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Movie shows women over 60 having fun with fashionWhoever thinks fashion is for the young hasn’t read the Advanced Style blog, which has been around since 2008. Or the book, which was published in 2012. Or the documentary, which premiered this spring in London and is currently showing in select theaters around the U.S. and is available to watch on iTunes.

Advanced Style — the blog, book, and movie — is the creation of freelance writer and photographer Ari Seth Cohen, who began by showcasing the creative fashions of the senior citizens in his neighborhood in New York City. As he says on the blog: “Advanced Style offers proof from the wise and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age.”

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Annual Election Period (AEP) Begins Today!The Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP), also known as the Annual Enrollment Period, begins October 15 and lasts through December 7.

The Annual Election Period gives Medicare beneficiaries an opportunity to assess their current Medicare coverage and make any changes during this nearly two month period. During AEP, beneficiaries can join a Medicare Advantage plan (also called Medicare Part C) or change from one Part C plan to another. They may do the same with any stand-alone Prescription Drug Plans, enrolling, switching, or dropping coverage altogether.

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2015 Medicare Plan TrendsIt’s possible that private Medicare plans, like Medicare Advantage or Medicare drug plans, can change costs and coverage each year. As such, here are some noteworthy trends for these types of plans in 2015.

Medicare Advantage plans, also called Medicare Part C, are sold through private insurance companies with Medicare’s approval. These plans must provide the same amount of coverage as Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, though they can also include routine vision, dental, and hearing benefits, and even prescription drug coverage.

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Chickenpox and Shingles Vaccines May Help Prevent StrokeChickenpox, shingles, and stroke may seem to have little in common at first glance. However, research shows that having chickenpox can increase your risk for both shingles and stroke. In a domino effect that starts with a chickenpox infection, you could wind up getting all three conditions.

Children commonly get chickenpox, a highly contagious infection caused by the varicella zoster virus. After you get chickenpox, the varicella zoster virus remains dormant in your nerve cells even after you’re recovered.

The same varicella zoster virus that causes chickenpox can be reactivated decades later and cause shingles in adults. Shingles is marked by painful skin rashes and blistering on the face or body. One in three people in the United States will get shingles at some point, and half of those infections are in older adults. Seniors are also more likely to get a complication called post-herpetic neuralgia, which causes severe, debilitating pain even after the shingles infection has cleared up.

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Maintaining a healthy weight is important for older adults tooMedicare covers annual obesity screenings for all beneficiaries. For some, it also covers counseling sessions that can occur at various times throughout the year. This post explains eligibility circumstances, and under what part of Medicare this is covered.

Obesity screenings are covered once a year for all Medicare beneficiaries. If your body mass index (your weight in pounds divided by your height in inches) is 30 or more, then you are also eligible for counseling sessions, at which point you’ll discuss ways to stay healthy and reduce your weight. You have access to the highest number of counseling sessions within your first month; that window shortens the longer you go for counseling.

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Girl helps her grandmother tie her shoes; proper footwear is important for all ages.Foot hygiene and health is perhaps a topic that’s tempting to overlook when things are fine, but a little care and prevention may help you avoid complications down the line.

Our feet carry us almost everywhere. We burden them constantly, and they expect very little in return for their efforts. You can reward their efforts by giving them a little consideration, which may become more important as you get older. Decades of wear and tear may leave your feet in poor condition, and there are numerous other factors to consider when it comes to protecting your feet.

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Hair Loss in Men and WomenMany people think of baldness as a condition that affects males. However, aging, hormone changes, and certain medical conditions can cause permanent hair loss in both men and women.

It’s normal to have some hair loss every day. Your hair usually grows back and replaces the hair you’ve shed at roughly the same rate, so that the hair loss isn’t noticeable. But if you’re losing significant amounts of hair or experiencing permanent hair loss, it could be a sign of poor nutrition, hormone imbalances, or other medical issues. Certain types of hair loss, such as male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness, are hereditary.

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Medicare Coverage of Diabetic Neuropathy One complication of diabetes is diabetic neuropathy, a type of nerve damage that can lead to loss of sensation, vision problems, and blindness. Risk for diabetic neuropathy is higher in older adults.

Diabetic neuropathy is caused when sustained high blood sugar levels cause damage to the nerves. Older adults are more likely to get this condition because risk increases with age and the longer you’ve had diabetes. People who have had diabetes for at least 25 years are the most likely to develop neuropathy, according to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse.

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Parkinson's and Depression: Medicare Mental Health CoveragePeople with Parkinson’s disease are more likely to have depression, which can worsen physical symptoms in patients. The problem is, it’s often hard to separate the symptoms of depression from the emotional reaction to a diagnosis.

Actor Robin Williams’s suicide and revelations that the actor was dealing with the early stages of Parkinson’s disease have raised concerns over the condition’s connection to depression and suicide risk. According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, patients with Parkinson’s disease have the same suicide rates as the general population–and up to 10 times lower, according to some studies.

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what-medicare-coversAnyone can get hives, and their onset may be sudden. This post examines some of the common triggers and looks at ways they may be managed, as well as some treatment options.

Hives are slightly raised swellings found on your skin. The truth is that many things may cause an allergic reaction that can result in a skin rash. Food such as nuts, fruits, milk, eggs, and shellfish—any of them may provoke an allergic reaction in someone. Medications may do the same, as could pollen, animal dander, and even insect bites.

Stress can create a body rash, as could exercise. Chemical contact or excessive scratching may also irritate your skin. Illnesses have been known to do the same, including but not limited to vasculitis, lupus, and thyroid disease. There’s no set time for the symptoms to take effect. It could be a few minutes or several hours.

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