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Great Discounts for Folks over 60

Everyone loves saving money and everyone loves a good deal. However, some deals only come when you get older and then, only when you ask.We were stunned to learn that many senior discounts start at the age of 50. This list of discounts available to seniors is a great resource.  The list includes restaurants, supermarkets, department stores, travel deals and other types of businesses ...

Rising Vision-Care Expenses Decline Health for Medicare Recipients

Cover photo courtesy of delawarevisioncare.com Although huge numbers of seniors need glasses or contacts to see clearly, Medicare typically won’t pay for them. Today, more than 54 million Americans rely on Medicare to help cover their healthcare costs. More than half of all people on Medicare have an income of less than $23,500. Because the need for healthcare increases with age, the cost of ...

Substance Abuse in Your Golden Years

(Cover photo courtesy of  SJ Magazine)  When you think of drug and alcohol addiction, seniors are probably the last age group that pops in your head. Yet, new data shows the number of seniors with a drug problem is on the rise. Substance abuse among those 60 and older is one of the fastest growing health problems facing America. According to the National Clearinghouse ...

Medicare Advantage Enrollment Up Despite Budget Cuts

Since Congress approved $150 billion cuts to Medicare as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act in 2010, enrollment in Advantage plans has shot up by more than 50 percent, puzzling experts. Over five years ago, Congress passed President Obama's signature health law, helping to offset costs by cutting payments to Medicare Advantage plans. According to the New York Times, many Republicans and insures ...

Animal Companionship Improves Senior Health

The encouragement that animals provide people — especially our seniors — is remarkable. People with pets cope better with stress and depression. Pets provide the antidote to loneliness: unconditional love. Now, evidence suggests that our furry friends can be a real benefit to our senior citizens, helping them live longer and healthier. In the peer reviewed paper “Emotional Benefits of Dog Ownership”, Eve Beals, ...

Studies Show Countries With Universal Health Coverage Spend Less than U.S.

There have been countless groups who have challenged that universal health care would increase costs to taxpayers in the United States, but it appears that the existing system is already creating high costs. In the paper “The Current and Projected Taxpayer Shares of US Health Costs,” of the American Journal of Public Health, evidence shows that in 2013 taxpayers funded 64.3 percent of healthcare.  This is more ...

Why You May Pay More for Medicare in 2016

Today’s Forecast: Cloudy with a chance of high costs. Planning a route through the ‘Medicare Jungle’ can be extremely difficult. It’s important to understand your benefits and coverage as well as keeping an eye on changes that occur year after year in the United States healthcare system. If you solely commit to Medicare, it's critical that you recognize what changes you might be facing ...

NYC Couple Pockets $1 Million in Funds Intended to Feed the Elderly

The head of a city-funded nonprofit that delivers meals to senior citizens, pocketed nearly $1 million from the foundation from 2008-2016. The money was used to pay for the family’s Long Island home, late model luxury sedan, and clothes, among other personal expenses, federal officials charged Wednesday, February 3, 2016. United Block Association Executive Director Kwame Insaidoo, 59, and his wife Roxanna Pearson, 62, allegedly ...

The Impact of the 2016 Election on Medicare

Medicare has been the foundation of retirement security for our seniors for more than half a century. With or without it, health coverage is an important subject matter that can be extremely expensive and disheartening for seniors. With the upcoming 2016 presidential election, Medicare is one of the most heated topics discussed, with both major parties having different opinions on what is best for ...