Best of 2019: Our Most Popular Senior Reads of the Year
Our readers really enjoyed our “best of 2018” article from last year, so we decided to bring you our most popular blog articles of 2019!
These 10 articles are the ones that have had the most pageviews on our website, and we’re excited to see how the top slots have changed since last year. We’ve come out with a ton of brand new content (over 50 new articles!), but will last year’s most popular article still hold the winning spot? Let’s find out!
What’s Different Between Our Top 2018 Articles Versus 2019?
We compared our top 10 blog articles by pageviews, and only two of the top 2018 articles are on our most popular articles of 2019 list!
It’s always interesting to see what kind of Medicare, senior interest, and retirement planning articles individuals are searching for. It gives us a good idea about what topics are important to our readers ages 60+.
Some of last year’s articles were pretty timely, so it makes sense that they aren’t our most viewed blogs anymore. For example, The New Medicare Cards 2018: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) isn’t really relevant now that everyone is comfortable using their new Medicare cards.
However, some changes were a bit more shocking to us! Since the inception of Medicare Allies, our article about Medigap Plan N has topped the charts. Plan N has been gaining popularity as a more affordable alternative to Plan F and Plan G, so we expected this article to be even higher up on our list this year. However, the opposite is true!
The Plan N article isn’t even one of our top 25 most viewed pages, and our article about Plan G surpassed it! In fact, our article on Medigap Plan G is our 8th most viewed article!
The rest of the articles that top our list this year are brand new, except – spoiler alert! – our most popular article is still our most popular article… by a mile!
If we take a step back and see what kinds of content were the most popular, we do see a couple of trends:
- Four articles are about Medicare-related costs
- Two articles are about weight loss and dieting
- Two articles are about Medicare Supplements/Medigap
Without further ado, here’s a comparison of our most popular senior reads of 2018 and 2019:
Let’s take a more in-depth look at our most popular Medicare and senior-interest articles of 2019!
10. How to Find a Good Doctor: 18 Steps to Help You Choose the Right Physician
We’re pretty excited to see this article sliding into the 10th spot on our list! We did a ton of research for this one, and we even interviewed two healthcare experts who have an abundance of wisdom about choosing the right doctor.
While 18 steps may seem like a huge undertaking, it’s not as intense as it sounds. Here are a few examples of how you can find a great doctor you like and trust:
- Consider your insurance network
- Consider a doctor with publications
- Research the hospital
- Take into account the waiting room wait time
- Stay with a doctor that listens to you
When it comes to choosing a doctor, there’s a lot of research you can do, but trust your gut! Get all of these tips by reading our tenth most-viewed article: How to Find a Good Doctor: 18 Steps to Help You Choose the Right Physician
9. Does Medicare Cover Cancer Costs?
Cancer is one of the most prevalent diseases in the world, and unfortunately, there are many cancer-related costs that Medicare won’t cover. If you or a loved one has cancer, you’ll likely want to know what to expect for your finances.
We discuss real-life experiences with Medicare clients who have developed cancer while on Medicare, and we can testify to what out-of-pocket costs you’re likely to incur.
In our ninth most popular article of 2019, we go over your Medicare costs, Medicare Advantage costs, drug plan costs, and things Medicare doesn’t cover at all. We also share four real-life examples of cancer costs that Medicare won’t cover.
8. Medicare Supplement Plan G: Cost, Benefits, and Company Ratings
Medigap Plan G has been our most popular plan among clients – it accounts for the majority of Medicare Supplements we sell. It has incredible coverage and is a great value for the money.
It’s no wonder this article about Plan G has made it into our Top 10 list! This article includes a brand new video from Medicare guru Luke Hockaday, so if you prefer to watch rather than read, this is a must-see!
7. Does Medicare Help Cover Chiropractic Services?
Chiropractic care is becoming more and more popular as people look for ways to avoid prescription drugs and embrace natural treatment options.
