Improve your heart health

Expert Answers from Rekha Mankad, M.D. a Doctor from the Mayo Clinic I'd like to improve my heart health, but am worried I don't have the motivation to join a gym or make big diet changes. Any advice? It's great that you want to improve your heart health. Don't think that you have to make big changes to have an effect on your heart health, though. Even small, basic steps can have dramatic effects. One of the biggest drops in heart disease risk occurs when you go from living a sedentary lifestyle to being active for as little as one hour a week. Obviously, the more active [...]

Improve your heart health2016-12-29T15:53:37-07:30

CMS proposes to test Medicare Part B prescription drug models

CMS proposes to test new Medicare Part B prescription drug models to improve quality of care and deliver better value for Medicare beneficiaries. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed rule to test new models to improve how Medicare Part B pays for prescription drugs and supports physicians and other clinicians in delivering higher quality care. The proposal is part of the Administration’s broader strategy to encourage better care, smarter spending, and healthier people by paying providers for what works, unlocking health care data, and finding new ways to coordinate and integrate care to improve quality. CMS values public input and [...]

CMS proposes to test Medicare Part B prescription drug models2016-12-29T15:53:38-07:30

Protect Yourself From Abuse

Protect Yourself From Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation! Unfortunately, it is estimated that millions of U.S. elders, from all walks of life, face abuse and neglect every year. Anyone can be victimized. However, there are things you can do to help protect yourself from abuse and neglect. PLAN! Talk with family members, friends, and professionals that you trust and plan for your future. Consider doing the following: • Have your income (e.g. retirement, Social Security, SSI, disability income) directly deposited into your checking account. Contact your bank or go to www.godirect.org for help. • If managing your daily finances becomes difficult, consider utilizing a daily money [...]

Protect Yourself From Abuse2016-12-29T15:53:38-07:30

Memorial Day Planning with Elderly Parents

  Monday May 30, 2016 is Memorial Day. Take the time to stop and recognize the great sacrifices made by our veterans. It is especially important to celebrate and remember with the seniors in our community. Here's some tips to include in your Memorial Day Planning with your Elderly Parents. According to a Gallup poll, approximately one in five Americans who are 59-years-old and younger are veterans. It is remarkable to note that four out of five 85 to 89-year-olds served in our American military. In other words, 80% of Americans between the ages of 85 and 89 actively served in our military at one point in [...]

Memorial Day Planning with Elderly Parents2016-12-29T15:53:38-07:30