It’s Fall, Y’all!
Autumn is finally here! How did that happen so fast? One minute we’re enjoying the sunshine and barbecues in the backyard, and the next we’re welcoming Mr. Autumn Man and digging out wool sweaters.
Fall always inspires mixed emotions. On the one hand, we’re sad to see the sunny days and beach trips slip away. On the other hand, the changing weather provides a time for reflection, connection with loved ones and some fantastic fall activities.
Since fall has officially arrived, we’re sharing five ways to make the most of the season.
#1. Know your AEP options
Along with the seasonal changes there also comes an opportunity to adjust your Medicare coverage. From October 15th to December 7th, the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) lets you switch, add or remove plans that aren’t working for you. You may have already noticed an uptick in advertising from insurance providers or more communication from your Medicare insurance agent.
Don’t discount this opportunity to adjust your coverage, especially if you’ve experienced a change in your health. This is the time to make sure your plan truly fits your needs for the next year.
#2. Consider Part D or Advantage Plan options
With new Medicare legislation on the horizon, and the growing popularity of Medicare Advantage Plans, reassessing your policy is a good idea. Schedule time to discuss your current needs with your agent and learn what options are available to you.
For example, many Advantage Plans have recently added additional OTC benefits. Advantage Plans will also see a decrease in their average premiums in 2022 while Part D plans will get more expensive. And, if the current administration’s new spending bill goes into effect, all Medicare plans could see more dental, vision and hearing coverage.
#3. Get your flu shot
With most news coverage focusing on Covd-19 vaccines and boosters, your annual flu vaccine might slip your mind. But since these shots are updated every year to reflect the potential flu strains circulating, you can’t skip out on it.
Fortunately, you can get a flu shot simply by walking into your local drug store or asking for one at an upcoming doctor’s visit.
#4. Embrace the season!
Enjoy all that fall has to offer! Whether you’re basking in these last sunny days, spending time with family or finishing up a summer project, autumn is a time to reconnect with what you love.
- Move your body: Enjoy the crisp fall days and colorful trees by taking long walks. Get out there now to take in the lingering sunshine before the weather gets too cold or rainy. The health benefits of walking are many, from improving your cardiovascular health and boosting your immune system to reducing your likelihood of developing a disability.
- Spend time in the kitchen: Fall weather sends us indoors and into the kitchen! Dust off your old recipe books or try something new. Our favorite sweet treat this year is Martha Stewart’s pumpkin pie recipe. What better way to welcome the cooler weather than by filling your home with the warm and spicy smells of autumn.
- Cultivate your green thumb: Just because the leaves are falling doesn’t mean your garden has to go with it. Bring herbs or smaller plants like succulents inside for the fall and winter. Indoor plants help boost your mood, lower stress and improve air quality.
- Get crafty: Knitting, baking, sewing, drawing or painting are all great ways to keep your mind and hands occupied on a rainy fall day. Just because you have to stay inside doesn’t mean you can’t do something fun! If TV watching is on the menu, check out our list of recommended travel documentaries.
#5. Give thanks
Fall is a time of abundance and a time of change. Focus on appreciating what you have and reflecting on what you’ve accomplished—without losing sight of what’s to come. Take the opportunity now to care for yourself and your family, and prepare for any changes in the upcoming new year.
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