Is your doctor recommending an expensive test or procedure? He may assume your Medicare plan will cover it, but you shouldn’t. Changes to Medicare mean that you may need prior authorization or be subject to a heft copay. Consumer Reports tells us what to look for: Source: Make Sure Your Medical Treatment Is Covered – Consumer Reports
I live in a senior building, and this is a common topic and top concern among my neighbors. Nobody wants to go to a nursing home or even the slightly less alarming alternative, assisted living. Around here they call it “the next phase”. I see a very fine line between when a person can live independently and when they are no longer able to stay safe alone. Often, the stopgap is some form of in-home care, and that can make a huge difference. Let’s hope that some of the innovative programs detailed in this article help, so we can all age with grace and dignity. Source: How Can We Keep People Out of Nursing Homes?
Are you trying to help a family member or friend with dementia? Little-known government Representative Payees might be the answer to many financial problems. Take a look! Source: The Social Security Representative Payee Program
At last – some good news about our aging bodies! I found a few surprises, maybe you will, too! Source: 4 Ways Your Body Gets Better with Age
Tests, tests, tests. Do we need them all? Is there an age when some are no longer necessary? Consumer Reports takes a look, and you may be pleasantly surprised at their findings. Hint: no more Pap smears after 65? Source: Health Screening Tests: Which to Get, Which to Skip – Consumer Reports