Author: Millennium Physician Group

  • Medicare’s privacy policy prevents personal information from being released to anyone other than the covered beneficiary. This protects the individual but may make it hard for a caregiver who needs the information to help a loved one enroll in or manage their Medicare coverage. By law, Medicare must have written permission (an “authorization”) to use […]

  • When and How to Sign Up Whether you’re aging into Medicare, or you’ve been covered for years, you have options when it comes to coverage, and the Medicare Open Enrollment Period (which runs from October 15 to December 7) is your opportunity to assess your healthcare needs for the coming year. Learn what new plans [...]
  • More User-Friendly Medicare Website Unveiled The recently unveiled new Medicare.gov consumer website makes it easier to compare, choose, and understand Medicare coverage. Based on public feedback, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled several updates to the Medicare.gov website that make it easier for the millions of people who use it to navigate [...]
  • A Warning Men Don’t Want To Miss Listen up men and the people who love them. If you have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), you’re at a higher risk for another condition that can affect your love life. Older men with COPD could develop erectile dysfunction - or ED. It’s a subject that can be [...]
  • Medicare’s Annual Wellness Visit Puts Prevention First Getting older has a lot of advantages, and if you’re enrolled in Medicare, an Annual Wellness Visit is one you might be overlooking. This no-cost, yearly check-in with your primary-care provider puts prevention at the top of your to-do list. “The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit is a unique [...]
  • Find Out if You’re At Risk for a Fall Grab a chair and a stopwatch and take thirty seconds for a simple test that can help reduce your risk of falling. Falls are pretty common in adults 65 and older. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Geriatric Society [...]
  • Could a blueberry a day keep forgetfulness away? Well, sort of. A new research study has found that blueberries can benefit your brain. Specifically, the equivalent of a half-cup of fresh blueberries per day (consumed as freeze-dried blueberry powder) was found to protect at-risk, middle-aged people from cognitive decline when implemented early. “It is an [...]
  • Living Your Healthiest Life at Every Age The best way to stay healthy is to live a healthy lifestyle and prevent disease. Sounds simple enough. And if you’re 65 or turning 65 soon, Medicare can help. You might not realize Medicare covers many preventive services to keep you healthy, including exams, shots, lab tests, and [...]
  • by Patrick Murray, MD, Millennium Physician Group Getting older doesn’t have to mean giving up the activities you love. In fact, today's seniors are more active than ever before. But for some older adults, more activity also means an increased risk of injury. Activity level as you age does not have to decrease, but it [...]
  • Diet and Exercise Choices Should Change as You Age Your golden years are the perfect time to focus on better health. Getting older doesn’t mean you’ve earned a free pass when it comes to making healthy choices. Millennium Physician Group Family and Sports Medicine Physician Patrick Murray, MD, says the right diet and exercise choices [...]