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  1. How Medicare Handles Second Medical OpinionsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 24, 2016 | Switched

    Dear Savvy Senior, Does Medicare cover second medical opinions? The doctor I currently see thinks I need back surgery, but I would like to get some other treatment options before I proceed. What can you tell me? Dear Searching, Getting a second medical opinion from another doctor is a smart idea that may offer you a fresh perspective and additional options for treating your back condition so you can make a more informed decision.


  2. Deciding What to Do in RetirementRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 20, 2016 | Switched

    Dear Savvy Senior, I just turned 62 and am financially prepared for retirement, but I'm less certain about how to spend my time after leaving work. Can you recommend some resources or tools that can help me with this? Dear Lost, This is a great question! Many people, when asked what they want to do when they retire, will say they want a mix of travel, play and meaningful work.


  3. The New MIND Diet May Help Prevent Alzheimer'sRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 13, 2016 | Switched

    Dear Savvy Senior, I've heard that there's a new diet that can help prevent Alzheimer's disease. What can you tell me about this? My 80-year-old mother has Alzheimer's and I want to do everything I can to protect myself.


  4. Best Simple Smartphones for SeniorsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 6, 2016 | Switched

    Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some smartphones that are specifically designed for seniors? My 75-year-old mother is interested in upgrading from a basic cellphone to a smartphone, but will need one that's very easy to operate. Dear Inquiring, I wrote about this topic just last year, but in the fast changing world of personal technology devices, there's a new crop of simplified smartphones that have recently hit the market that are better than ever for tech-shy seniors.


  5. Simple Steps to Protect Yourself from Melanoma Skin CancerRead the original story w/Photo

    May 30, 2016 | Switched

    Dear Savvy Senior, Does skin cancer run in families? My 63-year-old brother died of melanoma last year, and I'm wondering about my risks of getting this. What can you tell me? --Younger Sibling Dear Sibling, While long-term sun exposure and sunburns are the biggest risk factors for melanoma - the deadliest form of skin cancer - having a sibling or parent with melanoma does indeed increase your risk of getting it two to three times .


  6. How to Pick a Medicare Advantage PlanRead the original story

    May 23, 2016 | Switched

    Dear Savvy Senior, I'm approaching 65 and am interested in a Medicare Advantage plan to cover my health care and medications. What tips can you provide to help me pick a plan? Dear Shopper, Medicare Advantage plans have become increasingly popular among retirees over the past 10 years, as more than 30 percent of Medicare participants are now enrolled in an Advantage plan.


  7. Simplified Tablets Designed for Tech-Challenged SeniorsRead the original story

    May 16, 2016 | Switched

    Dear Savvy Senior, I'm interested in getting my 78-year-old mother a tablet for video calls and email but want to get one that's super simple to use. What can you recommend? Dear Shopping, There are several different ways you can go about getting your mom a simplified tablet that's easy for her to use.


  8. How to Replace Vital Documents that are Lost or StolenRead the original story w/Photo

    May 9, 2016 | Switched

    Dear Savvy Senior, Can you tell me how to go about replacing important lost documents? My wife and I recently downsized to a retirement community, and somewhere in the move we lost our Social Security and Medicare cards, birth certificates, marriage license and passports. Dear Ron, Replacing important documents that are lost, stolen or damaged is pretty easy if you know where to turn.


  9. Choosing an Appropriate Walking CaneRead the original story w/Photo

    May 2, 2016 | Switched

    Dear Savvy Senior, I have severe arthritis in my knee and could use a walking cane to help me get around. Is there anything I should know about canes before I buy one? Dear Linda, When it comes to choosing a cane for balance and support most people don't give it much thought, but they should.


  10. How to Downsize Your Stuff for a MoveRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 25, 2016 | Switched

    Dear Savvy Senior, Can you offer any helpful tips for downsizing? My husband and I are interested in moving to a condo downtown when we retire, but we need to get rid of a lot of our personal possessions before we can move. We've lived in the same house for almost 35 years and have accumulated tons of stuff.


