Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

Mental Health and Physical Strength are the “New Healthy”

About two-thirds of people want to improve their health but feel there is too much conflicting information out there these days about the best way to do so, and they need help determining what the best methods are for them to improve their health. ...
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Too Trusting? Health Can Suffer Because Older Adults Don’t Speak Up

The study shows that older adults (defined as 65 and older) are less likely to advocate for their own health concerns the more they trust the role is being taken on by their doctors. ...
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Yvonne’s Story: Determination + Staff Teamwork = a Successful Homecoming after Rehab

Yvonne speaks all five languages better than ever. A few months ago, she addressed an audience of 200, speaking in fluent Latvian. And now, she is writing a book (in English) about her childhood. She plans to renew her expired passport and travel back to Europe. The sky’s the limit. ...
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Hearing Aid for Hearing Aids

 

If you’ve put off getting a hearing aid because of the cost — they start at approximately $1,000 and go up from there — then you’ll like what’s popping up in some popular Medicare Advantage Plans.

Many of the area’s Medicare Advantage Plans have started to pay all or most of the cost of hearing aids, with some requiring no out-of-pocket expenses, although the choice of hearing aid may be limited, says Bridgid Whitford, director of Hearing Services at Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center.

Medicare doesn’t cover hearing aids, and that’s been a huge complaint among enrollees. Traditional Medicare covers basic medical services. Medicare Advantage Plans offer extra medical coverage, typically for a monthly premium.

“These Medicare Advantage Plans are increasing accessibility to hearing healthcare on a scale we haven’t seen before,” Whitford says.

Only 25 percent of the people who need hearing aids use them. Cost is a barrier for many.

“These plans are really making a dent in the hearing aid market, resulting in the cost to consumers going down,” Whitford says.

With a growing population of people becoming eligible for Medicare, Advantage Plan administrators are competing for customers. Providing hearing aid coverage is a good way to attract clients, she says.

“Baby Boomers are expecting to be able to afford to hear, and they are influencing a market shift in the hearing aid industry,” she says.

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ER, Urgent Care or Home Remedies? Make the Right Call at the Right time

A child should be seen right away if they seem sluggish, won’t eat or drink, appear mottled, have cool hands and feet (suggesting shock), have difficulty breathing or have an unusual rash such as purple spots under the skin. ...
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What Are Your Teeth Saying? A Lot, It Turns Out

I’m often asked how physical conditions affect dental health. When reviewing a patient's medical history, there also may be medications that impact dental care ...
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Every Shot You Need After Age 50 (It Only Hurts for a Minute)

If you've lost track of which shot you last got — or are worried you don't know the latest about something like the new shingles vaccine — check out this list of what you need and when you need it. ...
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Strategies for Long-Distance Caregiving: Virtual Appointments Can Help

Given our increasingly mobile society and more people moving away from their hometowns, the number of distance caregivers is growing, with an estimated five to seven million in the United States alone. ...
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