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Turning 65 This Year? Learn Medicare BasicsTurning 65 This Year? Learn Medicare Basics

Are you one of the nearly 150,000 Ohioans who will celebrate their 65th birthdays this year?

If so, you will become eligible for Medicare and will likely have questions about your health care benefits. You will face a dizzying array of choices: Which prescription drug plan is right for you? Should you choose traditional Medicare coverage or a Medicare Advantage plan? Do you need a Medicare supplemental plan, or "gap" coverage?

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Ohioans urged to prepare for themselves and older loved onesWinter Storm Alert - Feb. 4, 2014

This evening into tomorrow morning, much of Ohio will be impacted by a winter storm bringing with it a range of wintry precipitation, from heavy accumulations of snow in some parts of the state, to a mixture of rain, snow and ice in other regions. Walking and driving conditions are expected to deteriorate quickly beginning this afternoon in most parts of our state. Ice and snow accumulations could also lead to power outages.

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Take a Stand Against Falls: Protect Your Health, Independence - Life!Take a Stand Against Falls: Protect Your Health, Independence - Life!

You undoubtedly know an older Ohioan who has fallen. A parent. A grandparent. Your spouse. Perhaps yourself.

Falls among adults age 65 and older in Ohio are an epidemic.

Bonnie K. Burman, Sc.D.During the time it takes you to read this column an older Ohioan will fall. By the time you finish reading this newspaper, an Ohio elder will end up in a hospital emergency room as a result of injuries sustained in a fall. And by the end of the day, three Ohio elders will die from their injuries.

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