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If You Suffer From Urinary Incontinence, You’re Not Alone.

 
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If you’ve ever leaked urine during a sneeze or had a sudden urge to urinate, you may have urinary incontinence. Although people of all ages can be affected by incontinence, it does tend to be more common in older adults.

National Medicare Education Week is Sept. 15-21

 
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National Medicare Education Week (Sept. 15-21) is dedicated to helping baby boomers, Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers learn more about Medicare. It begins exactly one month before the start of Medicare Open Enrollment, which runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 each year.

Decode Your Explanation of Benefits (EOB)

 
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You’ve seen it. Your Explanation of Benefits (EOB). It usually comes in the mail a few weeks after you fill a prescription or receive health care services from a doctor, hospital or other health care providers. Some people file it away without ever looking at it because they don’t know what they’re looking for. An EOB is not a medical bill. It’s a summary of services received.  When you receive the EOB, it’s important to check it to make sure the information is correct. 

Medicare Increases Coverage for Mental Health Care

 
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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 15.8% of adults age 50 and older had a mental illness in 2012. Yet historically, Medicare has paid a smaller share of the cost for mental health visits than for other medical services.

Dry Mouth: It’s Not a Natural Part of Aging

 
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Dry mouth. Cottonmouth. Xerostomia. No matter what you call it… it’s unpleasant. It can cause cracked lips, mouth sores, a rough tongue, and can make swallowing difficult.

Are Communities Doing Enough To Meet The Needs Of Seniors?

 
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The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the National Council on Aging, UnitedHealthcare and USA TODAY surveyed 4000 adults between the ages of 18 to 59 and seniors ages 60 and older. The purpose was to get seniors’ perspectives on aging and to find out what communities can do to prepare for the booming senior population in the future.

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.

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