Senior Choices

SAVVY SENIOR – Cheap basic cell phone plans for penny pinching seniors 

Dear Savvy Senior, A few months ago, I read a column you wrote on extremely cheap smartphone plans for budget-conscious seniors. Can you do a similar column for those of us who still use basic flip phones? My old 3G flip phone is about to become obsolete, so I’m looking for the cheapest possible replacement. …

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SAVVY SENIOR – Should you take daily aspirin for your heart? 

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve been taking daily aspirin for almost 20 years now because I have a family history of heart disease. But I recently read that using aspirin is not recommended anymore. What can you tell me about this change in philosophy?  Confused Aspirin User Dear Confused, There’s no doubt that taking low-dose daily …

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SAVVY SENIOR – How to hire an in-home helper for an aging parent 

Dear Savvy Senior, I would like to hire an in-home helper for my 82-year-old mother to assist with household chores like housekeeping, grocery shopping and driving her to the doctor, etc. But mom doesn’t require any personal/physical caregiving, nor does she require any home medical care. Any tips to help us find someone? Searching Sarah …

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SAVVY SENIOR – Adaptive clothing takes the stress out of dressing

Dear Savvy Senior, What kinds of clothing options are available to mobility challenged seniors who have a difficult time dressing?  Looking for Mom Dear Looking, The chore of dressing and undressing in traditional clothing can be difficult, time-consuming and even painful for millions of people with certain health and mobility problems. Fortunately, there’s a wide …

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SAVVY SENIOR – How to get underutilized COVID funeral assistance funds

Dear Savvy Senior, I recently saw a news segment on TV about a government funeral assistance program available to families who lost loved ones during the pandemic. What can you tell me about this? I lost my 78-year-old mother to COVID in 2021 and want to find out if I’m still eligible for any funeral …

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