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Navigating Medicare: 5 allies who can help

(BPT) - Enrolling in Medicare for the first time or starting coverage under a new plan? It might bring you back to that first day starting a new job. You knew some of the basics, but you also knew there was a lot more to learn. More than likely, you got help from colleagues who have been around for a while and helped show you the ropes.

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Thursday 02/15/2018
Improve your heart health in 2018 with these tips
Updated: February 18, 2018 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - When it comes to maintaining and/or improving your heart health, it’s the little things you do day after day that can have a big impact on your immediate and long-term health.

The secret to sticking to your resolutions just may lie in your Medicare benefits
Updated: February 18, 2018 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Despite our best intentions, 80 percent of us have given up on our New Year’s resolutions by mid-February. Determined to make this year different? If you’re enrolled in Medicare, you might be surprised to learn that your benefits could give you an edge in your quest to stay motivated and on track to attaining your goals for the year ahead.

Wednesday 02/14/2018
Eating healthy has never been more delicious
Updated: February 18, 2018 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Yoga mats, kale salads, fitness trackers, standing desks and gym memberships. It seems like everywhere you look, people are taking strides to get healthier. And with good reason.

An underutilized retirement strategy
Updated: February 18, 2018 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Across the nation, thousands of seniors have used a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), commonly called a reverse mortgage loan, as a savvy way to access the equity in their homes as part of their retirement strategy.

Add fire safety to your family's routine
Updated: February 18, 2018 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Think of all the items you replace regularly — your cellphone, lightbulbs and even your toothbrush. But when was the last time you replaced your smoke alarm batteries, or even the alarms themselves? It’s easy to overlook, but the time to think about fire safety is now — before an emergency strikes.

Tuesday 02/13/2018
Mix, match and mosaic: The top interior design trends of 2018
Updated: February 18, 2018 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Whether you're redecorating your home, changing up that old carpet for warm hardwood flooring, or just longing for a fresh coat of paint and some new accents in the living room, the design trends this year are all about texture, style and surprises. It’s hardwood floors celebrating knots and imperfections or variations in plank sizes and color. It's wood on your walls and faux stone tile backsplashes. It's mixing unexpected materials to create an entirely new look. Mix, match and mosaic is what it's all about this year.

New research calls pistachios superfood for people with desk jobs
Updated: February 18, 2018 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Recent research is giving the 86 percent of Americans who sit all day at their jobs new reasons to reach for a handful of nuts while at work, and in particular, pistachios. Adding to an increasing volume of research around the health benefits of pistachios, one study and a national survey in the U.S. suggest a snack of pistachios might boost brain power and concentration levels at work.

Friday 02/09/2018
4 tips for protecting your home this season and beyond
Updated: February 17, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Winter is in full swing and extremely cold temperatures continue to grip much of the U.S.; which mean hats, gloves and high home maintenance bills could be in your future. According to recent data from the Insurance Information Institute, in 2016 severe winter weather cost homeowners more than $1.7 billion in property damages. While the seasonal shift can be a challenge for homeowners, taking these four steps today could ease home maintenance burdens this season and all year-round.

Thursday 02/08/2018
Fight for your sight: 5 tips to fight Age-related Macular Degeneration
Updated: February 16, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - The ability to see is one of our most precious gifts. Like most things in life, our vision may be impacted as we age. That’s why it’s important to learn about Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Prevalent among older Americans, it affects one in five adults age 65 and older, and is the leading cause of blindness for this population. While there is no cure for this condition, there are steps that you can take to help reduce the risk of progression, including:

Transform the look and feel of your kitchen with an updated sink
Updated: February 16, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - While everyone would love a complete kitchen makeover, you can still freshen and update the look of this room by taking on smaller projects.

Monday 02/05/2018
Top trends to inspire your outdoor living
Updated: February 13, 2018 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Outdoor living spaces rank first among special function rooms desired by consumers, according to the American Institute for Architects, and so homeowners are expected to be going all-in for the outdoors in 2018.

Warm up with 5 DIY projects to tackle this winter
Updated: February 13, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - For the avid DIYer in you, the winter season may cause a little anxiety while you’re cooped up inside and unable to tackle those outdoor projects you’d love to finish. The good news, however, is that the inside of your home needs just as much DIY attention as the outside — sometimes more — and the winter is the perfect time to tackle these projects.

