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Articles, Guides and trends to stay healthy and fit in retirement.

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from UMA

December 21, 2021

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to our United Medicare Advisors clients! We are so thankful for you and proud to be your chosen Medicare resource this year and every year. Don’t forget, you get a complimentary Annual Policy Review every year to ensure your Medicare Supplement plan continues to be a good fit for…

When Does Medicare Coverage Start?

When Does Medicare Coverage Start?

January 21, 2021

While there are some instances where Medicare coverage can start earlier, the majority of Americans become eligible at age 65. Medicare enrollment starts with your Initial Enrollment Period, or IEP. This is the seven-month period around your 65th birthday. You can start the enrollment process three months before you turn 65. Example: If your birthday…

A Look at Men’s Health Over 65

June 8, 2020

Strategies for Men over 65 to understand health risks and stay healthy Numerous studies have shown that men avoid visiting their doctor and often ignore health issues. As we age these seemingly small issues that were previously overlooked start taking a toll. Understanding how aging affects your body can offer simple solutions to maintaining your…

Boomer health care: A mix of digital & personal

June 1, 2020

As more and more boomers age into Medicare, the landscape is adapting to a newer generation of high-tech and exceedingly knowledgeable seniors. Now more than ever, people are using the internet to scout health care options—ultimately changing the industry along the way. According to Statista, out of Americans 50 years or older: 70 percent own…

Recognizing and Dealing with Stress for Adults 65+

Recognizing and Dealing with Stress for Adults Over 65

April 7, 2020

Stress is fact of life. At some point, we all experience challenges. And while experience can help us be better prepared when a difficult situation arises — our ability to respond and recover have some surprising connections to our age. How stress affects the body A strong emotional response is just one of the ways…

How to Protect Yourself from Airborne Viruses

How to Protect Yourself from Airborne Viruses

March 4, 2020

As we age, our immune systems have a harder time recognizing and mobilizing against viruses. This is especially true for adults over 50. In fact, more than half the people hospitalized for influenza-related illnesses are 65 and older. While nothing can guarantee we won’t get sick, there are some simple strategies for reducing our chances…

3 recommended immunizations for seniors

3 recommended immunizations for seniors

January 6, 2020

As we age, our bodies are less able to protect themselves against common diseases, such as the flu or shingles. As part of National Immunization Awareness Month (and as we close in on flu season), our health care experts researched what immunizations seniors should get, based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and…

The only phone number you need during Medicare’s AEP

Telemedicine: Its impact and future in Medicare

December 12, 2019

Telemedicine is the one of the largest trends to impact the health care industry. In fact, 76 percent of hospitals in the United States utilize technologies to connect with patients and consulting practitioners outside of traditional clinical facilities, according to the American Hospital Association. For perspective, in 2010, that number was just 35 percent. Telemedicine,…

Where to start: Yoga for seniors

Where to start: Yoga for Seniors

November 14, 2019

While the traditional image of someone who practices yoga may be a young person with long limbs and innate flexibility, yoga can be tailored to any body type and age. In fact, most seniors have the ability to do every yoga pose, from restorative child’s pose to even the most challenging headstand — all it…

Seniors & Allergies: How seasonal allergies affect adults 65+

Seniors & Allergies: How seasonal allergies affect adults 65+

September 20, 2019

Spring is here — and that means pesky seasonal allergies are too. According to the CDC, every year more than 50 million Americans experience allergies, which are the sixth-leading cause of chronic illness in the nation. And in seniors, allergies pose a more significant risk; seasonal pollens can further aggravate existing heart conditions and other…