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How to Perform a Breast Self-Exam

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast self-examination is an important step in the early detection of breast cancer. Along with clinical breast exams and mammograms, it can help detect cancer in the early stages, when it is often treatable. Women should start performing regular breast exams at home in their 20s, as stated by the American Breast Cancer Foundation.  Three Ways to Perform a Breast...

Understanding Medicare Coverage for Stroke Survivors

World Stroke Day is Friday, October 29, 2021. This is the day to focus on stroke prevention, and on healthcare options for individuals who have survived a stroke. Major side effects of stroke include decreased mobility, problems with hearing, vision, or balance, and paralysis.  What Does Medicare Cover for Stroke Survivors? Every year, more than half a million people over the age of 65 suffer...

Finding Health Insurance After Leaving the Nest at Age 26

As a young adult, you can remain on your parents’ health insurance plan until you reach the age of 26. At that point, it is time to find coverage on your own. Below are some guidelines to help you navigate the process. When Coverage Stops Under Your Parent’s Health Insurance How long you have coverage under your parent’s policy after you turn 26 will depend...

Do I Have to Retire to Be Eligible for Medicare?

The average retirement age is increasing because many households would not be able to maintain their standard of living in retirement. Meanwhile, healthcare costs continue to rise. Fortunately, you can enroll in Medicare while you are still working. You become eligible for Medicare at age 65, whether or not you are retired.  What Are the Benefits of Enrolling In Medicare? Medicare makes healthcare very affordable....

Newborn Safety Checklist for First-Time Parents

After the birth of a first child, many new parents are struck by the awesome responsibility they have just taken on. Newborn babies are completely dependent on their parents and caregivers to protect and nurture them. In keeping with Baby Safety Month in September, the following checklist can help first-time parents keep their newborns safe. Infant Safety Checklist Always support the baby’s head. A newborn’s...