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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

How Extreme Heat Affects the Body After 50

Soaring temperatures can set off a cascade of life-threatening events. Here’s how to stay safe



A Pro Chef Shares Top Weight-Loss Tricks

Add explosive flavor to food — without adding a ton of calories

The Perks of Intermittent Workouts

What if you could get healthier in just 3 minutes a day?

Are Processed Foods Bad for Your Brain?

Eating lots of salty, sugary and high-fat snacks could impact your memory after midlife

10-Minute Cardio Sculpt With Denise Austin

A low-impact cardio sculpt workout to burn calories and tone muscles

How Much Do You Know About Protecting Your Eyes?

Take our quiz on how everyday habits and choices can affect your vision

​Possible Carcinogen Found in Diabetes Drugs

FDA loosens impurity limits in order to avoid a drug shortage

Healthy Cooking Oils: Which Is the Right Choice for You?​

9 tips to help you decide between olive, avocado, canola, coconut and other oils on grocery shelves

Exercise May Stall Memory Loss

It doesn’t have to be strenuous to be beneficial new research shows

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