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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.
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"A good, important column that is full of information and resources." -- Patricia St. Louis, The Fountain Valley News, Fountain, Colorado

"People feel like they're getting their information from a friend, as opposed to getting it from a faceless entity." -- Wayne Frazer, Spencer County Journal Democrat, Rockport, Indiana
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; 1 edition (June 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401307493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401307493
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We're all gonna be there, one way or another.
Susan Mathewson
The book covers the typical topics like social security, medicare and other health related subjects, but it does it in an informative manner that keeps your attention.
Gertrude Hills
I like the sense of humor that makes the book fun to read and keeps boring and dull subjects interesting.
Jeanne Coffman

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Gertrude Hills on June 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
After watching the savvy senior expert Jim Miller on the Today Show, I went to a bookstore to look over his book. On TV, it sounded too good to be true, but after reading some of the book I liked it so well I bought a copy for me and another one for a friend.
The book covers the typical topics like social security, medicare and other health related subjects, but it does it in an informative manner that keeps your attention. What I liked were the many other subjects discussed like grandparenting, gadgets for seniors to make life easier, financial tips,taxes,genealogy and computers for seniors. Jim writes in such an easy to read style and I love the humor and helpful websites and organizations to contact. I especially liked the "Savvy Notes" that highlight and summarize the main points.
The granddaddy of all is how to find through a central website, where to find out all the benefits available to seniors and how to apply. It's like beingspoonfed the information insead of having to go on a scavenger hunt for it. I loved the book and it lived up to everything the Today Show said and more. I'd give it 10 STARS if I could.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
More of a resource book than anything else; The Savvy Senior provides advice for seniors in a wide variety of areas. The layout for most of the sections is pretty similar. The author describes the problem, related problems, things you can do, and resources to help. For example if you have vision troubles then you might consider talking clocks, timers, or thermometers, talking blood-pressure monitors, voice-activated phone dialers, etc. The problem is where would you acquire these things since they are often not available in most stores. The resources section has the answers with web sites and phone numbers. This is just one of the many areas the book addresses. Other common problems and areas of concern for seniors that are addressed include: driving and transportation, utility assistance, telemarketing fraud, identity theft, grandparenting, money management, travel, fall prevention, retirement communities, choosing a nursing home, various medical concerns, Medicare, and Social Security. The two most valuable features of this book are the fact that it provides somewhat of a checklist of things you need to consider as you plan for aging and it points you in the right direction to get credible, quality help when you need it. The Savvy Senior is recommended for seniors and those making plans for their retirement years.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Coffman on June 9, 2004
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Amazing and incredible!!! The Savvy Senior book is not only easy to read, but also packs a wealth of extremely useful and valuable information on a wide variety of subjects in a simple and understandable manner. There are websites and phone numbers to get help for your own personal situation. I like the sense of humor that makes the book fun to read and keeps boring and dull subjects interesting. This book is a MUST for all senior citizens and their caregivers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan Mathewson on June 15, 2004
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If you have aging friends or relatives, buy this book! If you are a senior citizen, buy this book! Jim Miller has compiled an excellent resource guide that is easy to read and contains countless resources for people to get help with everything from Social Security to home modification to how to choose the best assisted living center. It is never too early to learn about what it is to get older in America. We're all gonna be there, one way or another. Worth every penny.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By dropSoul on September 28, 2004
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Read "The Retirement Nightmare" by Dr. Diane Armstrong. Get the real truth about the fraud and abuse of the elderly and not so elderly. To avoid a guardianship in the State of Florida, and other states, should be of paramount importance. Reports of guardians stealing from their wards' bank accounts and other wise abusing guardianship powers are surfacing with disturbing regularity. 'This problem is going to get bigger and bigger,' says E. Bentley Lipscomb, AARP's Florida state director and a former state secretary of elder affairs. - GUARDIANS DRAWING INCREASED SCRUTINY, AARP Bulletin.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MG on September 12, 2004
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Ever wonder how to do something that has to do with growing older? This book tells all. It has everything that you need to know when you reach the age of 40! By the time you need it, you will know how to find it and where to go for it. Do not leave this book out of your library. I am way over 40 and this is my new bible for growing older!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Marcell on June 9, 2004
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Jim's highly recommended resource book sorts out complex senior issues for you--all in one comprehensive volume. Easy to understand and find exactly what you are looking for. A must-have book for everyone with a senior in their family!

-Jacqueline Marcell, Author 'Elder Rage, or Take My Father... Please! How to Survive Caring for Aging Parents', International Speaker on Eldercare & Alzheimer's
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2004
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Wow! What a great tool for seniors. This book is a treasure chest of information. I've been reading The Savvy Senior column in my newspaper for the last year and find its diversity and depth of topics impressive. The Savvy Senior covers everything from weight-training for seniors to appealing Medicare decisions in a factual but fun style. One of the best things about the book? Savvy Resources, whereby the author lists websites,organizations and places to turn for in-depth information on a topic. Worth every penny!!!
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