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Just Beet It!

A study funded by the National Institutes of Health indicates that beets should be added to the list of superfoods that are beneficial to seniors as they age. The study found that a daily dose of beet juice boosts blood to the brain, increasing oxygen and creating safeguard against dementia. Researchers also concluded that a diet that includes beets and other nitrate rich foods can lower blood pressure and improve exercise performance. Other foods high in nitrates include celery, radishes, fennel, leeks, kohlrabi, carrots, strawberries, cabbage, and leafy green vegetables like spinach and some lettuce. The USDA recommends that adults consume 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

(Information taken from Spotlight On Seniors)

Medicare Part B Coverage

Starting Jan. 1, 2011, you will pay nothing for most preventive services if you get the services from a doctor or other health care provider who accepts assignment. For some preventive services, you will pay nothing for the service, but you may have to pay coinsurance for the office visit when you get these services.

[If you're in a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO) or have other insurance, your costs may be different. Contact your plan or benefits administrator directly to find out about the costs.

Staying Safe and Warm

Cold weather can be more than just a nuisance to older folks. In fact, it can be dangerous because it can lead to "hypothermia".

Hypothermia occurs when your core body temperature falls too low. You do not have to be stranded for hours in a blizzard for hypothermia to occur. It is possible for your core body temperature to drop if you are only outside a short time. In fact, core body temperature can drop while you are indoors sitting in your favorite chair in a chilly house.

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