Females Outscore Males on Memory Tests, And That May Result in Women with Mild Cognitive Impairment Being Misdiagnosed

Alzheimer’s disease remains the biggest fear many of us have about growing older, but for most people with dementia, the symptoms did not show up all at once. Instead they started appearing gradually, often in the form of what physicians refer to as MCI, or mild cognitive impairment. This condition, regarded as a precursor to…

Open Enrollment Update: Medicare-Eligible but Still Employed? Here Are Some Things You Need to Know

Medicare Open Enrollment for 2019 (for coverage beginning in January 2020) is winding down. Americans 65 and older have until December 7th to either enroll in Medicare or to switch from one plan to another. But what if you’re Medicare-eligible and still employed full-time, receiving health care benefits through your employer? Does Medicare affect you?…

Is a Loved One Suffering with Unexplained Breathing Problems? The Cause Could be as Close as Their Bedroom

It’s a respiratory condition that you may never have heard of. This condition is not especially common – about 200,000 cases per year – but once contracted, it can cause lasting lung damage unless treated. And while this condition does not specifically affect seniors more than younger people, knowing about it may explain why someone…

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Open Enrollment: Several Bills Now Before Congress Would Boost Medicare Benefits, Reduce Drug Costs, According to CNBC

With four weeks (more or less) to go in the open enrollment season, many Medicare beneficiaries are shopping for plans for the first time. One of the biggest surprises for those who haven’t done their homework is the discovery that basic Medicare doesn’t cover dental, vision or hearing services: these important benefits require additional policies…

Home Health Care Reduces Hospital Readmission Rate for Seniors Recovering from Heart Failure, New Study Finds

Senior adults who spend time in the hospital are often send to a nursing home for rehabilitation. The assumption generally has been that, after a brief time of rehab, they’re ready to return home and resume independent living. But a just-released research report from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society proves that a lack…

Open Enrollment Report: If You Ignore Your Drug Coverage, You Could Face Higher Out-of-Pocket Costs in 2020

We’re approximately at the halfway point for Medicare’s open enrollment period for this year. In case you haven’t been paying attention, most of us have until December 7th to make changes in our Medicare, Medicare Advantage or Medigap policies. Today on the AgingOptions blog, we want to take a look at an often-overlooked component of…

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Time to Go Home from the Hospital? Here’s One Thing You Absolutely Must Do Before Being Discharged

Last week we wrote here on the AgingOptions blog about the importance of preparing for your discharge from the hospital from the moment you arrive. Today we’re considering an important aspect of that preparation.  When you’re in the hospital and the time for discharge approaches, there’s a rush of last-minute activity, gathering personal effects and…

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Open Enrollment Report: is a Medigap Policy Your Best Choice for Medical Coverage in Retirement?

Open enrollment for 2019 continues for several more weeks, until December 7th, and if you’re like many you may have been putting off making some important decisions concerning your health coverage. Last week, in order to help our radio listeners and readers be better informed, we presented this AgingOptions blog article describing the advantages (and…

Kaiser Report: Hospitals Have Become So Fearful of Patients Falling That They Have Created “an Epidemic of Immobility”

In the arena of medical care, there are times when good intentions produce bad outcomes. That was our reaction when we read this important article published recently on the Kaiser Health News website.  It’s called “‘Fear Of Falling’: How Hospitals Do Even More Harm By Keeping Patients In Bed,” and the premise is straightforward: in…