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A few pointers to help save money and avoid the strain of Medicare enrollment

A few pointers to help save money and avoid the strain of Medicare enrollment

Most beneficiaries have from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 to decide which of dozens of private plans offer the best drug coverage for 2018 or whether it’s better to leave traditional Medicare and get a drug and medical combo policy called Medicare Advantage. Some tips for the novice and reminders for those who have been here before can make the process a little easier.

October 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage: How to choose

Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage: How to choose

Medicare Advantage is an alternative to traditional Medicare. Run by private insurance companies, the plans — mostly health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and preferred provider organizations (PPOs) — are expected to serve a record 20.4 million people next year, or slightly more than one-third of Medicare’s 59 million members.

October 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fires prey on frail residents living on their own

Fires prey on frail residents living on their own

Wildfires continue to spread through Northern California counties, already taking the lives of at least 31 people. Hundreds more are missing. Local officials and advocates fear that many among them are seniors or disabled people unable to flee, as many residents have, on a moment’s notice.

October 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicaid has a bull’s-eye on its back, which means no one Is entirely safe

Medicaid has a bull’s-eye on its back, which means no one Is entirely safe

Although it started as a plan to cover only the poor, Medicaid now touches tens of millions of Americans who live above the poverty line. The program serves as a backstop for America’s scattershot health care system.

September 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rich American seniors are getting healthier, leaving the poor behind

Rich American seniors are getting healthier, leaving the poor behind

The U.S. has seen substantial improvements in life expectancy over the past century. However, a closer look tells a worrisome story: The health divide is widening across socioeconomic groups. Gains in good health primarily went to more advantaged groups.

September 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Largest Assisted Living Chain In U.S. Sued For Poor Care Of Elderly

Largest Assisted Living Chain In U.S. Sued For Poor Care Of Elderly

Lawsuit alleges residents were “ left without assistance for hours after falling, they are given the wrong medications, they are denied clean clothing, showers, and nutritious food, and they are left in their own waste for long periods of time.”

September 7, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Stressed Caregivers: The ‘Pop Drop’ Phenomenon

Stressed Caregivers: The ‘Pop Drop’ Phenomenon

Emergency room staff call it a “pop drop” — when a disabled older person comes in for medical attention, but it also seems as if the at-home caregiver who brought the patient there is simply seeking a break.

September 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
The secret to chronic happiness as you age

The secret to chronic happiness as you age

The real key to happiness at every age and stage — particularly old age — is not material things, but gratitude for life’s simple blessings, like laughter among friends or watching a sunset with a loved one.

September 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Soul Purpose: Seniors with strong reasons to live often live longer

Soul Purpose: Seniors with strong reasons to live often live longer

Research indicates that older adults with a solid sense of purpose tend to retain strong hand grips and walking speeds — key indicators of how rapidly people are aging.

September 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Elder Abuse: ERs learn how to protect a vulnerable population

Elder Abuse: ERs learn how to protect a vulnerable population

Abuse often leads to depression and medical problems in older patients — even death within a year of an abusive incident. Identifying victims and intervening poses challenges for doctors and nurses.

August 28, 2017 | By | Reply More