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Are Your Elderly Parents Showing Signs of Self-Neglect?

 
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If you’re like a lot of people, you’ll be spending the holidays with your elderly parents or other family members. This is an ideal time to find out if they’re taking good care of themselves or if they’re beginning to show signs of self-neglect.  

Medicare Allows Nursing Home Residents Time Away with Family

 
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With the holidays in full swing, many nursing home residents would like to be at home with their families but fear losing Medicare coverage if they leave for even a short amount of time.

The Silent Killer: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

 
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Did you know that accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is responsible for about 400 deaths and 20,000 visits to emergency rooms annually?1 Everyone is at risk of CO poisoning, especially older adults with pre-existing conditions, like chronic heart disease, anemia, or respiratory problems.

Shingles or a Shot: Which Would You Rather Have?

 
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If you’re age 60 or over, you may want to get the shingles shot. Nearly one out of every three people in the United States will develop shingles in their lifetime.1 Anyone who has ever had chickenpox is at risk of getting the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 99 percent of Americans ages 40 and older have had chickenpox.2 So if you’re 40 or older, you’ve probably had chickenpox and you may be at risk for getting shingles.

20 Healthy Tips for the Holidays

 
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Now that we’re smack dab in the middle of the holidays, it’s time to party! But just because it’s a season of celebration doesn’t mean you should throw all sensibilities out the window and eat, drink and be as merry as you wish. You can still enjoy your favorite holiday treats, but do so in moderation.

Cold or Flu? How to Tell the Difference

 
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Many people experience telltale signs when they’re “coming down with something.” Maybe it’s a headache, a sore throat, a runny nose, or feeling unusually tired. The next thing they know they have a full-blown cold. Or is it the flu?

Ask a Pharmacist: What Is a Formulary, and Why Is It Important?

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

Question: I’m looking for prescription drug coverage for 2015, and read that I should look at a plan’s formulary before choosing a plan. What is a formulary, and why do I need to know about it?

Daily Calorie Count for the 50+ Crowd

 
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Food is fuel for the body. And one way to measure that fuel is by the number of calories the food has. Usually, the more fuel a food contains, the more calories it has. Determining how many calories you can eat in a day depends on many factors, like your age, if you’re a man or woman, your height and weight, and how physically active you are. Usually, the more physically active you are, the more calories you can eat.

Medicare Advantage May Be the Ticket to Dental and Eye Care

 
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By UnitedHealthOne

Good oral health may be linked to good overall health; therefore, lack of proper dental may affect a person’s individual health, and strain the entire health care system as well.

Medicare Open Enrollment: Where to Get Help

 
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Medicare Open Enrollment ends at midnight on December 7. Which of the following describes your situation?

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