Medicare Annual Wellness Visit

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MEDICARE ANNUAL WELLNESS VISITS

What is a Medicare Annual Wellness Visit? When you enroll in Medicare Part B, you will meet your primary care provider for your initial Welcome to Medicare health visit. This is a one-time health review and happens only in the first 12 months of enrollment. When your first 12 months of enrollment in Medicare Part B are complete, a representative from your healthcare center will ask you to come for...

Heart Attack, chest pain

IDENTIFY CHEST PAIN: IS IT A HEART ATTACK OR JUST GAS?

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a heart attack. Many times, a heart attack is ‘silent’, and a person won’t even realize they’re having it. But even if it’s not the clutch-your-chest-and-collapse kind you see in the movies — the “Big One” that lets Elizabeth know you’ll be joining her shortly — it will still cause damage to your heart. In some cases, it can be...

Valentine's Day - congestive heart failure

5 BEST FOODS FOR A HEALTHY HEART

Congestive heart failure, or CHF, is a health condition where the heart becomes too weak to pump effectively. According to the Heart Failure Society of America, one in eight deaths are caused by CHF and it is the No. 1 cause of hospitalization among the senior population. You are more likely to develop CHF if you eat a poor diet, smoke, are not very active, have diabetes and high cholesterol, and...

Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period 2024

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT MEDICARE ADVANTAGE OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD

What is the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period?  Every year, seniors aged 65 (and others with certain medical conditions) can sign up for healthcare coverage during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period that runs from October 15 to December 7. They can opt for either Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage.  January 1 to March 31 is the annual Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period. If you...

Five-step chair yoga for better balance in seniors.

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR BALANCE WITH CHAIR YOGA

As you grow older, you may notice you’re having trouble standing upright. You might stumble a little when you walk, feel as if you’re falling over sideways, or want to reach out to grab something for support. These are all signs of poor balance. Poor balance in people 65 and over can be brought on by many things, including neural degeneration, loss of muscle strength, fluctuating blood pressure...

Box Breathing Exercide

DE-STRESS FAST WITH THE BOX BREATHING EXERCISE

You can find yourself in a stressful situation at any time. Maybe you’re running late for an important meeting, or someone dinged your car in the supermarket parking lot. Sometimes, even an ordinary activity such as watching a movie can throw your body and brain into fight-or-flight mode. In one study, researchers found out that watching an intense action movie scene sped up participants’ breathing...

new year's resolutions

4 FOR 2024: EASY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR SENIORS

Every January, you mark your calendar with promises to take better care of yourself, but end up making resolutions that are too unrealistic to keep for long. Data shows that the top three New Year’s resolutions are about making healthier lifestyle choices, but by the second Friday in January, most resolutions are abandoned. The sports app Strava has even coined a name for it: ‘Quitter’s...

MANAGING DIABETES: WHY IS PREVENTION THE BEST APPROACH?

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects 1 in 3 seniors in the US. Diabetes is characterized by elevated blood sugar levels, which can lead to serious health complications. While diabetes can be managed with proper treatment and lifestyle changes, prevention is undeniably the best approach. By understanding the risk factors, adopting healthy habits, and making proactive choices, you can significantly...

7 EARLY SYMPTOMS OF DIABETES IN SENIORS!

As we age, our risk for various health conditions increases, including diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the body's ability to regulate blood sugar levels. In seniors, it is crucial to recognize the early signs and symptoms of diabetes to ensure timely diagnosis and proper management. Below are potential warning signs for citizens aged 60 and above to consider: 1. Frequent Urination...

5 TIPS TO MANAGE STRESS FOR SENIORS

As we age, our lives undergo various changes, and it is common to experience stress due to factors such as retirement, health concerns, the loss of loved ones, or changes in social dynamics. According to Statista, 62% of older adults feel stress in their everyday lives, and 42% of them feel an excessive amount of stress. Managing stress effectively is crucial for seniors to maintain their physical and...

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