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Tips for surviving the Medicare annual enrollment period

(BPT) - Annual enrollment for Medicare ends Dec. 7, so now is the time to check your plan and update coverage for the coming year. While many people stick to the same plan they have used in the past, subtle changes can leave you second guessing what is best for your personal situation.

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Thursday 12/05/2019
How to protect your most valuable asset
Posted: December 05, 2019

(BPT) - If you're like many Americans, your home may be your most valuable asset. That's why it's so important to protect it with homeowners insurance. Plus, it's probably a requirement of your mortgage. Setting up your coverage the right way starts with understanding the major parts of a homeowners policy.

5 tips for stress-less holiday cleaning
Posted: December 05, 2019

(BPT) - Each year, the holiday season brings a flurry of entertaining. From hosting a houseful of out-of-town relatives to formal sit-down dinners to impromptu get-togethers, chances are your schedule — and your home — is brimming with activity.

Young mom doesn’t let MS get in the way of living her life
Posted: December 05, 2019

(BPT) - At the young age of 24, Savana Sadler received both the most exciting and terrifying news of her life. Within just weeks of each other, she learned she was about to become a mother for the first time, but she was also going to be embarking on this exciting journey while living with multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic disease of the brain and central nervous system that leads to some level of disability in most people.

Wednesday 12/04/2019
Smart homes aren't smart without fire sprinklers
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:50 am

(BPT) - Today there are many automated options that make homes more comfortable, energy efficient, cost-effective and safe. Typically referred to as smart home technology, these features may include automating control of items such as lighting, temperature, window shades, surveillance cameras, locks, smoke alarms, even pet feeders. Often, these features have smartphone apps that allow the homeowner to control them from anywhere.

9 holiday party survival tips – when you (or guests) are in recovery
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:51 am

(BPT) - Let’s face it. Drinking, drug abuse and depression soar over Christmas, Chanukah and New Year’s — call it the holiday blues. As you prepare to throw your annual holiday party, the compassionate host recognizes that the holidays can be a painful time for some family members and friends. With an estimated 22 million Americans in recovery from addiction, chances are one or more of your guests may be in recovery from behavioral health issues.

4 steps to financial fitness in the new year
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:48 am

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Tuesday 12/03/2019
Taking Time to Reflect on The Needs of The Family Caregiver
Posted: December 03, 2019

(NewsUSA) - As loved ones begin to age, many will take on the honorable role of becoming a caregiver. However, caring for an older adult can be time-consuming, reducing the ability to address your own needs. In fact, Home Instead Senior Care found that 63 percent of family caregivers said caring for their aging loved ones made it more difficult to care for themselves.

Tips for growing your small business this holiday season
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:50 am

(BPT) - Small businesses have a major impact on their communities: 67 cents of every dollar spent on small businesses stays in the local economy. But when it comes to growing their businesses, nearly one in four small business owners say marketing is one of their biggest challenges. As small businesses prepare for the holiday rush, they are investing in digital marketing to reach new customers and stand out online.

5 Tips for Prioritizing Self-Care During the Holidays
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s all too easy to let self-care slip off your radar. However, it’s important for your health that you prioritize your well-being, so you can enjoy the season with family and friends. If you burn yourself out with all the cooking, shopping, traveling and hosting, you'll not only feel a lot less joyful, but you also won’t have much left to give during this season of giving.

5 fire safety tips to follow this winter season
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - Heating, cooking, decorations and candles all contribute to an increased risk of fire during the winter months. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fires occur more in the winter than in any other season. As the snowflakes start to fall and the temperatures drop, it’s important that you take the proper steps to make sure your family and home are protected from winter fire hazards.

How to choose a Christmas tree
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:50 am

(BPT) - The days are shorter, the temperatures are dropping: It's time to get ready for the holidays! For many families, no decoration is more important than the Christmas tree. The following tips from expert arborist Mark Chisholm will help you choose the perfect tree for your home.

