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  • Medicare D Policies and Cost of Chronic Illness Medication: Ideas for Change  - By Carolyn Spence Cagle PhD, RNC-E Twenty-five percent of retirees ages 65 to 69 take 5 daily medications, including costly brand name drugs, to manage their health. The high cost of prescription drugs continues to plague many Americans, including retirees with Medicare D policies. These plans lack annual limits on insured persons’ payment for drugs,... Read more »
  • Living in a “Blue Zone:” Ideas for a Longer Life - Many recent media sources have focused on “ways to live longer,” a topic I believe of interest for TCU retirees for this column. Living longer means considering ways to support sufficient retirement monies for a productive lifespan that differs from earlier generations. What can we learn and perhaps implement from “Blue Zones” areas to help in our quest for a longer life with fewer financial concerns?
  • Time to Maybe “Move On”: A New Doctor-Patient Relationship? - How do we know when it is time to find a new doctor? Here are some ‘hints” to answer that question.
  • End-of-Life Work: Feedback From the Experts - End-of-life discussions involving a loved one pose challenges for most families. Some persons with limited life may be too private to engage in discussions and decisions with family, while others comfortably share their decisions with close family members that will assume responsibility to act on a family member’s end-of-life choices. Even those members may be uncomfortable... Read more »
  • Alzheimer’s Disease: New Hope with Research and Evidence - Welcome to 2019 and I hope a productive and healthy year. My goal for the “Health Help Now” columns continues to focus on providing information to inform your life choices and ways to actively engage with aging for overall health. That said, I could not wait to share new research and evidence on cognitive decline, including symptoms of dementia associated with Alzheimer’s disease, that affect the quality of life and health of 5.7 M persons in our country. The diagnosis and care of those persons cost an estimated $277B in 2018 with undefined costs to family caregivers and their loved ones.
  • Walking Speed the Sixth Vital Sign - I’ve often spoken about the value of consistent exercise for health in many “Health Help Now” columns and hope you have a current exercise routine meeting your needs. Now evidence indicates one form of exercise measurement, walking speed and quality, may provide insight into one’s overall health. Walking speed and quality assessment add to an measure of... Read more »
  • Ways to Promote Health and Well-Being in Cold Weather - Despite the winter weather uponus, evidence-based ways to promote our health in the darker and shorter days of winter allow us to remain healthy for the warmer and brighter days of spring ahead. Here are ways to minimize body stress and health insults to prosper during the winter months: Make sure you have your hi-dose... Read more »
  • Mister Rogers: Life Lessons for Retiree Well-Being - Fred Rogers, a PBS television actor who mentored children in lifeskill development, has some valuable “life lessons” that may help us move forward in our emotional well-being in the coming year: Make responsibility and routine part of each day: Mister Rogers’regular routine of entering the TVstudio, adding a sweater to his shirt, and singing a... Read more »
  • Medicare Enrollment is Here: Make a Choice by December 7, 2018! - By Carolyn Spence Cagle PhD, RN-E Your recent mailbox offerings serve as a “call to action” to make choices for your 2019 health insurance coverage during Medicare Open Enrollment October 15-December 7, 2018. Although your current Medicare policy (basic health insurance, Medigap, or Medicare D) may have met your needs, “looking around” in the following... Read more »
  • Taking Control: Protecting Yourself from the Flu - It’s that time of year again when a preventative flu shot minimizes the risk of becoming ill this winter and spring. NOW is the time to get the flu shot (October) because it takes about 2 weeks to gain enough immunity to “fight off” the flu. Taking the shot is one BIG way to protect yourself as we age and have lower immunity as a result. Medicare fully covers the flu shot as a preventative benefit.