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Understanding Medicare Can Help Lead to a Confident Retirement

 
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By Pat O’Connell, Executive Vice President at Ameriprise Financial

There are a few things that usually become easier as you age such as maximizing your talents, practicing patience and balancing priorities. However, some things don’t inherently become easier with age. Planning for retirement and understanding Medicare are two things that likely fall into the latter category, but there are actions you can take to make planning for the future less complex.

Caregivers Helping Loved Ones with Medicare Decisions

 
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By John Schall, CEO, Caregiver Action Network

On top of all the things family caregivers do for their loved ones – manage medications, arrange doctor appointments, handle the finances, etc. – sometimes they are called upon to help their elderly loved ones find a Medicare plan, too. But many of us under age 60 just don't want to think about Medicare yet, and if we do think about it, we may feel we have several years before we really need to figure it out.

Closing the Medicare Information Gap with NMEW

 
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By Sandy Markwood, CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)

Next year one of our nation’s most popular health benefit programs turns 50.  Medicare currently covers more than 52 million Americans, and with the unprecedented growth of the older adult population—about 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day—there will be a corresponding boom in the number of people eligible to receive Medicare benefits. 

Medicare Part D Enrollment: Your Neighborhood Pharmacist May be able to Help

 
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Guest post by Safeway, proud supporter of National Medicare Education Week.

When you become eligible for Medicare, you will have the opportunity to select a prescription drug plan, known as Part D, in addition to your standard Part A and Part B healthcare coverage. Your neighborhood pharmacist is a great community resource who may be able to help you understand your options and assist with the enrollment process.

Medicare Q&A: What Are Your Top Medicare Questions?

 
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About this time each year, you probably start to get a lot of mail and see a lot of ads about Medicare. As Open Enrollment gets closer—it starts October 15—this activity may only increase.

To Do: Get Reliable Medicare Information. Check!

 
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Medicare can be confusing, whether you’re exploring different plans during Open Enrollment (Oct. 15 – Dec. 7) or getting ready to enroll for the first time. The good news is that there is plenty of information available from a number of sources. The bad news is that efforts to sift through it all may result in information overload and frustration.

Physical Activity: Getting Started

 
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Health problems due to aging are not inevitable. You may be able to help prevent or lessen some types of illness with physical activity. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if you’re age 65 or older, generally fit, and have no limiting health conditions, you should try to get at least two and a half hours (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, every week; and muscle-strengthening activities that work all the major muscle groups at least twice a week.1

Frustrated With a Medicare Coverage Decision? NMEW Can Help!

 
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You already did the research back when you first became eligible for Medicare, and you selected a Medicare plan that you felt met your needs. It’s worked okay so far. Why go through all that hassle again during Medicare Open Enrollment?

Sudden Onset Dizziness or Vertigo

 
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Have you ever moved your head slightly and felt a sudden jolt of dizziness or a sensation like the room was spinning out of control? It may be an inner ear problem that’s causing havoc on your balance.

How Old is Too Old? Safety Tips for Drivers Ages 65+

 
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Have you been told, “You’re too old to drive” by a family member, a friend, your doctor, or even a complete stranger? Just how old is “too old” to drive?

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