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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

What Are Omicron's Symptoms?

Early reports highlight how the variant differs from delta



What to Eat to Prevent Kidney Stones

Sticking to a few food rules can help keep them at bay

2 Years of COVID: What Comes Next?

Even with the arrival of omicron, science has shown the smart path forward

Surprising Things That Affect Your Balance

Building strength and increasing flexibility are not the only ways to reduce your chances of a fall

The 4 Biggest Medicare Changes for 2022

Look for both higher premiums and deductibles in the new year

7 Superfoods for a Cancer-Fighting Diet

One food can't prevent the disease, but a nutrient-rich diet may lower your risk

5 Bad Health Habits and How to Break Them

​​Usher out your old ways and welcome in some new, healthier routines​

Can Eye Drops Replace Your Reading Glasses?

Medication now available to treat age-related vision loss

Prostate Cancer Screening Could Benefit Black Men

Technology is available to produce rapid, inexpensive tests that could be used in barbershops

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