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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AARP research consistently finds that the vast majority of people age 50 and older want to stay in their homes and communities for as long as possible The AARP HomeFit Guide was created to help people stay in the homes they love by turning where they live into a “lifelong home,” suitable for themselves and…

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The Lions Club of District 11-B1 and CareWell Services Southwest are partnering to provide diabetes testing supplies and education to seniors in Calhoun and Barry counties just in time for World Diabetes Day on November 14, 2019. The Lions Club is donating over $5,000 in supplies to CareWell Services, including an A1C test kit for…

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CareWell Services Southwest, the Area Agency on Aging covering Calhoun and Barry counties, recently received recognition from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) with a 2019 Aging Innovations Award, the highest honor presented by n4a to member agencies. The awards program is supported by WellCare Health Plans. CareWell Services was among the…

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Do you make insurance decisions for a Medicare or Medicaid beneficiary? Filing proper forms with government agencies will save you lots of frustration!  For Medicare, you need legal authorization anytime you’re acting on behalf of a beneficiary. You can’t enroll another person in Medicare, a Prescription Drug Plan, or a Medicare Advantage Plan–even your spouse–unless…

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July is National Recreation and Park month! I want to tell you about a best-kept secret right here in Calhoun County: the Calhoun County Trailway. This is one “secret” you should be sure to tell all your friends!  The Calhoun County Trailway system has been in existence for 16 years. During that time, the trails…

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Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury for adults over the age of 65? One in four older adults fall every year. These falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones, and other injuries. For many, the fear of falling becomes greater during aging, and this fear can lead to reduced…

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Summer is upon us, and with it there is an increase of vehicle and foot traffic in our neighborhoods. Some of this traffic is likely to be solicitors, and even scammers, so it’s important to be aware of the signs so we can avoid scams. Seniors, specifically, are targeted by scammers. Older adults may be…

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Yesterday U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and John Boozman (R-AR) introduced bipartisan legislation that would direct federal agencies to set national standards for healthy aging and creating age-friendly communities.   The Age-Friendly Communities Act would amend the Older Americans Act by requiring departments across the federal government to develop a national set of goals on…

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Spring is here, and while the warmer weather is very welcome, it tends to bring with it door-to-door scammers posing as contractors promising affordable home improvements. Unfortunately, these types of scams are on the rise, but knowing the signs of contractor scams can prevent you from losing a lot of money. Oftentimes, scammers posing as…

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May is Older Americans Month! This year’s theme is Connect, Create, Contribute. During this month, we want to encourage older adults to connect with friends, family, and the community; create by participating in activities that encourage learning, health and enrichment; and contribute to their community by sharing time, wisdom, and life experience. If you are…

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