Category Archives: Health

An example of how traditional planning failed

There’s nothing more heartbreaking than watching a loved one die except to watch them die in pain and suffering and be unable to do anything about it. A New York Times story last week could tear the heart out of an adult child.  If you have any care for your parents, you want them to…

Not purchasing health coverage can cost you

The average silver level health care plan costs between $200 and $300. At $2,400 to $3,600 for annual premiums, those numbers far exceed the penalty portion of the Affordable Care Act.  So, many Americans chose not to purchase health insurance this year.  Under the Act, people who do not purchase insurance will be on the…

Flaw In Federal Software Lets Employers Offer Plans Without Hospital Benefits, Consultants Say

By Jay Hancock KHN Staff Writer Sep 12, 2014 A flaw in the federal calculator for certifying that insurance meets the health law’s toughest standard is leading dozens of large employers to offer plans that lack basic benefits such as hospitalization coverage, according to brokers and consultants. The calculator appears to allow companies enrolling workers…

Are you ready for Medicare enrollment season?

The end of September marks the end of summer. In addition to turning our thoughts towards the holidays, it’s really only weeks away from the Annual Coordinated Election Period (ACEP) for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans.  Between Oct 15 and Dec 7, Medicare beneficiaries have the opportunity to analyze their options…

Avoiding falls, maintaining independence

“Falls are a critical part of assessments,” said Janessa Shagena, a Geriatric Care Manager with Better Care Management. “I tell caregivers to treat people with cognitive decline as if they can’t see below their knees.  That’s why they shuffle and that shuffle often leads to falls.”  Shagena performs assessments of clients and their home environment. …

Making changes in end-of-life care may finally make it more sustainable

In Field of Dreams, Ray Kinsella hears a voice saying, “If you build it, he will come.”  Unfortunately, the same is true of hospital beds.  “Today,” according to Sharon R. Kaufman in her 2005 book, And a Time to Die: How American Hospitals Shape the End of Life, more Americans die in hospitals than anywhere…

This Saturday’s guest on KTTH

On this Saturday’s Radio Show, Rajiv’s guest will be Dr. Marty Levine. Dr.  Levine is a family physician and geriatrician who works for Iora Primary Care in Shoreline.  Dr. Levine has been a practicing physician in Seattle for 17 years, focusing on primary care and care for older adults with chronic problems.  He has been…

Diabetics at more heart risk than elevated cholesterol levels

A new study found that diabetes patients increase their risk of heart failure and cardiac death by as much as six-fold regardless of their cholesterol levels.  The research out of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that nearly 50 percent of people with diabetes in the study showed minute levels of a protein…

Six ways to reduce the chance of getting Alzheimer’s disease

More than 5 million Americans over the age of 65 have some form of dementia. Approximately one third of all seniors die from some form of dementia, a rate far higher than that of breast cancer (one in eleven).  Between 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases are Alzheimer’s disease.   Those numbers tend to scare…

Sharing diagnosis of diabetes improves ability to cope with disease

The incidence of type 2 diabetes increases with age, joining hearing loss as one of America’s most widespread health concerns.  More than half of all U.S. adults with diabetes are seniors.  That amounts to more than 23 percent of people over the age of 60 having a disease that can directly impact their ability to…