Does Medicare cover home health care?

Dear Savvy Senior, How does Medicare cover in-home health care? My husband has a chronic health condition that makes it very difficult for him to leave the house, so I’m wondering if he could qualify for Medicare home health care. – Seeking Help Dear Seeking, Medicare covers a wide variety of part-time or intermittent in-home health…

How to pick the best place to retire

By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I will both be retiring in a few years and are interested in relocating to a warmer climate but could use some help. What resources can you recommend for locating and researching good places to retire in the United States? Retiring at 65 Dear Retiring, If…

Check the status of your Social Security benefits claim online

By Brian Rudolph and Rhonda Whitenack Social Security Public Affairs Specialists Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin If you applied for Social Security benefits, or have a pending reconsideration or hearing request, you can check the status online using your free personal my Social Security account. If you don’t have an account, you can create one at…

Lutheran Social Services Meals, July 5-9

Eden Valley meals are delivered to your home by volunteers before noon Monday-Friday. Please order at least one day in advance by calling Mary Lou at (320) 453-4407 to order a meal. Watkins meals can be picked up curbside at St. Anthony Manor before noon Monday-Friday or can be home-delivered by calling Chrissy Elton at…

Daily events at ROCORI Senior Center

The ROCORI Senior Center in Cold Spring welcomes seniors from surrounding areas to join in on a variety of fun activities. Our membership is only $5 per person per year and includes: Mondays • 9 a.m. – Pinochle • 9:30 a.m. – Bridge • 1 p.m. – Line dancing Tuesdays 9 a.m. – Stretching class…

How to downsize your home for a move

By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you offer for downsizing? My husband and I would like to relocate from our house into a retirement community condo near our daughter but need to get rid of a lot of personal possessions before we can move. Overwhelmed Willa Dear Willa, The process of weeding…

Choose a representative payee for Social Security before you may need one

By Brian Rudolph and Rhonda Whitenack, Social Security Public Affairs Specialists, Minn. and No. Wisc. The future is uncertain. Our Advance Designation program allows you to pre-select a trusted individual if a time comes when you need a representative payee to help manage your money. Advance Designation enables you to identify up to three people,…

A Social Security perk for older parents

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve been told that my two children, ages 14 and 16, may be eligible for Social Security when I file for my retirement benefits. Is this true? What can you tell me? Viagra Daddy Dear Viagra, It’s true. If you’re age 62 or older and are still raising young -children, there’s a…

Eligibility for spouse’s benefits

By Brian Rudolph and  Rhonda Whitenack, Social Security Public Affairs Specialists, Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin Social Security helps you secure today and tomorrow with financial benefits, information, and tools that support you throughout life’s journey. If you don’t have enough Social Security credits to qualify for benefits on your own record, you may be able…

Social Security and protecting elders from scams

By Brian Rudolph and Rhonda Whitenack Social Security Public Affairs Specialists Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is Tuesday, June 15. On this day, and throughout the month, communities, seniors, caregivers, governments, organizations, and the private sector unite to prevent the mistreatment of and violence against older people. Social Security imposter scams…