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Seniors

Savvy Senior: How to get veterans’ funeral and burial benefits

November 9, 2018

Dear Savvy Senior, Does the VA provide any special burial benefits to old veterans? My dad, who has late-stage Parkinson’s disease, served during the Vietnam War in the 1960s. Only Child Dear Only, Most U.S. veterans are eligible for burial and memorial benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration. Veterans who…

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Savvy Senior: What You’ll Pay for Medicare in 2019

November 2, 2018

Dear Savvy Senior, I know there will be a small 2.8 percent cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits next year but what about Medicare? What will our Medicare Part B monthly premiums and other Medicare costs be in 2019? Curious Jim Dear Jim, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced their cost adjustments…

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What you need to know this Medicare enrollment season

October 26, 2018

NEWSUSA It’s that time of year when people with Medicare review their health insurance choices and enroll in a Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug plan for the coming year. People typically have a lot of questions as they research their Medicare options, which primarily include Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans, before finding…

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Are Americans saving enough for retirement?

October 19, 2018

BPT The answer you get to this question will depend on who you ask. The amount households have accumulated for retirement is not hotly debated, but the amount needed in retirement is. The Investment Company Institute (ICI) is working to make sure that everyone has the facts through its new website ,FactsOnRetirement.org. Much of the…

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Tips for turning history into your story

October 12, 2018

FAMILY FEATURES If you have ever thought about exploring your family history, now can be the perfect time as October is National Family History Month. To get started, these four simple tips can help you unlock new understanding and make meaningful connections. You can also consider sharing these tips with loved ones so they can…

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Beyond calcium: Five proven supplements for women over 40

October 5, 2018

BPT Aging is one of life’s inevitabilities. We don’t have a choice in the matter; it happens to everyone. But how we age is a choice people make every day. While it’s true that there is no fountain of youth, the choices we make in diet, exercise, and lifestyle can and do affect the quality…

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Savvy Senior: Financial aid for family caregivers

September 28, 2018

Dear Savvy Senior, Do you know of any resources that help family caregivers monetarily? I have to miss a lot of work to take care of my elderly mother and it’s financially stressing me. Stretched Thin Dear Stretched, Caring for an elderly parent can be challenging in many ways, but it can be especially difficult…

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Regular eye checkups key to cognitive health

September 14, 2018

BPT Regular eye exams have always been an important part of maintaining healthy vision, but it turns out they can help keep your brain healthy, too. New research is revealing just how connected eye health and brain health are, and how receiving regular eye treatment might mean the difference between a healthy brain and cognitive…

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New Medicare cards are designed to reduce Medicare fraud

September 7, 2018

Family Features Millions of people with Medicare will receive new, more secure Medicare cards in the mail in 2018. The new cards replace Social Security number-based Medicare numbers with a new, unique, personalized Medicare number, known as the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier. Each person with Medicare will have his or her own number. The cards will…

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Caring for Caregivers

August 31, 2018

ABOVE PHOTO:  Couple walking  (Photo courtesy of Dreamstime)   How to prevent caregiver burnout   Family Features While caring for an older family member – whether it be a spouse, parent or grandparent – can be a rewarding experience, it can also be a difficult and overwhelming task. This is especially true if your loved…

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