

Simple Home Safety Solutions for Aging-in-Place

Dear Savvy Senior, Falls and fires are the two things I worry most about for my elderly father who lives alone. Do you have any suggestions on what we can do to help keep him safe, and keep an eye on him from afar? Concerned Daughter Dear Concerned, Of course! There...

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