READ Your Medicare Summary Notice or Explanation of Benefits

medicare fraud1 webMedicare fraud is a problem that costs taxpayers between $60 to $90 billion per year. Last year, as part of “Operation Double Helix”, law enforcement agencies charged 30 people with defrauding Medicare of $2 billion dollars by performing unnecessary genetic tests on saliva samples from beneficiaries. Although law enforcement is making strides in tracking down these criminals, for every scam they shut down, it seems a new scam rears its head. We know it pays to be informed and vigilant - so, is there a way for you to detect potential fraud? Yes! By reading your Medicare Summary Notice (MSN, or “This Is Not a Bill” statement) or Explanation of Benefits (EOB) from your Medicare Advantage plan.

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Legacy Series, Part 2: Regrets

old people couple together connected webWhen faced with the nearing inevitability of shuffling off this mortal coil, our thoughts pace back-and-forth between the past and the future, often pausing in the present for a reality check. We wonder if we did all the things we “shoulda woulda coulda.” Will we empty our bucket list before we kick the bucket? Is it time to stop nursing grudges and let them die? How will I manage the pain I feel or get around the house or hospital room? What, if anything, lies beyond in the Great Beyond, and am I prepared? Why aren’t hearses equipped to pull U-Hauls?

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Conquering Winter Blahs

winter walk1 webNow that the leaves are down and the days are shorter, it is often hard to get motivated to think about exercise, let alone work on our food choices. We seem to want to hibernate and reach for comfort foods. Unfortunately, with our human makeup, this combination only leads towards gaining weight and becoming less flexible.

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Spring Cleaning the Old-Fashioned (a.k.a. Green) Way

house cleaning1 webIt’s that time again – time to refresh our homes, bodies and minds by doing spring cleaning! It’s a world-wide tradition that’s centuries old!In the days before electricity and clean heating methods, everything in the house was covered with soot from coal heaters, oil lamps and candles by the end of winter. It would have been unthinkable not to open up the doors and windows to air the house, wipe down the furniture and walls, and take the linens and carpets outside to freshen.

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Things To Do With Grandkids: March-April 2020

easter egg webLehigh Valley Auto Show
March 19-22, Stabler Arena - Lehigh University, 124 Goodman Dr., Bethlehem 10AM-9PM $10 for adults; $7 for seniors (55+) children 6-14; $25 family four-pack. The Lehigh Valley Auto Show is held from March 19 - 22. From Thursday through Saturday, hours are 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. On Sunday, the show is open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens (ages 55+) and children (ages 6-14), and $25 for a family four-pack. Children under five receive free admission. Tickets can be purchased in person or online - glvada.org.

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A Study of Loneliness, Isolation and Remedies

senior couple webLoneliness and Social Connections
AARP conducted a national survey of adults 45 and older to gauge the extent of their feelings of loneliness and isolation. Additionally the study made recommendations for coping with loneliness.

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