When it comes to maintaining good health, older adults usually have quite a bit to juggle. With so many issues to keep under control, it’s good to know that technology can be useful for keeping track of vital data while helping seniors sort through complicated information. So, let’s look at how technology can help you manage your overall health needs.
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Navigating Medicare Open Enrollment
Speaking of complicated, it can be a little difficult to get through the information on Medicare plans during this year’s open enrollment period. While it may be tempting to ignore everything enrollment related between October 15th and December 7th, CNBC advises against it. Your current plan will likely renew if you do nothing, but if you don’t look over what it entails, it might not suit your needs in 2020. If you’re hesitant to wade through everything about the available plans, then consider using the improved Medicare Plan Finder tool that will help you choose a plan based on your needs. If you need a little more guidance, a State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) can help either on the phone or through their website.
How to Prepare
Things are admittedly easier if you don’t need to make any changes but if your plan no longer works for you, then My Medicare Matters offers some guidance. You may switch from Medicare Plans A and B to a Part C or Medicare Advantage Plan. If you’re already enrolled in an Advantage Plan, you can switch to another. To make sure you’re prepared for making the change, you’ll need to have certain information handy. This includes the list of prescriptions you currently use, any recent medical bills, and the kinds of physicians or specialists you usually see. It might also be helpful to consult with your doctor about what your future health needs could be so you can use it when doing your research.
There are a number of devices that can be helpful in maintaining your health. For example, medical alert systems can not only contact emergency services in the event of a fall or heart attack, but some of them also come with GPS services so you can be easily located. You can also get an automatic pill dispenser that can ensure that your medication is dispensed correctly. Another type of technology that you can take advantage of is mobile applications, and according to Guide for Seniors, there are quite a few you can look into. You can install apps that give you reminders for taking your medication as well as apps that track your heart rate or blood pressure. You can even use the data when talking to your doctor.
Check Your Smartphone
If you’re going to use apps and access websites regularly, then make sure you have the kind of smartphone that can handle it. If you need a new phone, then make sure to get one that suits your data plan as well as your budget. If your plan has expired, look for providers who may offer money for buying the latest Android phone and possibly an unlimited plan.
With so many things on your mind, it’s good to know there are technological devices and software out there that can help. When choosing something to help you out, make sure you do your research so you know if the features are right for you.
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