Are you worried a friend or someone you love might need help getting around? Talking to your loved one about fall prevention and mobility aids can be hard to do. Few adults want to admit they need help getting around or that it might be time to give up some of their independence. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four adults over the age of 65 experienc [...]

It’s hard to know when it’s time to give up some independence and ask for help. As your family members and friends age, it may be up to you to look for signs they need help.  Here are some issues to watch for and tips for what you can do to help your loved one who may need a caregiver’s support. Remember: Everyone ages differently and caregiving needs can be different from person t [...]

Everyone loves saving money when and where they can. Did you also know you can save money on prescription drugs? If you’re a Florida Blue Medicare member, you may save money on your copays when you use one of our preferred pharmacies. Switching to a preferred pharmacy is easy. Why “Preferred”? Preferred pharmacies are all of the pharmacies in our network that ha [...]

If you can’t remember where your keys are, you’re not alone. One in nine Americans over the age of 45 report experiencing memory problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And between 15 and 20 percent of adults over 65 have some form of mild cognitive impairment. So, while losing your keys may be an ordinary memory lapse, it shows most of us can benefit from [...]

Almost 7 million adults over age 65 experience depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And feeling sad isn’t the only symptom. There are many other symptoms that can interfere with your daily life and ability to function. What Is Depression? Depression affects how you feel, think and act. It’s more than just having a bad day. Dep [...]

We all get busy sometimes, and it’s important to take time out to see how we’re doing. That’s where your Medicare plan comes in: it’s designed with YOU in mind. It has many built-in self-care features that you can tailor to your specific health needs and goals. We’ve written full-length articles on each one. Click any link to find out more! [...]

A health scare can start without warning. You notice stomach pains. You fall and hurt your hip. Or the wrist you thought you simply sprained can no longer move. Nearly one-third of emergency department visits among adults over 65 result from an injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Depending on the severity, some of these injuries may be able to be treated at an u [...]

Taking your medicine every day can be hard—and missing a dose happens to everyone. It’s important to take drugs used to treat diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol as prescribed and to keep up with your refills. If you struggle with managing your medications, you have options, from having your medicines delivered to you at home to programs tailored to help people who take multiple [...]

Almost one in three people in the United States has high cholesterol, which puts you at risk for heart disease. There’s no way to know if you have cholesterol so make sure to ask your doctor to check yours. Certain drugs, called statins, can help lower your cholesterol and protect your heart. Taking a high-dose statin may help. People living with heart disease should also eat a heart-healthy di [...]

The hemoglobin A1C blood test (HbA1c) measures your average blood sugar levels over the past two to three months. The test can be used to diagnose diabetes or tell you if you are at a higher risk for developing diabetes. It’s also an important part of managing your diabetes. It helps your doctor see how well your diabetes is under control. Why You Need This Test [...]

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