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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Medicare Part A covers inpatient hospital, limited skilled nursing facility, and some home health care services.  The Medicare Part A inpatient hospital deductible is $1,484 in 2021. It covers beneficiaries’ share of costs for the first 60 days of Medicare-covered inpatient hospital care in a benefit period. In 2021, beneficiaries must pay a coinsurance of…

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New tracker includes CDC data on Michiganders vaccinated in-state and in other states for the most complete vaccination rates; 54% of residents have received first dose  LANSING, Mich. – Today, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is launching the Vacc to Normal Milestone Tracker to complement the Michigan COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard. This Tracker includes vaccinations of Michiganders received both in-state and out-of-state, allowing the state to provide more comprehensive data on…

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From CareWell’s Active Daily Living Newsletter Anyone who gets frequent migraine symptoms knows the experience: the throbbing, the pain, the visual disturbances. Exercise has long been a potential way to reduce migraine triggers, but a new study suggests it could be especially effective with triggers such stress, depression and trouble sleeping. “It’s a complex relationship,…

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Older Michiganians Day (OMD) is an annual rally that takes place at the Capitol Building in Lansing each year during Older Americans Month. However, since the pandemic began, the rally has changed in order to ensure the safety of all participants.  This year, instead of a rally at the Capitol, the Area Agencies on Aging…

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“I’ve lived here 40 years; no other place will seem like home.” “Since my wife died, I don’t cook and only eat cheese and crackers.” These are common issues for older people. You may share the often-heard wish—”I want to stay in my own home!” The good news is that with the right help you…

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By Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D., Active Daily Living Newsletter Home health aides have long provided the hands-on support and companionship to allow many older adults to remain in their homes. But during the pandemic, fear of the COVID-19 virus and its potentially harmful effects has led some of these adults and their children to decide…

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Who is eligible for Medicare Federal Health insurance? Persons age 65 or older, or younger persons who might qualify due to disability of at least 24 months U.S. Citizens or permanent legal residents who have lived in the United States for at least five continuous years. Undocumented immigrants are not able to get Medicare. An…

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Home safety is something that we are all concerned about. Falls, fires, security, and general home maintenance are factors we think about for ourselves, family members, friends, and loved ones. As time goes on, we are living longer and are often able to remain in our home longer as long as it’s a safe place…

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from Active Daily Living There may come a day when your loved one – perhaps a parent – will need to downsize, either due to health or because they desire hassle free living. Moving is stressful for anyone, and for older adults the need to downsize can symbolize one of the last stages of their…

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In December 2020, two COVID-19 vaccines were granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by FDA. Produced by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, both vaccines use the same technology (mRNA) and are highly effective at preventing COVID-19 infection. In February 2021, a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Janssen Biotech, Inc. was granted an EUA by FDA. A comparison of key…

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