5 tips from a tea expert to brew the perfect cup
Updated: February 13, 2018 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - For most of us, a little evening downtime is not a luxury — it’s a necessity. After a hectic day of work, commutes, kids and dinner prep, we deserve to take a moment to slow down and enjoy some hard-earned “me time.”

Thursday 02/01/2018
Why probiotics should be part of your routine in 2018
Updated: February 09, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - At the turn of the calendar, many people begin taking action on what they plan to accomplish in the new year. Some have resolved to take up a new hobby, to save more money, to travel and, of course, to improve their health.

3 formerly misunderstood foods now a part of a well-balanced diet
Updated: February 09, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Throughout history, misconceptions, misinformation and popular culture have influenced Americans' eating habits. Many foods that were previously eaten daily are now considered unhealthy. Conversely, some foods that were thought to be “bad for you,” are now considered nutritious.

Wednesday 01/31/2018
Deliver curb appeal with a DIY block mailbox
Updated: February 08, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - We’ve all heard the old adage, “you only get one chance to make a first impression.” Well, that statement holds true when you’re talking about a home. Whether it’s the landscaping, the siding, the front door, the windows, the paint, the driveway or the outdoor furniture, the initial reaction to the exterior appearance of a home is permanent. Quite literally, the curb appeal of your home can influence the experience of visiting guests. In addition, 63 percent of homebuyers will visit a home they like after viewing it online, according to the National Association of Realtors. So, investing the time, energy and money to maximize the curb appeal of your home makes a lot of sense. Unfortunately, an important element of curb appeal that is often overlooked is the mailbox.

A great lawn begins with a great engine
Updated: February 08, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - As the days grow longer and the snow begins to recede, homeowners will once again venture outdoors to get their yards and lawn into tip-top shape for summer fun. But just like your lawn has been hibernating over the long winter, so too has your lawn mower and other small engines. Even if you properly winterized your mower, there are a few things you’ll need to do to ensure it works like it should. To get there, follow these five steps.

Cut expenses without cutting corners on your bathroom remodel
Updated: February 08, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - When homeowners get the urge to remodel and renovate their homes, two rooms immediately top the list: the kitchen and the bathroom. In the last decade, we’ve seen something of a renaissance in home bathroom design. From an innovative use of materials to radically reimagined bathtubs and toilets, today’s bathrooms offer a dream space with comfort and convenience in a stylish package.

Tuesday 01/30/2018
Do the math: Homebuying now may save a lot
Updated: February 07, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - It is a common misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required to buy a home. Advice to wait and save a large down payment is often based on the theory that the cost of mortgage insurance (MI), which is required when you buy with a smaller down payment, should be avoided. This may not be the best advice and is, in fact, not in line with market trends, considering 60 percent of homebuyers buy with a down payment of 6 percent or less, according to the National Association of Realtors.

The beauty of barn doors
Updated: February 07, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Barn doors moved out of the farmyard and into the house a long time ago. Recently, however, they have become an even more popular and useful feature in residential design. It’s not hard to see why.

Friday 01/26/2018
Make 2018 the year of helping veterans
Updated: February 03, 2018 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - For many of us, the new year is the perfect time to make resolutions that improve our own lives. What if, this year, your resolutions included giving back to a community that has sacrificed so much for not only you, but our country?

Thursday 01/25/2018
Keep your home pest free this year
Updated: February 02, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Now is a great time to establish year-long goals and resolutions, including home improvement goals you’d like to tackle this year. The first step is to create a pest control plan for your home. It’s important to establish good habits early in the year to help prevent potential pest problems. Unchecked, pests can wreak havoc in your home, but there are several steps homeowners can take to help avoid an infestation and keep their home safe and their family happy.

The Changing Landscape of Lung Cancer Treatment
Updated: February 02, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - At age 64, Bob Carlson was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer, and he felt the diagnosis was like “an expiration date being stamped on his life, like a milk carton,” and the time he had left “wasn’t nearly enough.” Bob, his wife, Julia, and doctors chose chemotherapy to combat his illness—but according to Bob, his quality of life after taking the treatments was non-existent.

