THE SAVVY SENIOR: The Ultimate Guide to Health, Family, and Finances for Senior Citizens

Jim Miller, Author . Hyperion $13.95 (249p) ISBN 978-1-4013-0749-3

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. (June 9)

Forecast: The book's title will attract those familiar with Miller's column (it claims to have 18 million readers), and an appearance on The Today Show will tip off new readers. According to Miller, America's senior population will double over the next 25 years.

Reviewed on: 05/10/2004
Release date: 06/01/2004
Genre: Nonfiction
Hardcover - 464 pages - 978-0-7862-6927-3
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