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What to do When Caregiving Happens Suddenly

Are you a caregiver to a spouse…an older parent or grandparent or perhaps to a child?  Being a caregiver is one of the top stressors that anyone can face.  It can be an overwhelming experience.  Know that you can embrace the caregiving role when you have a plan, with resources and support along the way.

Most people are creatures of habit.  Some of us plan our day.  For others, the day plans us.  No matter our personal style, when a crisis occurs and we are called upon to become a caregiver, it can throw us for a loop. Our routine is shattered and it can be very unsettling.

First things first….breathe.

Even when things are happening at whirlwind speed, decisions needing to be made, tasks accomplished, etc., it is important to take a step back and recognize that we can be in control of the situation, not the other way around.   Try to identify the top priorities and decide which items may not be the top priority and we can let go of or give to others.  For instance, in order to be at the hospital with a relative, can someone else pick up Jimmy from soccer practice, get dinner, run errands, etc. 

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 7:56 AM, 10.14.2018

Don't Leave these Benefits on the Table

Fall is a good time to take a look at where you stand with your health insurance benefits. There are a number of benefits you may lose if you do not use them before the end of the year.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 7:56 AM, 10.14.2018

Cancer Genomics

Stella was recently diagnosed with fourth stage liver cancer and passed within weeks.  The liver cancer metastasized from pancreatic cancer whose symptoms were disguised as stomach issues attributed to diverticulitis. What if Stella had known she was carrying the gene for pancreatic cancer?  Would she be alive today?

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 7:56 AM, 10.14.2018

Bob's Corner

How will you be remembered? 

She came into the senior center a few times a week.  She barely said a word to anyone.  As a rule, she intentionally sat by herself. She didn't complain, she never had much to say, and she caused no trouble.  She was encouraged, but she never participated in anything that required more of an investment than a hello and a half-hearted smile.  Her features were average and her clothing unremarkable.  She suddenly quit coming to the center, but nobody really noticed.  We learned that she died, alone.  Nobody knew her, and nobody missed her.

I am sure this strikes you as incredibly sad.  It is, but please let it serve as more than just a gloomy story.

The truth is that no one can make you interact with others.  People aren’t going to take you by the hand and force you to get involved and to have fun.  No one can compel you to enjoy your life.  It’s all up to you. 

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 4:48 PM, 05.10.2018

Euclid Senior Center

If the Euclid City Schools are CLOSED for inclement weather, there will be NO LUNCHES

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 12:20 PM, 01.13.2017

Health Insurance. A Priority for Grandparents Raising Grandkids

An increasing number of grandparents are taking on the responsibility of the care and upbringing of their grandchildren. According to Ohio’s Kinship Care program, almost 100,000 grandparents in Ohio are raising their grandchildren today. How to secure health insurance for their grandkids is a major concern for many.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 12:13 PM, 09.07.2018

Prescriptions Personalized

Paula became eligible for Medicare due to a disability and was enrolled on the 25th month after her benefit checks started with the help of the social security office. Candidates under the age of 65 in the state of Ohio can enroll in an independent drug plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan which limits their healthcare expenditures and offers prescription drug coverage. Medicare supplement insurance is not available to recipients who are under the age of 65 in the state of Ohio.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:04 AM, 08.04.2018

Have the Talk

Chas is the breadwinner and patriarch of the family. He made the money, pays the bills, invests and manages all finances for the household. What happens when he becomes incapacitated or passes? Sara would be overwhelmed and probably turn to her children for help. Have you had the talk with your kids?

