Category Archives: Health

A bill would make income from well spouse’s annuity available to Medicaid applicant

A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in April would change the way income from a community spouse’s annuity is counted for Medicaid eligibility purposes. Rep. Markwayne Mullen (R-Okla.) introduced a section amending Medicaid law that would provide that if the annuity pays income solely in the community spouse’ name, one-half of the…

5 things you can do to save money and extend your life

If you are a living breathing creature, you need exercise. A story I read last week says this, “All seniors know they need exercise…” It’s not that seniors specifically need exercise and everyone else can continue on until they reach a magical age and then exercise. It’s that once you become a senior you need…

How Medicare exposes you to identity theft

Printer Friendly VersionHave you noticed that your Medicare card carries a familiar number? The ID number on Medicare cards is the same as your Social Security card. Yet, for decades we’ve all been warned to not carry our Social Security number in our wallets. It’s been decades too since writing a check required a Social…

Trouble driving at night? Could be cataracts!

By Karen Jarstad Evergreen Eye Center If you or a loved one is bothered by glare from oncoming car headlights at night (not just the Xenon blue ones – they make everyone squint), you could be having symptoms from the early stages of cataracts. Dr. John Jarstad, board certified ophthalmologist and chief eye surgeon for…

Training your brain can help you avoid institutional care

Keeping your brain healthy is one of the best methods available to protect against landing in an institutional setting at some point in your life. Memory issues are associated with a decline in the ability to perform Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and requiring help with ADLs often leads to a move to a nursing…

Don’t be late for your Medicare date

Is your 65th birthday on the horizon?  Do yourself a favor and do at least one thing for yourself…sign up for Medicare.  About 10,000 people a day become eligible for Medicare and if you are like many of them, you’re unclear about just exactly what that means but signing up late for Medicare will cost…

Reduce chance of Alzheimer’s by more than half

We’ve been taught for generations about the importance of putting good food into our bodies. When you were growing up you probably heard at least one adult say, “you are what you eat.”  Unbelievably, the expression didn’t come from some school lunch program.  One of the earliest examples occurred in 1826, when French lawyer and…

Do you have what it takes to make it to age 100?

A 50-year study of men born in 1913 thinks it has some insight on what it takes to reach 100 years of age.  Despite what some centenarians claim, it isn’t smoking a cigar once a day, eating fried foods or failing to exercise.  In fact, the study, published in the Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, found reaching…

Is long-term care insurance worth it?

In the ‘80s when my grandmother bought long-term care insurance everyone thought she was nuts.  Twenty years later, my grandmother’s policy which covered her for unlimited lifetime benefits (a type of policy no longer offered) became useful and continued to be useful for nearly ten years of care as she fought and ultimately lost a…

What’s the fastest way to end up in a nursing home?

This article reprinted by permission of Natalie Anderson, OTR/L, CAPS OTPlus Take a fall! According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, falling is the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in the senior population. And 50 percent of those falls happen in the home! People fall for many reasons, but today I…