Because Euclid Senior Programs is still closed, the Senior Farmers Market Coupons for zip codes 44117, 44119, 44123, and 44132 will be available on a first come first served basis beginning August 10th, through the Community Partnership on Aging. There will be no face to face distribution. Contact the Community Partnership on Aging at (216) 291-3902 for further details.
While we often hear the complaints about Medicare, a recent survey showed that nearly 90% of Medicare enrollees are happy with their coverage and the care they receive. Your satisfaction will be determined in a large part by the Medicare coverage you select. Overall, I think you will find there is a lot to like about Medicare including:
I enjoy watching people and how they interact. I’m fascinated with random conversations and often wonder what’s behind a person’s words. What makes people say the things they do, and what do their words reveal about the way they view the world?
On Tuesday, August 25th, 500 free hot lunches were passed out at Memorial Park thanks to the generosity of Gordon Food Service (GFS), the Western Reserve Area on Aging, and Edwins Restaurant. Special thanks to the City of Euclid, and the Senior Programs staff, for making this happen.
Senior Farmers Market Coupons for zip codes 44117, 44119, 44123, and 44132 are available on a first come first served basis from the Community Partnership on Aging. Qualified seniors can take these coupons to spend at farmer's markets. The program is age and income restricted.
Fresh produce, fruits and vegetables can be purchased with the coupons. Contact the Community Partnership on Aging at (216) 848-0595 for further details.
It looks like the long wait is almost over. The Governor announced that senior centers can open starting September 21st, if they can meet required guidelines. At the time of this writing, August 28th, the guidelines have not been published. Please know we are working diligently to prepare for eventual reopening, and are striving to ensure a safe environment for members and staff.
Health care professionals work hard to deliver the best possible care to their patients. However, the practice of medicine is often complex leaving the door open for occasional errors. While health care workers take every precaution to guard against mistakes, it is no longer good enough for patients to sit by passively allowing caregivers to handle all details of their care. Research shows that patients who take part in decisions about their own health care are more likely to recover faster and help to prevent health care missteps. So, what can you do?
The pandemic has provided extra time to ponder and ruminate about life. While it is generally helpful to reflect upon your journey, I’ve had a few conversations with people who are struggling with ongoing psychological pain because of past failings. If that describes you, I hope this helps.
We await word from Governor DeWine on the reopening of senior centers, and are trying our best to be patient. I know many of you miss your friends, the different activities, exercise programs and lunch. We miss you too.
Dedicated Senior Medical Center is having their grand opening event the first two weeks of August. At Dedicated, we follow a unique model that has transformed the Senior healthcare experience , specializing in compassionate, coordinated care, allowing patients to lead longer, healthier lives.Through prevention and quality care by our doctors, our patients have 28% fewer hospital admissions, 33% fewer emergency room visits, and 38% fewer hospital sick days. Many of the services we offer on site are:
Scammers have been working overtime, calling, texting, and emailing people ever since the COVID19 virus emerged. The con artists are tailoring their message to the latest headlines and often appear legitimate. Here are just a few of the latest scams to watch for:
As we await direction from the Governor, we are busy preparing the Lakefront Community Center. There will most certainly be restrictions, and we are planning for a phased reopening. We will make details available when we have more information. Please know you are thought of often, and all the work we are putting in now will certainly be worth it when we can again get together for senior programs.
Throughout history, people have endured terrible treatment because they’ve been seen as different, and somehow less, because of ancestry, race, color, religion, age, gender, disability, etc.
According to report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, between March 1 and May 2, 2020 more than 31 million people had filed for unemployment insurance due to the current pandemic crisis. In addition to losing their job, millions have also lost their health insurance. This is especially troublesome for older adults who are more susceptible to becoming seriously ill from the coronavirus.
Just a few months ago it was a simple pleasure to talk with someone while standing in line waiting for your food, it was socially acceptable to shake hands, and it was a sign of kind concern to share a hug. Times have certainly changed. Now, not doing those things is a sign of caring. The world has been flipped on its head.
A MESSAGE FROM SENIOR PROGRAMS – Due to Covid-19 we are still closed for activities at the Lakefront Community Center. We await the Governor’s directives for re-opening. Please watch the City website, and the Euclid Senior Center facebook page, for updates.
We are closed for activities, but there is a lot of activity behind the scenes.
We sit in front of the tv and watch the numbers rise. Each day more are sick and dying. The virus has us in self-preservation mode, with most staying home and only leaving for necessities. It is wise.
Special thanks to the Humphrey Popcorn Company for the donation of popcorn balls for our seniors. It will certainly be a tasty, nostalgic treat. Thank you for thinking of us, and for your kind generosity!
Covid-19 is affecting all of us, and its impact is felt wherever you are most vulnerable. For many, there is economic loss which affects every area of life. For others, isolation is the major issue. But for all of us, there is loss of daily routine. The pandemic has affected the way we work, shop, socialize, and celebrate. It’s even changed how we can get a meal. In a way, the virus is forcing us to be a limited version of ourselves.
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The costs for many prescription medications keep going up every day. Even those who have good insurance coverage are seeing their costs on the upswing. Without insurance, many people find themselves unable to keep up and must do without.
