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Health Essentials brings together AARP's health experts and columnists to keep you up to date on the latest wellness trends, brain health, Medicare and hearing news.

Patricia Barry

Elizabeth Agnvall

Katherine Bouton

Patricia Barry - AARP Everywhere

Patricia Barry

An authority on Medicare and Prescription Part B, she is the writer of Ask Ms. Medicare and author of 'Medicare for Dummies'.

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'Medicare for Dummies' conveys the basics and where to find assistance to help you get the most out of Medicare

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Use our health tools to check symptoms, control weight and identify pills

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How healthy is your weight? Find out now by calculating your body mass index

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Quick, Healthy Meals

Check out these creative approaches to preparing great food

Can You Reuse an N95 Mask?

Plus other key things to know about wearing a respirator 

   

    

How Can I Get a Free COVID-19 at Home Test?​​

Private insurers must pay, but most Medicare enrollees will have to use federal website

Alarming Increase in Opioid Deaths Among Older Adults

Since 1999, more than 80,000 Americans 55 and up have died

Why Your Face Mask May Need an Upgrade

N95 respirators offer better protection against COVID than cloth and surgical coverings, CDC says

What You Need to Know About Flurona

Plus, how you could prevent the COVID-flu combo this winter

Is Snoring a Sign of Bad Health?

The nighttime noises could point to worrying conditions

Omicron Is Adding Fuel to Mental Health Crisis

Anxiety and depression are becoming chronic problems as the pandemic drags on

Medicare Proposes Coverage Limits for Alzheimer's Drug

The draft decision allows Aduhelm only for beneficiaries enrolled in clinical trials​

​Millions of Older Americans Can't Afford Prescriptions

​New report finds Blacks, Latinos more likely to have problems paying for medications

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