5 Ways to Upgrade Your Yoga Routine in Your 60s or Better. The benefits of yoga and other chair exercises for seniors arrive in a multitude of ways – better flexibility, less stress, social interaction, weight management, disease prevention, the list goes on. When it comes to yoga practice, aromatherapy can happen in a few ways. There are also essential oil sprays which you can spritz your personal yoga mat with to enhance the effects of your practice. Moreover, engaging with others in activity and conversation provides mental stimulation believed to help prevent cognitive decline in older adults. Yoga practice can also bring up emotions and thoughts which may be worked through after class through a discussion with a good friend. When it comes to yoga, relaxing, soft, gentle music can enhance your practice in more ways than you know. Embrace Yoga Off the Mat Want to make your time on the mat more meaningful? Open your eyes and attention to how yoga is influencing your life off the mat. Over time, picking up on the positive effects of yoga is sure to enhance your practice (and your desire to practice).
The proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will leave millions of people without health insurance and make coverage skimpier for those who still have it. That’s according to the Congressional Budget Office, which just issued its highly anticipated report on that plan.
The House of Representatives passed the replacement bill, called the American Health Care Act, on May 4 without giving the nonpartisan economists at the budget office a chance to look at it. Their analysis is grim news if you have a pre-existing condition or don’t have a lot of money. Here are six key points from the new report:
1. Fewer people will have health insurance—23 million fewer. The budget office expects 51 million Americans to be uninsured by 2026 under the replacement plan, versus 28 million if the ACA stays in place. The largest group to be thrown off insurance will be the 14 million people who would have had coverage through the ACA’s expanded Medicaid program. The rest will be people who can no longer afford coverage on the individual market.
2. Nearly 90 percent of the funding will disappear for Medicaid expansion and premium subsidies to help people buy private insurance. Over the next 10 years, that includes $834 billion in cuts in Medicaid spending, and a net reduction of $276 billion in premium subsidies.
Offsetting that is only $138 billion in new spending to help states stabilize premiums and offer a bit of help to people with pre-existing conditions. The replacement plan would reduce the U.S. deficit by $119 billion, with most of the savings going toward eliminating the ACA’s taxes on high-income investors and health care companies.
3. The new subsidy formula will make insurance unaffordable for lower-income consumers. The ACA now protects low- and moderate-income consumers from high premiums by capping the…