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Fitness Has a New Focus During Medicare Open Enrollment Time

(NewsUSA) - Regular exercise is an important part of healthy aging. That's why many Medicare plans offer affordable exercise programs among their benefits. Today, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a flexible fitness option is more essential than ever in helping seniors stay fit, strong, and healthy.

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Wednesday 10/21/2020
Everyone can save on vital energy costs
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - It’s something everyone in the U.S. needs and uses in their everyday lives — energy to keep the lights on, appliances working and homes cool or warm enough to be comfortable. Now that Americans are spending more time at home, energy needs — and costs — for households across the country are going through the roof.

Home cleaning: Tips for tackling your mess nemesis
Posted: October 21, 2020

(BPT) - You know it has to get done, but you just don't want to. It's been on the to-do list for far too long. You may try to ignore it, dodge it or even cover it up. It's your mess nemesis — your least-favorite cleaning task — and you're dreading having to tackle it.

Tuesday 10/20/2020
Glaucoma: What you need to know about 'the sneak thief of sight'
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - “Will I go blind?” It’s a frightening thought that most people have when they are first told they have glaucoma.

5 ways to make a difference in a senior’s life
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Did you know that by 2040, 20% of Americans will be 65 and older? As the population of older adults increases, it’s crucial to recognize and celebrate the rich depth of experience, talents and unique perspectives of such a large segment of the country. Yet, all too often, older people are overlooked and undervalued.

Monday 10/19/2020
Prepare for Flu Season During COVID-19: Tips for Older Adults
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NewsUSA) - With COVID-19 still looming this fall, the upcoming flu season will be more challenging and complicated than in years past. Flu vaccine manufacturers recently projected they will provide as many as 198 million doses this year, surpassing the record set by last winter's flu season (175 million doses).

Study: Minority-owned small businesses in the U.S. are better at adapting to COVID-19 and showing more optimism than others
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - It’s not surprising that many small businesses are struggling to maintain operations, earn profits and sustain their work forces in the wake of the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday 10/16/2020
4 Things to Know When Shopping for a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - About 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day and by 2050, seniors will represent more than 20% of the population.[i] If you are 65 or older, staying healthy is more important than ever. One step includes picking a Medicare prescription drug plan during Open Enrollment, which began Oct. 15.

5 ways a weighted blanket can improve your life
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Quality sleep is essential to good health, but daily life — the stresses of work and family, too much screen time, caffeine or alcohol — disrupts our body’s natural sleep cycle. One tool to promote better sleep is a weighted blanket, but the benefits go beyond sleep. Here are five benefits weighted blankets provide.

Just the facts: Dispelling common myths about glaucoma
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Glaucoma. It’s a sneaky disease that usually strikes without warning. More than three million people in the United States have it — but only half know they do. Left untreated, glaucoma can lead to progressive vision loss and irreversible blindness. While a diagnosis of glaucoma can be scary, much has been learned about the disease and how to manage it over the past two decades.

Thursday 10/15/2020
5 tips to celebrate friends and family virtually
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - For most people, 2020 is a year of change. Remote work, social distancing and more have challenged people to find new ways to connect with each other. Fortunately, humans are resilient and their spirit for finding innovative ways to connect is alive and well.

What you need to know to prepare for a low blood sugar emergency
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - When Alejandra Marquez was 12 years old, she suddenly started to scream during an otherwise typical Sunday church service. There was a loud buzzing that only she could hear, and she soon began to have trouble standing.

Protect your health this flu season: Tips for boosting your immune system
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Flu season is approaching, and this year, there are heightened concerns and uncertainties and even more reason to be prepared. Flu season generally peaks from December to February, but it’s wise to plan and focus now on boosting your immunity to help mitigate against flu and other viruses.

Solutions to Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs for Insulin at the Pharmacy
Updated: October 20, 2020 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Across the U.S., the COVID-19 crisis is financially impacting people in many ways, including their ability to pay for their medicines.

Wednesday 10/14/2020
4 ways you can help support veterans
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - According to the National Institutes of Health, up to 30% of American military veterans experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after returning home from combat. Yet only about 40% of those individuals ever seek help.

Tuesday 10/13/2020
Overcoming the stigma of addiction is key to treatment
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Addiction is a chronic but treatable medical condition. Often unintentionally, many people still talk about addiction in ways that are stigmatizing—meaning they use words that can portray someone with a substance use disorder in a shameful way, which may discourage them from seeking treatment. To reduce harmful stigma and negativity around substance use disorders and encourage people to obtain the help they need, it is essential to change the way society views addiction. The first step is to understand why this stigma exists, and how we all can help to remove it.

3 surprising foods that fuel your immune system
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Cold and flu season, combined with an ongoing pandemic, is motivating many Americans to do everything possible to support immune health. Fortunately, simple lifestyle habits, like a healthy diet, can make a big difference in strengthening the body’s defense system. But what foods are best — and why?

