Archive for June, 2012

What The Affordable Care Act Means To Seniors

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Today, the United States Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare,” by a decision of 5-4. And, while many have an opinion of what this means for our country, we at Alliance simply want to explain some of the biggest reported benefits, according to the official Fact Sheet, for the largest demographic in the U.S. – the senior population.

Here are the three biggest benefits seniors with existing Medicare need to know about the ACA:

- Under the new ACA, senior’s existing Medicare benefits will not be reduced or taken away, neither will their ability to choose their own doctor.

- Those seniors caught in the “donut hole,” or the coverage gaps that require them to pay for prescription drugs out-of-pocket, will now receive a 50% discount on name brand drugs with the new law.

- Seniors qualified for Medicare benefits will now also receive certain preventative services free of charge, such as tobacco cessation programs and cancer screenings, in addition to one free annual wellness exam.



Moderate Exercise Can Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Monday, June 25th, 2012

According to a new study, even a little exercise can reduce the risk of breast cancer.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, followed 1,504 women diagnosed with breast cancer and 1,555 women that did not have the disease. All of the women studied ranged from ages 20 to 98.

Researchers found women that spent approximately 10-19 hours a week exercising had the greatest decrease in breast cancer – a 30 percent lower risk. The study also concluded that women who exercised every week, even it was for less than 10 hours, still experience a decrease in risk.

“The observation of a reduced risk of breast cancer for women who engaged in exercise after menopause is particularly encouraging given the late age of onset for breast cancer,” study researcher Lauren McCullough said in a statement.

However, the study also showed that maintaining a healthy body weight was, perhaps, even more important to reducing the risk of breast cancer than exercise. Participants in the study who exercised regularly, but did not eat right and gained weight, actually experienced an increase in risk of breast cancer.

The study coincides with the results of a Time magazine report by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, that also reported a decrease of breast cancer risk in women that combined exercise with healthy eating and weight loss.

Further supporting that a healthy lifestyle, exercise, and proper diet can help reduce the risk of certain diseases in women.