Do you know all of your psoriasis treatment options?
Updated: February 02, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Dru Riddle of Fort Worth, Texas, is one of the estimated 7.5 million people afflicted with psoriasis across the United States. A nurse anesthetist and university professor, Riddle understands first-hand the importance of receiving the proper treatment as quickly as possible and treating the condition with safe, effective medicine. Diagnosed with psoriasis in 2003 and psoriatic arthritis (PA) in 2010, Riddle underwent the treatment trials and errors common to many sufferers of PA before he was connected with a health care provider who prescribed a more aggressive plan that included biologics. Before doctors put him to a biologic therapy, Riddle suffered for several years with skin lesions and joint pain. “Finally I was switched to an injectable biologic medication,” Riddle says. “Those medications have really helped control my disease and the symptoms.”

Wednesday 01/24/2018
Escape with 2018's top trending color
Updated: February 01, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Whether you’ve been a loyalist to the same shade of green for the last decade or if you’re an evolving follower of trends whose color choices have shifted over the years, the trending color of 2018 is sure to surprise and intrigue you. Indeed, black is back. But how was this classic shade named the trending color of the year? While many assume the choice is random, trending colors are based on many influencers, but where do they really begin? Trending colors arise from consumer preferences, which are formed by societal influences, such as politics, economics, lifestyle and overall sentiment. We as a society hold the power of prompting new color trends based on our ever-changing attitudes, ideas and actions.

5 DIY projects that will reinvent your bathroom in a weekend
Updated: February 01, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Ready to tackle your next home remodeling project and showcase your Do-It-Yourself (DIY) skills? Or maybe you’re an aspiring DIYer, hoping to channel your creative spirit and try your hand at the next home improvement project? Now is the time to get started.

Tuesday 01/23/2018
How you can improve your FICO Score
Updated: January 30, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Anyone who has tried to borrow money to purchase a car, buy a home or open a revolving line of credit may be familiar with the term FICO Score. Most lenders use this scoring model, which essentially determines a person’s creditworthiness.

Monday 01/22/2018
Consider alternatives to opioids to manage pain after surgery
Updated: January 30, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - If you’re having surgery, you can expect to be sore and uncomfortable for a few days, whether you’re recovering at home or in the hospital. But it’s best to limit opioids or avoid them altogether, opting for alternatives to manage pain and discomfort, recommends the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).

What you should know to prepare for a blood test
Updated: January 30, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - A new survey reveals Americans are not aware of what to report prior to a blood test. Only half (52 percent) believe it is very important to report use of supplements to their healthcare provider before getting a blood test.

Wednesday 01/17/2018
Healthy half-time snacking tips from a pro
Updated: January 25, 2018 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - Healthy snacking and making good food choices can be difficult any time of the year, but it can be especially tough during the big game. Business Insider reports that only 80 percent of people who start a New Year’s resolution keep that resolution through February. This happens to correspond with the biggest football game of the year and the common food temptations that go along with it — chicken wings, chips and salsa, pizza, not to mention beer.

Tuesday 01/16/2018
Make your chip and dip a little more hip
Updated: January 24, 2018 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - Savvy hosts and hostesses know that the keys to a successful soiree are a room filled with laughter and delicious treats served. If you’re hosting a special event with friends and family, impress and delight your guests with fresh, new takes on the classics.

Monday 01/15/2018
Rent vs. own: Which is right for you?
Updated: January 23, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - If you’re thinking of buying your first home, you’ve probably wrestled with the decision to rent or own your home — and for good reason.

Senior Care Requests Rise After Family Visits During The Holidays
Updated: January 15, 2018 - 4:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - For adult children with aging parents, spending time together around the holidays can bring attention to changes in lifestyle or behavior that might indicate that a senior needs assistance at home.

Thursday 01/11/2018
Dermatologist debunks top 5 skincare misconceptions
Updated: January 19, 2018 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - Figuring out what's best for your skin can feel like solving a difficult mystery — everyone’s condition is unique, there are countless treatment options and people will do almost anything for a clear complexion.

