Open enrollment for 2023 Medicare is here! From now until December 7, Americans 65 and older can review and change their Medicare coverage options for 2023. Many health plans offer new and expanded benefits for 2023. Recent data indicates that 45% of enrollees selected Medicare Advantage plans – or Part D for 2022. By 2025, Medicare Advantage enrollment will reach over 50%.
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) dedicated the week of September 18 – 24 as National Fall Prevention Week. This week is to raise awareness of fall prevention for older adults. Falls are the most common reason for nursing home placement. Although one in three adults over 65 years of age will experience a fall, there are various techniques and actions to prevent or reduce the fall risk.
The past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a surge of social isolation and loneliness, especially among older adults.
Before the pandemic, one in three adults over 50 lacked regular companionship. Since the pandemic, social isolation, depression, and anxiety have worsened, with a study finding 73% of older adults reporting feelings of loneliness.
Social connections are essential to maintain good mental and physical health and well-being. Reduced face-to-face interactions significantly impact those missing family members and friends.
Food provides the nutrients we need, especially as we age. Eating healthy makes a difference in our health and improves how we feel and our sense of well-being.
At last, warmer temperatures are here, and it's time to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine! If you are outside and increasing your activity level, it's crucial to be sure you are drinking enough water each day to avoid dehydration. You may be surprised to learn that dehydration is one of the more frequent causes of hospitalization for those 65 and older.
Counting the number of candles on a birthday cake is not as important as appreciating each year of life! Each year brings new experiences, challenges, and accomplishments.
We may not all be able to celebrate Thanksgiving the same way as in previous years, but we all can enjoy a delicious and healthy meal! Whether you are having only your household together or a celebrating through Zoom, you can still enjoy the company and even indulge in a flavorful meal.
As countries worldwide grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, older adults remain disproportionately affected. Not only are they at an increased risk of infection, but they're also at a higher risk of malnutrition -- especially those 85 years and older.
If you have a loved one in the hospital, you may not know how to prepare for their return home. After a hospital stay or surgery, it is essential to be in comfortable surroundings and to follow all discharge instructions to help in the recovery process.
Many older adults rely on home-delivered meals to help them recover after a hospital stay or manage chronic conditions. Before selecting a home-delivered meal provider, you may want to learn how they prepare their food: