Medicare eligibility begins at age 65 for most people. Boomers born in 1952 are next up to join the ranks of Medicare beneficiaries. Here’s what you need to know.
Many individuals who are divorced or widowed are concerned that the loss of their spouse will somehow affect their ability to qualify for Original Medicare.
Depending on where you live, winter driving can be hazardous for both you and your car. Cold temperatures can reduce the effectiveness of your vehicle’s battery by at least 50 percent1 and thicken your car’s lubricants, making the engine work harder. Extreme winter weather can also threaten your life. If you live in a northern climate or a mountainous state, you need to take extra precautions to help ensure your safety.
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.
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.
A common concern for older adults is if their health care costs will be covered while traveling out of town, particularly in the event of a health emergency. The answer: “It depends.”
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.
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.
Prescription drugs can take a big bite out of your budget. Your Medicare prescription drug plan may offer cost-saving benefits that you may not be aware of. Also, some pharmacies offer discount programs or savings on 60- or 90-day refills.