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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

Emergency Preparedness Tips for Older Adults

Posted by Kendal at Home on October 8, 2019 at 7:30 AM

Emergencies can happen anytime and often without warning. Being prepared can be the difference between life and death. However, emergency preparedness can look different for older adults — you may need assistance evacuating or medical treatments or medications that could be impacted by a sudden cessation of services. Ensure you and your family are prepared for an emergency with these tips.

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How to Prevent Falls at Night

Posted by Kendal at Home on October 2, 2019 at 7:30 AM

Imagine the following: You wake in the middle of the night and need to get out of bed to use the restroom. Or maybe you get home from a night out and need to navigate your way through a portion of your home before you can turn on a light. These scenarios have one thing in common: it’s dark. GettyImages-139885445

According to the National Council on Aging, 1 in 4 Americans over age 65 falls every year. And as nighttime sets in, your risk of falling increases. Here is how you can safely navigate a space in the dark.

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Topics: preventing falls

Should You Try the Keto Diet?

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

keto-diet-benefitsIf you want to focus on weight loss, you may be exploring the health benefits and potential challenges of a ketogenic diet. According to AARP, the diet was created to treat epilepsy in the 1920s, and it was found that this diet can reduce seizures in children with epilepsy, sometimes as effectively as when the condition is controlled by medication. A Harvard publication explores the interest in seeing how it may be able to help with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, sleep disorders, autism and even brain cancer.”

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