How to handle your Medicare coverage if you move

By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are moving to a different area of the country to be near our daughter. Will this affect our Medicare benefits? Will we need to adjust our coverage or re-enroll in a new plan? Moving Away Dear Moving, Moving can indeed affect your Medicare benefits depending…

Social Security announces redesigned statement

Now available with a my Social Security Account On Monday, Oct. 4, Kilolo Kijakazi, acting Commissioner of Social Security, introduced a new look and feel to the Social Security Statement, available online through the my Social Security portal at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount and by mail. The Statement is one of the most effective tools people can use to…

Little know Social Security program helps seniors manage their money

By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, Does Social Security offer any special help to beneficiaries who struggle managing their benefits? My aunt, who has no children, has dementia and struggles keeping up with her bills and other financial duties. Inquiring Niece Dear Inquiring, Yes, Social Security actually has a little-known program known as the “representative…

How to replace important documents that are lost or missing

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you tell me what I need to do to replace a variety of important documents? Our house burned down a few months ago, and we lost everything including our home property deed, car titles, old tax returns, Social Security, Medicare and COVID vaccine cards, birth certificates, marriage license, and passports. Stressed…

Three retirement planning tips for women

By Brian Rudolph and Rhonda Whitenack Social Security Public Affairs Specialists, Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin One day in 1939, Ida May Fuller stopped by the local Social Security office in her hometown of -Rutland, Vt., to inquire about Social Security benefits. She knew she had been paying into Social Security, and wanted to learn more.…

Top smartphones for tech-shy seniors

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good smartphones for older seniors? I would like to get my 78-year-old mother to upgrade to a smartphone, but want something that’s easy for her to see and use. Shopping Around Dear Shopping, There are actually several smartphones I can recommend that will provide your mother a simpler,…

Are you ready for retirement? Social Security can help

By Brian Rudolph and Rhonda Whitenack Social Security Public Affairs Specialists,Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin Do you think you may be ready to retire and want to apply for Social Security benefits? We’re here to help you make an informed decision about when to apply for benefits based on your individual and family circumstances. Would it…

Social Security online learning tools

By Brian Rudolph and Rhonda Whitenack, Social Security Public Affairs Specialists, Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin Our online learning resources for educators are great for teaching people about Social Security. Chances are a student will know someone who receives retirement or disability benefits. This could be a way to relate our many programs to a new audience, and show them…

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…