The most craftable time of the year
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:49 am

Monday 12/02/2019
What you can do about your dog’s stinky breath
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:49 am

(BPT) - Even though you try to be a good “dog parent,” chances are you may not think of everything when it comes to your furry best friend’s well-being. But if you notice that your dog’s breath is unpleasant, it may be time to up your doggy care game. Bad breath can be a sign of poor dental health, which in turn can have a negative impact on your dog’s digestive system, kidneys, liver and heart.

4 Questions to Ask Before The Dec. 7 Medicare Deadline
Posted: December 02, 2019

(NewsUSA) -People with Medicare have until Saturday, Dec. 7 to select their Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug Plan coverage for 2020. To ensure you have the right Medicare plan in place come January 1 of next year, it's important to focus on these four key questions:

Wednesday 11/27/2019
8 tips to allergy-proof your home this holiday
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:49 am

(BPT) - Before you know it, you’re knee-deep in preparing for holiday celebrations and family visits. If you’re hosting guests with allergies — and you have pets — you have a few more things to consider when getting your home guest-ready. No problem! Here are eight cleaning tips to help allergy-proof your home for the holidays.

The key to sustaining that New Year’s resolution: Turkey
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:50 am

(BPT) - Every year many Americans establish New Year’s resolutions, setting their sights high with the turn of the calendar, but few of them are able to sustain those resolutions. According to online global activity data analyzed by Strava, most people report failing their resolution by Jan. 12. Additionally, a study conducted by the University of Scranton found that just 8% of resolvers could stick to their pledge for two years without slips.

A tasty guide to the perfect holiday cookies
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:50 am

(BPT) - When Inga Lam of BuzzFeed’s Tasty, the world’s largest social food network, gets going in the kitchen, she makes sure to consider all aspects of her baking process when creating the perfect treat. As a Tasty Creator, Inga is known for showing budding chefs how to sharpen their skills and live out their top-chef dreams by creating viral recipes that are easy to recreate at home. Below, you’ll find her tips to make holiday cookies that will stun this holiday season.

Tuesday 11/26/2019
Enjoy this superfood on any specialty diet
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:51 am

(BPT) - Are you following a gluten-free, keto, paleo, vegetarian, Whole 30 or other special diet? The problem with sticking to a diet is that it can feel restricting, because you're only allowed to eat certain foods, and that can get boring fast.

Monday 11/25/2019
How AI is Transforming Life at Home by Thinking of You
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - We all love the idea of having a washer, refrigerator or smart appliance that gives us important messages and guides our next steps.

Addressing The Health Needs of The Whole Person
Posted: November 25, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Social, economic and environmental factors play a key role in people's health - where they live, learn work, and play. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of wealth, power and resources at global, national and local levels.

Friday 11/22/2019
Veterans Bond Through Challenging Diagnosis of Kidney Failure
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - The fall of 2018 was life-changing for U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Phillip Hayes. Not only did the season mark his retirement from a 33-year-long service in the Air Force, it marked the beginning of the fight for his life. Phillip’s health had been declining for some time, but he did not anticipate the news from his physician that his kidneys had failed, leading to the diagnosis of end stage kidney disease (ESKD).

Thursday 11/21/2019
4 questions to help you choose the right health insurance
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - Your options for health care and dental plans can feel overwhelming. Dozens of plans and many variables can affect your decision, which is why it’s worth your time to find the option that best fits your individual or family needs.

'Tis the season for heart disease?
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - Deaths from heart-related causes tend to spike over the holidays. According to a recent study, the risk of heart attack increases significantly around Christmas time, and may be highest on Christmas Eve. Recognizing the symptoms of heart disease — and taking time from the busy season to see a doctor — could help to save your life, just as it did for Zbigniew “Ziggy” Banach.

pHreshen the pHunk Up! Here are a few things that will keep you in control of your feminine health
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - The vagina is a delicate ecosystem that must be maintained at a normal pH of 3.8-4.5, the same pH as beer, if you can believe it! Everyday events like blood with your period, sex, soaps, certain medications and the water in a douche can all elevate the natural vaginal balance, because those elements have a pH of 7.5 or 8. When the pH is disrupted, you might experience burning, itching or an unpleasant odor.

