Retiree Corner

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Let Medicare Help You Practice Preventative Care

Posted:March 7, 2018

Medicare.gov says that Spring is a season of new beginnings and growth, bringing us longer hours of daylight, sprouting tulips, and warmer weather. It’s the perfect time to renew your commitment to better health, and practice preventive care. Preventive services are valuable to your wellbeing, because they can help you keep from getting sick and…

Flu Versus Cold: Which do you have?

Posted:February 26, 2018

Are you waking up with a sore throat, cough or even a fever? Most people immediately assume they are flu symptoms, but sometimes it’s not as bad as it seems. The common cold and Influenza share extremely similar symptoms that are sometimes indistinguishable. How can you tell the difference between a cold and the flu?…

Understanding the 2018 Medicare Part D Coverage Gap or Donut Hole

Posted:February 13, 2018

  The Donut Hole or Coverage Gap is a term used to describe a gap or pause in your Medicare Part D prescription drug plan or Medicare Advantage plan coverage where, prior to 2011, you were 100% responsible for the cost of your prescription drugs – unless your Medicare plan provided some brand-name or generic…

Early Cervical Cancer Detection

Posted:January 30, 2018

With Cervical Cancer Awareness month coming to an end, here are a few facts on how to detect the cancer before it’s too late. According to the American Cancer Association, the best way to find cervical cancer early is to have regular screening with a Pap test (which may be combined with a test for…

Adjusting to your New Life as a Retiree

Posted:January 26, 2018

Your health might decline as you age, but that doesn’t mean your quality of life has to. There are plenty of ways to remain healthy and live a social and active life. It’s a new year, so use it as an excuse to work on a new you! Below are 12 tips for staying healthy…

Fall Back into Healthy Habits

Posted:September 22, 2017

It’s the official first day of Autumn and we all know what that means: flu season is right around the corner! It is important to put your health first by getting your annual flu shot. The CDC recommends that anyone the age of 6 months and older get a flu shot before the end of…

Travel Tips for Older Adults

Posted:August 16, 2017

Summertime is one of the most popular vacation seasons, whether you are headed down the shore for the week or boarding a cruise ship to the Caribbean, it is always important to put your health first. Tip #1: Make sure to research and plan ahead of time. If you need handicap accessibility, make sure that…

The Importance of Skin Care with Age

Posted:August 10, 2017

Your skin should always be a priority, especially as you age. As you get older, you may begin to experience dry and itchy skin, bruising, wrinkles, age spots and even skin cancer. The NIH explains that skin becomes thinner, loses fat, and no longer looks as plump and smooth as it did before. There are…

Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

Posted:August 8, 2017

Alzheimer’s is a horrible disease that causes decline in memory and other mental skills. It is very common for the middle to older population to develop Alzheimer’s or dementia-like symptoms. Additionally, it is fairly common to confuse typical age-related changes with Alzheimer’s Symptoms. Refer to the chart below from the Alzheimer’s Association for the difference…

Don’t Forget to Floss! Oral Health & Aging

Posted:July 21, 2017

As you age, your teeth become more sensitive, requiring frequent visits to your dentist office. It is important to know the risk factors that aging brings to your oral health. You become more prone to issues such as cavities, gum disease and root decay. It is very important to brush twice, even three times, daily…