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5 Things to Know about Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period (AEP)

Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment period is coming up soon – that time of year when it makes good sense to review your plan options.  Are you or someone you love newly eligible for Medicare? Or maybe you’re already enrolled but looking to make sure you are getting all the benefits available to you at the best price possible? Here is what you need to know. 


Does Medicare Cover Mammograms?

Mammograms are one of the best tools for early detection of breast cancer, and being proactive about getting your annual mammogram after you turn 40 is critical for your overall health. While there are certain instances in which you may have to pay out-of-pocket, Medicare Part B and many Medicare Advantage plans both cover 100% of annual mammogram screening costs. Learn more about Medicare coverage for mammograms.


What Do I Need to Tell the Doctor?

Talking about your health means sharing information about how you feel physically, emotionally, and mentally. Knowing how to describe your symptoms and bring up other concerns will help you become a partner in your health care. Use these worksheets to organize your questions and information when talking with your doctor


Cost Changes to Expect

Each year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) releases cost changes related to Medicare premiums, deductibles, Medicare Advantage plans and prescription drug plans. By presenting these updates before the Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan Annual Enrollment Period (AEP), CMS helps Medicare enrollees determine the right kind of coverage for their needs.


Does Medicare cover a colonoscopy?

If you are on Medicare and have been referred for a colonoscopy, you may have questions about whether your plan will pay for the test. The answer is yes, but there are some limits to how often and when Medicare will cover a colonoscopy. In some cases, you may need to undergo earlier tests or preventive measures.


Disability Coverage & Medicare: How-To Enroll & Other Disability Questions

All recipients of Social Security disability benefits can also receive Medicare coverage two years after they are eligible for monthly disability benefits. Some individuals, however, can get Medicare coverage sooner depending on their situation. Here’s a guide to help you navigate disability and Medicare coverage. 


Guide To Annual Enrollment

While you may be overwhelmed with the amount of information out there on AEP, here’s a guide to help you prepare for enrolling in coverage during the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period 2022. 


What Color is Your Life

Sarah Gorham, a Teaching Professor of Art at Maine-based University of New England, has put into action a unique approach.  To capture, communicate and savor her 80 year old mother's life story, Gorham embraced colors. Using yarn and then paint, she and her mother interpreted the past and forged a new bond.


"The Five P's": Considerations When Relocating in Retirement 2

When relocating to an age-friendly community, it’s well worth weighing the “Five P's”: Purpose, People, Price, Place, and Pulse.



8 Elements of an Age-Friendly Community

Age-friendly communities - cities, towns, villages and even counties and states -  are great places to grow up and to grow old. An age-friendly community, no matter its size, supports people to be active, healthy, productive and socially included throughout their lives.