Category Archives: Health

Medicare Open Enrollment ends in 23 days

Don’t do what I did.  I Googled Open Enrollment and found that I had until February before it closed.  Luckily I knew that was wrong and Googled Medicare Open Enrollment and found that just like Christmas it’s coming much faster than I thought.  You have until Pearl Harbor Day, which for those that don’t know…

What you can do about Alzheimer’s disease?

As a young adult I lived with a family I considered my second family. Their home in Issaquah had an intercom system that allowed you to contact people in other rooms but what it also allowed much to most everyone’s chagrin was to pipe radio throughout the house.  Saturday mornings Click and Clack the Tappet…

Do you know how much it costs for any of your health procedures?

Most of us have a limited understanding of the actual costs of our health procedures because the only costs we see are our deductibles and co-pay.  One local clinic is betting that patients will make better choices if there is transparency in cost.  The Everett Clinic became the first large health care system in the…

Preventing falls so you can remain at home

People fall all the time. According to the CDC, one out of three older adults (those aged 65 or older) falls each year.  I remember one memorable fall while riding in the woods in my thirties that I swear shook the trees around me.  The difference between that fall and a fall decades later is…

Ask a Lawyer

Dear Rajiv, I currently have a Regence MedAdvantage policy that I began when I turned 65. My Medicare card shows a start date of 1-1-2013; thus I am outside of the one year period for new enrollees that would allow me to just switch to any plan I chose. I am currently considering changing my…

Jimmo denied Medicare coverage despite settlement bearing her name, finally receives coverage

If the name Glenda Jimmo rings a bell for you, give yourself a pat on the back.  In 2011, Jimmo went to court seeking help from the government in paying for her care.  At issue was the need for Jimmo to receive physical therapy and other care.  Jimmo, who is legally blind needed a partial…

10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease

Estimates vary, but experts suggest that as many as 5 million Americans 65 and older suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Because the population of Americans over the age of 65 is growing, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s is expected to grow over the next 20 years unless we either find a cure or effective preventions. …

Having the conversation-living will and advanced directives

Do you ever wonder how a conversation might look if you were to talk to your parents (or your children) about a living will or advanced directive.  Here’s a TED Talk about one way that conversation could go.  The TED Talk references this video.

Long-Term Care decisions: a national crisis for the middle class

About 70 percent of Americans will need Long-Term Care at some point in their lives, yet according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation only about 7 percent of Americans have Long-Term Care insurance. A CBS News story looked at how those in the middle—not rich, not poor—find themselves without resources for providing care for their loved ones…

Is it time to adjust your driving habits?

I have older parents and they drive. I’m glad they drive because their driving allows them to continue to volunteer and be active.  And frankly because if they didn’t drive, then I would have to drive them.  It’s important that they can drive because they live in Pierce County and we don’t have a lot…