Wednesday 11/20/2019
7 things you may not know about car seats and seat belts
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:53 am

(BPT) - Parents and caregivers want to keep kids safe in the car but keeping up with the latest recommendations can be tricky, especially as your child grows and their needs change. It's sometimes hard to know if you're doing everything you can to keep children as safe as possible.

Simple, meaningful ways to give back to your community
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - With today’s busy and distracted lifestyles, it can be difficult to find ways to make a difference to those less fortunate in the community. However, today it is simpler than ever to give back, and you do not have to alter your hectic routine to make an impact.

7 ways to protect yourself from Medicare fraud
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - Every year, many seniors are targeted by scammers who want to steal their Medicare numbers to do things like rack up fake health care charges and commit identity theft. These scams hurt seniors and other people eligible for Medicare, cost taxpayers money, and result in higher health care costs for everyone. The good news is that you can protect yourself from fraud and help Medicare stop scammers in their tracks.

Mortgage insurance: A faster way into your first home
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - For many Americans, the biggest hurdle in buying a home is the down payment. According to a recent report, 49% of non-homeowners stated that not having enough money for a down payment and closing costs was a major obstacle to purchasing a home. Many people also mistakenly believe lenders require a 20% down payment to qualify for mortgage financing.

5 Easy Projects to Protect Your Home This Winter
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - The winter months are here! While you may be preparing to celebrate the holidays and spend time with loved ones, it’s also important to ensure your home is protected from the cold weather.

Tuesday 11/19/2019
Easy gravy hacks for irresistible holiday cooking
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - Planning and food prep for the holidays are underway so you're probably creating grocery store lists and considering which favorite family recipes to cook this year. No matter what you're serving, there's one thing that can elevate foods from good to great: a delicious gravy.

Practice makes perfect: Easy steps to plan for an emergency
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:49 am

(BPT) - Fires can occur when you least expect it, leaving little time to plan your escape, so the time to prepare for an emergency isn’t when your alarm sounds. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), only 32% of American households have actually developed and practiced an emergency escape plan. Make time to sit down with your family to plan and practice what you would do in case of a fire or carbon monoxide (CO) emergency. Consider the following tips when helping to prepare yourself and your loved ones:

Monday 11/18/2019
5 retirement questions to ask before 'How much should I save?'
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - How do I plan for a comfortable retirement? This question is top of mind for many Americans. Yet how to afford that dream retirement remains a mystery to most. According to The Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 2019 Retirement Confidence Survey, only 42% of working-age people have tried to calculate just how much they need to save to live comfortably in retirement.

Gut Check: Why Women with Chronic Constipation Feel Stuck [Infographic]
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - We all have to go when nature calls, but for approximately 35 million American adults living with a condition called chronic idiopathic constipation, or CIC, that isn’t always easy. Idiopathic means the cause of the constipation is unknown. People with CIC experience symptoms like abdominal pain and bloating over a long period of time. A national survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Shire, now part of Takeda, assessed the impact of CIC on patients’ daily lives, and unmet needs related to its management — revealing how and why many women with CIC feel stuck, and what many GIs believe may be an important approach to managing the condition.

Open enrollment: 4 steps to getting the right life insurance benefits at work
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:50 am

(BPT) - Is it open enrollment time for your employee benefits? Most companies begin offering the opportunity to update or add new benefits for the next year in the last quarter of the year. Take advantage of this time to align your life with your benefits because when life changes, insurance needs shift with those changes.

