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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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Health Tools

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

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BMI Calculator

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

First Drug That Could Slow Alzheimer's Gets FDA Approval

Biogen's aducanumab makes history as a breakthrough therapy to target the disease

    

Can a Keto Diet Reduce Alzheimer's Risks?

Researchers are exploring how a high-fat, low-carb regimen impacts brain health

Drinking Among Older Adults Split During Pandemic

A new survey reveals a divide between drinkers and abstainers

To Kick a Smoking Habit, Try a Combo Approach

If you're serious about quitting, experts say you should start with two Rxs — and build from there

Need Help? Discover AARP Community Connections

This website links volunteers with those in need in their communities

Why You Might Need More B12 and D3 Vitamins

Two dietary supplements that may make sense for older adults

5 Essentials to Keep in Your Medicine Cabinet After 50

Plus, discover the over-the-counter drugs to avoid as you age

Effects From Polio Could Still Affect Many Americans

Survivors are at risk for post-polio syndrome, and doctors may not recognize the symptoms

Mobile Stroke Units May Speed Up Brain-Saving Treatment

Every minute counts after a stroke. Mobile scanners may be the breakthrough doctors need

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Diabetes

Should You Take Metformin Despite the Recalls?

Experts explain the back-and-forth on this popular diabetes drug

Desserts for People With Diabetes

From chocolate to chia pudding, which treats to try if you’re watching your blood sugar

Can COVID-19 Cause Diabetes in Patients?

Researchers are working to understand surprising diagnoses in some hospitalized patients

Telehealth

How to Get Started With Telemedicine

We take you through setting up an appointment

Medicare Telehealth Use Soars During COVID-19 Pandemic

1 in 4 beneficiaries 'saw' medical provider remotely

How to Connect With Your Doctor Virtually

Tips for using a smartphone, tablet or computer

Healthy Living

5 Ways to Be Happier Now

Expert tips to bring more meaning and joy to your daily life — starting today

7 Superfoods You Should Be Eating After 50

These standouts can keep you healthy as nutritional needs change with age


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