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                                In this June 15, 2018 file photo, twenty dollar bills are counted in North Andover, Mass.
How to get financial help to pay for everyday needs

Dear Savvy Senior: What types of programs are available to help seniors struggling with their everyday bills, and how do I go about finding them? Since I lost my husband last year, my Social Security survivor benefit is barely enough to get by on. — Searching Senior Read more

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                                It’s annual open enrollment time again for the 65 million Americans covered by Medicare, the federal health program for older people and some people with disabilities.
How to spot misleading Medicare Advantage ads

Dear Savvy Senior: I’m currently enrolled in original Medicare but have been thinking about switching to a Medicare Advantage plan during the open enrollment period. Many of the Medicare Advantage ads I’ve seen offer lots of extra benefits beyond what traditional Medicare offers and no monthly premiums. What are your thoughts? — Considering a Switch Read more

                                Medicare Part B helps cover the cost of durable medical equipment such as walkers. A Medicare Advantage plan may also offer coverage.
It’s open enrollment season

Consumers know it’s fall when stores start offering Halloween candy and flu shots — and airwaves and mailboxes are filled with advertisements for Medicare options. Read more

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                                A man changing channels watching television.
Simple universal TV remotes often ideal for older adults

Dear Savvy Senior: Can you recommend some simplified universal television remotes for seniors? My 88-year-old dad, who lives in a retirement community, has some dementia and gets confused with all the buttons on his remote. As a result, he keeps accidentally reprogramming his TV set. — Searching Son Read more

                                Watching TV.
Boomers are TV networks’ best hope to stay afloat

A couple of weeks ago, as the network fall television season got underway, ABC began airing “The Golden Bachelor,” a spinoff of “The Bachelor” that centers on an offbeat twist: The competition centers on a 72-year-old man, and the 22 women vying for his affection range in age from 60 to 75. Read more

                                Pictured a Basset Hound named “Hobs” introduced himself to a Shih Tzu named “Monty”.
Steps to protect your pets after you’re gone

Dear Savvy Senior: What is the best way to ensure my pets are cared for after I’m gone? I have two dogs and a cat that are my four-legged family, and I want to make sure they’ll be well taken care of after I die. — Solo Senior Read more

                                Gerry Turner, 72, is the lead of ABC’s new dating show, “The Golden Bachelor,” and he’s ready to find love again.
Looking for love and a pickleball partner

Drivers in Los Angeles heading north on La Cienega Boulevard these days might notice a bronzed gentleman smiling down at them from billboards poised on either side of the street. Read more

                                Elaine LaLanne, who revolutionized modern exercise alongside her husband, Jack, at home in Morro Bay, Calif. LaLanne said that her life has been built on the importance of positive thinking.
Still shaping the industry

Elaine LaLanne’s morning exercises often begin before she’s even out of bed. Lying on top of the covers, she does two dozen jackknifes. At the bathroom sink, she does incline pushups. Read more

                                Hawaii Male Medical Clinic in Ala Moana.
Medicare can sometimes help those seeking second opinion

Dear Savvy Senior: Does Medicare cover second medical opinions? The doctor I currently see thinks I need a knee replacement, but I would like to get some other treatment options before I proceed. What can you tell me? — Limping Larry Read more

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