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Fall 2020 Medicare Update

Medicare & Medicaid Many individuals qualify for both Medicare and their state Medicaid program to provide coverage for their healthcare needs. Having a solid understanding of these programs can lead to better access to care, better health outcomes, and less confusion. Medicare Savings Program The portion of the state Medicaid program that provides financial assistance […]

Why Do We Celebrate That? Christmas Gift-Giving

Of all the classic traditions of Christmas, gift-giving is many people’s favorites and often becomes the centerpiece of any holiday get-together — whether that’s taking a few minutes to exchange gifts before the Christmas party or the family sitting down to have a gift-exchange game like white elephant. Of course, you also have the Christmas […]

Fun Christmas Ways to Get Fit

The holidays are often a time when weight gain seems inevitable. The weather outside is frightful, making it tougher to convince yourself to head out to exercise. You’re also busy with holiday parties, decorations, and shopping that siphons time that could be spent working out to burn off those calories. That’s without mentioning all the […]

Safe Ways to Celebrate Christmas During the COVID Pandemic

Of all the holidays on the calendar, Christmas and the other festive season holidays are centered around gathering with friends and loved ones. It’s been that way since the holidays’ beginnings. But with the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting nearly every aspect of our lives, it’s going to be a little more difficult to plan the […]

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3 Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

After Thanksgiving dinner ends, it’s common to have a lot of food left over. After all, you’re usually making enough food to feed a large family — complete with a full turkey, a large bowl of mashed potatoes, and enough sides to keep everyone from going hungry for a week. Now, you could just reheat […]

Safe Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving During the COVID Pandemic

Sadly, dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic is becoming a year-long event and something that will continue to affect our holiday traditions. We’ve dealt with it for Halloween and trick-or-treating, but it’s almost time for another important family holiday in the United States — Thanksgiving. More than Halloween, Thanksgiving is a holiday when we gather our […]

The Coverage Rules for Medicare Part D Plans

If you have Original Medicare and want prescription drug coverage, you’ll want to look into a Medicare Part D plan. These federally approved private plans can cover many of the prescription drug needs you may have. We’ve discussed many of the complexities of Part D coverage, from formularies to coverage determinations to catastrophic coverage, in […]

Home Improvements for Seniors Aging in Place

Home is where we spend the most time, and where we should feel the most at ease and safe. But, in order to stay safe at home, seniors may need to make some house modifications to accommodate their changing needs as they age. These senior-friendly home improvements tend to focus on preventing falls, but can […]

How to Speed Up a Cold Recovery

Having a cold can be miserable, but during cold season, it’s pretty hard to avoid getting sick. So, what are your options if you do catch a cold? Is it possible to actually shorten a cold? While there’s conflicting evidence on this, we’ll look at a few ways you can recover quicker. Ultimately, these suggestions […]

Is the Intermittent Fasting Diet Healthy, Effective, and Safe?

Many people are familiar with the concept of fasting. Whether it’s for religious reasons or to lose weight, humans have been fasting for hundreds of years. In the last decade, a new(ish) weight loss method has been making waves in the dieting community. Intermittent dieting, as it’s called, has been hailed by its supporters as […]