Senior-life

Alzheimer’s and the Holidays – Travel Tips

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Holiday travel tips for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias

Traveling over the holiday season is stressful enough under ideal circumstances, but for 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's (including 69,000 in Colorado) and their families, this can be a particularly challenging time.

While the symptoms of this progressive brain disease can sometimes make travel more difficult, it doesn't mean families can't travel with a loved one with dementia and participate in holiday festivities.

Confused by Medicare? Follow these 5 Steps

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(BPT) - Navigating Medicare can be challenging. In fact, according to a 2017 UnitedHealthcare survey, nearly 40 percent of Medicare beneficiaries find the program confusing. Learning the basics can help you cut through the confusion and make an informed decision about which coverage option may be the right fit for you.

Here's a quick guide to five important Medicare terms to help prepare for the upcoming open enrollment period. What is open enrollment, you ask? Well, read on.

1. Open Enrollment Period

Watch Your Mail - New Medicare Cards Coming in 2018

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Medicare Takes Aim at Medical Identity Theft

(Family Features) Criminals are increasingly targeting people age 65 or older for personal identity theft. In 2014 alone, there were 2.6 million such incidents among seniors, according to the Department of Justice.

A growing offshoot of identity theft is healthcare fraud, which can result when someone unlawfully uses another person's Medicare number. Medical identity theft can lead to inaccuracies in medical records, which in turn can result in delayed care, denied services and costly false claims. 

AARP ElderWatch – Protect Yourself from ID Theft

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In recent years, we have dealt with major data breaches at hospitals, retail stores and government offices. In September, we learned Equifax's data was breached, potentially affecting millions of people. While these breaches are alarming, it doesn't necessarily mean that you are a victim of identity theft. It does mean that you should take precautionary measures to protect your identity. The following are some steps to consider taking: