About One in ten people in the United States, age 65 and older, currently has Alzheimer’s or dementia. Changes in the brain due to dementia can start to happen many years before any sort of cognitive symptoms start to appear. Recent research suggests that we may be able to easily detect dementia in people years before symptoms have started to show by using simple and common eye and smell tests. Continue reading
One of the best things anyone can do for their health is to walk and walk often. A new study found that running or walking 15 miles a week could help prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia. The American Heart Association recommends that people walk 10,000 steps—about five miles—a day to decrease their risks of heart disease and to improve overall health. While Mom might not be ready for five miles a day just yet, there are still some ways that you can help her add more walking into her routine. Continue reading
I’m about to sign up for Medicare Part A and B and would like to find out what they don’t cover so I can avoid any unexpected costs down the road.
Medicare covers a variety of health care services, but it certainly does not cover everything. If you need or want certain services that are not covered, you’ll have to pay for them yourself unless you have other insurance or you’re in a Medicare Advantage health plan, which may cover some of these services. Here’s a rundown of what original Medicare generally does not cover. Continue reading