Retiree Corner

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Medicare & Coronavirus

Posted:May 15, 2020

How to stay up to date: Coronavirus.gov is the source for the latest information about COVID-19 prevention, symptoms, and answers to common questions. CDC.gov/coronavirus has the latest public health and safety information from CDC and for the overarching medical and health provider community on COVID-19. USA.gov has the latest information about what the U.S. Government is doing in…

Why Coronaviruses Hit Older Adults Hardest

Posted:February 27, 2020

As cases of the novel coronavirus known as 2019-nCoV continue to rise worldwide, preliminary estimates suggest that older adults may be particularly susceptible to the respiratory illness, which can cause pneumonia and symptoms like fever, cough and shortness of breath. “The data coming out of China continues to say that the people who are at higher risk…

Winter Wellness Tips for Seniors and Medicare Eligibles

Posted:January 24, 2020

Winter often consists of lower temperatures, less sunlight, and more time indoors. The same weather that is bothersome to most can prove to be dangerous for others.   Winter Safety Tips for the Elderly Seniors and Medicare eligibles face several dangers including falling on ice or snow, frostbite, and hypothermia. Use these winter wellness tips…

Good Works, Good Effects? Volunteering, Stress & Emotions in Older Adults

Posted:August 16, 2019

In addition to helping others, older adults who volunteer may gain a benefit to their own well-being. A recent study explored the relationship between volunteering and stress. For this study, the researchers used data from the National Study of Daily Experiences. The participants were 1,320 adults age 50 to 84 who completed a daily interview for…

Have You Heard? Hearing Aids Keep Older Adults Healthy

Posted:July 25, 2019

A study on the benefits of using hearing aids found that using the devices can counteract many of the negative health outcomes associated with hearing loss. Over 20,000 adults age 65 and better with a Medicare Supplement plan participated in a phone survey that included questions about hearing loss, hearing aid use, health, and well-being.…

Time to man up and get screened

Posted:June 6, 2019

Are you the type of guy who puts off doing a task or getting a test and later wished you’d just gotten it over with? If you’re a man with Medicare, now’s the time to talk with your doctor about whether you should get screened for prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, or both. Screening tests can find cancer early,…

Medicare and Stroke Prevention

Posted:May 16, 2019

A stroke is a brain attack caused by blocked blood flow to the brain. It can affect a person’s speech, movement, and memory, and may lead to death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year. Stroke is a major cause of…

Give Your Heart Some Love

Posted:February 13, 2019

Although love songs might tell you otherwise, a broken heart can’t kill you—but heart disease can. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women, taking about 610,000 lives each year. You might not be able to avoid Cupid’s arrow, but you can take steps to help prevent heart…

NMEW: Get Help Paying for Medicare

Posted:September 21, 2018

If you have limited income and assets, you may qualify for help with medical costs for care you receive under Medicare. Here are a few of the programs you can look into if you need financial assistance. Medicaid helps pay costs not covered by Original Medicare (Part A and Part B). It may also include…

NMEW: Who Can Get Medicare?

Posted:September 19, 2018

Age – Turning 65 is a big life event, and thousands of baby boomers are doing it every day. *Here’s what you need to know right off the bat: You must be 65 to enroll in Medicare—your spouse’s age doesn’t count. You may enroll in Medicare even if you’re not collecting Social Security yet. You…