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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released proposed changes for the Medicare Advantage and Part D Prescription Drug Programs in 2018 that will, if finalized, provide stable and fair payments to plans. “Medicare Advantage is an essential, growing part of the Medicare...
Prescription costs are going up. Older adults may feel they have to choose between paying for important medications and buying groceries, heating their homes, or affording other necessities, which could place their health at risk. If you have a Medicare prescription drug plan, you may be able to...
According to research from the University of California San Francisco, 18 percent of elders live alone, and 43 percent feel lonely on a regular basis. The winter months can be an especially difficult time, with problems like freezing temperatures, limited transportation, and a lack of regular...
In a 2014 Huffington Post article entitled, “It’s time to retire our definition of retirement,” Arianna Huffington wrote: “The same principles that allow us to thrive in our daily work lives can also help us thrive in retirement, or whatever we call it. Just as a productive workday depends on...
Q: Is it important for seniors to keep up on their vaccines? A: Yes. A number of diseases which can be prevented with vaccines can cause significant illness, hospitalization, disability, and even death. Older adults are more affected than most people by these diseases. According to the...
When I give speeches to local senior groups, I always ask the question: “Does everyone in this room have a Will?” My next question is usually: “When was the last time you read your Will?” On the surface, these questions seem simple enough and I am finding that, today, more and more people have...
If you or a loved one has Type 2 diabetes, the Healthy Living Program at LifePath is offering a free workshop series that can teach you how to remain active and improve your quality of life. The Diabetes Self-Management workshop series will be held on Wednesdays from Jan. 11 through Feb. 15, 1 to...
Q: Is drug abuse an issue with older people? A: Yes. Little attention has been paid to the issue of substance abuse — both legal and illegal drugs — among the elderly. But recent data demonstrates that drug abuse is increasing among elders and is a larger proportion of all substance abuse among...
You may be familiar with the risks associated with high temperatures in the summer, but did you know that winter increases the risks of certain health complications as well? According to an article in the AARP Health Newsletter at www.aarp.org, winter can bring changes to your body that affect...
The holidays and the end of the year are often a time of getting together with family and friends to share a meal, visit with one another and catch up with those we do not see often. It can be a busy time with a flurry of activities and functions to attend. But for many adults and elders, it can...

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