Author: ana

Preparing For Storms When You Have Medical Needs

Consider this past weekend a dry run -- in spite of all the rain – for tropical storm and hurricane preparation.  Tropical Storm Erika never made it to Florida, but emergency officials spent much of last week urging people to get ready. For people with special...

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Is It a Cold or the Flu? Here’s How to Tell

Judging by all the people sneezing and coughing on my flight last week, and the ubiquitous “Get your flu shot” signs at every pharmacy, it’s obvious we’ve begun the dreaded cold and flu season. So how can you tell if your aches and scratchy throat are...

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9 egg-cellent ways to celebrate Easter in South Florida

Kids, it’s time to get egg-cited again! Yes, Easter Weekend is here, and that means in between dressing up in your Sunday best to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, you can stuff your little faces with chocolate bunnies, pastel-colored candies and Marshmallow Peeps. And there...

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Once Banned Prostate Cancer Treatment Arrives In Florida

Twelve years ago, right after getting a diagnosis of prostate cancer, Carl Sola of Homestead flew with his wife to the Dominican Republic for a treatment he couldn't get in the United States. His friends warned him not to risk an unproven procedure, one his insurance...

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HHS Says Diabetes Prevention Program Will Save Medicare Money

A diabetes prevention program being tested by the YMCA of the USA has proven successful at reducing the risk of developing the disease, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. So the Obama administration wants Medicare to pay for the services for beneficiaries at...

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Long-term Care Insurance: Less Bang, More Buck

Mary Julia Klimenko thought she was prudent 20 years ago when she invested in a long-term care insurance policy, one she believed would help pay for the care she’d need as she aged. Now she wishes she’d banked the money instead. Her monthly premiums have nearly quadrupled...

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How to Spot Early Warning Signs of Elder Financial Abuse

At least 10 percent of America's elderly residents are abused in various ways each year, with elder financial abuse being the most common problem, according to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Financial abuse can take many forms, ranging from investment...

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Phony ‘IRS’ Threatens Fines

An alert AARP member recently got a call from an “IRS agent” and right away sensed something was phony. The agent left a voice mail message saying back taxes were owed and told the man to call back right away. The AARP member contacted me instead,...

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