What You Really Need to Know About Joining “Club Medicare”

Posted on 09/3/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Health & Wellbeing If you’re approaching 65, you’ve probably started looking into Medicare coverage.  And if you’ve started looking into Medicare coverage, you’ve probably found yourself a bit stressed over all of the policies, forms, options and acronyms.  We’re here to try to simplify things a bit.  We’ve boiled Medicare down to 5 things that you REALLY need to know.  Granted, there is much more to know about Medicare, but rather than spending countless hours at your computer staring at websites until your …

Fun Brain Facts!

Posted on 04/29/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Health & Wellbeing For those of you who follow AARP Illinois on Facebook, you may have noticed our “Train Your Brain” posts on Fridays.  They are some of our most popular posts.  People just seem to love brain games!  So I thought I would dedicate this week’s health care post to a few fun brain facts, compliments of our friends at BrainHQ.  Kudos to author MacLean Fitzgerald for providing these facts!   1. Your brain is only 2% of your body’s mass, but …

Medicare Expands Coverage for Cardiac Rehab

Posted on 04/15/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Hi blog readers – it’s time for your weekly health care post!  This week’s edition features some important new information for Medicare beneficiaries who suffer from heart failure.  Kudos to Candy Sagon for publishing the original post about this topic on the AARP blog. In February 2014, after years of deliberation, Medicare decided that it will cover costs associated with rehab for patients with stable, but chronic heart failure. So, what is heart failure?  It’s a chronic condition in which the …

Shocking Stat: Over 200 Americans Die from Hospital Infections Every Day

Posted on 04/10/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Hi blog readers! It’s Heather back with your weekly health care post.  The CDC has come out with a new report on hospital infections that serves as a good reminder to all of us about disease prevention.  Wash those hands people! You’re sick, so you go to the hospital to get better, right?  That should be the case, but new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that 1 out of every 25 hospital patients got an …

Getting on the Road to Safer Driving

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Kelly Soderlund Cars have changed a lot since Ken Murphy was driving a 1936 Ford at the age of 16. The 84-year-old Itasca resident now drives a 2013 Acura TL. It would be an understatement to say the newer vehicle is different in many ways from that Ford. And Murphy is a different driver than he was at 16. Murphy and his wife, Jeanne, 83, signed up for the new AARP Smart Driver Course to lower their insurance premiums, …

Are You Making a Medicare Mistake?

Posted on 03/31/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Health & Wellbeing 10,000 people sign up for Medicare each day – there’s bound to be a few mistakes made.  Check out the top 10 Medicare mistakes – and how you can avoid them. 1.  Assuming you don’t “qualify” if you haven’t worked long enough: Earning 40 credits through paying payroll taxes at work – about 10 years’ work – ensures that you won’t have to pay premiums for Part A services (mainly hospital insurance) when you join Medicare. But you don’t need …