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Kendal at Home Blog

Dementia Risk: Genetics and Lifestyle and How They Play a Role

Posted by Kendal at Home on November 28, 2019 at 7:30 AM

dementiaAlthough dementia is not a natural part of aging, it’s true that the risk of developing dementia increases as you age.

You might wonder if there are genetic and lifestyle factors that can increase the risk for yourself or your loved ones, and if so, what lifestyle changes can you make to reduce the risk?

Researchers and clinicians are delving into those questions with one goal being to provide information that can help reduce the risk of developing dementia in the first place.

Because there are so few treatments right now for the various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, it’s preventive measures that are currently in the spotlight.

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Renovations That Could Lower Your Home's Value

Posted by Kendal at Home on November 26, 2019 at 7:30 AM

home renovationsWhen you engage in home improvement projects, you’re doing one of two things:

  • trying to enhance its value and appeal because you’re selling your home and want a good return on investment as you’re attracting potential buyers
  • performing home remodeling projects for your own safety and comfort, perhaps so you can age at home

Here’s what isn’t very likely: that you’re doing home improvements with the goal of lowering the value of your home or otherwise choosing ones that are a financial drain — but sometimes that’s exactly what happens. Here are four examples.

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How the ”Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation's Seniors” Executive Order Could Affect Medicare

Posted by Kendal at Home on November 20, 2019 at 7:30 AM

medicareIn October 2019, President Donald Trump signed an executive order containing changes that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is directed to make to improve the Medicare program. Its official name is Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors.

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Brain Health News to Know for November

Posted by Kendal at Home on November 14, 2019 at 7:30 AM

Hearing Aids Lower Risk of Dementia, Falls

brain health-2Hearing aids are beneficial for more than just hearing. New research finds that using a hearing aid makes problems like dementia, falling, gait problems or depression and anxiety significantly less likely to occur. Study lead Elham Mahmoudi, Ph.D., notes that while using a hearing aid doesn’t prevent someone from developing these conditions, it could delay onset, which could be beneficial for the patient and Medicare system.

Source: MedicalNewsToday

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What is CBD and Should You Use It?

Posted by Kendal at Home on November 12, 2019 at 7:30 AM

cbd oilYou’ve likely seen the signs at grocery stores, big-box retailers and even specialty retailers. Nearly every retail establishment you enter has signs proclaiming they now sell CBD oil. Cannabidiol has quickly become one of the biggest wellness trends. The compound can be found in anything from soaps to lotions and oils and even at your favorite smoothie bar.

Proponents of CBD oil claim the supplement helps with everything from anxiety to chronic pain to inflammation, stress and more. But does it really work? And should you use it? Let’s explore below.

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Common Medicare Open Enrollment Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by Kendal at Home on November 6, 2019 at 7:30 AM

Medicare open enrollment runs until Dec. 7, and while you may not want to change your plan, neglecting to make sure it still meets your needs could cost you. You may be hit with a higher copay or an out-of-pocket expense.GettyImages-1016602944

As a refresher, during the open enrollment period, you can:

  • Switch from Original Medicare to an Advantage plan
  • Switch from an Advantage plan to Original Medicare
  • Move from one Advantage plan to another
  • Purchase a prescription drug plan or move from one plan to another

Remember, the open enrollment time frame does not apply to Medigap plans, which adhere to separate requirements.

Here are common Medicare open enrollment mistakes to avoid.

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Topics: medicare

Medicare's Nutrition Benefit: 7 Things to Know

Posted by Kendal at Home on October 24, 2019 at 7:30 AM

In certain circumstances, Medicare B plans will pay for medical nutrition therapy (MNT), and this post will share seven things that you should know about this benefit, including answers to some frequently asked questions on the subject.

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Medigap: What to Know About Medicare Supplement Insurance

Posted by Kendal at Home on October 22, 2019 at 7:30 AM

Standardized Medigap policies are sold by private insurance companies to help cover healthcare costs that Original Medicare doesn’t, such as copayments, coinsurance and deductibles. Many people like to buy this type of supplemental health insurance for added coverage — and this post will help you to determine if it’s right for you.

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What to Know About Medicare Open Enrollment 2020

Posted by Kendal at Home on October 16, 2019 at 7:30 AM

Open enrollment for Medicare for 2020 runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. Here is what you need to know about the changes in store for 2020 and more.

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What You Need to Know About Delirium

Posted by Kendal at Home on October 10, 2019 at 7:30 AM

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Topics: brain health

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