Category Archives: Health

Turning 65? 9 Tips For Signing Up For Medicare

By Caroline Mayer Originally printed on Oct 07, 2014,  Provided by Kaiser Health News. “Welcome to America’s hottest talk line. Ladies, to talk to interesting and exciting guys free, press 1 now. Guys, hot ladies are waiting to talk to you . . . .” Wait! I thought I was calling Social Security to ask a…

Study reverses Alzheimer’s disease

In a very small study of ten individuals with memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease, amnestic mild cognitive impairment or subjective cognitive impairment, nine of the ten individuals experienced subjective or objective improvement in their memories within three to six months of beginning a program. The remaining individual had late stage Alzheimer’s and did not…

Every year 36,000 people die from the flu. Please don’t cut my readership by being one of them.

I write annually about getting a flu shot. From the standpoint of being someone who goes out into the community a lot AND spends time with seniors and children, it makes sense for me to do all I can to keep those two populations as safe as possible. Some people cannot get flu shots. Those…

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…