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Q&A: Medicare; Nocturia

Q: I would like to buy additional coverage to cover my Medicare copays. It looks like Medicare Advantage covers many services. Is that a better option than Medigap? A: Once you turn 65, you have three options for health coverage: Medicare, Medicare plus Medigap, and Medicare Advantage. Traditional Medicare covers most, but … Read More

Glossary

achalasia: A disorder in which the lower esophageal sphincter fails to relax and open wide enough to allow food to enter the stomach. anal fissure: A small tear in the lining of the anal canal. anaphylaxis: A life-threatening allergic reaction in which breathing becomes difficult, blood pressure drops, and the … Read More

Ease Constipation the Natural Way

· · Digestive Health
Older adults are more likely to suffer from constipation, partly for physiologic reasons and partly due to external factors. “Peristalisis—the muscle contractions that move food through the colon—diminish in older age, and this slows the passage of food through the digestive tract,” says Nisha Rughwani, MD, associate professor of geriatrics … Read More

Is Your Sense of Taste Less Sharp?

· · Digestive Health
Many seniors find that their sense of taste is less sharp than it was, but as you get older your sense of smell also may diminish. “The sensations of taste and smell are intertwined, since the smell of food is one of the most important contributors to flavor,” notes Mount … Read More

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