Savvy Senior: The ABCs of choosing a Medicare supplemental policy

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: Can you provide any advice on choosing a Medicare supplemental policy to help cover things outside of Medicare? I’ll be 65 in a few months and could use some assistance. — ...

Savvy Senior: How to find affordable, fast Internet service

Dear Savvy Senior: Do you know of any resources that can help me find affordable high-speed home Internet services? I’m retired and live primarily on my Social Security and would like to find something ...

Savvy Senior: Helping a driver give up the keys

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, What tips can you recommend that can help me deal with my mom’s bad driving? At age 83, her driving abilities have declined, but I know she’s bound and determined to keep ...

Savvy Senior: Does new retiree need to file taxes?

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, What are the IRS income tax filing requirements for retirees this tax season? My income dropped way down when I retired last year in 2016, so I’m wondering if I need to even file ...

Savvy Senior: How to organize important information, just in case

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, My wife and I would like to get our personal and financial affairs in order so our kids will know what’s going on if we get sick or die. What tips can you offer? Procrastinating ...

Savvy Senior: How to guard against Medicare fraud

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: What are the steps seniors need to take if they suspect Medicare fraud? Suspicious Sandy Medicare fraud costs taxpayers more than $60 billion every year, making it one of the most ...

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Savvy Senior: Tax help for those who help parents

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, Are caregiving expenses tax deductible? I provide a lot of financial support to my elderly mother and would like to find out if I can write any of it off on my taxes. Supporting Son Savvy ...

Savvy Senior: When it comes to discounts, just ask

Dear Savvy Senior: What types of discounts are available to baby boomers, at what age do they kick in, and what’s the best way to go about finding them? Almost 50 Savvy Senior Jim Miller ...

Savvy Senior: How to spot and fix medical billing errors

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: After a recent hospital stay, I have a stack of confusing medical bills at home I need to decipher. I’ve heard these bills frequently contain mistakes. How do I spot them to ensure ...

Savvy Senior: Creating a safe home for aging in place

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, My husband and I are thinking about making some modifications to our home so we can remain living there for as long as possible. Can you recommend some good resources that can help ...

Savvy Senior: How much you'll pay for Medicare in 2017

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, I know there won’t be much of a cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits next year but what about Medicare? How will the 0.3 percent Social Security raise affect our ...

Savvy Senior: Thyroid disorders often missed

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, Can you write a column on the overlooked problem of thyroid disease? After struggling with chronic fatigue, joint pain and memory problems, I was finally diagnosed hypothyroidism. Now, ...

Savvy Senior: Health advice for travelers

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: My husband and I are recently retired and would like to do some traveling both in the United States and abroad, but worry about health issues, such as insurance, finding a good hospital ...

Savvy Senior: Cheap phone plans for seldom-calling seniors

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: What are the cheapest cell phone options available to seniors today who only want one for emergency purposes or occasional calls? I have a cell phone now that cost me $30 per month, ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Workers at Stoller Vineyards hastily collect grapes for this year s harvest.  Picking is happening several weeks early this year.

Another early wine grape harvest

When Yamhill County’s wine grape harvest began during the final days of August last year, the most recent precedent local winemakers had for such an early start was 1992. This year, vineyard ...

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