Our Most Popular Articles of the Year | Sams/Hockaday

Our Most Popular Articles of the Year | Sams/Hockaday

It's always interesting to see what kinds of topics our readers enjoy the most. From podcasts to Medicare Advantage questions, here are our 10 most popular articles of 2021.

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10. When Should I Start My Illinois Vegetable Garden?

While our specialty is Medicare and retirement planning, we love publishing general interest articles that you might find helpful.

If you’re interested in gardening, we consulted with David Sack, a Central Illinois gardener with 30 years of experience. He shared some tips and tricks for when to plant your Illinois vegetable garden to avoid frosts and freezes.  

Even if you’ve been gardening for a long time, the ideal planting time has changed, so be sure to check out this article for the latest updates!

9. 12 Fun Family Games to Play This Father's Day

Thanks to COVID-19, the last couple of years have made holidays more difficult for many.

We decided to pull together 12 fun family games you can play on Father’s Day, but we included both in-person and virtual options.

From yard dice to Words with Friends, be sure to check out these fun family game ideas!

8. How Can Medicare Advantage Have $0 Monthly Premiums?

Before you aged into Medicare, you were probably used to seeing health insurance plans with monthly premiums of over $500, and in some cases, even $800+.

So, how is it even possible that Medicare Advantage plans often have little to no monthly premium?

We break it down in our 8th most popular article of 2021. Learn more about how Medicare Advantage plans can have $0 monthly premiums.

7. 2021 Fireworks Guide for Decatur, IL

We serve the Decatur, IL community and enjoy putting together guides and helpful articles. We noticed a few years ago that there was no master list of local fireworks shows. And when 2020 hit, a lot of fireworks were cancelled, and it was hard to figure out what the remaining options were.

Since then, we’ve updated our fireworks guide annually, and it has become our 7th most popular article of 2021!

While the 4th of July may be a long way away, you can subscribe to our email newsletter to get notified of our new weekly articles.

6. 2022 Wellcare Value Script PDP Review

WellCare has become one of the most well-known companies in the Medicare Part D drug plan space. Many of our clients here at Sams/Hockaday have a WellCare PDP, so we decided to put together a full review on their Illinois drug plans.

We're happy to see so many of our readers doing their research, so if you'd like to learn more about WellCare, check out our 6th most-viewed article of 2021. We update this annually as the next year’s drug plans are announced.

5. How Do Medicare Advantage Plans Make Money?

If you’ve shopped around for a Medicare Advantage plan before, you might’ve noticed there are some options with very low or even a $0 monthly premium.

A lot of people wonder how these plans can do that–how are MA plans making any money if they don’t have a premium?

We take you behind the scenes to learn where the money is flowing.

4. Accendo/CVS Health Medicare Supplement Review

There's a new Medicare Supplement carrier in town, and it goes by the name of Accendo Insurance Company. It first came onto the market in March 2020, and it's part of the CVS Health family of companies. Accendo is an Aetna affiliate, a name we all know and trust.

This new Medicare Supplement release was the largest one in our history, and for good reason! We weren't surprised to see this article make our list as the 4th most popular one of 2021. Check out our review here: Accendo/CVS Health Medicare Supplement Review

3. 5 Modern Ways to Listen to Music

Sometimes, the articles that gain the most traction are a shock to us, and this one definitely is! Who knew that the up-and-coming ways to listen to music would be so interesting to our readers?

Now that we have smartphones, tablets, computers, and satellite radio, we have a ton of different ways we can listen to music. There are virtually hundreds of apps, websites, and systems that offer music streaming services, so we've broken it down to our top 5 recommendations.  

We think you'll enjoy them along with all the individuals who helped this article become the 3rd most popular of 2021: 5 Modern Ways to Listen to Music

2. 12 of the Biggest 21st Century Medical Advancements

Every day, scientists and doctors are working hard to make medical advancements. The 21st century is only 20 years old, and we have already had some pretty amazing breakthroughs.

From the completion of the human genome draft to cutting-edge cancer treatments, there are some incredible medical breakthroughs that are changing the way conditions and diseases are treated.

Check them out in our 2nd most popular article of the year, which takes you through 12 of the biggest recent medical advancements.

1. 19 Best Podcasts Perfect for Seniors, Baby Boomers, and the Older Generation

Drumroll, please!

Our most popular article of 2021 (and 2018, 2019, and 2020 for that matter), is 19 Best Podcasts Perfect for Seniors, Baby Boomers, and the Older Generation!

When we wrote this article, we never thought it'd be the most popular article of the year – four years in a row! But alas, here we are.

Podcasts are amazing for a variety of reasons. For starters, you can listen to it anytime, anywhere. They're great to listen to while you're getting ready for the day, while exercising, while driving to work, while doing the dishes… you get the idea.

A typical podcast is about 30 minutes in length, and there are a ton of different genres to choose from. Some highlights from the list include:

  • Planet Money, a podcast about money, economics, and the value of things.
  • 99% Invisible, a podcast about design – not only architecture and graphic design, but the design of everyday life.
  • Ear Hustle, a podcast about what happens inside a prison.
  • The Art of Charm, a podcast about self-improvement.

These podcasts can be entertaining and insightful for people of all ages, but we thought they'd be great for the older generation, and you did, too!


It’s always fun to see which articles were the most popular among our readers.  

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