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The savvy senior : the ultimate guide to health, family, and finances for senior citizens
Miller, Jim, 1963-
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New York : Hyperion, 2004.
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249 pages ; 24 cm
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"The Savvy Senior" is a nationally syndicated newspaper column that serves the growing needs of the senior population and the families who support them by providing useful information and valuable resources. While many of the questions focus on Medicare and Social Security, they also cover a wide range of topics, including hearing aids, telemarketing fraud, volunteerism, reverse mortgages, travel, education, wills, nutrition, and even employment.

Author Notes

Jim Miller is the creator and writer of "The Savvy Senior" syndicated column, which is currently published in over 400 newspapers nationwide with over 12 million readers. Miller lives in Norman, Oklahoma, where he is well known as the stadium announcer for the University of Oklahoma's football and basketball games. Visit him at .

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Those interested in making plans for their own retirement years or concerned about a parent's retirement will find many of their questions answered here. The author writes the syndicated column "The Savvy Senior," which is published in 400 newspapers, and he bases his book on the thousands of questions he receives on social security issues, Medicare, estate and retirement planning, health issues, caregiving, grandparenting and more. Miller's writing style is a mixture of "just the facts, please" and light humor, allowing him to establish himself as a credible and knowledgeable expert. Numerous checklists, resources and charts make it easy to learn about such mundane topics as Medicare and living trusts, while "savvy notes" interspersed between paragraphs enlighten with odd factoids. Baby boomers caring for elderly parents will want to pay special attention to the section on avoiding telemarketing scams to seniors, who are the number one target for this type of criminal activity. And seniors on a fixed income will find the section on "Cost-Cutting Tips on Prescription Drugs" helpful as they learn how to apply for free prescription drugs from the pharmaceutical companies. (June 9) Forecast: The book's title will attract those familiar with Miller's column (it claims to have 18 million readers), and an appearance on The Today Show will tip off new readers. According to Miller, America's senior population will double over the next 25 years. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Driver Safety Programp. 3
Senior Transportationp. 5
Utility Assistancep. 8
Volunteerismp. 11
Senior Employmentp. 14
Telemarketing Fraudp. 16
Identity Theftp. 19
Visiting Grandchildrenp. 21
Grandparenting from Afarp. 23
Financial Tips for Grandparents Raising Grandchildrenp. 25
Money-Managing Grandparentsp. 28
The 529 Planp. 30
Traveling with Your Grandchildrenp. 32
Genealogy 101p. 35
Become a Computer-Savvy Seniorp. 39
Home Modificationp. 45
Fall Preventionp. 47
Gadgets for Seniorsp. 49
Downsizingp. 52
Senior Living Optionsp. 54
Assisted-Living Facilitiesp. 57
Continuing-Care Retirement Communitiesp. 59
Alternatives for Senior Carep. 62
Choosing a Nursing Home Wiselyp. 64
Ombudsmenp. 68
Intergenerational Livingp. 71
Long-Distance Caregivingp. 73
Geriatric-Care Managerp. 75
Alzheimer's Caregiversp. 78
Senior Eye Carep. 83
Stroke Signsp. 85
Subtle Heart-Attack Symptomsp. 88
CRP Testp. 90
Alzheimer's and Other Forms of Dementiap. 92
Arthritis and Exercisep. 95
Remember Your Flu Shotp. 97
Hearing Lossp. 99
Incontinencep. 101
Macular Degenerationp. 104
Osteoporosisp. 107
Teeth, Gums and Heartp. 110
Prostate Checkupsp. 112
Senior Insomniap. 115
Post-Retirement Bluesp. 117
Men and Griefp. 119
Senior Nutritionp. 121
Second Opinionsp. 123
Weight-Training Seniorsp. 125
End-of-Life Decisionsp. 127
Funeral Readyp. 129
Medicare and More
The Basics of Medicarep. 139
The New Medicare Prescription Drug Benefitp. 141
Medicare + Choice Planp. 146
Medicare Enrollmentp. 149
Appealing Medicarep. 152
Medigap Insurancep. 155
Medicare Preventive Servicesp. 158
Hospice Care and Medicarep. 159
Home Health Carep. 162
Health-Insurance Helpp. 164
Medicaid and Nursing-Home Carep. 166
Medicare Fraudp. 169
Cost-Cutting Tips on Prescription Drugsp. 171
Social Security
Social Security Retirement Basicsp. 185
Social Security Age Hikep. 189
Social Security Benefits: Now or Later?p. 191
Survivors Benefitsp. 194
Divorced Benefitsp. 196
Divorced Widows and Widowers Benefitsp. 197
How Work Affects Social Securityp. 199
Social Security Benefits and Taxesp. 201
Social Security Disabilityp. 203
Social Security Appealsp. 205
SSIp. 207
Notch Notesp. 209
Financial Tips for Retirementp. 213
Choosing a Financial Plannerp. 215
401(k) Retirement Optionsp. 218
IRA Savvyp. 220
Health-Insurance Options Before Medicarep. 223
Senior Legal Servicesp. 225
Free Tax Preparationp. 227
Get a Willp. 229
Living Trustsp. 232
Reverse Mortgagesp. 235
Long-Term-Care Insurancep. 241
Senior Debtp. 245