Think you know AARP? What you don't know about us may surprise you. Discover all the 'Real Possibilities'




AARP Real Possibilities


Piggy bank on the road - AARP Driver Safety

Take the new AARP Smart Driver Course!

Contests and

Dream Vacation Sweepstakes

10 weeks. 10 amazing trips. Seize your chance to win!
See official rules. 


ATM Mobile App for iPhone and Ipad

Enjoy the best of AARP’s award-winning publications

on the go with the new

AARP ePubs iPad App


AARP Games - Play Now!

AARP Books

Medicare for Dummies book cover

Get the answers you need, from Patricia Barry, AARP's Ask Ms. Medicare

Most Popular



share your Thoughts

Reader stories help us fine-tune our education efforts and strengthen our calls for action on issues that matter most to you. We read and learn from every story and may use yours (with permission) to brief legislators, inspire other readers and more. Please share your story with us. Do

Ask the Experts

Can Medicare Help You Lose Weight?

Plus, can you collect Social Security when you're working full time?

health encyclopedia tool

Health Encyclopedia
Find health information about medical conditions, symptoms and medical procedures.

Q. I'm worried about heart disease and diabetes. Can Medicare help me lose weight?

A. Yes, if you are officially obese — with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. Use an online BMI calculator or ask your doctor for your BMI number. Medicare will pay for one counseling session a week for the first month, and five more monthly sessions. If you've lost at least 6.6 pounds by the end of the sixth month, you can get six more monthly sessions. Otherwise, you must wait six months before Medicare will cover another weight-loss attempt. Sessions are covered under Medicare Part B, with no copayment or deductible if they're conducted by a qualified practitioner in a primary care setting. Doctors use the code GO447 to bill Medicare for the service.

Q. I'll be 66 soon, my full retirement age, and will apply for my Social Security benefits. I work full time now and want to keep working until I'm 70. At 66, can I draw Social Security and still work full time without giving back any of my benefits?

A. Yes, you can. There is a Social Security earnings limit: In 2012, after an individual earns more than $14,640 a year, Social Security begins to withhold some of his or her benefits. However, the Social Security earnings limit applies only to workers receiving benefits who are between ages 62 and full retirement age. Once you turn 66, the earnings limit goes away and you are free to earn as much as you like — without penalty.

Remember to go to the AARP home page every day for tips on keeping healthy and sharp, and great deals.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts


Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Video Extra

With Medicare facing serious financial trouble, how will the program continue to care for the nation's elderly and disabled?

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Discounts & Benefits

bring health To Life-Visual MD

AARP Bookstore

AARP Bookstore - woman reaches for book on bookshelf


Find titles on brain health, drug alternatives and losing weight. Do