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Caregiver Information | Thu, May 21, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Tips and Resources for New Caregivers.

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Are you a caregiver to a loved one? If you are, you are one of over 65 million caregivers that care for an adult child, parent or older family member.1 Caregiving can be a tough job. It can be rewarding, too.

retirement-communities
Medicare Tips & Resources | Tue, May 19, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

4 Questions to Ask Before Making the Move to a Retirement Community

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

by Colin Milner, CEO, International Council on Active Aging

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Health & Wellness | Thu, May 14, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Listen Up Coffee Lovers. Caffeine May Actually be Good for You.

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Do you enjoy a good cup of coffee or tea in the morning to help you get up and go? Since caffeine is a stimulant, it may make you feel more awake and alert. But if you consume too much caffeine, you may experience side effects like heartburn, headaches, a fast heart beat or a host of other problems, some serious. For example, a person with a heart problem shouldn’t use caffeine because it may cause their heart to work too hard. And a person with an anxiety problem or panic attacks may find that caffeine makes them feel worse.

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Medicare Coverage & Costs | Tue, May 12, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Pharmacy Loyalty Programs vs the Medicare Donut Hole

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Some pharmacies offer customer loyalty cards that may help you save money on prescription drugs. You may be able to get your medication for less than your co-pay. While this might be an option for some people, it certainly isn’t true for all people.

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Health & Wellness | Thu, May 07, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Shoulder Pain: Similar Symptoms. Different Disorders.

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Shoulder pain is a common complaint and causes disability in people of all ages — older adults included. About 21 percent of older adults suffer from shoulder disorders.1 Many people don’t see a doctor for shoulder pain because they assume it’s just a part of getting older or they hope the pain will go away on its own. The problem is, ongoing shoulder pain is a frequent cause of disability, depression, and a general feeling of ill health.

pet-owners
Health & Wellness | Wed, May 06, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

A Pet May be Pawsitivley Fabulous for Your Health

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Oftentimes, people who have positive attitudes live longer and happier lives than people who have a pessimistic outlook on life. If you want to live a happier and healthier life, but know your attitude could use an adjustment, you may want to try getting a pet!

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Medicare Coverage & Costs | Tue, May 05, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Get an Offer for a Free Medical Device? There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch.

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

The phone rings, you pick it up and on the other end of the line is someone with an offer — a free offer, or so they say.

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Uncategorized | Thu, Apr 30, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

New to Medicare? Schedule Your Welcome to Medicare Visit.

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

If you’re new to Medicare, you may be wondering what the Welcome to Medicare preventive visit is all about.

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Health & Wellness | Tue, Apr 28, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

3 Health Problems That Stress May Worsen

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Our bodies respond to stress by releasing hormones—mainly adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones cause our hearts to beat faster and our breath rates to increase. Blood pressure rises. We may sweat. Our mouths may go dry.

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Health & Wellness | Thu, Apr 23, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Get Happy. Your Health May Depend on It.

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Living life with a positive attitude is much more enjoyable than being grouchy all the time. It may also be healthier.