Actress shares tips to shine bright this holiday season
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:51 am

(BPT) - The holidays can challenge just about anyone to stick to healthy habits and keep up with the busy season. Despite her hectic schedule, actress, producer, entrepreneur and mother Sarah Michelle Gellar has learned how to juggle family and career all while maintaining her daily routine.

Love dogs? Here's how to turn that passion into a successful side gig
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - Most people would like to follow their life’s passions when exploring ways to supplement their incomes, but it can be hard to find those meaningful outlets — and earn any income at the same time. For one dog lover in Stratford, Connecticut, her tremendous love and affection for the dogs in her life led her to a side job she hadn’t anticipated.

Inspiration and tips from the 2019 'Whole Home Concept House'
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:49 am

(BPT) - Today’s home builders, designers and innovators are working to create interiors and living experiences that take into account consumer trends toward seeking a more healthful environment, inside and out. This year’s “Whole Home Concept House,” by leading design magazine House Beautiful, places focus on design elements and appliances created to promote health, livability and sustainability, reflecting the increasing desire of American consumers for an approach to interior design that goes well beyond aesthetics.

How to prepare for surgery and get back on your feet
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - In the U.S., the number of surgical procedures is increasing, with more than 30 million performed annually according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No matter what kind of surgery you may be having, preparing for one can raise a lot of questions and concerns.

One of the most often asked questions is — to eat or not to eat? There was a long-held belief that patients should fast before surgery. Luckily, complete fasting before surgery may not always be a requirement. Today, scientific evidence and surgical guidelines recognize the benefits of perioperative nutrition. In fact, preparing for surgery is much like training for a marathon, taking a major physical and mental toll. That’s why many believe that it’s crucial to prepare by giving your body the strength and energy it needs to handle the stress of the operation and recovery.

Undergoing surgery can trigger inflammation and weight and muscle loss, which may lead to unwanted complications such as poor wound healing and infections. However, prepping your body with proper nutrition to support the immune system is associated with improved outcomes, such as reduced wound or infectious complications after surgery.

“It’s time to rethink nutrition before and after surgery so that people have the best chance of a successful recovery and can get back to living life,” says Dr. Paul Wischmeyer, professor of Anesthesiology & Surgery at Duke University. “Given the evidence and guidelines we have today, several organizations like the American Society for Enhanced Recovery now recommend specific nutrition prior to, the day of, and after a procedure to improve surgery outcomes.”

So, what’s the right way to go about it? Talk to your doctor and have a perioperative nutrition plan for before and after an operation. Here are a few proactive options to make sure you are set for the road to recovery.

  • Carb-loading: This isn’t just for runners. Research shows that carb-loading with physician-approved nutrition up to two hours before surgery is associated with reduced hunger, thirst, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, and even length of hospital stay.

    Talk to your physician about whether nutritional drinks will work for you, such as Abbott’s Ensure® Pre-Surgery Clear Carbohydrate Drink. It is specially designed to help improve outcomes.

  • Immunonutrition: Research shows that the use of immunonutrition — a blend of key nutrients — to support recovery before and after surgery is associated with reduced post-surgical infectious complications and a decrease in length of hospital stay.

    Immune-enhancing nutrients include arginine (an amino acid found in most protein-rich foods, including poultry, fish and dairy products) and omega-3 fatty acids (found in a variety of fish and fish oils). Ask your doctor if Abbott’s Ensure Surgery Immunonutrition Shake is right for your recovery — it contains both of these ingredients to support immune health and recovery from surgery.

“In addition to focusing on your nutrition, another priority after surgery is to get moving, once you’re given the green light from your doctor,” says Abby Sauer, MPH, RD, a registered dietitian with Abbott. “It’s also critical to get adequate nutrition, especially protein, before and after surgery to help protect your muscles and support your recovery.”

Make sure to ask your physician about what’s right for you and come up with a game plan for both before and after surgery, so you can get back on your feet. Recommended nutritional and recovery plans may differ depending on your operation. Learn more online about Abbott’s Ensure Surgery Bundle.