  11. When Does it Pay to Take Social Security Early?Read the original story w/Photo

    Apr 18, 2016 | Switched

    Dear Savvy Senior, I will turn 62 in a few months and am trying to decide when to start taking my Social Security retirement benefits. Almost everything I read on this topic tells me it's better to wait until my full retirement age or beyond.


  12. Auto Insurance Discounts for Older DriversRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 11, 2016 | Switched

    Dear Savvy Senior, I've read that many car insurance companies offer a variety of discounts to older drivers when they retire or reach a certain age. What can you tell me about this? --Discount Seeker Dear Seeker, Most auto insurance companies offer policyholders a wide variety of discounts, many of which can benefit retirees.


  13. Elder Mediation Can Help Families Resolve Caregiving ConflictsRead the original story

    Mar 21, 2016 | Switched

    Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any services that you know of that help families resolve caregiving conflicts? My mother - who just turned 82 - recently had a stroke, and to make matters worse, my two siblings and I have been perpetually arguing about how to handle her caregiving needs and finances. Dear Bickering, It's not unusual when adult children disagree with each other regarding the care of an elder parent.


  14. How to Avoid Medicare Mistakes When You're Still WorkingRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 7, 2016 | Switched

    Dear Savvy Senior, Should I enroll in Medicare at age 65 if I'm still working and have coverage through my employer? Dear Almost, The rules for enrolling in Medicare can be very confusing with all the different choices available today. But when you postpone retirement past age 65, as many people are doing, it becomes even more complicated.


  15. Make Long-Term Care Coverage More AffordableRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 28, 2016 | The Huffington Post

    Dear Savvy Senior, I have been thinking about getting a long-term care insurance policy, but have found the monthly premiums to be very expensive. How can I find cheaper coverage? --Getting Old Dear Getting, Cost is usually the biggest factor that keeps most people from purchasing long-term care insurance - only around 8 million Americans currently have a policy.


  16. 2016 Tax Filing Requirements for RetireesRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 22, 2016 | The Huffington Post

    Dear Savvy Senior, What is the IRS income tax filing requirements going to be for this tax season? Due to health problems I stopped working early last year, so I'm wondering if I need to file. Dear Unintended, There are a number of factors that affect whether or not you need to file a federal income tax return this year including how much you earned last year , and the source of that income, as well as your age and filing status.


  17. Financial Paperwork: What to Keep, What to TossRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 1, 2016 | Switched

    Dear Savvy Senior, How long should a person hang on to old receipts, stock records, tax returns and other financial documents? I have accumulated boxes full of such papers over the years and would like to get rid of some of it now that I'm retired. Dear Getting, This is a great time of the year to get rid of unnecessary or outdated paperwork and to organize your records in preparation for filing your tax return in the spring.


  18. How to Keep Tabs On an Elderly Parent with Video MonitoringRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 11, 2016 | Switched

    Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good home video monitoring devices that can help my sister and me keep an eye on our elderly mother? Over the holidays, we noticed that her health has slipped a bit, and would like to keep a closer eye on her. Dear Worried, There are lot's of great video monitoring cameras that can help families keep a watchful eye on an elderly parent from afar, but make sure it's OK with your mom first.


  19. Paying Income Tax on Social Security BenefitsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 4, 2016 | The Huffington Post

    Dear Approaching, Whether or not you'll be required to pay federal income tax on your Social Security benefits will depend on your income and filing status. About 35 percent of Social Security recipients have total incomes high enough to trigger federal income tax on their benefits.


  20. Helping an Aging Parent With Their FinancesRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 21, 2015 | Switched

    Can you offer any tips on helping an elderly parent with their finances? My 82-year-old mother is having some trouble keeping up with her bills, and I just found out that she has been making a lot of small contributions to suspicious charities. -- Concerned Daughter Millions of adult children today serve as financial helpers to their elderly or ill parents or other loved ones.


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