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 3:08 PM, 07.05.2018

Go Paperless for Easy Medicare Record-Keeping

You will be pleased to know you no longer need an entire file cabinet devoted to Medicare paperwork. Medicare has several electronic resources to help you manage your health care records. I recommend you check out the following options for paperless record-keeping:

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 3:08 PM, 07.05.2018

Planning a vacation everyone will enjoy

Summer is a great time for family vacations, reunions and weekend getaways. You may have concerns if your travel group includes a parent, an older companion or someone with physical limitations. But, don’t let that stop you. With a little bit of extra planning, you can pull off a vacation everyone will enjoy.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 11:05 AM, 06.07.2018

Beneficiary Appropriate

Margaret stormed into her husband's insurance office with righteousness indignation. She berated the agent because the life insurance benefit of her recently deceased husband had been awarded to his ex wife, even though he had been divorced for more than a decade. Unfortunately this is not an isolated instance and not one that can be reconciled post mortem.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 11:05 AM, 06.07.2018

Local Woman Wins Caregiver of the Year

Doris Pickens, a local caregiver who works with Euclid in-home care company Right at Home, was recently recognized as the company's Caregiver of the Year by going above and beyond to make sure her clients are safe and happy. In late February, Right at Home owner Shalom Plotkin and Beachwood Mayor Martin Horwitz presented her with the Caregiver of the Year Award.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 3:19 PM, 04.04.2018

Bob’s Corner

He had just lost the love of his life, and he came to the Center because he didn’t want to be alone. His feelings and emotions were raw. They went from relief that the suffering was over, to anger and a horrible feeling of emptiness. Twenty-six years together is a long time.

During that time, they had shared everything in life. Good times, and bad. Happy and sad. It has been said that everyone needs a witness to their life and his had died, just this morning.

We talked about the belief that birth and death are opposites, but there is no opposite to life. We talked about life going on, but in a different form that we cannot see. We spoke about the gift that life together had been, and how it is better that the suffering is now over.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 5:18 PM, 09.09.2016

Medicaid & Medicare

Recently, Paul was reassessed for his benefit under Medicaid and lost his medical benefit. This granted him a special enrollment period to adopt new coverage. His new classification of QI still provided help with paying his Part B premium, as well as, help in paying for prescription drugs.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 11:09 AM, 03.10.2018

Don't Pay Extra for Part B!

Nadine, a nurse at the Cleveland Clinic, was celebrating her sixty-fifth birthday in December of 2016. While she planned on working at least until full retirement at age sixty six, she mistakenly believed she was required to enroll in Medicare. Through social security, she enrolled in her Part B and discontinued her employer medical coverage through the clinic.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.10.2018

Advance Directives: Your ‘Just in Case’ Documents

No one wants to envision a time when they cannot make their own health care decisions. But, if you suddenly found yourself unable to speak for yourself, who would you want to speak for you? Who would you choose to make sure your decisions concerning your health care are honored?

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.10.2018

Medicare Disenrollment

Robert had coverage for his Medicare from an advantage plan and through his agent had decided to change to a Medicare supplement. They met near the end of annual enrollment, discussed the plan options, as well as the different companies offerings and completed online applications from both the supplement and an independent prescription drug plan.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 4:06 PM, 01.15.2018

Turning 65 in 2018? Get Ready for Medicare

The day you turned age 65 used to be the day most people retired. They left the work place behind, started collecting Social Security and enrolled in Medicare. It was a fairly clear-cut process. But transitioning to Medicare is different today. If you are turning 65 in 2018, I recommend you take some time before your birthday to learn about the choices you will be facing. Here are steps to help you get started:
Step 1: Know when to enroll
You can sign up for Medicare at any time during your initial enrollment period or IEP. Your IEP begins three months before your 65th birthday month, includes your birthday month and continues for three months after. Delaying your enrollment may result in penalties so it is important to enrolled on time.
Step 2: Learn what’s covered and what’s not
Original Medicare does not cover 100% of your medical costs. Many people are surprised to learn long-term care, most routine dental and vision care and hearing aids are not covered. Even if Medicare covers a service or item, you generally have to pay your deductible, coinsurance, and copayments. Lean how much you will be responsible for so there are no surprises in store for you.
Step 3: Learn about Prescription Drug Coverage
Original Medicare offers prescription drug coverage (Part D) to everyone with Medicare. Part D is added through a standalone prescription drug plan or as part of a Medicare Advantage plan. Each plan can vary in cost and the drugs it covers.
Step 4: Learn about Other Options
Your other options include Medicare-approved Advantage Plans and Medicare Supplements. There are also plans providing coverage for vision, dental hearing and long term care. These vary in coverage and cost but are intended to take care of a portion of your costs or offer additional benefits not covered by Original Medicare
Step 5: Learn more by attending Getting Started with Medicare
Plan now to join me for a presentation of Getting Started with Medicare, a class where we cover all these topics and you have a chance to get answers to your questions now, before you sign up for Medicare. Getting Started with Medicare classes are only for educational purposes and no plan specific benefits or details are shared
Our next class will take place in conjunction with the Mentor Library on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, from 6 to 8 pm. Call 440-255-8811, ext. 216 for more information on where the class will meet. Visit www.Mutskoinsurance.com/seminars for additional upcoming class dates and times. I look forward to you joining me. You can also contact me at 440-255-5700 or email me at Lmutsko@mutskoinsurance.com.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 4:06 PM, 01.15.2018

