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How to Choose a Medicare Plan

health-20 Privately-run Medicare plans have become more popular in recent years. More than 10 million seniors have enrolled in the so-called Medicare Advantage plans, which are offered by insurers, up from 5.4 million in 2005. But they aren’t the right choice for everyone. These plans wrap physician and hospital services into one, often with extra benefits, [...]

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How to Keep Your Brain Fit

health-26 People generate new brain cells, and new connections between them, throughout life. And the more mental reserves people build up, experts believe, the better they can stave off age-related cognitive decline. The more you challenge your brain, the more new nerve pathways you form. A mini-industry of brain teasers, puzzles and computer games has sprung [...]

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How to Choose a Nursing Home

health-24 As the U.S. population ages, more Americans are expected to need the services of nursing homes – around 2.7 million people by 2040, according to one projection. If you or a loved one are among them, there are some steps you can take to locate places that might work among the approximately 16,000 facilities located [...]

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How to Choose a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan

health-23 Medicare part D, the prescription-drug benefit begun in 2006, provides government-subsidized coverage of prescription drugs through private insurers. The benefit is available through drug-only plans or health plans that cover medical care as well as drugs. Like most private insurance, these plans usually charge premiums, deductibles and co-payments. Each year, drug-benefit enrollees have the option [...]

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