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Health & Wellness | Thu, Apr 16, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

For African-American Women, Diabetes Education May Need New Focus

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Uncontrolled diabetes can cost people their eye sight, toes, and feet, or even their lives. African-American women run a high risk of these serious complications. For this group, diabetes education may need to focus on more than awareness.

Medicare Coverage & Costs, Medicare Tips & Resources | Tue, Apr 14, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

How a Medicare Plan is Like a Major Appliance

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It’s easy to lament healthcare and the confusion of choosing a Medicare plan.

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

Should You Take Daily Low-Dose Aspirin?

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Low-dose aspirin therapy may have benefits, but it’s not for everyone. Yet many people take an aspirin every day, like a vitamin pill. Should you?

Medicare Coverage & Costs | Tue, Apr 07, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Part B Late Penalties Could Cost You Big Time

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You’re turning 65 and it’s time to sign up for Medicare. Depending on your situation, there are parts of Medicare you may not need right away, like Part B if you are still working and have employer-sponsored coverage. However, if you don’t figure out your personal needs and miss your Initial Enrollment Period, you may have to pay penalties for as long as you have Medicare.

Caregiver Information | Tue, Mar 31, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Senior substance abuse: the new age of addiction

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A hidden epidemic. That’s what Dr. Jamie Huysman calls the rising rate of seniors addicted to alcohol and drugs.

Health & Wellness | Thu, Mar 26, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Keeping Weight Off: 3 Steps to Success

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Weight loss and weight management are drilled into the lives of people with type 2 diabetes and those at high risk for developing the disease. If losing weight was easy, we wouldn’t have a nationwide obesity problem.

Health & Wellness | Tue, Mar 24, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Fiber Does Your Tummy Good. And Maybe Your Heart, Too.

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Most of us have heard that dietary fiber is good for us, yet many of us still don’t eat enough of it. Dietary fiber is found in plant foods like nuts, fruits and vegetables. Generally, there are two types of dietary fiber.

Medicare Tips & Resources | Thu, Mar 19, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

What to Keep in a Safe Deposit Box

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Storing paper in a metal bank box may seem old-fashioned in the era of digital files and cloud computing. But it may still make sense for some people.

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Health & Wellness | Tue, Mar 17, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Men are Different from Women. So are Their Health Care Needs.

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A man’s health risk factors and health needs are different from that of a woman. And because of this, men require a different set of preventive health screening tests. These preventive tests are meant to find potential health problems before they turn into disease or to find disease in its early stages when it’s usually easier to treat.

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Medicare Tips & Resources | Thu, Mar 12, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Tips to Help You Quit Smoking for Good

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Are you one of the more than 70 percent of smokers who want to quit?1 Here’s some good news — more than half of all adult smokers have quit — and you can, too.2 But knowing you should quit may not be enough motivation to quit for good. Many successful quitters had to reach a point where they wanted to quit so badly that they were willing to tolerate the unpleasant and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and cravings that usually come with quitting smoking.