Prevent Illness with Preventative Services Paid by Medicare
- What Can You Do to Prevent Illness?
MANKATO, MINN. — Now is the time to get the most from your Medicare. The best way to stay healthy is to live a healthy lifestyle. Medicare can help by paying for many preventative services to keep you healthy.
You can stay healthy, live longer, and delay or prevent many diseases by doing the following:
- Exercise: Do any physical activity you enjoy for 20-30 minutes, 5 days a week. Talk to your doctor about the right exercise program for you.
- Eating well: Eat a healthy diet of different food, like fruits, vegetables, protein (such as meat, fish or beans), and whole grains (such as 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 to quit.
- Get preventative services: Delay or lessen the effects of diseases by getting preventative services, such as your Annual Wellness visit or Welcome to Medicare physical to find disease early, and shots to keep you from getting dangerous illnesses.
Call the Senior LinkAge Line® for assistance with questions related to your Medicare coverage. Help is available over the phone or in-person. The Senior LinkAge Line® is a free service of the Minnesota Board on Aging, as well as the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). Specialists provide one-to-one assistance with all Medicare and health insurance issues and also provide in-depth long-term care options counseling. Call 1-800-333-2433 for assistance or go to www.MinnesotaHelp.info to chat live with a Senior LinkAge Line® specialist.