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Health Care

Falls Can Have Serious Implications to an Elderly Person’s Health

by Randall J. Ryder January 22, 2016

Each year, millions of older people—those 65 and older—fall. In fact, one out of three older people falls each year, but less than half tell their doctor. Falling once doubles your chances of falling again. Falls Are Serious and Costly One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a […]

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What Disorders Contribute to Dementia?

by Randall J. Ryder January 19, 2016

The Basics of Dementia Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning, which means the loss of the ability to think, remember, or reason, as well as behavioral abilities, to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities. Signs and symptoms of dementia result when once-healthy neurons (nerve cells) in the […]

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Medicare Part A and Hospital Costs: Are You Under Observation?

by Randall J. Ryder April 16, 2014

 Find out if you’re an inpatient or an outpatient—it affects what you pay Your hospital status—whether you’re an inpatient or an outpatient—affects how much you pay for hospital services (like X-rays, drugs, and lab tests) and may also affect whether Medicare will cover care you get in a skilled nursing facility (SNF). Your inpatient stay begins on […]

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New Center of Disease Control Healthy Brain Intiative

by Randall P Ryder January 13, 2014

The Alzheimer’s Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Healthy Aging Program have developed the second in a series of road maps to advance cognitive health as a vital, integral component of public health. The Healthy Brain Initiative: The Public Health Road Map for State and National Partnerships, 2013–2018  [PDF–2.5 MB], outlines how state […]

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Assistive Devices for the Elderly

by Randall J. Ryder December 16, 2013

A study released by the Office of Disability, Aging and Long Term Care (DALTC)in the  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has found that the number of elderly adults who are receiving assistive care has actually declined over the last decade as more individuals are managing a given disability using assistive devices. It is […]

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Medicare: Who Pays the Bills if You Have Other Insurance Coverage?

by Randall J. Ryder December 12, 2013

How Medicare coordinates with other insurance coverage Medicare doesn’t automatically know if you have other insurance or coverage. Medicare uses your answers on the “Initial Enrollment Questionnaire” (IEQ) to help set up your file and make sure your claims are paid correctly. This questionnaire asks if you have group health plan coverage through your work or a family member’s […]

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Changes in Medicaid in 2014

by Randall J. Ryder December 4, 2013

Under the Affordable Care Act which was passed by the U.S. Congress in 2010, a number of changes will occur in 2014 for those individuals who presently have Medicaid and for those who presently do not qualify for Medicaid but may now be eligible for coverage. Note that the Medicaid program is administered by the […]

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Extensive Federal Web Resources for the Elderly

by Randall J. Ryder November 19, 2013

Federal Websites: Powerful Tools and Useful Information for Elderly Adults The federal government has extensive information on a wide range of topics that address the needs of elderly adults. If you want to know about information of the following, look at the sites below. Information on all federal web sites Government services for the elderly […]

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