4 ideas for a Celebration of Remembrance after COVID
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - If you lost a loved one during the pandemic, you were likely unable to hold the kind of memorial service you would have wanted to honor that special person. Funeral services are an essential part of the grieving process and help bring closure during some of life’s darkest moments. Thousands of families who suffered a loss during COVID-19 have opted to hold a memorial at a later date. This Celebration of Remembrance can be held at any time and at the place of your choosing. Here are four tips to help you plan the celebration that your loved one deserves, with every detail remembered.

5 reasons doctors urge everyone to get a flu shot now
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - As our country grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, a potentially dangerous season is beginning: flu season. The threat of the pandemic will become more complicated by increasing cases of the flu, making more people ill and putting further strain on the U.S. health care system.

Expert advice for healthy cooking inspiration
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

Friday 10/09/2020
What All Puppy Owners Should Know About Feeding Their Puppies
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - New puppy owners have plenty of questions when it comes to their new pet — about training their puppy, puppy-proofing their home and what behaviors are considered “normal” for a growing dog. Perhaps the most important question, which is commonly misunderstood, is how to feed your puppy to make sure he or she grows up to be a healthy and happy adult dog.

5 safety tips for medications in your home
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Did you know that 70,980 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2019? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that figure, citing over 194 drug-related deaths in the U.S. every day last year. And unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has only increased the dangers posed by misuse or abuse of drugs in the home. Beyond the fact that the pandemic has temporarily closed resources such as drug drop-box sites and take-back day events, opioid and other drug misuse risks have also increased due to financial and emotional stressors such as isolation and unemployment.

3 things you need to know about biomarker testing and genetic mutations in breast cancer
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - This year alone an estimated 276,000 women and 2,620 men in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer. While breast cancer continues to impact a significant number of people each year, scientific advancements have led to more personalized treatment options. Researchers have developed a greater understanding about the role that genes and defects in these genes, called mutations, can play in cancer development as well as help inform treatment decisions. Here’s what you need to know.

Thursday 10/08/2020
Modern manufactured home financing program helps solve access to affordable real estate nationwide
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Paid Content by Silverton Mortgage

Wednesday 10/07/2020
How Understanding a Common Virus May Help Treat Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Sponsored by Atara Biotherapeutics

‘I never got to say goodbye’: The heartbreak of losing a child to a vaccine-preventable disease
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - “I received a phone call one day that devastated my life forever. My son, Nico, had been diagnosed with meningococcal disease, and was at the hospital for only eight minutes before losing consciousness. He never woke up — and as a father, I never got to say goodbye.”

‘Meningococcal disease almost killed my healthy daughter’: One mother’s story
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - “I got the call every parent fears. My daughter, Jamie, was in the hospital and I needed to get there immediately. When I got to the hospital, Jamie was already in an induced coma — fighting to survive,” said GSK spokesperson and meningitis advocate Patsy Schanbaum.

Tuesday 10/06/2020
Americans share hopeful stories of recovery from opioid use disorder
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

America’s egg farmers donate record-breaking 46 million eggs to food banks
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

Monday 10/05/2020
5 tips: How to create your own private spa at home
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - As Americans are spending more time at home in response to the pandemic, many are looking for ways to turn their living spaces into retreats of calm, comfort and well-being.

Sunday 10/04/2020
5 tips that help simplify health insurance open enrollment
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - As many people head to the polls to cast their vote in the 2020 presidential election, there is another important decision millions of Americans will make: choosing their health care coverage for 2021.

Friday 10/02/2020
5 tips for online grocery shopping success
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Online grocery shopping is on the rise, and the options are plentiful — from having a shopper deliver goods at your door to curbside pickup and more. But even the most experienced grocery shoppers may find they need to learn some new tricks to achieve online grocery shopping success.

How to shake up mealtime: 10 creative kitchen ideas
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Due to quarantine and social distancing measures, Americans have found themselves cooking at home more than ever. However, after creating some of the same meals week after week, you might be hitting a home-cooking rut. To shake things up in the kitchen, consider these 10 ways to add excitement and creativity to your dishes.

How to do laundry during COVID-19: Do's and dont's
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Good laundry practices in the home are more important than ever. Recommendations from the North American Cleaning and Sanitization Expert Panel, which recently convened in a workshop hosted by the University of Arizona, offer guidelines to help reduce the spread of infections and illness when it comes to laundry practices in your home. These methods can give you better peace of mind, knowing that you're doing all you can to help reduce the spread of viruses that cause COVID-19, the flu and colds.

Know the facts about pulmonary fibrosis
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is a progressive and debilitating disease that leads to scarring of the lungs, with no known cure. Yet, while more than 200,000 Americans are living with the disease, there are still many myths and misconceptions surrounding causes, treatments, diagnosis and more. The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) is here to set the record straight.

