Cantissimo Senior Living Blog

Cantissimo Senior Living blog - an educational resource for older adults in lifestyle, wellness, and more.

Posts about Wellness (5):

Getting Started with Medicare: Part D – Prescription Drugs

Getting Started with Medicare: Part D – Prescription Drugs

When Medicare was introduced in 1965, prescription drugs were not covered. However, in December 2003, Medicare Part D was signed into law to cover the cost of medications. Unlike Medicare Part A and Part B, however, Part D is optional.

What Part D Covers

Medicare Part D is offered via plans marketed by private companies. Each plan publishes its own list of covered drugs called a formulary. Formularies contain both brand-name and generic drugs. A formulary typically will have two or more drugs in the most popular categories to allow for more choices.

Formularies are not static. Medicare rules allow a plan to make changes to its formulary and drug fees during the year because:

Risking the Nest Egg: Using Retirement Savings for Long-Term Care

Risking the Nest Egg: Using Retirement Savings for Long-Term Care

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimated in 2020 that 50-70% of those now turning 65 will eventually need some level of long-term care.

Yet, few people include a long-term care component in their retirement planning. It seems like more people plan for their children's college education than for the very costly and highly probable reality of long-term care. Assumptions that typically drive this lack of planning are:

6 Benefits of Working Out With a Partner

6 Benefits of Working Out With a Partner

Staying physically fit throughout life is essential for wellness and becomes even more so as we get older. Strength, flexibility, and stamina can decrease faster after 30, even more so after 60.

One of the significant issues is that we fall out of workout routines, and the longer we wait to pick them back up, the more challenging it becomes.

If it has been some time since you've worked out or you feel like your workouts are boring, and you want to stop, a great option is working out with a partner, which provides a range of benefits to improve your life.

7 Factors That Affect Your Balance

7 Factors That Affect Your Balance

Balance is perhaps one of the most important things to maintain as you age. Unfortunately, as we age, we are at a higher risk of losing balance and falling. In fact, according to the CDC, more than 1 in 4 older adults will experience a fall each year. Such a loss of balance is not because of one thing but many factors.

That is why it is crucial to understand the various factors that affect your balance. Once you understand these factors, you can develop better habits that will aid you in creating better balancing abilities.

13 Warning Signs Your Older Loved One Needs Help at Home

13 Warning Signs Your Older Loved One Needs Help at Home

Planning for in-home care is often the last thing many people want to think about. However, having a basic plan in place can help alleviate unpleasant surprises down the road. One way to prepare for a loved one's care is by making yourself aware of the signs and symptoms of challenges that come with aging. Everyday activities that were once routine may be neglected due to poor memory or simply because it's too difficult. 

8 Poor Eating Habits to Watch Out For

8 Poor Eating Habits to Watch Out For

Healthy eating isn't just about what you eat. It's also about how you eat. So while a diet high in vegetables, lean protein, fruits, and low-fat dairy is a great place to start, healthy eating also involves how you consume your food: when you eat, how you eat, and how you fill your plate.

So, what are the bad habits that are putting people into trouble? In this post, we'll go over some habits to watch out for that may have a greater effect on your health than you realize. How many are a regular part of your routine?

14 Practical Tips To Stay Safe on the Stairs

14 Practical Tips To Stay Safe on the Stairs

Falls can be devastating and result in traumatic injuries. Stairs can be particularly risky for older adults. A study has even shown that, on average, in the United States, there are one million emergency room visits as a result of accidents on staircases and 12,000 deaths per year. 

If your loved one is living in a house with stairs, it's important to make sure they are as safe as possible to avoid the risk of a trip or fall. Here are some helpful tips to help make stairs safer for older adults so your loved one can live safely and independently.

8 Benefits of Compression Socks for Older Adults

8 Benefits of Compression Socks for Older Adults

As we age, our bodies undergo many changes. One common issue that many older adults face is swollen feet and ankles. This can be caused by several factors, including standing or walking for long periods of time, pregnancy, and obesity. Compression socks are a great way to help reduce swelling and improve blood circulation in the feet and ankles. This blog post will discuss the benefits of compression socks for older adults!

6 Reasons To Learn To Sing in Retirement

6 Reasons To Learn To Sing in Retirement

You may have been a singer in your younger years. Or, you might just like singing in the shower. Whatever your goals are, learning to sing can significantly impact your mental and physical health, and it's well worth starting now.

If you're feeling a little anxious or don't think it's right for you, don't worry! You're in a community of friends that are here to support you, and if you dare to do it, others may even join as well. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of learning to sing in retirement!

The Importance of Protein in Aging

The Importance of Protein in Aging

As we age, it becomes even more critical to prioritize a diet rich in key nutrients for maintaining health and increasing quality of life. While there are a variety of supplements available, the best way to receive the nutrition you require is through real food and complete meals that include the nutrients and vitamins that work to improve your health.

Protein is one of these essential nutrients. It helps us maintain muscle mass and keep our bodies active. Not only does aging decrease the body's energy and immunity, but it also wears down tissue. Therefore, it's important to eat a diet rich in protein since it aids in the repair of damaged cells as well as the growth of new ones.