Senior Choices

SAVVY SENIOR – Elder mediation can help families navigate thorny caregiving issues 

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any services that you recommend that can help families resolve elder parent caregiving conflicts? My 86-year-old father was recently diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, and to make matters worse, my sister and brother and I have been perpetually arguing about how to handle his future caregiving and financial needs.  Conflicted …

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SAVVY SENIOR – Tips and tools for coping with vision loss

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good resources for seniors with vision loss? My husband was recently diagnosed with macular degeneration, which has deteriorated his central vision, and he’s become very discouraged. Worried Wife Dear Worried, I’m very sorry to hear about your husband’s eye condition. Unfortunately, there are about 20 million Americans living …

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SAVVY SENIOR – How to handle Social Security benefits when a loved one dies

Dear Savvy Senior, How are Social Security benefits handled when someone dies? After a long illness, my 68-year-old father has only weeks left to live. I am helping my mom figure out her financial situation going forward, including what to do about my dad’s Social Security after he passes away but could use some help.  …

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SAVVY SENIOR – Best meal delivery services for seniors who don’t cook

Dear Savvy Senior,Can you recommend some good healthy meal delivery options for seniors who don’t cook or get out much? My 80-year-old father, who lives alone, has a terrible diet and I worry about his health.Concerned Daughter Dear Concerned,There are actually a wide variety healthy meal delivery options that can help non-cooking seniors who live …

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SAVVY SENIOR – How to locate interesting volunteer opportunities in your area

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good organizations or websites for locating interesting volunteer opportunities? I’ve been doing some volunteer work since I retired last year, but most of the jobs I’ve tried haven’t been very fun or satisfying. Retired Volunteer Dear Retired, For many retirees, finding a volunteer opportunity that meets your interests, …

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SAVVY SENIOR – Health insurance options after a spouse retires 

Dear Savvy Senior, My 63-year-old wife, who’s doesn’t work, is on my health insurance plan through my employer. When I retire next month and go on Medicare, what are our options for getting her health coverage until she turns 65? Is there some kind of Medicare coverage for dependent spouses? Need Insurance Dear Need, Unfortunately, …

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SAVVY SENIOR – Best over-the-counter hearing aids for older adults 

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good over-the-counter hearing aids for seniors on a budget? I’m not sure what to get or where to buy them. Hard of Hearing Dear Hard,  The new FDA approved over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids that hit the market last October have become a very attractive alternative to millions of …

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SAVVY SENIOR – Can I collect social security from my ex-spouse?

Dear Savvy Senior, Is it possible to collect Social Security benefits from my ex-spouse? We were married for 12 years but have been divorced for almost 20 years now.   Never Remarried Dear Never, Yes, depending on your specific circumstances, you may very well be eligible for divorced spouses Social Security benefits. Here’s what you …

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