senior woman gardening
Health & Wellness | Tue, Oct 03, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

What if We Talked about Depression?

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Some people live in silence about their struggle with depression. And we have a right to talk about our physical and mental health or not. But opening up about depression could be the first step toward finding relief. It could also help inspire others to share their own stories or to seek help.

grandma and grandchild cutting veggies in kitchen
Health & Wellness | Tue, Sep 05, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

What to Feed Your Brain

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Your brain needs food, and not just the intellectual kind like brain games to keep you sharp. Your brain functions best when it gets the proper nutrition, just like the rest of your body does.

senior-man-washing-dog-outside
Health & Wellness | Tue, Jun 27, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

5 Tips for Staying Safe in the Summer Heat

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Summer brings sunny days that beckon us outside to play and enjoy. It can also bring periods of high temperatures and high humidity, sending the heat index into dangerous territory. The danger increases with exercise or overexertion. Even a walk, a bike ride or gardening can be risky for some people when it’s too hot.

senior-man-with-son-in-hammock
Health & Wellness, Medicare Coverage & Costs | Tue, Jun 20, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Should All Men Have Routine PSA Tests for Prostate Cancer?

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Ask ten doctors about the PSA test, and you might get ten different viewpoints. The test can help detect prostate cancer in men, but opinions vary as to who should have it and when.

elderly-man-sitting-at-barber-shop
Health & Wellness | Tue, May 30, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Shingles: Should I Get Vaccinated?

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Shingles, also referred to as herpes zoster, is an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus. This is the same virus that causes chickenpox. Even after the chickenpox is gone, the virus stays inside the body and can “wake up” years later and cause shingles.

senior-asian-woman-sitting-at-table
Health & Wellness | Tue, May 16, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Women’s Health: 5 Tips for Preventing 3 Top Diseases

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Some diseases don’t fight fair. Why do we say that? Well, some diseases affect women at a higher rate than men. Take, for example, these three:

senior-man-sitting-outside
Health & Wellness, Medicare Coverage & Costs | Tue, May 09, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Medicare Increases Coverage for Mental Health Care

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

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.

children-bowling-with-grandparents
Health & Wellness | Tue, May 02, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Could Playing With Your Grandkids Help Prevent Breast Cancer?

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

It’s hard to imagine anything better for your health than being physically active. The list of positive paybacks seems to hit every major body system, from your heart to your bones to your brain. Even your breasts can benefit.

senior-women-dining-at-restaurant
Health & Wellness | Tue, Apr 25, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Understanding Hearing Loss

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

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.

senior-woman-battling-depression
Health & Wellness | Tue, Apr 18, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Is It Depression or Dementia?

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

If you or a loved one is experiencing lapses of memory, don’t rush to assume that it’s due to dementia. It could be depression.