Retiree Corner

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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…

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,…