Our Best Articles of 2019: Your Favorite Senior Reads of the Year

Our Best Articles of 2019: Your Favorite Senior Reads of the Year

It’s officially an annual tradition! We take a good look at the numbers and share with you our 10 most-read articles of the year. Last year, we were blown away by the blogs that topped the charts, and we’re excited to see what changed for 2019.

Most of our readers find our articles from Google or Facebook, so it’s always interesting to see what kinds of topics are bringing the most attention. From Medicare to retirement to general senior-interest content, here are our best articles of 2019!

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Most Popular Articles of 2018 vs. 2019

What interests us the most is how trends change over time – are our readers more interested in Medicare Supplements than they were last year? What about the brand new MSA?

By comparing the most popular articles of 2018 and 2019 by page views, it gives us a great idea of what you’re searching for. That helps us write more articles that are tailored to your interests.

Top Articles of 2018 vs. 2019

Even though we’re Medicare experts, we’re excited to see some of our general interest content gaining so much popularity! The most-read article about the best podcasts for seniors continues to hold the top spot.

We also have several articles that have stayed on the most-read list, though they’ve moved around for 2019. 

An article that really jumped up in the rankings is our 4th most-read article How Can Medicare Advantage Plans Have $0 Premium? As Medicare Advantage gains more popularity, we expect more articles about it to rank higher on our list.

Here are a few to check out:

All-in-all, we’re excited about the articles that our readers are enjoying the most, so let’s take a deeper look into what they’re all about.

10. Mutual of Omaha Medicare Supplement Review

Just making it onto our Top 10 list is our review of Mutual of Omaha’s Medicare Supplement.

Starting in 2019, we decided to start offering thorough reviews of different Medigap companies, and it’s nice to know that our readers are enjoying that! We start out by giving a brief history of the company, information on the company’s rating, their available Medicare Supplement plans, and even how their prices stack up.

While other Medicare Supplement companies have slightly better rates here in Decatur, Illinois, that is always changing. Mutual of Omaha is an excellent company with lots of history, and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

Check out our 10th most-read article of the year: Mutual of Omaha Medicare Supplement Review

You might also like reading other company reviews:

9. 15 Little-Known Facts You May Not Know About Medicare (But Should!)

This article about Medicare was our 6th most-viewed article last year, and our 9th most-viewed article of 2019. 

We’re not too surprised, because Medicare is a confusing beast! Even once you understand the basics of Medicare, there are still some little-known facts that you might have missed!

For example, did you know that most Medicare-related terms go by many names? Medicare Supplement Insurance is also known as Medigap Insurance. Original Medicare is the same thing as Medicare Parts A and B. Medicare Advantage is the same thing as Medicare Part C.

There’s a lot more where that came from in our 9th most popular post of 2019: 15 Little-Known Facts You May Not Know About Medicare (But Should!)

8. How to Use a Digital Calendar to Organize and Manage Your Family Time

This brand new article about organizing your family’s activities digitally has quickly gained popularity and is our 8th most popular article of 2019!

Whether your grandkids are involved in every sport or you just want to be on the same page as your spouse, a digital calendar system can get everyone on the same page.

We reviewed several options (and tried them out ourselves), so be sure to check out How to Use a Digital Calendar to Organize and Manage Your Family Time!

7. Learn the Lingo: What Is the Medigap Household Discount, and How Do I Get It?

This post about the Medigap Household Discount (HHD) was our 9th most-read article last year, and it moved up in the rankings to number 7 this year. We all want to save money where we can, and the Medigap HHD is a great way to do that!

The Medigap HHD is a percentage off your Medicare Supplement premium, and it’s generally for two spouses who hold a Medicare Supplement with the same company at the same time. However, the discount requirements vary by carrier and state.

You can learn more about how this discount works in our 7th most popular blog of the year: Learn the Lingo: What Is the Medigap Household Discount, and How Do I Get It?

6. Does Medicare work with concierge medicine services?

We’re actually pretty surprised to see this article popping up on our list of most-viewed articles for 2019! We wrote this one several years ago, but alternative ways to get care are gaining traction in the healthcare space.

Concierge medicine, also known as direct primary care, is an alternative to the typical “fee-for-service” doctor’s office. Rather than pay a fee each time you visit your physician, concierge services require a membership fee.

This article goes over what to expect with concierge services as well as a couple of Decatur doctors that participate in this unique model. Check it out: Does Medicare work with concierge medicine services?

5. 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 5th most-viewed article of 2019: WellCare Value Script PDP Review

4. How Can Medicare Advantage Plans Have $0 Premium?

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 4th most popular article of 2019: How Can Medicare Advantage Plans Have $0 Monthly Premiums?

3. 22 Fun Facts About Decatur, IL

Since Sams/Hockaday was born and raised in Decatur, IL, it’s exciting to see this article about our hometown keeping its spot as the 3rd most popular article of the year.

This was truly one of the most interesting articles for us to put together. Decatur has so much history behind it if you just take a moment to look!

If you’ve ever wondered how Soy Capital Bank got its name or how much history is really behind the Muni band, you’re in for a treat. We won’t spoil too much, so head on over to read the rest of the third most popular article of 2018 and 2019: 22 Fun Facts About Decatur, IL

2. 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?

Last year, it took the 5th spot, and this year, it’s gained even more popularity as the 2nd most-read article of 2019.

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 2nd most popular of 2019: 5 Modern Ways to Listen to Music

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

Drumroll, please!

Our most popular article of 2019 (and 2018, for that matter), is 19 Best Podcasts Perfect for Seniors, Baby Boomers, and the Older Generation! This article accounts for about 20% of our website’s traffic, and we are all shocked by it.

When we wrote this article, we never thought it’d be the most popular article of the year – two 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 really 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!

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