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There are many insurance considerations to make as you age.

From Medicare and prescription plans to Long-Term Care Insurance, it is important to understand your options.

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1. Understand the basics of Medicare

Medicare open enrollment begins on Oct. 15 and continues until Dec. 7. Plans change from year to year, and it is important to consider your health care needs and preferences to ensure you select the plan that’s right for you.

Medicare doesn’t cover living expenses in a retirement community, hearing aids or dental work.

2. Save money on prescription drugs

Most individuals can lower their out-of-pocket prescription drug costs by 25 to 75 percent by using generic instead of a brand name drug.

Reports indicate that seniors over the age of 65 spend an average of over 3 percent of their income on prescription drugs. If your insurance plan does not include a prescription plan, look into coupons, drug discount cards or switching to a generic brand.

3. Learn how to save on auto insurance

Auto insurance for older drivers often costs more. Many states, including Illinois, mandate that drivers over 55 be given discounts for good driving and/or for taking approved driving courses. Mature driver courses offered by AARP and others can reduce your premiums by 5-15 percent.

Data from the National Transportation and Safety Bureau (NTSB) and National Automotive Sampling System (NASS) show that drivers 70 and up experience much higher rates of intersection-related accidents than younger drivers. If your insurance rates are sky-high because of your driving record, it might be time to quit driving.

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