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January 14, 2021
Best of 2020: Our Most Popular Senior Reads of the Year

Best of 2020: Our Most Popular Senior Reads of the Year

We love to look back on all the articles of the previous year, and we know our readers love it, too!

Per our tradition, we decided to give our readers a “year in review” with our most popular articles from 2020!

2020 was quite the year, as we can all attest. Through all the craziness, Medicare Allies has been a constant, bringing our readers new, interesting content every week. We can’t wait to see what articles you enjoyed most this year!  

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10. How Much Will Medicare Cost Me?

“What will it cost?” is an age-old query, no matter what the product in question is. Especially when it comes to health coverage, it’s important to know what you are signing you and your bank account up for before you do it.  

There isn’t just one answer to this question. There are multiple different Medicare plans, which means that there are different costs depending on which one you choose.

Use the interactive Medicare Cost Worksheet to estimate your monthly premiums

In our 10th most popular article of 2020, we give you the lowdown on all things Medicare costs. Encompassing all the costs for different types of Medicare Plans, as well as monthly costs, this article gives you everything you need to know before you sign up for Medicare.

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9. Do You Have to Renew Your Medicare Supplement Every Year?

If you are already enrolled in a Medicare Supplement plan, all of the advertisements urging you to register for Medicare every year can cause confusion.

Lots of seniors wonder what they are required to do to continue their Medicare Supplement (aka Medigap) coverage each year.

The short answer is no, you don’t have to renew your Medigap plan every year. As long as you are paying your premiums, you should be good to go. Check out our 9th most popular article of 2020 to learn all the details about Medicare Supplement plans.  

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8. Over 60? How to Use Smartphone Apps to Lose Weight and Track Fitness

Serving as the perfect tool for your New Year’s resolution to shed some pounds, this article both acknowledges the hardships that many seniors face when trying to lose weight and get healthy, as well as provides helpful tips for individuals over 60.

Technology in particular is a huge tool to both lose weight and keep it off in a way that accommodates your body type.  

We identified 21 apps that cover tips ranging from meditation to calorie counting.

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7. Aging Is Real: 10 Ways Your Body Changes After 60

Just like a fine wine, your body changes as it gets older. By informing yourself about the ways that aging affects your body, you can better empower yourself to feel your best.  

From well-known changes such as hearing and vision to more surprising differences in your lungs and muscle tone, there are many ways in which your body changes as it ages.

Read more about these issues and more in our 7th most popular article of 2020.  

6. Is It Required to Sign Up for Medicare at Age 65?

Like many seniors, you have probably been bombarded with information about Medicare since the second you got close to turning 65.

While you are not required to sign up for Medicare when you turn 65, it is a great option that everyone should explore. There are a variety of personal reasons that could lead you to question whether or not signing up for Medicare right when you turn 65 is best for you.  

Learn the ins and outs of signing up – or not signing up – for Medicare when you turn 65 by checking out our 6th most popular article of 2020.  

5. Medicare Supplement Plan G: Cost, Benefits, and Company Ratings

Medicare Plan G, affectionately referred to as “Medigap,” is a coverage option that suits its nickname. It fills in many of the coverage gaps in your Medicare Part A and B plans.  

Medigap is a great way to limit your excess copays, deductibles, and other medical costs. Your eligibility and pricing for this plan is dependent on several personal and health factors, so it is important to educate yourself before you lock into a plan.  

Find out for yourself: Medicare Supplement Plan G: Cost, Benefits, and Company Ratings.  

4. Getting Started With MyMedicare.gov: Medicare's Free Online Portal

Getting started with your insurance and making sure all of your ducks are in a row can be confusing to say the least. Luckily, Medicare’s online portal, MyMedicare.gov can be your saving grace!

This portal helps you download claim information, check eligibility, manage your health info, and much more!

Get the info: Getting Started With MyMedicare.gov: Medicare’s Free Online Portal.  

3. 8 Ways to Increase Your Slowing Metabolism After 60

As you have gotten older, you may have noticed a few changes in your body. One of which may be that you are eating what you have always eaten, exercised the same, but noticing changes in the way your body carries weight.

Rest assured – you’re not crazy! As you get older, your metabolism changes a lot. As young as 50, you might be noticing things like weight gain and loss of muscle mass.  

There are many reasons for this change in your metabolism, including certain medications, hormones, stress, and more. Luckily, there are many things that you can do to boost your metabolism.

From drinking more cold water to getting more Vitamin D, check out our 3rd most popular article of 2020 to get all the tips and tricks!

2. Keto After 60: A Doctor’s Advice for Losing Weight With the Keto Diet

The Keto diet has been a hot topic for a while now. Lots of media attention is devoted to the rapid wight loss that is commonly attributed to this high-fat, low-carb diet.  

This diet has received some mixed reviews as far as its long-term health impacts and effectiveness, but it is also very popular because many have seen success with it.  

This diet may seem fairly strict, as it includes very high intake of fats and very low intake of carbs, but many find it pretty easy to follow, as long as you have the motivation.  

If you think that the keto diet might be right for you, always consult your doctor before you make any major changes to your diet and lifestyle.

Read more: Keto After 60: A Doctor’s Advice for Losing Weight With the Keto Diet.  

1. Losing Weight After 60 Is Hard – Here Are 9 Ways to Drop the Pounds

Losing weight as a senior can be difficult – but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible! It’s never too late to take care of your body and focus on your health.

Because of hormones, menopause, and even reasons as simple as having more time to eat out, losing and maintaining weight over 60 can be tricky. However, we are here to offer some great tips that might make things just a bit easier.

From managing stress to eating less sugar, there are many ways to combat your weight gain as a senior. To learn more, check out our most popular article of the year: Losing Weight After 60 Is Hard – Here Are 9 Ways to Drop the Pounds.  

Further reading: Staying Healthy After 60: How to Nourish Your Mind, Body, and Soul.  

Conclusion

Looking back on what our readers loved last year fills us to the brim with inspiration for the new year!  

Thank you all for your support in 2020. Here’s to an even more amazing 2021!

Luke Hockaday
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Luke Hockaday
Luke Hockaday is a Customer Success Rep here at Medicare Allies. Luke has been helping Medicare-eligible clients with their insurance and retirement-planning needs since 2011. Luke is passionate about 3 things, and 3 things only: senior insurance, football, and food!

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