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Finding Community in Your Golden Years

Entering your golden years presents challenges like social isolation, health concerns, and navigating complex retirement decisions. Finding community becomes paramount as it provides valuable support, combats loneliness, and enhances well-being. Engaging with senior centers, support groups, and local services fosters connections, promotes an active lifestyle, and ensures access to essential resources. Building a community during this stage of life is instrumental in navigating challenges and...

Social Security vs. Medicare

Social Security and Medicare are related. Many seniors begin receiving benefits from both at approximately the same time. However, they are two different programs administered by other federal agencies, which provide different benefits to older adults. What Is Social Security? Social Security was created to promote the economic security of Americans. It is administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and designed to pay continuing...

How to Avoid Medicare Penalties

Medicare charges late enrollment penalties that take some people by surprise. These penalties are designed to discourage older Americans from passing up Medicare coverage and possibly incurring high medical bills down the road. Take steps to avoid these penalties, so you do not have to pay higher Medicare premiums. What Penalties Does Medicare Impose? You end up paying more for Medicare if you enroll late...

How to Prepare For Your “Welcome to Medicare” Visit

If you are new to Medicare, you are embarking on a new phase in your healthcare journey. One of the first things you will do is schedule a “Welcome to Medicare” visit. Medicare covers this visit. When scheduling this first visit, ensure the medical provider you choose accepts Medicare. When you choose your Medicare plan, ensuring you will retain access to your usual doctor could...

How Do Medicare Advantage Plans Work?

Medicare has four different parts -- Part A (hospitalization), Part B (healthcare services), Part C (Medicare Advantage Plans), and Part D (prescription drug coverage). Medicare Advantage Plans are an alternative to Original Medicare for Part A and Part B coverage. These plans are offered by private companies approved by Medicare and administered according to set Medicare rules. Because they work like private health insurance, Part...

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