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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 …

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Prevent Medicare fraud — become an informed Medicare consumer

Each day, you make important choices about your finances, health, privacy, and more. It’s National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), a time that non-profit organizations and government agencies can help you protect yourself and prevent fraud by taking advantage of your rights and making better, more informed choices. Here are some things you can do to prevent Medicare fraud and become an informed …

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Get a glaucoma test and make your vision top priority!

More than 3 million people in the U.S. have glaucoma, and some have no idea they have it. Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can cause permanent vision loss and blindness. If you get a glaucoma test and find treatment early, you can protect your eyes from serious vision loss. January is glaucoma awareness month, and it’s the perfect …

Medicare’s Preventive Benefits

The New Year can bring many changes, and is a great time to choose to put your health first. Start your New Year by learning about your new Medicare coverage and costs, and staying healthy by using preventive services. If you changed Medicare health or drug plans for 2021, your new coverage begins January 1. Check out your basic costs …

Make sure you’re protected from hepatitis

Hepatitis viruses cause more than 5,000 deaths each year in the U.S., and that number keeps growing. Fortunately, Medicare coverage can help keep you protected from Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, the most common types of hepatitis in the United States. Hepatitis B and C viruses spread through contact with blood or other body fluids of an infected person. These …

Prostate Cancer Awareness

CDC Has a New Email Service We recently changed email services; new email will be sent from subscriptions@cdc.gov. If you wish to continue to receive emails from us, please sign up at the Manage your subscription page. Should I Get Tested for Prostate Cancer? Many men wonder if they should get screened for prostate cancer. Each man must decide for …

Medicare Summer Health Tip

Gardening this summer? Whether you’re new to gardening or have a green thumb, remember to keep your health and safety a priority. Did you know that gardeners can be prone to tetanus infections? Tetanus lives in the soil and enters the body through breaks in the skin, especially when using sharp tools, digging in the dirt, or handling plants with …

Prevent osteoporosis

Many people don’t know they have osteoporosis until they break a bone. Did you know Medicare can help you prevent or detect osteoporosis at an early stage, when treatment works best? Talk to your doctor about getting a bone mass measurement (bone density). If you’re at risk, Medicare Part B covers this test once every 24 months (more often if …

Medicare Preventive Tests & Screenings

With the year more than halfway over, now’s a great time to check in and see if you’re up to date on your preventive care appointments. Medicare offers many preventive tests and screenings, most at no cost to you. These services can help you stay healthy, find health problems early, and prevent certain diseases and illnesses. For example, Medicare covers …

Get your pneumococcal shot

Did you know about 1 million Americans go to the hospital with pneumonia every year? Pneumonia is a lung infection caused by pneumococcal disease, which can also cause blood infections and meningitis. The pneumococcal shot is the best way to help prevent certain types of pneumonia and other pneumococcal infections. Medicare Part B covers the initial shot, plus a second …