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4 Simple Steps to a Successful Doctor Visit

 
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Most adults base their decisions on a mix of new information and existing beliefs. These beliefs arise from past experiences, prior knowledge and personal values. New information must be compelling enough to alter existing beliefs. Otherwise, there is no motivation to make any changes based on the information.

Ask a Pharmacist: Save on Your Prescription Drugs

 
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Information about your medications from UnitedHealthcare Medicare and Retirement Chief Pharmacy Officer Mike Anderson, Pharm.D. 

Question: My prescription drug costs are starting to add up. What can I do to save money?

How To Qualify For Medicare If You’re Disabled

 
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Do you receive Social Security Disability and need Medicare, too? If you’re under age 65 and receive Social Security Disability, you may also be eligible to receive Medicare. However, you’ll have to wait until you’ve been on Social Security Disability for 24 months before your Medicare kicks in. An exception to this waiting period is if you’ve been diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) or Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The wait times for people with ERSD and ALS are as follows:

Surviving A Stroke. What Happens Next?

 
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Your loved one just had a stroke and survived. You may feel as though your world has been turned upside down—and it has. But there’s hope.

Safety Tips For Hot Weather Workouts

 
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We all know the risks of working out on a hot summer day. But exercising when the humidity is high has its risks, too. Normally, the body cools itself when sweat evaporates off the skin. But if the humidity is too high, sweat cannot evaporate fast enough to keep the body cool.  And when you combine the two—temperatures above 75° F and humidity above 50 percent—and exercise hard, your heart rate can rise and put you at risk of a heat-related illness and dehydration.

Understanding Hearing Loss

 
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Hearing loss is a common problem in older adults, especially in men. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an estimated one-third of people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74, and close to one-half of those 75 and older have some degree of hearing loss.

Are You at Risk for a Heat-Related Illness?

 
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A heat-related illness can be life threatening and needs to be taken seriously. During hot weather, being outside for even a short amount of time can cause a serious heat-related illness. The higher the heat index, which is a measurement of how hot you feel when the relative humidity and air temperature are combined, the higher the risk of a heat-related illness.

Choose the Right Hospital for You

 
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If you have a medical emergency, you need to go the nearest hospital for immediate medical attention. But if you know in advance that you’ll need to stay at the hospital for an upcoming surgery or another reason, you should concentrate your efforts on picking a hospital that will give you the best care possible for your needs.

Farmers Markets: Eat Fresh Produce for Good Health

 
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With all the hype surrounding health and food, it can be hard to know what’s really good for you. There are a number of things you can do to eat healthier. Instead of a greasy cheeseburger and fries, try a veggie burger and fruit salad. Or, read food labels, so you know what you’re eating. You can also eat foods that don’t have labels at all, like fresh fruits and vegetables from the farmers market.

Traveling Abroad: Tips for a Better Trip

 
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Traveling abroad can be fun. It can also be a little scary if you don’t know what to expect. For many older U.S. citizens, health care while traveling is a concern. The U.S. Department of State offers a few tips to help you have a safe and enjoyable trip.

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