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Savvy Senior: The best reacher-grabber tools of 2023

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Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good reacher-grabber tools for seniors with back or hip problems who need help picking things up off the ground? I bought a cheap one a few months ago that doesn’t work very well but would like to find one that does. Bad Back Betty Dear Betty, A good “reacher-grabber” is a very practical […]

Savvy Senior: When can I change my Medicare coverage?

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Dear Savvy Senior, Is it possible to make changes to my Medicare coverage now? I know we’ve passed the fall open enrollment period, but I’ve heard that there are other times of the year beneficiaries can make changes. What can you tell me? Changed My Mind Dear Changed, Yes! The annual Medicare open enrollment period isn’t your only opportunity to […]

Now What?! The best laid plans

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Most of us view the horizon of a new year as a clean slate: a fresh blanket of snow before the footprints and tire tracks make their mark, 365 days of what may come next. But, we also may find ourselves performing our own retrospection of disbelief at the end of the year, analyzing unexpected twists and turns. On Jan. […]

Savvy Senior: A checklist of what to do when a loved one dies

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Dear Savvy Senior, What steps need to be taken after a loved one dies? My 71-year-old uncle, who’s divorced with no children, has terminal cancer. He’s asked me to take care of his affairs so I would like to find out what I need to do after he passes away. Unsure Nephew Dear Unsure, I’m very sorry to hear about […]

Savvy Senior: Simple home safety solutions for aging-in-place

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Dear Savvy Senior, Falls and fires are the two things I worry most about for my elderly father who lives alone. Do you have any suggestions on what we can do to help keep him safe, and keep an eye on him from afar? Concerned Daughter Dear Concerned, Of course! There are a number of small adjustments and modifications you […]

Savvy Senior: How to reduce your medical bills

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Dear Savvy Senior, What tips do you recommend to Medicare beneficiaries dealing with hefty medical bills? My husband recently had open heart surgery and is recovering slowly, but the medical bills are coming in fast and furious and they’re putting us in medical debt. Struggling in Springfield   Dear Struggling, I’m sorry to hear about your billing struggles, but medical […]

Savvy Senior: Tips for being a long-distance caregiver

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Dear Savvy Senior, What tips do you recommend for long-distance caregivers? I help take care of my stubborn 86-year-old mother who still lives at home about 150 miles from me. Need Advice   Dear Need, Providing care and support for an aging parent who lives far away can present a variety challenges that can make the job difficult and stressful. […]

LETTERS: County support makes a difference

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Dear Editor, More than 20 years ago, Henrico County made a visionary investment to support the most vulnerable families with children in the County. Housing Families First, a nonprofit that began with the Hilliard House on Nine Mile Road, has grown over two decades to manage our region’s largest emergency shelter for families with children, a robust rapid re-housing program […]

Savvy Senior: Little known property-tax relief programs help seniors save

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Dear Savvy Senior, I recently learned about a property-tax relief program for seniors in the county where I live. Apparently, there are hundreds of these programs across the country that many retirees, like me, are eligible for but don’t know about. What can you tell me about this? Overtaxed Eddie   Dear Eddie, Great question! Residential property-tax refund and credit […]

Why I joined the Citizen Collective

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In October 2021, my wife and I made a difficult decision. After lots of debate and conversation, we decided to stop our home delivery subscription to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Our reasoning was grounded in part in the rising cost, shrinkage of coverage and reduction in staff. My wife and I grew up in homes where a local daily newspaper was […]


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