At MedicareAdvantage.com, we give our readers the information they need to age healthy and happy. We are also dedicated to exploring public health issues and the senior experience in America.
To support these aspects of our editorial mission, we produce various health resource guides and perform data studies throughout the year.
- Our research studies share the results of our independent data analysis projects and national public surveys that explore a variety of American health and social issues. Topics include everything from senior dating to the role age plays in national politics.
- Our resource guides provide helpful information and assistance for a range of topics such as prescription drug costs, alcohol abuse, fall prevention, veterans needs, senior hunger and more.
Study Highlights Seniors’ Lack of Knowledge About Medicare
Our survey of 2,013 Medicare beneficiaries finds many risk wasted money and missed benefits due to a lack of knowledge.
The Best States for Medicare in 2024
This report details where Medicare beneficiaries have access to the widest range of quality 2024 Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plans at the most affordable prices.
Feeling the Burn: At-Home Exercise Injuries Surge During Pandemic
Likely due to gym closures, ER visits for at-home workout injuries surged by nearly 50% from 2019 to 2020 according to data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS).
The Most Popular TV and Film Grandparents in Every State
In honor of Grandparents Day on September 12, we used Google Trends data to determine each state’s favorite television or film grandparent. Check out our list to find your state's most popular grandparents!
Medicare Spent Over $3.6 Billion On Discarded Drugs From 2017 to 2021
Analysis of CMS data shows discarded units of valuable cancer drugs and other single-use drugs account for hundreds of millions of dollars of annual Medicare waste.
Widowed Seniors Are Missing Out On Medicare Grief Counseling and Therapy
Our report finds the vast majority of widowed seniors are unaware of Medicare mental health benefits they're entitled to, and only 15% of widowed beneficiaries have used covered services.
What Medical Condition Are You Most Afraid Of?
We surveyed over 1,000 adults to find out what diseases and health conditions they fear the most. While COVID-19 and heart disease were two of the leading causes of death in 2020, they didn't top the list.
U.S. vs. International Retirement Report
Our survey of over 1,000 retirees compares financial and health outlooks of U.S. and international seniors. Our study finds retirees in America are less prepared for retirement than seniors in other countries and have less optimistic expectations for their remaining financial prospects.
Can't Buy Me Love? Millennials Say, "OK, Boomer"
Our survey of 1,000 adults explores how baby boomers, Gen Xers, millennials and Gen Zers compare on Valentine's Day spending. Find out who's the most generous and who's feeling the least appreciated.
Are At-Home Tests a Trusted Health Care Future?
Our survey of 1,162 adults found far more older adults trust at-home health test results – including COVID-19 tests – than members of Gen Z.
The Most Offensive Senior Terms and Characterizations
According to our survey of nearly 600 seniors, older adults don't like being called elderly and especially dislike insults to their intelligence.
Who Can Convince More Seniors to Trust COVID-19 Vaccines?
We surveyed nearly 500 older adults to find out whether they're willing to take the COVID-19 vaccine and what public figures they most trust about the vaccine's safety.
Which States Could See the Greatest Impact of Medicare at 60?
Which state populations would be most affected by Joe Biden's plan to lower the Medicare eligibility age to 60? We used federal data and survey data to find out.
The Most Overworked Health Care Workers in America
Using federal health data, we identified the states whose health care workers are under the greatest strain due to COVID-19. Learn which states' nurses, paramedics, doctors, pharmacists and psychologists are most overworked.
The 20 Most Depressing Cities in America
Using economic data from several government and academic resources, we calculated the 20 most depressing cities in the U.S. going into 2021. Find out which cities made the list.
Women's Health 2020 Report
We surveyed over 1,000 women to explore how COVID-19 restrictions impacted their physical and mental health. Negative self-image and poor disease management were among the top reported issues.
Americans Agree: 2020 Was the Worst Year in a Lifetime
We surveyed over 1,000 adults about what years were the best and worst of their life. 2020 was the top choice as "worst year," but the reasons for this varied based on a person's age and gender.
