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Senior News

Medicare Summary Notices And Explanation Of Benefits

A Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) is not a bill. It is a notice mailed quarterly to Medicare Beneficiaries which includes a list of services provided during the past 3 months. It will also list any services that were denied or not covered by Medicare. An Explanation of Benefits (EOB), is a ...

We Can’t Live Without It, Hydration And The Older Adult

Water makes up about 70% of the human body. From our bloodstream to inside each and every cell, it is required in every life-sustaining body process. Water is very important to our health, yet is often overlooked in our diets. In addition to providing cushion and temperature control, water ...

Stay Safe During COVID And Don’t Forget To Vote

As COVID numbers start to surge in our county, it’s important to remember that older adults with and without underlying health conditions are the most at risk for severe consequences and death from this disease. We have already had 10 deaths in our county and all of these people were over the ...

What Will Insurance Look Like Next Year?

Question: When do we find out what our insurance looks like in next year? Answer: Well school has started and that means we are fast approaching my favorite time of year, Annual Open Enrollment Period for the Medicare insurance products. Individuals with Medicare in the coming weeks will be ...

When Am I Able To Collect Social Security Benefits?

Question: I am still working but curious about collecting Social Security benefits, so when am I eligible to collect Social Security? Answer: I feel like Labor Day is the perfect day to address this question. To collect Social Security benefits you must “file a claim” with the Social ...

How To Know If A Call From A Contact Tracer Is Real

Question: How do I know that the call I received from a contact tracer stating that I may have been in contact with someone who tested positive to COVID is real and what is my next step? Answer: Contact tracing has been a tool utilized by organizations and governments for many years. ...

How To Dispose Of Medications You No Longer Take Or Use

Question: How do I get rid of the medications I no longer take? Answer: Usually medications and how to obtain them and costs are discussed, but this is the other side of the medication discussion. Do not flush your unused medications down the toilet. Those medications are toxic to our water ...

What Do You Need?

There is so much going on in the world and it is difficult to know what is available and what is not. Ads on TV, FaceBook and word of mouth can sometimes mislead people when looking for help. Sometimes you need a trusted source to help you navigate to what you need right then and there! ...

Changes For OFA Health Insurance Counseling Appointments

So for most of you, Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment is still looking like it’s far away. Due to COVID-19, the Office for Aging’s Health Insurance, Information and Assistance program (HIICAP) is looking at Open Enrollment now and planning for how we should assist our clients from Oct. ...

Stay Safe As We Continue To Take COVID Precautions

We hope everyone is staying safe as we continue to take precautions to protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19. As you know, until there is a vaccine available and it can be widely distributed, we need to limit our circles of contact to protect the most vulnerable, people over 65 ...

Live Well With Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious condition that, if not controlled, can cause health problems such as heart disease, nerve damage, eye problems, kidney damage, and teeth and gum damage. Controlling diabetes is a lot of work – you have to work to maintain your weight, increase physical activity, make ...

Briefs

EDITOR’S NOTE: Groups sending their news releases to The Post-Journal for print must include a publishable contact number, time, date and location of the group’s past and future meetings. ¯ The American Association of Retired People meets at 1:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, ...

Don’t Be Afraid To Reach Out For Help

Question: Now that my spouse is in the hospital, and I may not be able to visit, who do I talk with and what do I ask? Answer: There are resources to work with. The first line of help is right there at the hospital or skilled nursing facility - the doctor, nurses and social workers. Social ...

AARP United Healthcare Options Monthly Premium Costs Can Increase

Question: When will AARP United Healthcare Options monthly premiums increase? Answer: AARP United HealthCare Options each year about this time, sends a letter to all their enrollees informing them of the proposed rate increase to begin Jan. 1, 2021. This letter states that this increase ...

Jobless And Social Security Benefits Can Be Collected Simultaneously

Question: Can I collect unemployment and Social Security benefits at the same time without getting into trouble? Answer: People who are 62 or older do qualify for Social Security benefits (SS). Full retirement is a different age for everyone who was born after 1938. This has been a gradual ...

Physical Activity For The Older Adult While Social Distancing

Physical activity is one of the most important things to help prevent the many health problems that come with age. Some health benefits of physical activity include improved thinking, learning, and judgement skills as well as reduced feelings of anxiety. In addition to weight management and ...

Five-Point Plan To Help Long Term Care Residents Announced

The New York State Department of Health and State Office for the Aging announced a five-point plan to help long term care residents and their families access services through the Office of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, provide additional resources to residents and families ...

Keeping Cool In Hot Weather

NY Connects is an aging and disability resource center. We have people-specially trained operators working to understand your needs and inform you, connect you, work with you to get the help you may need during different events in life. The weather is not predictable — we have seen that snow ...

We Need To Continue To Be Vigilant To Prevent COVID-19

Wow! It’s already July and we have been dealing with COVID-19 for 4 months now. I wish I could tell seniors that this will all be over soon and we can go back to normal but unfortunately I can’t. Until there is a vaccine everyone, but especially older adults, need to continue to be vigilant ...

Tips On Identifying Contact Tracers Vs. Scam Artists

Have you been receiving all those annoying phone calls from scam artists stating they are contact tracers? Are they asking you for your personal identifying information? Have you received emails or text messages about contact tracing that want you to click on links for more information? ...