Friday 11/15/2019
5 reasons now is the right time to advance your career
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:50 am

(BPT) - As 2019 comes to an end, it marks a time of new possibilities and change. While some might get the itch to tackle a new challenge or hobby, many adults use this time to reflect on their current job and what might be next for their career path.

4 festive tricks to make a holiday meal work for everyone
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:50 am

(BPT) - The holidays are full of family, friends — and lots and lots of food. And while we love getting together with all our loved ones, the thought of coming up with a meal that pleases everyone can be a bit frightful. But with a little prep work, planning, and new healthy takes on cooking and baking staples, making meals that satisfy everyone is now joyfully easier.

How to make any occasion sparkle
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - What if everyone spent a little more time and energy celebrating everyday moments, tiny victories and micro-achievements? Rather than focusing on the negative, directing your attention toward what you are grateful for, and making a special occasion out of those things, is the secret to a happier life — according to many psychologists, writers and self-help experts.

6 Ways to Save Time and Money This Holiday Shopping Season
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:51 am

(BPT) - No matter what holiday shoppers are looking for this season, there are two things on everyone’s list: saving time and saving money. Whether you’re making memories with friends and family, or enjoying some JOMO (joy of missing out) cozied up with a holiday flick and treat, we all wish we had more time over the holidays. Picking out the perfect gift for everyone on your list can also be a drain on your free time — and your wallet — with The National Retail Federation predicting that holiday spending will increase approximately 4% this year. This holiday season, simplify your shopping with these six easy tips so you can save both time and money and get back to enjoying “the most wonderful time of the year” with family and friends.

Caring for the family caregiver: Ways to manage your health and wellbeing while supporting others
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:50 am

(BPT) - Caring for a loved one with a chronic illness is something millions of Americans do every day. Whether it is a parent, spouse, extended family member or friend, the stress of caring for another adult can take a toll.

Tackle Two at a Time: Treat Your Diabetes and Protect Your Heart
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:51 am

(BPT) - People living with diabetes are two times more likely to die from cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease, heart failure, heart attack and stroke.i And, nearly 70 percent of people aged 65 or older with diabetes die from some form of heart disease.i

Thursday 11/14/2019
6 ways to turn your home into a natural oasis
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:51 am

(BPT) - As the year comes to an end, many people make resolutions to start the New Year strong. This might mean ramping up your workout routine, increasing your self-care regimen or finding time to de-stress.

Wednesday 11/13/2019
Four reasons to pursue careers in nursing
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:50 am

(BPT) - As time and technology reshape the workforce, most professionals are not in the position to choose one career or one track and stick with it until retirement. Nursing offers relevant, future-focused opportunities for people of all ages and levels of experience, from those re-entering the workforce or making a career change, to registered nurses pursuing further education. Below, you’ll find for four key reasons students are pursuing licensure or a degree in nursing (RN to BSN and beyond), shared by Dr. Bonnie Stegman of Maryville University.

Tuesday 11/12/2019
Honoring veterans and moving into a new era of service
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:51 am

(BPT) - Every day is a good time to honor veterans — and this year, to mark important milestones for the holiday and for service to these American heroes.

Making your own jewelry is easier than you think
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:49 am

(BPT) - If you love jewelry, and you also love to tap into your artistic side, you’re in luck! Making jewelry is a gratifying hobby, and there are great resources available to help you learn how to craft unique pieces. With little or no previous experience, you can make beautiful jewelry for yourself, or make meaningful holiday gifts for others. Jewelry making is an engaging pastime and produces something truly one-of-a-kind.

Stressed over open enrollment? Try these tips
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - It’s that time of year again — employers around the country are opening their benefits enrollment window, a defined period during which employees can assess and select benefits packages. For many, this will be a period of avoidance and stress, before the ultimate last-minute race to select options that seem to have the least impact on their paycheck.