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Older Americans Month 2016: Blaze a Trail

Did you know that by the year 2029, more than 20% of people in the U.S. will be at retirement age? Older adults are a vital part of our society. Since 1963, communities across the country have shown their gratitude by celebrating Older Americans Month each May. This year, to celebrate the Older Americans Act, […]

Protect your bones

Brittle bones could shatter your life. Every year, more Americans are diagnosed with osteoporosis—a disease that causes bones to weaken and become more likely to break. You may not know that you have this “silent” disease until your bones are so weak that a sudden strain, bump, or fall causes your wrist to break or […]

Filing a complaint is easier than ever

We hope that all of your health care experiences are positive. But if they’re not, we want filing a complaint to be as easy as possible. That’s why we offer you a variety of tools to express your concerns. One of those tools is the ability to file a complaint (sometimes called a “grievance”). Is […]

Get protected from hepatitis

Did you know that hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver caused by a virus, kills nearly 1.4 million people worldwide every year? Hepatitis is contagious. For example, the Hepatitis B virus spreads through contact with the blood or other body fluids of an infected person. People can also get infected by coming in contact with […]

Have you checked your blood pressure lately?

When was the last time you checked your blood pressure? Now’s the time to take a fast (less than a minute) and simple test to see if your blood pressure is too high. High blood pressure usually has no signs or symptoms, but it can lead to a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, and […]

Celebrate Earth Day—Go Paperless!

Nearly 200 countries celebrate Earth Day – a day for encouraging awareness and action for the environment on April 22nd. How can you make your voice heard this year? One great way is to sign up to get your “Medicare & You” handbook electronically. If you have an eReader (like an iPad, Kindle Fire, Surface, […]

Rethink the Drink

There are a lot of changes that happen with age, and some of them, like physical pain, loss of mobility, and loneliness can lead to alcohol misuse. As people age, they become more sensitive to the effects of alcohol. Over time, someone’s drinking habits may become a problem. Older adults who drink may be at […]

At risk for Diabetes? Take this quick test.

Diabetes affects 22 million people in the U.S.—are you one of them? Tuesday, March 22 is American Diabetes Association Alert Day, and it’s a great time to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if you’re at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, a disease where blood glucose levels are higher than normal. Type 2 diabetes […]

5 Ways to Become an Informed Medicare Consumer

Each day, you make important choices about your finances, health, privacy, and more. During National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), March 6–12, 2016, non-profit organizations and government agencies can help you take advantage of your rights and make better-informed choices. There are 5 things you can do to become an informed Medicare consumer: Know your rights. As a […]

Start this spring right by practicing prevention

After months of blizzards and cold weather, spring is a welcome reminder of new beginnings – the longer hours of daylight, blooming flowers, and warmer weather are all signs of a new season, and a new reason to be proactive with your health. One simple way to manage your health is to practice preventive care. […]

Make 2016 your year of better nutrition

They say “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but that’s not the whole truth. While apples are healthy and delicious, there are many other important factors in having a nutritious diet. Over 35% of U.S. adults are obese. An unhealthy body weight puts you at a greater risk for many diseases like type […]

Get help with your Medicare costs

If you’re among the many Americans facing financial challenges with their health care costs, there may be ways you can save money on your health care costs if you have Medicare. If you have limited income and resources, you may qualify for Medicaid—a joint federal and state program that helps with medical costs. Even if […]

This Valentine’s Day, show your heart some love

Although popular love songs might tell you otherwise, a broken heart can’t kill you—but heart disease can. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women, taking more than 600,000 lives each year. You might not be able to avoid Cupid’s arrow, but you can take steps […]

Choosing a home health agency keeps getting easier

Choosing a provider of home health services can be overwhelming. Home health agencies can differ in the safety and quality of care they provide. That’s why we’ve made it easier to use the information on our Home Health Compare site by adding patient experience of care star ratings. Known as Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare […]

Detect cervical cancer early – get screened

All women are at risk for cervical cancer, but did you know it occurs most often in women over 30? About 12,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year. Fortunately, it’s one of the easiest female cancers to prevent. Medicare covers 2 types of screening tests – the Pap smear […]