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Here’s What’s New for Medicare in 2015

 
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A new year usually means new changes. That applies to Medicare insurance as well. Here are the highlights for 2015.

Can you hear me now? No? Why won't you wear your hearing aids?

 

Slowly over time, the television was turned up so loud it drowned out everything in the room. You found yourself making sure you had eye contact with your loved one before you started speaking. Simple questions turned into frustrating arguments. These are common examples of problems between caregivers and loved ones experiencing hearing loss.

Are You Heart Healthy? Find Out. Get Screened.

 
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Many of us already know what we should do to try to ward off cardiovascular disease, also known as coronary artery disease (CAD). Cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood glucose may be successfully managed by getting plenty of exercise, eating a low-fat diet, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking and limiting alcohol consumption.

Leg Pain? It May be Peripheral Artery Disease

 
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Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a circulatory problem in the arteries to the legs, stomach, arms and head. PAD is often caused by atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is the buildup of fatty deposits and plaque in the artery walls. Plaque can narrow the arteries and reduce the flow of blood to the extremities. Plaque can also break off and cause a stroke.

Give the Gift of Sight. Become an Eye Donor.

 
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There are many reasons to become an eye donor. The most obvious is so that eyesight may be restored for someone who has lost or is losing their vision to eye disease, injury or birth defects. According to Organdonors.gov, since 1961, more than 1,000,000 people ranging in age from nine days to 100+ years have had their sight restored due to donors.1Another important reason to donate is because donor tissue can be used for medical education and research purposes.

How to Read a Prescription Drug Label

 
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Doctors write prescriptions for medications. Pharmacists fill the prescriptions. Patients take the medications.  

Leaving the Nursing Home and Want a Home Risk Assessment?

 
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Home safety is important to all of us. But it’s especially important to vulnerable people like those who will be discharged from a nursing home or other inpatient rehabilitation facility.

Medicare General Enrollment Period Requirements and Penalties

 
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Enrolling in Medicare may seem tricky. Since enrollment is limited to certain times, you can’t just sign up whenever you feel like it. For example, if you don’t enroll in Medicare Part B during your Initial Enrollment Period or if you drop your Part B and you want to get it back later, and you don’t qualify for enrollment during the Special Enrollment Period, you may be eligible to enroll during the General Enrollment Period. However, you may have to pay a late enrollment penalty or a higher premium for as long as you have Medicare. Your Medicare Part B monthly premium may go up as high as 10 percent for each full 12-month period that you could have had Part B, but didn't sign up for it.

Are You at Risk for Colon Cancer?

 
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According to Fight Colorectal Cancer Organization, it is estimated that this year, 137,000 men and women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer while another 50,000 will die from it.1 The median age at diagnosis is 69 years old.2 About one in three adults ages 50-75 are not up-to-date with recommended colorectal cancer screenings.3

Don’t Let Glaucoma Steal Your Eyesight. Get Tested.

 
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Glaucoma is a serious eye disease that can lead to gradual, irreversible vision loss. It’s also a leading cause of blindness.1

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