Houses and cars don’t mean much to me. I’m not a guy who puts a lot of value on physical things, but a few months ago I wrote about losing my silver ring. It was special. In the shape of flames, it represented all the difficult times I’ve survived. I searched high and low for it. No luck. I came to the conclusion it was time to let go of the past. It took a while, but I accepted the loss.
As of February 1st, my 60th birthday, I can officially say I did not die a young man. Yay me! I know that probably sounds odd, but suffice it to say I’ve lived through much and feel very, very fortunate to still be here. I have also come to a few conclusions I’d like to share.
Have you ever questioned whether Original Medicare will cover your medical test or service? Ever wanted to confirm your coverage before you agreed to a procedure? Your answers are now as close as your smartphone or other mobile device. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) offers an easy to use tool called the “What’s Covered” app to give you accurate cost and coverage information on your smartphone or mobile device.
A few years ago, I wrote about visiting Downtown Disney (it’s now called Disney Springs). During the trip, we stopped at a jewelry store because I was looking for a meaningful ring. The girl behind the counter gave me a piece of advice I still carry. She told me to look around and said, “Take your time. It’s the only way to make it last.” Wise words. They apply not only to shopping, but also to life.
It would be a much easier for all of us if all the Medicare Prescription Drug plans and Medicare Advantage plans covered all drugs at the same cost. Unfortunately, it is not that easy.
Did your Medicare Supplement drop your much-loved Silver Sneakers gym membership? Do you regret not enrolling in a Medicare Supplement when you first had the chance to do so? Or do you have an older Supplement such as Plan E, J, H & I and your premium is sky-high?
I miss friends who have died. I am a better person for having known them. In their honor, I am reminding you to live.
Whether you have Original Medicare, a Medicare Advantage plan, or a stand-alone Prescription Drug plan, the fall Open Enrollment period is your once-a-year opportunity to make changes in your coverage.
Scars, everybody has them. They mean you showed-up for life, and most come with an interesting story. Your scars may have been received while doing great acts of courage, but it’s more likely they came from doing less noble activities. Either way, you’re marked and carry a physical remembrance which people can see. But, there is a different type of scar which isn’t readily apparent.
On Thursday, September 26th, the Euclid Senior Center had a membership appreciation day called An Affair to Remember. The day began with over 250 seniors being treated to a light breakfast at the Center. Then, they got a free haircut from the La Barbaria Institute of Hair, a free manicure with nail techs from Ladies and Gentlemen, had their picture taken in a photo booth from Cirino Photography, enjoyed a magic show from Zap Entertainment, listened to live band music courtesy of 3 For All, and sat to a full catered lunch compliments of Darden Restaurants and Bahama Breeze. Oak Street Health bigheartedly supported the event, and SMILE Payee Services, Lawrence L. Sharp III, helped take the day from idea to realization.
Medicare Open Enrollment will be here before you know it. It begins October 15. But before then, you will receive your Annual Notice of Change from your current Medicare Advantage carrier. This document contains important information on all the changes you will see in your plan for 2020.
I did something I shouldn’t have done. I knew it wasn’t quite right when I did it, but I thought it worth the risk. In my mind, it was going to work out just fine. Many will call it a stupid choice, an error in judgment, or a horrible mistake. What did I do? I bought a condo before I sold my house, and now my house is not selling and I am stuck with two mortgage payments.
Not my brightest moment, I know. I am left with the consequences.
We built the house three years ago, thinking two of the boys would be with us for a while. It didn’t turn out that way, and the house is too big for just the wife and me. Also, I’m starting to have trouble keeping up with yard work. We looked around and found a cozy condo, so we put our savings as down payment and financed the rest. The belief was our house would sell quickly. It hasn’t. At the time of this writing (2AM, Monday morning), I have come to the conclusion we must also list the condo for sale. We will end up living in whichever home doesn’t sell. This whole ordeal is a financial blunder that will take a long time to fix.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) recently outsourced their phone answering service to a call center. When you call 1-800-MEDICARE you are no longer speaking to personnel who are versed in the intricacies of the federal program Medicare.
Times are changing. And older adults are changing with the times. Where seniors once scorned the use of the internet a growing number, especially younger, more affluent seniors now rely on their smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices to stay in touch. According to Pew Research, more than two thirds of Americans age 65 and older get news on mobile devices.
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.
The National Hearing Test is a telephone-based screening test developed with funding from the National Institutes of Health. You can take this confidential hearing test over a telephone and the results can help you decide whether you should seek a more thorough evaluation of your hearing.
Finding the right health insurance coverage can be overwhelming, especially for those who are new to Medicare. The learning curve can be pretty steep. When you go it alone, you have to figure out all the different options, consider the reputation of each company, weigh what each type of plan provides and decide which plan will offer the most cost effective coverage for the hospitals, doctors and prescriptions you use.
If you are on Medicare, chances are good that preventive services, tests and screenings ordered by your physician will be covered. In addition to coverage for exams, immunizations, lab tests, and screenings, Medicare covers programs for health monitoring, counseling and education to help you take good care of your health.