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December 15, 2021
Best of 2021: Our Most Popular Senior Reads of the Year

Best of 2021: Our Most Popular Senior Reads of the Year

2021 has been an incredible year. So much has happened that it feels at times like we crammed a decade into twelve short months. With the year quickly coming to a close, we thought we’d take a look at our most popular blog posts this year and share them with you.  

So, without further ado, here are the top ten senior reads of 2021!

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

For those who are long-time followers of the blog, you might be aware that this article was also popular with readers last year. This year, it’s coming in at number 10 and remains an important question about continued coverage.

What’s it about:  

Lots of seniors wonder what they are required to do to continue their Medicare Supplement (aka Medigap) coverage each year. Do you need to reapply annually? Short answer: 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.

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9. What Health Questions Do I Have to Pass for Medigap Insurance?

A new contender to the top ten and a companion to the previous entry, this blog covers what it takes to get a Medicare Supplement, or Medigap, plan.

What’s it about:

Insurance companies use medical underwriting to determine whether they should offer you coverage, and if so, at what price. To qualify for a Medicare Supplement, also called Medigap plan, you typically have to go through medical underwriting. But not always. This blog explores what situations require underwriting and how to navigate the process.

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8. So Much Medicare Mail! Here’s How to Handle All the Medicare Information

Everyone likes getting mail…until it’s too much. This blog answers your questions about Medicare mail and what to do with it.

What’s it about:

We’re helping you avoid Medicare mail overload by sharing tips on how to understand all the information you’re getting in the mail. We cover what types of mail you’re receiving and how to recognize a Medicare scam.

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

Moving up from last year’s list, this blog looks at fitness tools that can be found right on your smart device. From exercise trackers to food journals, there’s never been an easier way to manage your fitness easily.  

What’s it about:

There are so many weight-loss and fitness apps available, but it can be hard to know what’s worth the time and effort. We’ve done a ton of research and have identified 21 awesome apps in five useful categories: Nutrition; Exercise and Fitness; Yoga, Meditation, and Mindfulness; Overall Health; and Smart Scales.

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6. Why Is There a Big Push to Buy Medicare Advantage?

Coming in at number six is a question many people have wondered. What is the big deal about Medicare Advantage coverage? In this blog, we dive into the reasoning behind it and why so many seniors are switching to MA plans.

What’s it about:

Medicare Advantage (MA) has gained a ton of steam in recent years, and many of us are noticing some serious promotion coming from the federal government. This article looks at the reasons CMS has been promoting MA plans so heavily in recent years.

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5. What You Should Know About CHAMPVA 100% Health Coverage

At our halfway point, we have a classic article that addresses important information for those with veteran health plans. It explores what CHAMPVA is and what the coverage looks like.  

What’s it about:

CHAMPVA, short for the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veteran's Affairs, gives health insurance to spouses and dependents of military personnel that meet specific eligibility requirements. This article will help you understand how to become eligible for CHAMPVA coverage, what CHAMPVA covers, what it doesn’t cover, how CHAMPVA works with Medicare, and which doctors accept CHAMPVA.

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

Skyrocketing up the chart this year from seventh place in 2020 to our number four spot is this great health article, which looks at the ways our bodies change as we get older. This also marks a transition in our list, as our top four of 2021 focus on health-related topics.  

What’s it about:

As you get older, your body changes, which is not necessarily bad – it’s just different. Knowing what to expect can not only help you embrace these changes, but it can also give you a heads up on what you can do to ease this process. This covers 10 important changes that happen at 60, from heart health to muscle tone.  

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3. 8 Ways to Increase Your Slowing Metabolism After 60

Our number three spot stayed the same as it was in 2020 with this popular article that looks at ways to combat the clock and boost metabolism as you age.  

What’s it about:

As you get older, your metabolism changes a lot. This article shares eight simple tips you can use to fight a slowing metabolism and stay healthy as you age. From getting outside for more vitamin D to drinking more water, these tips show that being healthy doesn’t have to be complicated.

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

Keto continues to be a popular diet trend in 2021. This blog holds its spot in silver with practical tips for those looking into trying out keto. And remember, always consult your doctor before you make any major changes to your diet and lifestyle.  

What’s it about:

If you’re over 60 and are trying to lose weight, you may have heard of the ketogenic diet, or keto diet for short. Over the last couple years, the keto diet has soared in popularity and is now one of the most talked-about diet trends. This article covers the pros and cons of keto and how it might help you lose those stubborn pounds.

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

Coming in at our number one spot for the second year in a row is this health-centric article that shared practical weight loss tips for those over age 60.  

What’s it about:

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. From managing stress to eating less sugar, we’re sharing ways to combat weight gain designed especially for seniors.

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Conclusion

2021 has been an eventful year. Through it all, we’ve continued to produce high-quality blogs and articles to help you make healthy choices and understand your healthcare options as a senior. And that’s something we’re committed to continuing well into the future.

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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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