How to Avoid Rising E.R. Costs

Most of us have had this experience. Your doctor’s office is closed for the weekend and you are hit with a sudden illness or a painful injury. The conventional choice has been to head for the hospital emergency room and plan on a long wait for treatment.
But, today, there is a shift away from using hospital emergency rooms for non-life threatening emergencies. Hospital costs are skyrocketing and insurers are passing a bigger portion of these costs on to the patients. 
There are a growing number of good alternatives to the ER for those times when you need immediate attention. The next time you need non-emergency care, consider one of these. You will likely save both money and time.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 10:03 AM, 12.08.2017

'How-to' Resolve Insurance Questions

Patience and persistence are often required in order to get complex insurance matters resolved. When you have questions or concerns, you can make things a little easier by following these tips.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 1:17 PM, 11.03.2017

It's Time to Review Your Medicare Plan

Open Enrollment for Medicare begins on October 15. You have until December 7 to review your current coverage and compare it to other options to determine if there is a better plan for you.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 3:26 PM, 10.08.2017

Medicare Information

If you are new to Medicare or thinking about changing to a new Medicare plan, you will want to hear Jim Aust, a member of the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIP) give a Medicare presentation. Jim will be at Euclid Public Library on Monday, October 16th at 7 p.m.  He is a knowledgeable speaker with years of experience who can help explain this complex topic.  In addition Jim will explain how you can get help selecting a new plan. So if you have questions bring them to this meeting.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 3:26 PM, 10.08.2017

Mount St. Joseph Awarded Five Stars

On July 18, 2017 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded Mount St. Joseph Rehab Facility with a Five-Star Quality Rating. This ranking is the federal government’s highest possible quality rating for nursing homes.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 12:15 PM, 08.04.2017

Seniors Targeted

Sid received a phone call from his 16 year old grandson, Isac who reported he was under arrest by the local police in his hometown in the state of Missouri.  Isac was frantic because he couldn’t reach his parents and the police were threatening to lock him in a cell for possession of illegal drugs found in his car.  He requested his grandfather wire the money for his immediate release.  

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 11:11 AM, 07.07.2017

Medicare and Divorce

My husband and I recently got divorced. I never worked outside the house and was going to get my Medicare based on his work record. Am I still eligible for Original Medicare?

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 11:11 AM, 07.07.2017

THE WAY IT WAS - Half a Century Ago in Euclid

Editor's note: The following news, sports, and other items were

culled from the pages of a 1966 edition of the Euclid News-Journal-the

city's former weekly newspaper.

APRIL 1966 - The research section of the Illuminating Co. reports

that more multiple-dwelling units were constructed in Euclid in 1965 than in

any other community in Cuyahoga or Lake County. Some 1,114 multiple

units were added in 1965, an increase of 70% over the 1964 figure.

Meanwhile, construction of single-family units dropped from 92 to 76

compared with the prior year.

(As viewed in some comers of the community, the trend seemed

worrisome.)

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Teachers at Benjamin Franklin School, East 215 and Wilmore Ave.,

approved a switch to "gradeless" report cards. For nearly two years, Ben

Franklin students have been taking home "check marks" instead of A's, B's,

C's, and F's.

