Health & WellnessOctober 28, 2014
Flu Vaccine May Hold Key to Preventing Heart Disease with a Shot
Oct. 21, 2014 – One of the reasons senior citizens should not hesitate to get a flu shot every year is the added protection it provides against heart attack. Those who get vaccinated are 50 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack in a year. The potency of this protection has motivated researchers to learn more about what is causing it and how to create a vaccine just to prevent heart disease.Read the full article
October 19, 2014
What Does Aging Well Really Mean?
It all depends on your vantage point! As an advocate for our aging population and an aging woman, I have spent a lot of time thinking about how I want to age and how I might do that successfully. What does aging well mean, anyway? In my role as a commissioner on the L.A. County Commission for Older Adults, I am quite aware that not everyone has the benefit of being able to make the best choices, and often all of life is a challenge.Read more...
October 15, 2014
Turning Point: Cultivating Optimism: Happiness and Well-Being Part IV
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. - Winston ChurchillRead more...
October 13, 2014
It's Time for Medicare Open Enrollment
Falling leaves and pumpkins are a sign of autumn -- and, yes, of Medicare open enrollment, too. As the season's chore list grows, you may be tempted to stick with your current Medicare Advantage or Part D prescription-drug plan. But that plan may no longer be your best option. Medicare open enrollment runs from October 15 to December 7 for 2015 plans. Even if you've been happy with your current plan, it's important to review alternatives. Insurers are boosting premiums and other out-of-pocket costs. They're also adding expensive drug-pricing tiers, charging extra if you don't go to approved pharmacies, imposing new restrictions on drugs and dropping doctors from plans.Read the full article
October 6, 2014
Beware of Shifting Options Within Medicare Plans - NYTimes.com
For millions of older Americans, it is time to sift through the mind-boggling array of Medicare plans. There is an average of 29 drug plans to digest, and about 18 options for Medicare Advantage, the plans delivered through private insurers. Then there are the 10 supplemental plans that cover what traditional Medicare does not.Read the full article