Despite Risks, Many Seniors Rely on Home Health Remedies
We surveyed seniors to find out how frequently they use home remedies to bypass professional care from doctors and other providers. 41% of seniors said they've done so against the advice of their doctor.
Most Adults Don't Trust Medicare or Social Security Will Help Them Retire
We surveyed over 1,000 adults to study their expectations for Medicare and Social Security. The majority of people have negative outlooks for each and for their own ability to retire comfortably.
More Older Adults Trust Democrat Candidates to Manage Medicare and Health Policy
We surveyed around 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries to find out their political opinions of the future of Medicare and if they think either major political party cares more about them.
Senior Isolation May Lead to Risky Pandemic Holiday Behavior
We surveyed grandparents and grandchildren to find out what's driving the desire to spend in-person time together during a holiday season with skyrocketing COVID-19 risks.
The Worst Cities for Health Care and COVID-19 Scams
We analyzed scams reported to the Better Business Bureau to find the worst cities in America for health care scams, COVID-19 scams and scams targeted at seniors.
The Worst States for Workplace Age Discrimination
Our analysis of age discrimination reports filed with the EEOC since 1997 highlights the states with the highest rates of discrimination claims.
The Top Baby Names Grandparents Dislike the Most
We surveyed nearly 800 grandparents to find out which baby names they dislike the most, including weird celebrity baby names and today's most popular names.
Many Seniors Don't Comparison Shop for Medicare Insurance
We surveyed 891 Medicare beneficiaries and found many fail to compare their Medicare plan options, which can result in avoidable high costs.
Medicare Beneficiaries Support Expanded Public Insurance
We surveyed 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries and found they largely support extending Medicare eligibility to age 60, and many support Medicare for All.
The Most Popular Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory in Each State
We found the most popular COVID-19 conspiracy theory in each state. Find out which state is home to the most "coronavirus truthers."
Face Masks Bring Tan Lines and "Maskne" in Summer 2020
We surveyed over 1,000 Americans and found who's afraid of getting face mask tan lines this summer. How do you compare to other Americans during the summer of COVID-19?
Facts vs. Myths About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
We surveyed over 700 U.S. adults to see how well the understand coronavirus (COVID-19) facts vs. myths. Find out the most dangerous myth people still believe.
Are Americans as Healthy as They Believe?
90% of people describe their health in positive terms, despite low levels of exercise and poor diets. Our study explores these and other stark health misperceptions.
The Trump Trigger Effect - A Study of How Political Bias Affects Physical and Mental Health
Our study explores the ways that mentioning President Trump's name affects people's attitudes about their mental and physical health.
Healthy Habits - Exploring People's Health and Eating Habits on Different Diets
We asked more than 1,000 individuals currently following a diet plan to describe their experience so we could find out which diets might be having a lasting impact.
Preferred Fictional Physicians - Exploring People's Preferences and Perceptions of TV Doctors
To find out just how much of an impact fake TV doctors are having on real patients, we surveyed over 800 people for their opinions on characters like Meredith Grey, Derek Shepherd, and Shaun Murphy. Learn how many people actually trust TV doctors more than their own physicians.
Survey: Florida Voters Say Both Trump and Biden are “Too Old” to Serve as President
We surveyed over 400 Florida residents to learn about voter attitudes on age in politics, including the 2020 presidential election and in congress.
How Seniors and Millennials Date
29% of older adults used a dating app to meet someone in the past year. A new study examines this and other dating trends for millennials and seniors.
Putting off Health Recommendations - Exploring Americans' Frequency of Doctor Visits
We surveyed over 1,000 people about the frequency with which they visit their primary care physicians and specialists and their reasons for avoiding doctor visits entirely.
The Lies Patients and Doctors Tell
47 percent of patients admit to lying to their doctor. A new study reveals the types of lies people tell, how often they lie and how it affects their care.
