Category Archives: Health

5 facts about men and aging

Many of the articles on this site look at women and aging. One, women live longer. Two, women are more likely to end up in poverty and someone should do something about that. Finally, I’m a woman. I’ve got more skin in this game. Still, if that suggests somehow that men have an easy go…

Can adding a geriatrician to your health team make old age easier?

About 20 percent of the elderly population uses 80 percent of Medicare resources. You would think that these high risk, high cost patients would be receiving better care than the majority of the population since they cost so much more in resources. In fact, many of these chronically ill patients receive fragmented and disorganized care…

Reduce your mortality risk by 23%

Reduce your mortality risk from heart disease, cancer and other diseases by 23 percent with one simple food. A Dutch study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology found that eating nuts lowers mortality rates. The study, which looked at 120,852 men and women aged 55 to 69 years old followed study results for participants…

Why Medicare might deny ambulance costs

The following refers to Original Medicare. An individual with an Advantage Plan would likely find that the rules for ambulance transportation vary by plan while the costs, rights, protections and choices may be different. Those individuals with an Advantage Plan should read the plan material or call their plan for clarification. Medicare Part B (Medical…

As Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid reach milestone anniversaries this year, what roles will they play in securing your retirement?

Social Security announced several weeks ago a countdown to its 80th Anniversary celebration. Beginning yesterday and for the next 50 days, Medicaid too will countdown the days until its 50th Anniversary. This year is a big year for many programs including the 50th Anniversary of the Older Americans Act, the 25th Anniversary of the Americans…

Protect yourself against medication problems by understanding how to prevent them

Every year, one out of every three older adults will experience one or more harmful reactions to their medications. The leading source of information about the safety of prescription drugs as they relate to older people is a document called the Beers Criteria. That document, created by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), attempts to recognize…

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…