How you can make a difference in an animal’s life
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide every year, and of the total amount of animals in shelters, only about 3.2 million are adopted each year. That means millions of pets are still waiting for their forever homes. When you adopt from your local animal shelter, you're giving a pet a loving home, while also helping to reduce the number of animals still waiting.

Thursday 10/01/2020
Joint pain? What are you waiting for?
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - With one in four adults in the U.S. suffering from chronic joint pain, the recent restrictions on elective surgeries due to COVID-19 have been particularly difficult.[1]

With millions more cooking at home, here's how to guard against dangerous kitchen fires
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Among the impacts of COVID-19 is a marked increase in cooking fires. With millions more Americans staying home, cooking at home has become more common. In a recent survey by marketing firm Hunter, 54% of adults said they’ve been cooking more since the coronavirus epidemic began. Not surprisingly, fire departments are now reporting a rise in cooking fires.

Secure Your Life: Solutions that Help You Feel Safe and Secure
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Now more than ever, Americans are searching for ways to protect themselves and their family members and provide some peace of mind. Whether you are looking to update your computer’s anti-virus software, purchase a home security system, or schedule your annual medical appointments, if you’re an AARP member, you have options for products and services that allow you to secure your health and wellness, finances, and lifestyle now and in the future. These solutions can help you and your family feel safe and secure, especially in uncertain times. To view all the benefits available to AARP members, please visit:

Cybersecurity stewardship during trying times
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Data breaches, identity theft, phishing attempts and malware literally “pop up” every day. October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which each year reminds us why it is critical that we remain vigilant when it comes to you and your family’s digital activity, habits and overall cybersecurity.

Wednesday 09/30/2020
Digital clinical trials could lead to new, more effective therapies
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - As the world waits for the approval and release of a COVID-19 vaccine, many are learning about the historically lengthy and arduous procedures required to conduct clinical trials.

3 ways to embrace me-time this fall
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

Tuesday 09/29/2020
Taking NSAIDs for arthritis pain relief? Make sure you know the risks
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - You or someone you know well likely suffers from arthritis, joint inflammation that, per the CDC, affects an estimated 54 million people in the United States, or 23% of all adults.1 Two common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Everyone Can Take Action on Metastatic Breast Cancer Today
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The month is not just about making people aware of metastatic breast cancer and celebrating survivors, it is also about taking action so we can improve the lives of people living with breast cancer.

Parents, are you getting the most out of open enrollment?
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Fall is here, and with it comes the anticipation of pumpkins, cooler temperatures, and for many, the start of classes. But let’s be honest: The COVID-19 pandemic means this fall is unlike any other in memory, and as a parent, you may be suddenly juggling your new roles of part-time remote teacher, IT technician and cafeteria chef along with your normal work responsibilities. The physical, mental, and for some, financial toll of this arrangement has left many feeling exhausted and stressed.

Small-business retirement accounts 101
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - If you're a small-business owner — whether your business consists of just you and your spouse or a handful of employees — and you're emerging from the pandemic into your new normal, it may be time for you to think about setting up retirement accounts, not just for your employees, but for yourself, too. That may be a surprising statement, considering many small-business owners do not currently offer retirement benefits to their employees, let alone take the time to set up an account for themselves.

Monday 09/28/2020
5 ways seniors can stay safe and active during COVID-19
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - By now, most seniors are aware that they’re among the most vulnerable demographic groups when it comes to contracting COVID-19.

Thursday 09/24/2020
Global flavors for your weeknight meals
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - What turns a recipe into a weeknight favorite? How about something easy and packed with flavor that can be made partly in advance? Add excitement by exploring cuisines like those of North Africa, with flavor contrasts of spicy, sweet and tart. The following recipes use grapes as a fresh accent to the flavorful North African spices in each dish. Grapes are also a handy snack while putting the finishing touches on dinner.

Medicare insight: Three ways to advocate for lower out-of-pocket costs
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Medicare Part D provides coverage for prescription drugs that save and extend lives for millions of older adults and people with disabilities, many of whom would otherwise struggle to afford their treatments. However, despite the important purpose it serves, some people on Medicare, especially those taking expensive medications, still struggle to fill their prescriptions and maintain their health.

Tuesday 09/22/2020
Your Future Protected: Considerations for Long-Term and Short-Term Care for Americans 50 and Older
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - When planning for the future, security and peace of mind are likely top of mind, particularly for Americans age 50 and older. There are many considerations — from income planning for retirement, to considering potential healthcare needs, to getting one’s personal affairs in place. As you and your loved ones prepare for both expected and unforeseen events, you may want to add a long-term and short-term care strategy to your list to ensure your bases are covered for future care you may need as a result of the aging process.

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