We couldn’t be happier to see this article featuring Dr. Jamaal Rahman, DC, Dr. William Charschan, and Dr. Bruce Godfrey, DC on our Top 10 list! They share everything you need to know about how much chiropractic care costs – it’s more affordable than you think! – and how Medicare helps pay for it.
Check it out: Does Medicare Help Cover Chiropractic Services?
6. How Much Will Medicare Cost Me Per Month?
This is one of the two articles that has remained in our most-viewed list for two years in a row. It’s no wonder – Medicare is our specialty, and the most common question we get about it is how much will it cost me?
Medicare costs change year after year, so we’re constantly updating this one to bring you current information. From premiums to deductibles to copays, this article breaks down what you can expect to pay for Medicare in the current year.
Find out for yourself: How Much Will Medicare Cost Me Per Month In 2020?
5. How Much Does Medigap Insurance Cost On Average?
Medicare costs are definitely a topic of interest, which is why we are pleased to see this one about Medigap costs on our most popular reads of the year.
This in-depth article goes over all the variables that play into the cost of your Medigap insurance. From pricing structures to your age, gender, and location, all of the Medigap cost details are explained here.
Get the info: How Much Does Medigap Insurance Cost On Average?
4. Is it required to sign up for Medicare at age 65?
With more and more individuals choosing to work past age 65 and delay retirement, this is a question we get asked all the time. Is it required to sign up for Medicare at age 65?
The short answer is no, but whether or not you should is another answer entirely.
Get all of the details in our fourth most popular article of 2019: Is it required to sign up for Medicare at age 65?
3. Keto After 60: A Doctor’s Advice for Losing Weight With the Keto Diet
The ketogenic diet has gained popularity in the last couple of years, so we decided to speak with an expert in the field.
Dr. Jocelyn Tan, MD, FACP, a professor, oncologist, and medical researcher started the second safety trial in the United States focused on the keto diet. Needless to say, she has a multitude of experience and input about following the keto diet in your 60s and beyond.
We had loads of fun asking Dr. Tan questions about ketosis, off-limit foods, and whether or not she recommends the keto diet for those over 60 trying to lose weight. It’s no surprise this article made it into our top 3 most viewed articles of 2019!
Read her advice here: Keto After 60: A Doctor’s Advice for Losing Weight With the Keto Diet
2. What You Should Know About CHAMPVA 100% Health Coverage
CHAMPVA is a government health program that gives benefits to spouses and dependents of military personnel that meet specific eligibility requirements. We’ve found there’s not much support or information online about how the CHAMPVA program affects those that are Medicare eligible.
That’s why we’re excited to see that our CHAMPVA guide is the second most viewed article on our website! This article tells CHAMPVA eligibles what they need to know about coverage, how CHAMPVA works with Medicare, and doctor networks that accept CHAMPVA.
Read the rest: What You Should Know About CHAMPVA 100% Health Coverage
1. Losing Weight After 60 Is Hard – Here Are 9 Ways to Drop the Pounds
Drumroll, please… our most popular article of 2019 by far is Losing Weight After 60 Is Hard – Here Are 9 Ways to Drop the Pounds!
We knew the topic of weight loss would be a popular one, but wow! We continue to be shocked at just how popular this weight loss article has become. With over a quarter of a million readers in 2019, this article tops the charts for our entire website, and we’re proud of it!
We interviewed several weight loss and fitness experts for this one, and our 9 weight loss tips for those in their senior years are pretty incredible.
Because this article has become so massively popular, we’ve started publishing even more content about fitness and weight loss, so be sure to check out some of those newer articles:
- Over 60? How to Use Smartphone Apps to Lose Weight and Track Fitness
- 8 Ways to Increase Your Slowing Metabolism After 60
- Staying Healthy After 60: How to Nourish Your Mind, Body, and Soul
And there we have it!
Thank you to all our readers who made 2019 such a fun year to be a Medicare expert. Cheers to 2020!
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