Avoid marketing scams during 2022 Medicare Open Enrollment

October 15, 2021 by The Senior Medicare Patrol Resource Center Lois C. Greisman, Elder Justice Coordinator, FTC During Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period (OEP), which begins on October 15 and ends December 7, Medicare beneficiaries can choose the plans that are best for them for 2022. You can get help comparing Medicare plans from your local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), …

MDHHS urges residents to get flu vaccine during upcoming season

State sets goal of vaccinating 4 million Michiganders LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is urging Michiganders to get their flu vaccine as soon as possible to protect themselves and their communities from flu especially while continuing to battle COVID-19. Getting a flu vaccine is critical this season because flu viruses and the virus …

SMP Consumer Fraud Alert: COVID-19

As the number of people and communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic grows, so do the scams associated with it. Scammers use public health emergencies as opportunities for new fraud schemes, and because older adults are at greater risk for serious illness from COVID-19, they may target older populations. It’s important to remember that although the Centers for Disease Control …

STATE OF MICHIGAN

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES LANSING ELIZABETH HERTEL DIRECTOR FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    CONTACT: Chelsea Wuth Oct. 19, 2021                                                                                                                                     517-241-2112 WuthC@michigan.gov MDHHS urges residents to get flu vaccine during upcoming season State sets goal of vaccinating 4 million Michiganders LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is urging Michiganders to get their flu vaccine …

Falls Prevention Is a Team Effort

Oct 04, 2021 6 min read Kathleen Cameron Senior Director of NCOA’s Center for Healthy Aging Key Takeaways One in four Americans aged 65+ falls every year. Being common, however, doesn’t make falling a normal part of aging. We know what contributes to falls, which means they can be prevented. That’s why NCOA leads a national observance of Falls Prevention …

COVID Booster Shot: Do I Need It?

Sep 24, 2021 5 min read Kathleen Cameron Senior Director of NCOA’s Center for Healthy Aging Key Takeaways The CDC now recommends a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in certain populations, including persons 65 and older and those in high risk jobs and institutional settings, such as hospitals and nursing homes. These new recommendations apply only to those …

How Choosing A Medicare Plan Could Impact Your Finances and Health

Samuel Kina SVP of Economics & Research at Picwell, Inc Health care is one of the biggest expenses that you will need to plan for in retirement, with recent estimates indicating that the average couple retiring today can expect to spend close to $300,000 on health care in retirement.  This high price tag obscures the fact that health care costs …

How Sleep Affects Your Health

Unhealthy sleep can interfere with daily activities and is associated with lower quality of life and risk of chronic disease, such as diabetes and obesity. There is a connection with poor sleep and unhealthy weight gain because sleep regulates hormones that tell your body when you are hungry and signals when you feel full. This may cause you to eat …

Using Medicare Benefits Post-COVID

As the world starts to open back up from the public health emergency caused by COVID-19, millions of older adults are looking forward to getting back to social visits and rescheduling missed appointments. If you have Medicare, you’ll want to consider these tips to maximize your coverage and health post-pandemic. Continue to use Medicare-covered virtual visits  The pandemic introduced many people …