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    Can fasting help keep my mind sharp?

    Research shows that people who fast one day a week or month unlock a unique form of blood glucose that helps the brain more efficiently transmit information. Then break your fast with brain-healthy blueberries, walnuts and maybe a glass of red wine. Read More
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    Who qualifies for Medicare benefits?

    In most situations, to qualify for Medicare's full range of benefits, you need to be 65 and have earned the required "quarters" of coverage. This generally means you are eligible if you or your spouse worked — and paid Medicare and Social Security payroll taxes — for at least 10 years. However, if you’re...Read More
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    Can playing board games keep my mind sharp?

    Whether you choose Risk, Pictionary, Scrabble or Boggle, board games are associated with a lower risk of developing dementia. They activate strategic, spatial and memory parts of the brain, and require you to socialize, which can help form new neural pathways. Read More
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    Who might not need Medicare immediately at 65 years of age?

    If you’re 65 or older and are still covered by a group health plan through your spouse or employer, or through a retiree, union or private plan, you might not need Medicare right away, or you may need only a part of it. Read More
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    How much do Medicare benefits cost?

    You likely won’t have to pay a monthly premium for Medicare Part A, thanks in part to all the payroll taxes you paid while you were employed. You must, however, pay a yearly deductible before Medicare will cover any hospitalization costs. For 2011, the Part A deductible is $1,132.

    As a fee-for...Read More
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    What type of fish should I eat to keep my mind sharp?

    For a sharp mind, go wild with fish. While fish is generally good for you, the metals that accumulate in farmed fish like tilapia may contribute to cognitive impairments. So when you're shopping, check that the fish is from the wild, not domestically raised, and stick with heart- and brain-healthy...Read More
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    Are assisted living facilities regulated by the federal government?

    No. Assisted living residences are not defined or regulated by the federal government. Each state decides how they’re licensed. Be sure to find out from your state or local Area Agency on Aging or state health department how the state where you are searching handles this. Make sure all the residences on your...Read More
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    What if I miss the Medicare enrollment window?

    You can enroll later if you miss your initial enrollment window, but you may face penalties. The best time to sign up for Medicare is during the three months before your 65th birthday, so everything will be in place and you can begin receiving benefits. Read More
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    How does walking help keep my mind sharp?

    To keep your brain in shape, take your dog  or yourself  for a walk. Walking for just 20 minutes a day can lower blood sugar. That helps stoke blood flow to the brain, so you’ll think more clearly. Read More
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    How can dancing keep my mind sharp?

    Dancing is a brain-power activity. Learning new moves activates the brain’s motor centers that form new neural connections. Dancing also calms the brain's stress response. Read More
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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