Coronavirus Fears - Millennial vs. Boomers
We surveyed over 500 Millennials and Baby Boomers to learn what scares them most about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Find out which group reported higher anxiety, and why.
Coronavirus and Summer Activities
We surveyed over 1,000 Americans to learn how COVID-19 is changing their summer plans, their main fears about public activities and the differences between Republican and Democrat attitudes.
Health Risks and the Super Bowl
Our study explores at-home injuries and cardiac deaths football fans suffer during Super Bowl weekend, and we rank the most dangerous Super Bowl teams of the past 20 years.
Obesity Trends by County
Our study ranks all U.S. counties based on their 10-year trends in obesity rates. Find out which counties are growing healthier, and which ones are becoming more obese.
Resources for Veterans and Their Families
Explore this list of national and local state resources for Veterans to find assistance for things like mental health counseling, federal military benefits, higher education, financial management and more.
A Guide to Downsizing for Seniors
Use this guide to learn how to cope with sadness, anxiety and grief as you downsize.
When and How to Enroll in Medicare
This guide explains Medicare sign up periods such as the Medicare Open Enrollment Period as well as local resources you can explore for answers to Medicare coverage questions.
Finding Help for Health Care Costs
Use this informative guide to find both national and local state resources that can help you with rising health care costs. Find information on Medicare, Medicaid, housing assistance and more.
Senior Isolation: America’s Quietest Health Risk
This guide can help you identify the signs and symptoms of senior isolation and offers a number of local resources for seniors to become more socially connected.
10 Benefits of Yoga for Older Adults
There are many benefits to practicing yoga, and several that can be especially beneficial to older adults. Learn about 10 ways yoga can help seniors, and find out how a Medicare Advantage plan can help.
Complete Guide to Elder Financial Abuse
Elder financial abuse affects millions of seniors every year and accounts for billions of dollars worth of fraud. Learn how and why it happens, the types of scammers who commit financial abuse and what seniors can do to protect themselves.
Latino Health Resource Guide (Available in Spanish and English)
Use this informative guide to explore a wide range of state and national resources for many of the biggest health care risks faced by the Hispanic community, and download our helpful Spanish language translation glossary of important health care and insurance terms.
Senior Hunger in America
Nearly one in six seniors in America (8 million people) face the threat of hunger or malnourishment. Learn more about the danger of senior hunger and resources that help combat the issue.
Senior Guide to Pets
Seniors who own a pet can experience tremendous physical and emotional health benefits. This 2020 resource guide includes over 300 national and state resources that can help you get started adopting a pet.
Complete Guide to the Flu Vaccine
Up to 61,000 Americans died from the flu in 2018-2019. Find flu vaccine and pneumonia prevention resources in your state to help protect yourself from influenza this year.
Recognizing Dehydration Symptoms in Seniors: 7 Tips for Prevention
People of all ages are at risk for dehydration, but older adults should take extra precaution. Learn the symptoms of dehydration and follow these seven tips to help prevent it.
Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Guide
There are a number of prescription drug assistance programs that can help patients save on the rising cost of prescription drugs. Learn about eligibility.
National Programs for Diabetes Education, Management and Financial Help
Explore this list of national resources for diabetes education, prevention, management, treatment and financial assistance.
7 Medicare Facts Every Veteran Should Know
Many veterans may be unsure about how Medicare works with their VA benefits. Here are seven things every veteran should know about Medicare.
Fall Prevention Resources
Explore this list of national resources for fall prevention, including exercise classes, home modifications and other health tips.
Alcohol Abuse & Seniors
Learn more about the alcohol abuse problems facing seniors, find out what causes these problems and explore our list of local and national resources to get help finding treatment.
Coronavirus Resource Guide for Seniors
The COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting people all over the globe, and seniors are at the greatest risk for infection and even death. Seniors can use this resource guide to learn about coronavirus testing and how to stay safe during the outbreak.
Glaucoma Resource Guide 2020
Explore this list of local and national glaucoma resources. You can also explore support services for people with vision problems through research, assistive technology, financial assistance and more.