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    Why should I wear a helmet while riding a bike?

    Riding your bike is great for your health, until you fall and get a concussion. Even one serious concussion could increase your risk of developing dementia. Make sure the helmet fits properly  snug, but not uncomfortable  and, to boost brain power while you ride, do brain teasers (but keep your eyes...Read More
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    How does the new healthcare law strengthen Medicare?

    The new health care law strengthens Medicare in the following ways:
     
    If you have Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage and reach the coverage gap (“doughnut hole”) in 2010, you will automatically receive a $250 rebate check to help pay drug costs. You will not need to request or apply for the payment....Read More
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    Can a cash windfall affect my Medicare eligibility?

    No. If you suddenly become better off through an inheritance or a payoff from a lucky investment or any similar financial windfall, your Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits will not be affected, nor will you lose your entitlement to Medicare. Read More
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    How does the health reform law make it easier to get health insurance?

    The new health care law makes it easier to obtain health insurance in the following ways:
     
    The new law creates health insurance exchanges for those who can’t get coverage through their job. Exchanges will be set up in every state to provide “one stop shopping” so it will be easier to compare plans...Read More
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    What is the difference between Medicare Advantage and Original Medicare?

    Medicare Advantage plans are an alternative to Original Medicare. They may also be known as Medicare Part C. These plans are offered by private insurance companies and pay for the same basic health care services as Original Medicare. Medicare Advantage plans include both Medicare Part A (hospital insurance)...Read More
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    What is the “doughnut hole” in Medicare drug coverage?

    You can choose to buy Part D prescription drug coverage from Medicare-approved insurance companies. Under current law, each year you pay your monthly premiums and a deductible and then a co-pay of about 25 percent for each prescription drug.
    For 2010, if your total drug costs exceed $2,830, you...Read More
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    Can reading the news help keep my mind sharp?

    Reading the news helps you keep up with the latest, which not only activates the memory part of the brain but also gives you something to talk about with friends and family. That kind of socializing can activate multiple parts of your brain and encourage cell growth. Read More
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    Should I limit the salt in my diet?

    Replace your salt shaker with a sodium-free alternative. We all know that hypertension can lead to heart problems, but new evidence suggests that decreasing the salt in your diet can also improve blood flow to the brain and decrease dementia. Read More
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    How can almonds and blueberries help keep my mind sharp?

    A snack of almonds and blueberries is better brain food than a candy bar. As they lower blood sugar, healthy snacks can improve cognition. In this case, the omega-3 fatty acids in the almonds and the antioxidants in the blueberries can keep your brain functioning correctly. Read More
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    When should I enroll in Medicare?

    About three months before you turn 65, an Initial Enrollment Questionnaire (IEQ) should come in the mail to you. It’s best to enroll in Medicare during the following seven-month window. This is called your Initial Enrollment Period (IEP):

    • Three months before your 65th birthday
    • The month of...Read More
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    How can continuing education help keep my mind sharp?

    Research shows that taking courses  even just auditing them  can stave off dementia at an early age. If you don't want to go in for formal learning, then check out book readings, seminars and other educational events. Read More
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    What are the benefits of learning a foreign language?

    You don't have to be a linguist to benefit from learning a new language. Adopting a foreign tongue boosts the verbal, language and memory parts of the brain. And, with perseverance, you can pick up a language at any age. Read More
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    What does the new healthcare law mean for African Americans?

    The new health care law provides to all Americans several new benefits, and many of these are particularly critical to African Americans. In particular, the new law increases efforts to reduce disparities in health and health care experienced by African Americans under the old health care system. You will...Read More
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    What if I have not worked long enough to qualify for Medicare?

    If you are 65 or older, you can buy into Medicare by paying a premium for Part A hospital insurance. You can also join Part B (doctors’ and outpatient services) and pay the same premium as everybody else. In both cases, you must be a U.S. citizen or a legal resident (green card holder) who has lived...Read More
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    What is the role of red wine in keeping my brain healthy?

    Up to two glasses of red wine per day for women and up to three for men weekly delivers the powerful antioxidant resveratrol, which may prevent free radicals from damaging brain cells. But beware: Drinking more than that could drop levels of thiamine, a brain-boosting nutrient. Read More