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…

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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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Is it time to fire your doctor?

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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A Housing Snapshot: Costs of Home Renovation to Age in Place Will Be Beyond the Reach of Many Retirees, New Reports Say

It’s well known by now that an overwhelming percentage of seniors want to age in place, growing old in their present home. We’ve written about this idea many times here on the AgingOptions blog, most recently in this article from last summer. However, a recently-published Kaiser Health News article combined with an updated housing report…

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Medicare Plan Finder Confusion

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…

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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…

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Hospitals Start Planning for Discharge of Medicare Patients from the Time They’re Admitted – so Families Need to Plan, Too!

It’s an all too common scenario: an elderly loved one on Medicare is hospitalized, and the family expects the stay to last a certain length of time. Then suddenly, with little or no warning – and often days earlier than anticipated – the hospital tells the surprised family that the discharge date has been moved…

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What are the “Advantages” in Medicare Advantage? Open Enrollment Means It’s Time to Decide if MA is Right for You

Those who work with Medicare and related issues on a daily basis, like the staff at AgingOptions, tend to assume everyone has a solid, basic understanding of our nation’s complex health care system for retirees. But then open enrollment comes around – the period between October 15th and December 7th when beneficiaries can make penalty-free…

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New Research on Walking Speed Shows the Slower You Walk at Age 45, the Faster Your Brain and Body May Be Aging

For years, scientists have been searching for a definitive test to predict whether someone is likely to develop dementia, but results have been inconclusive. However, now a newly-published study suggests that researchers may have found an important clue, in an unlikely source. The question is, do people want to be tested – and once diagnosed…

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Only Half of Americans Plan to Get a Flu Shot This Fall. Shouldn’t You Be One of Them?

There are a number of important occurrences associated with the month of October. It’s the start of Medicare open enrollment. It’s the climactic month of the baseball playoffs. And it’s traditionally the month when every neighborhood pharmacy puts out the signs saying, “Flu Shots Available Here.” Yes, October marks the start of what is usually…

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