Retiree Corner

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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…

Staying Cool in the Summer Heat

Posted:July 18, 2017

The summer heat can be life threatening, especially if your body is dehydrated.  As you get older your ability to sweat, which allows you to cool yourself off, decreases. Your ability to feel thirsty also dissipates, which can lead to major dehydration. An elder’s reduced ability to regulate body temperature can also be exacerbated due…

Liver Health

Posted:June 16, 2017

The liver is responsible for filtration of blood and changing food into energy. Maintaining a healthy liver is an essential component of longevity (and a daily cup of coffee or tea may be able to help). A liver is also capable of regeneration if part of the organ is removed or damaged. Liver regeneration has…

Guide to Injections, Shots, and Vaccines

Posted:June 8, 2017

Previous posts on our Retiree Corner blog have addressed how Medicare covers injections, shots and vaccines. Here are links to two informational guides, published by the Medicare Rights Center and the National Council on Aging: Medicare Drug Coverage: Part D vs. Part B Vaccines: What Medicare Pays For A guideline worth remembering is that Medicare…

Opioid Safety

Posted:June 2, 2017

Medicare Part D plans cover opioids such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and fentanyl for pain relief, but with strict quantity limits on how many pills can be dispensed in one prescription. It’s also common for pain medications to require a prior authorization. This is due to the unfortunate reality of opioid misuse and addiction. For more…

Battling Loneliness

Posted:May 22, 2017

Loneliness at older ages can be a problem for many people after they retire. However, recent studies found that loneliness is the exception rather than the rule in later life. The studies also suggest that loneliness “often transient, not permanent.” Sometimes, getting over the psychological state of loneliness requires medically necessary treatment from a psychologist,…

Is it harder to lose weight when you’re older?

Posted:April 12, 2017

Is it harder to lose weight when you’re older? The answer may be an unfortunate “yes,” but “harder” does not mean “impossible.” Declining levels of estrogen and testosterone in women and men over 50 is one physiological reason weight loss is harder for older people. Also, the resulting loss of muscle mass can mean more…

Lyme Disease Precaution

Posted:March 6, 2017

The first day of spring is two weeks away. As people plan their outdoor activities, trips, and events for 2017’s warm months, scientists and medical professionals are planning for a surge in cases of Lyme disease this year. Lyme disease is transmitted to humans through ticks, insects as small as poppy seeds (and with a…

Managing Back Pain

Posted:February 21, 2017

Last week, the American College of Physicians issued new guidelines on the treatment of low back pain. These guidelines hope to move patients away from high-risk opioids and narcotics. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Jonathan Stieber said “we’ve known for some time opioids are overprescribed.” The American College of Physicians’ guidelines…

Physical Therapy

Posted:February 3, 2017

There is often confusion over how Medicare covers physical therapy. This affects one’s understanding of how their Medicare Supplement or Medicare Advantage plan will cover physical therapy for rehabilitation after injury or severe illness. Medicare Part A covers rehabilitation services in a Skilled Nursing Facility after being in a hospital for at least three days.…