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Medicare Starter Kit? What you need to know

Medicare Starter Kit What you most need to know by Patricia Barry, AARP Bulletin, Updated January 21, 2014|Comments: 45 What you need to know about Medicare when you’re new to the program. — Illustration by R.O. Blechman En español | You're a boomer. The milestone of your 65th birthday may be here or just over the horizon. But you know zip about Medicare. Do you need it? What does it cover? When should you sign up? Lots of questions — but don't panic. You can get … [Read more...]

The Perks of Growing Older

Senior Programs & Services • By Krisha McCoy, MS | Medically reviewed by Christine Wilmsen Craig, MD Retirement doesn't have to be your one-way ticket to a sedentary life. Learn about senior programs and services that can help you stay vital and stimulated. Your senior years can be one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling times of your life. As the baby boomer generation gets older, the number of senior citizens in the United States is rapidly increasing, and seniors are finding ways to … [Read more...]

Senior Health Common Facts

What are some common facts about health in seniors? As people get older, physiological changes occur in their body as a natural part of aging. Physical changes due to aging can occur in almost every organ and can affect seniors' health and lifestyle. Some diseases and conditions become more prominent in the elderly. Psychosocial issues can also play a role in physical and mental health of older adults. A balanced diet and regular exercise are strongly linked to better health … [Read more...]

Medigap Plans (Supplement)

What is Medigap? Questions Answered Medicare provides a whole lot of coverage, but it doesn't cover everything. So some people choose to buy a separate policy to provide coverage for the areas Medicare falls short on. This is known as Medigap (also known as Medicare Supplement)  insurance. You buy the plan from a private insurance company. You can also use your policy to cover expenses you have under Medicare, such as annual co-pays and deductibles. Important note: If you opt for a Medicare … [Read more...]

Senior Sleep Disorders How Much sleep is needed

By Diana Rodriguez | Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH   Getting enough sleep is important for everyone, but it's especially vital for seniors. Follow these steps to a better night's rest. Many seniors deal with a number of health problems related to aging — one in particular is sleep disorders or not getting enough healthy sleep. It’s not the advancing of age per se that keeps seniors from a good night’s rest, but various sleep disorders or sleep disturbances that … [Read more...]

Healthy Aging -7 Steps

Great ideas to help Aging Getting older involves change, both negative and positive, but you can enjoy aging if you understand what’s going on with your body and take steps to maintain your health. Many different things happen to your body as you age. Your skin, bones, and even brain may start to behave differently. Don't let the changes that come with old age catch you by surprise. Here are some of the common ones: Your bones. Bones can become thinner and more brittle in old age, … [Read more...]

Sitting harmful to health

Senior Health Alert Researchers are finding that a sedentary lifestyle is harmful to your health, and over time, sitting on your backside can literally kill you. Thanks to the electronic age, people worldwide are spending less time in physically active jobs and hobbies and more time sitting at computer screens and texting via smartphones. At home, couch potatoes watch TV, pay bills online and catch up with friends via Facebook and FaceTime – all without standing up and moving around. As people … [Read more...]

Slow Cognitive Loss

Activities that slow cognitive loss By Grace Burke Mental Activity • Keeping the brain active seems to increase its vitality and may build its reserves of brain cells and connections and may actually generate new brain cells • Higher levels of education appear to play a role in protecting against dementia, possibly because brain cells and their connections are stronger, symptoms may still appear but later in a person's life • Stay curious and involved - commit to lifelong learning • … [Read more...]

Jobs for Seniors

12 Jobs for Senior Citizens Retirement is changing. People are working past 65 and many seniors are staying in or returning to the workforce, either full time, part time or as consultants or independent contractors. According to a study from the Families and Work Institute, this change is largely because people want to earn more money to retire more comfortably or because they believe they would be bored by not working. This can be a great opportunity for you or your loved one to keep … [Read more...]

Choose a Medicare Plan

Should you opt for government-offered Medicare or a Medicare Part C alternative? By Chris Young Decoding health insurance options can be daunting for people age 65 and over. Those who have paid 10 years of Social Security taxes qualify for Medicare at age 65. They're automatically signed up if they're receiving Social Security payments, unless they take steps to opt out. Standard Medicare comes in two parts: A and B. Part A covers a portion of hospitalization expenses, and Part B applies … [Read more...]

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