Get your Free Booklet for Medicare Preventive Services
You need to stay healthy, not just for your own sake but for the sake of your family. If you are the primary caregiver of a parent or older adult then especially so. Something like Alzheimer’s can take 15 years or more to run it’s course. That’s a long time to be running yourself ragged. Beside finding outlets for stress management, you should be getting regular checkups. But then again as a primary caregiver, finances are always tight.
This free downloadable 29-page booklet is produced by the government and outlines a whole slew of tests and preventative services that you can take advantage of for free if you have Medicare Part B. Preventative services can catch something before it starts to adversely affect you, and quite possibly reverse problems if caught early. There are test and checks for everything from flu shots to depression.
- Exercising—Do any physical activity you enjoy for 20–30 minutes, 5 or
6 days a week. Talk to your doctor about the right exercise program for
- Eating well—Eat a healthy diet of different foods, like fruits,
vegetables, protein (like meat, fish, or beans), and whole grains (like
brown rice). You should also limit the amount of saturated fat you eat.
- Keeping a healthy weight—Watch your portions, and try to balance the
number of calories you eat with the number you burn by exercising.
- Not smoking—If you smoke, talk with your doctor about getting help
- Getting preventive services—Delay or lessen the effects of diseases by
getting preventive services (like screening tests) to find disease early,
and shots to keep you from getting dangerous illnesses.