Wednesday 01/10/2018
Start the year strong with this high-performance vegetable
Updated: January 18, 2018 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - Chasing a place on the podium isn’t possible without the proper fuel for your body. Whether you’re going for the gold or just passing the pigskin in honor of the big game, athletes and amateurs alike need the right combination of nutrients to take on their training, and sports nutritionists across the nation are recommending one vegetable in particular to get them there — potatoes! Here’s why:

Stuck inside? Easy tips to freshen up your living space
Updated: January 18, 2018 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - Winter weather means more time living indoors — working, playing, relaxing and staying warm. It's important to keep your home fresh by staying ahead of the continual buildup of dirt, dust and allergens. The following are some key areas to tackle for a comfortable and efficient home.

5 house cleaning tips for allergy sufferers
Updated: January 17, 2018 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - Many people turn to nasal sprays and antihistamines to combat seasonal nasal allergies or hay fever, but keeping the home clean is just as important in the fight against allergies.

5 ways to achieve your New Year's resolution
Updated: January 18, 2018 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - Whether you want to lose weight, get in shape, read more or start playing guitar, there are thousands of New Year’s resolutions to pick from. For most people, though, their resolutions have to do with losing weight, exercising more or getting healthier. In fact, 69 percent of resolutions are about losing weight or staying healthy.

Tuesday 01/09/2018
What New Year's resolution can you stick to and feel like you're making a difference in the world?
Updated: January 17, 2018 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - This time of year, many Americans are setting (or already breaking) New Year’s resolutions focused on getting healthier, saving money, spending more time with friends and family, etc. These are great resolutions, but perhaps this year, you’re thinking about ways you can make a difference. Giving back by donating to a nonprofit can help you feel more connected to your community and more gratification in knowing your New Year’s resolution will have a lasting impact for someone else.

Monday 01/08/2018
5 tips for speed cleaning your home
Updated: January 10, 2018 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - What is one of the biggest sources of stress? It’s cleaning on a deadline, especially when guests are on their way.

Top ways to boost health in 2018 in under 5 minutes per day
Updated: January 16, 2018 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - A new year brings new opportunities to focus on health and fitness. The following are four easy ways to boost your health in less than five minutes per day.

Friday 01/05/2018
How Older Americans Can Benefit From Chiropractic Care
Updated: January 05, 2018 - 4:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - It's not just you.

Common tax mistakes to avoid in 2018
Updated: January 13, 2018 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - Life changes — getting married, having a baby, buying or selling a home, sending a child off to college or retiring — often come with changes to your tax situation. Overlooking these changes when filing your taxes can lead taxpayers to make mistakes that leave money on the table, potentially impacting their refund at a time when the average refund is about $2,800. Here is a list of common tax mistakes to avoid in the 2018 filing season to help ensure you don’t miss any deductions or credits that you deserve.

Thursday 01/04/2018
5 must-have home features for retirees
Updated: January 12, 2018 - 4:36 am

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The truth about what makes your skin dry and itchy in the winter
Updated: January 12, 2018 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - We wait all year for activities that come along with winter, like sipping hot cocoa by the fire or staying in to snuggle up under cozy blankets while re-watching our favorite movies.

Party planning made easy
Updated: January 10, 2018 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - Party planning should be about spending quality time with family and friends, not stressing out. Focus on fun and keep stress levels at an all-time low with these seamless shortcuts to pull off a get together of any size — whether a football or awards show watching party or a low-key movie night with friends.

Wednesday 01/03/2018
Here's how the tax reform plan could affect you
Updated: January 11, 2018 - 4:38 am

(BPT) - With the newly passed tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), now is the time to start thinking about how this will affect you so that you can plan ahead for the outcomes you will start to feel in your paycheck as early as February 2018.

5 spring remodeling projects sure to brighten your home
Updated: January 11, 2018 - 4:38 am

(BPT) - During the coldest months of the year, it’s hard not to think about the warmer months to come — and all that they hold. You may already be planning your next vacation or outdoor activities to host in your backyard this summer. Now is the time to brainstorm about your spring home remodeling projects that can add enjoyment and value to your humble abode.

Tuesday 01/02/2018
4 DIY projects perfect for winter months
Updated: January 03, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Cooler temperatures have arrived. But does that mean it's time to shelve your DIY aspirations for the rest of the year?