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Weight Loss for Seniors

Weight loss for seniors can be risky for many obese older adults. As you age, you lose muscle mass – called sarcopenia. Recent scientific research shows obese seniors on a weight loss diet who do not perform resistance exercises often lose muscle mass. Consequently, adverse health outcomes of sarcopenia include:  Higher rate of mortality (death) Functional decline More frequent falls […]

Medicare Obesity Counseling

Medicare obesity counseling can help you lose weight. With over 100 million obese adults, America needs all the help it can get. The latest CDC obesity facts show 42.4% of adults are obese. Moreover, CDC reports 9.2% of adults are severely obese.  Find out if you are one of the many obese Americans. Are You Obese? You can calculate […]

Vaccines for Seniors

Medicare covers many vaccines for seniors. In 2021, seniors need the COVID-19 vaccine. CDC confirms a new COVID-19 variant “seems to spread more easily and quickly than other variants.” Thus, putting seniors at greater risk for viral infection. Seniors age 65 and older often have a weakened immune system, making it more difficult to fight infections. Thus, […]

Medicare Annual Wellness Visit

Medicare Annual Wellness Visit Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) is a yearly appointment with your primary care provider (PCP) to develop or update your personalized prevention plan. The AWV helps you prevent disease and disability based on your current health and risk factors. Does Medicare pay for your annual wellness visit? Your Annual Wellness Visit is FREE Medicare […]

Special Enrollment Period

Special Enrollment Period COVID-19 To qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) outside of Open Enrollment Periods, you need special circumstances. For example, you could change your Medicare Advantage or Part D plan if COVID-19 impacted you. Special COVID-19 circumstances include: (Healthcare.gov) You or a family member was sick with COVID-19 The national emergency affected […]

Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment 2021

Change Your Medicare Advantage Plan Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment is between January 1 and March 31, 2021. During this period, you can make the following changes: Switch to a different Medicare Advantage Plan with or without drug coverage Disenroll from Medicare Advantage and return to Original Medicare and join a Part D drug plan Senior […]

Medicare Prostate Cancer Screening

According to Medicare.gov, men over 50 qualify for prostate cancer screenings every 12 months. You can get prostate screening as early as the day after your 50th birthday. Medicare covers two prostate screening options:  Digital rectal exam – the doctor inserts a gloved, lubricated finger (“digit”) into your rectum.  PSA blood test – measures the amount […]

Does Medicare cover cancer treatment?

Medicare does cover medically necessary cancer treatment supplies, services, and prescription drugs. Seniors are at greater risk of developing cancer. According to Cancer.net, “60% of people who have cancer are 65 or older.” Medicare provides cancer treatment coverage for the following: Hospital insurance (Part A) Medical insurance (Part B) Prescription drugs (Part D) Medicare Part […]