Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve. Usually, this is caused by a pressure build up within the eye, which damages the optic nerve. There are no symptoms of glaucoma at first. It causes no pain. Continue reading
Exercise is good for you. Weight lifting, running, and calisthenics can all help boost cardiovascular health, muscular fitness, and even your immune system as you age. However, after surgery, exercise should be done only under the express permission of a doctor and, ideally, under the supervision of a physical therapist. Continue reading
Establishing and maintaining a great relationship with your primary care physician (PCP) and getting your preventive screenings is the best way for you to stay healthy and enjoy life. You may not know that there is an extra benefit to making these healthy decisions: You help keep Viva Medicare healthy! Continue reading
Some diseases, like the flu, go away after a short amount of time. But diabetes is one health problem you’ll need to manage your entire life. It may seem difficult or overwhelming at times, but there are simple things you can do every day to feel better, stay healthier, and keep one step ahead of diabetes-related problems. Continue reading
Influenza, commonly called “the flu,” is a respiratory disease that can lead to serious illness and hospitalization. Flu vaccines provide protection against the infection. Each year, the vaccine protects against the flu virus that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming year. This differs from year to year so it’s very important to get vaccinated each year. Continue reading
More than 90 percent of colorectal cancer diagnoses occur with people age 50 years and older. The American Cancer Society suggests all men and women begin regular screenings for colorectal cancer at age 50. Those with a family history of colorectal cancer, polyps, or inflammatory bowel disease (among other risk factors) should speak with their doctor about undergoing screenings earlier or more often. Continue reading
Viva Medicare is committed to helping you improve your health in 2014. That is why our members enjoy great benefits such as no copays for Medicare covered preventive services and $20 per month towards gym membership dues at contracted facilities. Plus, we recently partnered with HealthCoach4Me®, an easy-to-use interactive website that is made for people that want to take charge of their health. The site has two main parts: Continue reading
It’s the holidays and chances are you’ll be doing some traveling. Maybe you’re traveling to go see your grandbabies… or maybe you need some time away from your grandbabies. Whatever the case, it can be a stressful process, especially if you don’t do it right. Long, uncomfortable trips and having to travel with medications can make anyone dread the travel day, so here are 7 little tips for traveling the right way! Continue reading
October may be breast cancer awareness month, but it is a year-round issue. In an effort to help raise awareness of this fatal disease, we at VIVA would like to give you the statistics about breast cancer and inform you about how to reduce your risk factors for this disease.
It’s summertime! And chances are you’ll be doing some traveling. Maybe you’re traveling to go see your grandbabies… or maybe you need some time away from your grandbabies. Whatever the case, it can be a stressful process, especially if you don’t do it just right. Traveling with medications and long, uncomfortable trips will make anyone dread the travel day, so here are 7 little tips for traveling the right way!