by Linda Frost, Chief Clinical Officer Through our Care Management program we work with many caregivers who are working hard to determine what is best for their loved one’s changing needs and abilities. If you are caring for a loved one, don’t forget to take a little time this week to care for yourself as…

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At CareWell Services, we value independence so much it is in our mission: Promoting health, independence, and choice. Independence is something that most of us long for, especially as we age. As our abilities change, it’s important to consider what changes we can make to maintain our independence while also seeking help where needed. One…

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Part D Prescription Plan Open Enrollment Period (OEP) is October 15 through December 7.  This is when you can see 2022 costs, verify coverage of your medicines, and get or switch your Part D or Medicare Advantage plan.  MMAP works by appointments only. MMAP is now setting appointments for open enrollment.  Counseling may be done…

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Forks Senior Center (FSC) reopened its doors on July 6. Members were excited about getting back to see old friends, working out in the Fitness Center, and playing Euchre and Bingo.  FSC requires that all people in the center wear masks unless they are exercising and socially distanced. People entering the center check their temperature…

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As we age, so does our vision. In addition to aging, you may experience lower vision due to diagnoses such as Diabetes, Hypertension, or Macular Degeneration. Don’t worry, no matter what is causing issues with vision, there are tools, modifications, and techniques that can help you navigate everyday activities easier as your vision changes.  Sometimes…

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Did you know your Medicare coverage includes an annual wellness check up visit?  Only a small percentage of Medicare recipients use their annual wellness visit benefit. The annual wellness visit is not a physical exam. You’ll fill out a questionnaire called a “Health Risk Assessment” at this visit.  Answering the questions helps you and your…

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In 2016 the idea of a senior center in the Marshall area was just a dream. Through the efforts of local seniors and key partners, that dream became a reality when Heritage Commons Senior Enrichment Center opened in July 2017 with a mission to provide a gathering place for older adults to socialize, learn, and…

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From the Active Daily Living Newsletter Many aging Americans can have their vision dimmed by cataracts, but the good news is that they’re easily treated, one expert says. By age 80, half of Americans either have cataracts or have had surgery to remove them, according to Dr. Waid Blackstone, an ophthalmologist at University of Alabama…

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Below are several strategies you can use to reduce your prescription costs, without rationing or not taking your prescription. Rationing, which means reducing the amount you take is NOT advised.  Annual Open Enrollment plan comparisons: MMAP counselors give free unbiased help. The “Extra Help” Program: This low income subsidy program reduces your drug plan insurance…

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Life is a journey. Most people make multiple downsizing moves in their lifetimes–from a large family home to a smaller one, to an apartment, to a retirement community, then to a care facility or the home of a family member. Each kind of move entails its own challenges. There are three categories of questions we…

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