"We have eliminated the word 'failure' from our vocabulary," noted

Roland Steinmetz, the school's principal. "We've eliminated competition as

a motivating device - and a lot of good things are happening."

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An "expert" on flying saucers - James Lester Black -is the guest

speaker at a meeting of the Flying Saucer Searchers Club at the Northeast

YMCA on East 152nd St.

"I've never met a man from outer space," Black admitted, "but I've

talked to people who say they have. They say [the visitors] look much like

us ... For all we know, there might be one in the audience here tonight."

Black also commented on reports of airplanes being "kidnapped" by

space ships, never to be seen again. And he speculated that the aliens use

some type of force field to maneuver their ships. "There must be forces in

nature which they can control - and which we do not know enough about.

Evidently, they have teleportation and may be able to travel faster than light.

They can think themselves to a distant point."

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Holzheimer's IGA Market at 26588 Lake Shore Blvd. advertises

"free delivery" of phone orders of $10 or more. And it offers semi-boneless

ham for 67 cents a pound, fresh lean ground chuck for 59 cents a pound, and

kielbase sausage for 77 cents a pound... Meanwhile, Perkins Pancake House

on Shore Center Dr. offers "honey-dipped" fried chicken dinners for just one

dollar. The dinners include southern corn meal pancakes, coleslaw, bread,

and butter.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 11:11 AM, 07.07.2017

Final Medicare Answer is NO? Maybe not.

If I am denied coverage from Medicare for a service, supply or prescription drug, do I have any rights to appeal their decision? Please explain how to go about this.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 4:01 PM, 05.07.2017

Eastbrook Healthcare Center Completes First Phase of Renovations

Eastbrook Healthcare Center recently completed the first part of an ongoing renovation to upgrade and modernize the skilled nursing facility. With a new owner in 2015 came the mantra – out with the old and in with the new – for the aging facility.

“The upgrades to our short-term rehabilitation unit, such as new state-of-the-art equipment and aesthetically pleasing decor, will make each patient’s stay more comfortable and pleasant,” says Shilo Dewald, administrator, Eastbrook Healthcare Center.

Eastbrook is a skilled nursing facility that provides long- and short-term care for the following needs:

  • Rehabilitation – Medical rehabilitation for issues such as wound care, stroke, cardiac, respiratory and physical, occupational and speech therapy.
  • Psychological therapy – Those who need supervised care from a routine counselor and/or psychiatrist to become independent community members.  
  • Dementia/intellectual delay – Patients who require more supervision and stability for their specialized needs.

Dewald adds that “the new look and comfort features incorporated into the renovation will enhance the care we provide for our patients every day.”

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 4:01 PM, 05.07.2017

Seniors Warming to Tech Innovations

One of the biggest misconceptions I hear is that people over age 60 are out of touch with today’s technology. While older adults may not be snap-chatting each other, they are far from being left behind in the tech world. In fact, older adults are figuring out new ways to make the most of tech gadgets and adapting them to their particular needs.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 5:16 PM, 04.11.2017

YMCA's Senior Health & Wellnes Fair

The Euclid Family YMCA's 2nd Annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 26th 10am-1pm. Health screenings provided by Cleveland Clinic Euclid Hospital will include blood glucose checks, cholestrol checks, blood pressure checks, and hearing screenings as well as many other health driven vendors. This is event is open to the public, and we encourage the Euclid community to come and experience the YMCA atmosphere. For more information or to become a vendor please contact our Ami Bray (Active Older Adult Coordinator) at 216-731-7454 or email at abray@clevelandymca.org 

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 5:16 PM, 04.11.2017

Euclid’s Hilltop Village Voted Best Senior Living for 2017!

Hilltop Village, located at 25900 Euclid Ave, just earned the award for 2017 Best Senior Living, presented by SeniorAdvisor.com. This award is based on ratings of family members who have loved ones living at senior care facilities across the US and Canada, and places Hilltop Village in the top one percent of all facilities. This includes places that offer assisted living, in-home care, independent living, skilled nursing or Alzheimer's care.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 5:16 PM, 04.11.2017