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Understanding Medicare Benefits

Brookdale-Medicare-BenefitsMillions of Americans over the age of 65, as well as some disabled individuals under the age of 65, are eligible to receive Medicare benefits. In terms of skilled nursing, this Medicare coverage is crucial in offsetting some of the expense. Depending on your loved one’s level of care and need, their Medicare benefits may pay for some of their short-term costs.

Medicare Part A

Qualifications for Medicare Part A can vary. However, to put it simply, if your loved one is over the age of 65 and is eligible to receive Social Security, they may be able to receive Medicare Part A benefits that will pay for all or some of their stay in a skilled nursing facility.

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Mental Wellness Tips for Seniors

Emotional-Wellness-SeminarYour golden years should be your best years. You’ve raised your children and even helped them raise your grandchildren. You’ve worked hard at a job and can now relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. You can travel and take on new hobbies. You can also take the time to volunteer or get involved with community groups. You’re at the point in life where you can now avoid the rat race and live your life on your terms.

In order to make the most of your retirement years, it’s good to remain active and in good physical shape. Physical activity can help you stay strong and fit enough to do the things you enjoy. It can also help you maintain your balance and mobility. But there is another thing that needs to be exercised on a regular basis in order to achieve optimal health. That thing is your brain.

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Food For the Soul

Sterling-House-Food-for-the-SoulAn Educational Seminar with Sterling House® Valparaiso

Join us at the Valparaiso Family YMCA on March 22 for an educational seminar, “Food for the Soul.” This presentation will help you learn new ways to positively impact your emotional state and improve your overall health. You’ll find out why it’s so important to nurture and care for your emotional self. Make plans now to be here.

Thursday, March 22, 10:30 to 11:30 am

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Creativity and Aging

Creativity-and-AgingMany of us associate getting older with decline, but some things get better with age. It turns out creativity can be one of them. With aging comes what is known as "crystallized intelligence". This is the collective benefit of a long life of experiences and acquired knowledge. While "fluid intelligence"-defined as the ability to think and reason abstractly-can decline with age-crystallized intelligence improves.

With age comes wisdom and better self knowledge. Inhibitions and self regulation decline, perhaps tapping previously unexplored areas of the brain. According to researcher Eugene Cohen this turns out to be a good thing and can lead to what Cohen calls "the new senior moment"-coming up with creative and often humorous solutions to problems. Cohen recounts the story of his 80 year old in-laws who were on their way to visit their daughter and her family in Washington DC. They had taken the subway as far as they could and planned to get a cab the rest of the way. When they came out of the subway they realized the city was being hit with a major snow storm and were not able to get a cab. Their daughter was still in her car on the way home from work and was not reachable (this was before cell phones), so they were left alone to come up with a solution to their dilemma. They simply walked across the street to a pizza delivery restaurant, ordered a pizza and asked to be delivered with it! They arrived safely at their daughter’s home and brought dinner with them!

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Porter Health System Offers New Travel Benefits to Senior Circle Members

Senior_Circle_Logo_porterPorter Health System’s Senior Circle program offers a generous menu of activities and benefits designed to improve the quality of life of adults age 50 and better. The programming encourages friendships, offers health-related education local discounts, in-hospital privileges and now, group travel opportunities to its members. Beginning this spring, Senior Circle members have the opportunity to enjoy the following get-a-way opportunities:

  • Jersey Boys & Lunch at Lawry’s: The Prime Rib Restaurant. This one-day trip is set for Wednesday, May 23 and includes a motor coach ride to Chicago, lunch at Lawry’s, then to the Bank of America Theatre for the matinee performance of the Jersey Boys. Price includes transportation, lunch and front mezzanine seats. The cost of this day trip is $199 per person and space is limited. Registration is requested before March 1.

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Know The 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

AlzheimersAssociationLearn the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s, as well as the 10 Warning Signs. This program also tells you what to do if you or someone you know has signs of the disease. You will view video footage of real people who are living with the early stages of dementia and see how their families are addressing fears and myths associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Pre-registration requested, but not required.

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Heart Month, Valentines and Sweets

Chocolate-HeartsFebruary is American Heart Month, coinciding with the holiday of love- Valentine’s Day. And it happens that many will be giving their Valentine the gift of candy or other sweets. What irony. Last week a commentary from researchers from the University of California of San Francisco blasted sugar as toxic and worthy of regulation alongside of alcohol and tobacco. The main author of the commentary, Robert Lustig has been a vocal and harsh critic of added sugar in our diets. This issue is not new; sugar has been a topic of controversy for many years. Still, our consumption continues to increase. According to the U.S.D.A, Americans consume about 90 pounds of sugar per person per year-a figure that has nearly tripled over the past two or three decades. This increase corresponds with the obesity epidemic which is naturally tied to diabetes, and yes, heart disease-the number one killer of both men and women.

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