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Medicare Open Enrollment: What Do YOU Need To Do?

Open Enrollment for Medicare is October 15 – December 7. Now’s the time to check out your options.

• Review your current plan, including costs and coverage for next year. Look for a letter in the mail from your plan with information about changes for 2013.

• Click on this link to Medicare.gov to review and compare plans available in your area, including Medicare’s 5-star health and drug plan rating system.

• By December 7, choose a plan that works for you, and enroll if you're changing plans.

For more information and help making choices, visit www.medicare.gov, contact your local SHIP, or call 1-800-MEDICARE.

The new Medicare.gov has a new design that makes it faster and easier to find the answers to your Medicare questions. The new Medicare.gov includes features not available before, like:

• Many ways (right from the homepage) for you to do the most common tasks, like finding out about costs, coverage, and plans
• New labels to help you get the information you want faster

BONUS!!! Click here for a FREE side-by-side comparison table of Medicare Advantage Plans with Prescription Drug Coverage! (Courtesy of Senior Neighbors)
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Happy National Physical Therapy Month!

Mobility is the key ingredient to aging successfully and remaining active and independent throughout our lives. I think most will agree that is a universal goal as we grow older.

October is an exciting time for physical therapists. This is our unique opportunity to highlight the fact that we are your trusted experts in restoring and improving motion, and we can improve your quality of life, helping you to keep healthy, fit, and active and avoid surgery and long-term use of prescription medications, in many cases.

Our focus for National Physical Therapy Month this year is sports injury prevention across the lifespan. Whether it's Little League or the Masters, participating in sports helps promote physically active lifestyles. Despite the documented health benefits of physical activity (weight management, cardiovascular endurance, improved muscular function, increased self-esteem, etc.), we know the potential for sports-related injuries exists. Participating in sports the right way is key to avoiding injuries that can sideline you for a significant amount of time.

I invite you to visit www.MoveForwardPT.com to learn about the physical therapist's role in sports injury prevention. And, please take a moment to browse through our in-depth consumer information guides and videos for more about the many ways in which physical therapists can help improve your quality of life.

Our role is to improve and restore motion to your life. As you make the important decisions about health care for you or your family, it is important to remember that physical therapists:

• Significantly improve mobility to perform daily activities;
• Provide an alternative to painful and expensive surgery, in many cases;
• Manage or eliminate pain without medication and its side effects, in many cases.

When it comes to health care, one size does not fit all. A physical therapist's extensive education, clinical expertise, and "hands on" approach brings you a unique, individualized approach. When you are in the hands of a physical therapist, you have a plan of care that is safe and appropriate and addresses your individual needs and pre-existing conditions.

Here's wishing you a happy, healthy National Physical Therapy Month. Keep "moving forward!" 

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