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You may want to check with your health care provider or dentist if

* You find chewing difficult, don’t want to eat, or have trouble with your dentures.
* You feel that life events such as the death of a loved one or moving from your home are keeping you from eating well.
* You think your medicines may be making your food taste bad or affecting your appetite.
* You think you should take a daily vitamin like iron or vitamin C.

 

Eating healthy meals can be easier when you plan ahead and make them enjoyable. Try the tips listed below.

* Cook ahead and freeze portions for days when you don’t want to cook.

* Keep frozen or canned vegetables, beans, and fruits on hand for quick and healthy meal add-ons. Rinse canned foods to remove extra salt. Drain juice and syrup from canned fruit to remove extra sugar.

* Eat often with someone you enjoy. If you can’t cook for yourself, contact the Eldercare Locator listed in the Resources section for local programs that deliver meals.

A portion is the amount of one food you eat in one sitting. Many people eat more than they need, especially when eating out or getting takeout. Try these tips:

* Avoid eating in front of the TV, computer, or other screen. You may not notice how much you are eating if you are distracted.
*  Read the Nutrition Facts label found on food and drink packages to see how many calories and how much fat are in a single serving size of an item.

Some foods have many calories but offer few nutrients. Older adults should eat less of these foods:

* Sugar-sweetened drinks and desserts that have added sugars
* Foods with butter, shortening, or other fats that are solid at room temperature
* White bread, rice, and pasta made from refined grains

Make sure to always read contracts, account policies and disclosures. It may be tempting to sign contracts without reading them or all the fine print in account disclosures. Do not give in to that temptation, many important details about your rights, minimum balance requirements, and fees are included in these documents. I you do not understand something in the contract make sure you ask questions until you do.

Unfortunately, some shady companies or professionals have the gift of gab that will make a disastrous investment sound like a golden opportunity.

 

Collect information about the financial options you are considering. Read and compare the overviews of different types of accounts, ask trusted friends and family about their choices and interview several financial planners to determine if they fit your needs.

A Little cost-cutting now will help ensure that you enjoy a more comfortable retirement later. If you were planning to treat yourself to a new car, consider making due with your current vehicle for a few more years. Reallocate the money you would have used for a down payment toward your savings strategy.

Take another look at your auto insurance coverage. If you are paying for collision coverage for an older vehicle you may want to consider dropping it. Review your coverages, if your deductible is say $250, consider raising it to at least $500 or even $1,000. These two strategies could significantly reduce your auto insurance premium.

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Limit the amount of alcohol use. Drinking too much alcohol is associated with high blood pressure.  If you drink alcohol, you should do so in moderation—no more than one drink per day for women or two drinks per day for men.

Do not Smoke: Smoking injures blood vessels and speeds up the hardening of the arteries. Further, smoking is a major risk for heart disease and stroke.
If you do not smoke, do not start. If you do smoke, quitting will lower your risk for heart disease and stroke. Your doctor can suggest programs to help you quit.

Exercise and stay physically fit: Physical activity can help lower blood pressure. The Surgeon General recommends adults engage in moderate-intensity exercise for two hours and 30 minutes every week.

Keep and Maintain a Healthy Body Weight: Being overweight increases your risk of high blood pressure. Losing weight or maintaining a the weight that is good for your body size and age will help reduce the risk of high blood pressure.

To find out whether your weight is healthy, doctors often calculate a number called the body mass index (BMI). Doctors sometimes also use waist and hip measurements to measure a person’s excess body fat.

 

Make a lifestyle change: Start eating a healthy diet. Eating healthfully can help keep your blood pressure down. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, which provide nutrients such as potassium and fiber. Also, eat foods that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol.

Avoid sodium by limiting the amount of salt you add to your food. Be aware that many processed foods and restaurant meals are high in sodium.

Studies have shown that people who eat a healthy diet can lower their blood pressure.

Scammers never seem to run out of tricks. They offer fake health cures for arthritis or try to talk you into medical equipment you don’t need. You might get high pressure phone calls urging you to give to a questionable charity or to try to get you to agree to a reverse mortgage or investment scheme. But you don’t have to be anybody’s victim. With the FBI’s extensive list of scams that target seniors, you can empower yourself to recognize and steer clear of con artists.

Depression can take away your enthusiasm for the things and people you care about. It can creep in if you live with constant physical pain, are grieving a loved one or are facing the loss of your independence. And it can be conquered. Learn how getting evaluated and treated by your doctor can help you get back to feeling like yourself again.

The structure of the brain may predict whether a person will suffer chronic low back pain, according to researchers who used brain scans. The results, published in the journal Pain, support the growing idea that the brain plays a critical role in chronic pain, a concept that may lead to changes in the way doctors treat patients. The research was supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health.

One way to treat and or prevent high cholesterol is by making a therapeutic lifestyle changes.

* Have a healthy diet:   Avoid saturated fats and trans fats, which tend to raise cholesterol levels. Other types of fats, such as polyunsaturated fats, can actually lower blood cholesterol levels. Eating fiber also can help lower cholesterol.

* Make sure to exercising regularly:  Physical activity can help lower cholesterol. The Surgeon General recommends that adults engage in moderate-intensity exercise for two hours and thirty minutes every week.

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