ArchiveSeptember 2019

‘Vision Van’ Drives Home the Importance of Eye Exams


Everyone has a vision. For Dr. Rohit Varma, it’s a world where preventable blindness is a thing of the past. The world-renowned eye care specialist oversees the CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center’s Southern California Eyecare and Vision Research Institute, which brings eye care to underdiagnosed and undertreated individuals with visual impairment throughout Los Angeles County and...

Medicare Without A Parachute: Worth the Risk?


In July of 2016, Luke Aikins became the first skydiver to jump from a plane without a parachute and live to tell the tale. Sound crazy? Enrolling in Medicare with no supplemental insurance could be even riskier, at least financially. In addition to deductibles, copays, coinsurance, there’s no out-of-pocket maximum. Which means your retirement savings could plummet. “All it takes is one big...

Retired Teacher Turns EMT: A Lesson in Self-Knowledge


Three years ago, Dahti Blanchard retired from teaching at Swan School in Port Townsend, WA. Today, at 67, she’s the oldest resident Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with East Jefferson Fire Rescue. It all started when she saw a sign calling for volunteer EMTs and acted on a dream she’d had for 30 years. “I was curious as to whether I’d be able to physically do the test, and went for...

Jaguar Gets Dental Exam: A Lesson for Us All


How do you clean a 144-pound jaguar’s teeth? As the zoo keepers at Zoo Miami can tell you, very carefully. Dr. Jamie A. Berning, one of the nation’s most respected veterinary dentists, gave the nine-year-old male jaguar named Adonia a complete check-up. After a thorough cleaning and several x-rays, she determined that Adonia’s mouth is in excellent condition. Exams like these are part of...

Five Ways Life Insurance Keeps Working in Retirement


Maybe the mortgage is nearly paid off, the kids are grown, and you’re thinking there’s no reason to have life insurance. Well, think again. Financial experts are recommending life insurance for the same reasons you had it when you were younger—and then some. Spread the wealth. A life policy is one of the most efficient ways to pass on assets to future generations. There’s no...

Watch Out: Cheap Eyeglasses Can Cost You


If you’ve bought eyeglasses at a drugstore or discount store to save money, they could cost you more than you think—especially when it comes to your vision and overall health. Here are five reasons to avoid cheap glasses: The frames break. Cheap eyeglasses are often made of inferior material that breaks easily. Plastic frames, for example, weaken with age, sunlight and facial oils. The...

Medicare Supplement Insurance: It’s Like Alphabet Soup – But Not So Simple


As if the complexities of Medicare aren’t enough to boggle the mind, what do you do about the various expenses Medicare doesn’t cover? This article will give you a taste of what Medical Supplement Insurance, also known as MedSup or Medigap, is all about. Why MedSup? Despite all that Medicare covers, the copayments, coinsurance, and other costs can get expensive or even devastating...

Healthy by Association: 80-Year Study Links Longevity and Relationships


We all know that exercise and diet are important contributors to a long and healthy life. But there’s another factor, as or more important: the quality of our relationships. “Good, close relationships appear to buffer us from the problems of getting old,” says Dr. Robert Waldinger, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Waldinger directs the Harvard Study of Adult...

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