Food for Thought Winter 2019

chef Coey webCorey attended the Restaurant School of Philadelphia. He has experience cooking in hotels and restaurants and has 10 years working in senior living. In his free time he barbecues his favorite recipes for family and friends, and occasionally participates in Iron Chef competitions. He enjoys working with seniors because of the home-like feel of the work environment and freedom to be creative with the menu and cuisine.

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Cold Weather Safety for Older Adults

senior cold webIf you are like most people, you feel cold every now and then during the winter. What you may not know is that just being really cold can make you very sick. Older adults can lose body heat fast—faster than when they were young. Changes in your body that come with aging can make it harder for you to be aware of getting cold. A big chill can turn into a dangerous problem before an older person even knows what’s happening. Doctors call this serious problem hypothermia.

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Senior ER Meets Needs of Older Patients

woman hospital bed webEven the savviest health care consumer can find navigating an unplanned hospital visit daunting. This is even more true when the patient involved has some level of age-related impairment such as vision, hearing or mental decline. Recognizing that the typical emergency department does not address the particular needs of older adults, some hospitals have developed special programs.

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New Medicare Card

carie soc sec card webAs of July of 2018, all Pennsylvania Medicare beneficiaries should have received their new Medicare cards. The new cards should safeguard individuals from a wide range of identity theft-related crimes as the Medicare benefit is no longer associated with an individual’s Social Security number.

Even so, scams surrounding the release of the cards have been reported throughout the state. Therefore, people should guard their Medicare unique IDs. For example, in Franklin County a Medicare beneficiary’s spouse received a call from “Linda from Medicare”, asking whether his wife received her new Medicare card. The consumer correctly responded that he wasn’t aware that Medicare would call anyone and asked for her telephone number. The caller hung up when questioned again.

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Will Retirement Live Up to Your Expectations?

adult casual chef webNot so long ago, retirement was a period in life that most Americans could count on and look forward to. After working for 30, 40 or 50 years, both men and women eagerly anticipated receiving a pension, having a clear calendar, avoiding the morning rush, and hitting the early bird specials. Retirement was supposed to be a time of rest and relaxation, slowing down and taking life easy.

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Health Screenings for Women Age 50 and Older

female patient03 webAs we grow older, a lifetime of daily choices related to our health tends to catch up with most of us. Choices like diet, exercise, (or lack thereof) and the use of tobacco, drugs and alcohol can contribute to the development of diseases and other health conditions.

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