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Benefit Check-Up Rx
If you have Medicare and are considering whether to sign up for the new Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage, this is a good first step. By answering a short series of questions, you will learn:

  • How your current insurance or other prescription drug coverage affects your options and rights under the new Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage.
  • Whether you qualify for extra help with your costs under the new Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage.
  • If you are likely eligible for additional government benefits that can save you money on your medications.
  • If it makes sense for you to start comparing the plans that are available in your area.

Exercise: A Guide from the National Institute of Aging
Welcome to one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. Exercise! Regular exercise and physical activity are very important to the health and abilities of older people. In fact, studies suggest that not exercising is risky behavior. That is why we wrote this book. This guide from the National Institute on Aging is aimed at improving the health of older people.
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Guide to Medicare Preventive Services (PDF)
The best way to stay healthy is to live a healthy lifestyle. You can live a healthy lifestyle by exercising, eating well, keeping a healthy weight, and not smoking.
This booklet can help you learn...

  • How to stay healthy
  • About these Medicare-covered services:
  • One-time “Welcome to Medicare” physical exam (if your Medicare Part B begins on or after January 1, 2005)
  • Cardiovascular screening
  • Tests for breast, cervical, vaginal, colorectal, and prostate cancers
  • Flu, pneumococcal, and Hepatitis B shots
  • Bone mass measurements
  • Diabetes screening and self-management
  • Glaucoma testing

Home Safety
Caring for a person with Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is a challenge that calls upon the patience, creativity, knowledge, and skills of each caregiver. We hope that this booklet will help you cope with some of these challenges and develop creative solutions to increase the security and freedom of the person with AD in your home, as well as your own peace of mind.
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Medicines and the Older Adult
As you age, it is important to know about your medicines to avoid possible problems. As you get older you may be faced with more health conditions that you need to treat on a regular basis. It is important to be aware that more use of medicines and normal body changes caused by aging can increase the chance of unwanted or maybe even harmful drug interactions. The more you know about your medicines and the more you talk with your health care professionals, the easier it is to avoid problems with medicines.
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A Tool Kit to Prevent Falls (PDF)
For millions of older Americans, falls present a serious health risk. In the United States, one of every three persons age 65 and older falls each year. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths and the most common cause of injuries and hospital admissions for trauma. In 2002, nearly 13,000 people ages 65 and older died of fall-related injuries.

A Tool Kit To Prevent Senior Falls includes fact sheets, graphs, and brochures about falls and fall prevention for older adults.


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