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NEW Medicare Cards are Coming

NEW Medicare Cards are Coming
Medicare over a period of time is automatically mailing new Medicare paper cards to all people with Medicare.
You will have a new unique Medicare Number rather than your social security number. Your coverage and benefits will not change. Once you get your new card, destroy the old card.  See for more information.

Even If You Are Not Thirsty DRINK WATER– Your Life May Depend on It

Water is vital for organ function. It transports nutrients to our cells and helps us stay energized, mentally sharp and it is necessary to balance electrolyte and mineral levels to keep muscles in operational health.
Dehydration can be a serious health issue for seniors. Even a slight lack of water can:
> make your heart work harder to maintain blood flow
> impair brain function
> increase stroke risk
> make it harder for kidneys to filter blood
> lead to low blood pressure
> urinary tract infections
Dehydration is associated with dizziness, nausea, headache, weakness, confusion, falls, fainting and constipation. Dehydration among older adults frequently leads to hospitalization.
Drinking soda, coffee, fruit juice or sports drinks does not take the place of water! Those type of beverages often have ingredients that are unhealthy. Some seniors deliberately reduce their intake of fluids due to incontinence, reduced mobility because of the fear that they won’t be able to get to the bathroom in time when they need to. Even if you are urinating that doesn’t mean you are drinking enough water.
Dehydration can sneak up on a person quickly. Body water content decreases as people get older. Many medications make people more susceptible to dehydration. According to the University of Chicago Medical Center, 40% of heat-related fatalities in the U.S. were among people over 65.

See Nostalgic Articles Free to Read On-line

Nostalgic magazines in PDF form that have been scanned and indexed by Matt Jacobsen for our enjoyment can be found at Old Magazine Articles. The old articles, essays, poetry, cartoons and photographs have all been collected from different libraries, bookshops and yard sales throughout the United States and Europe. It’s an eclectic mix, ranging from World War I to silent movies. The real pleasure comes from the subject matter and the voyeuristic glimpse into another age.

ALERT! The Elderly are Often Targeted for Scams

ALERT! The Elderly are Often Targeted for Scams
Click video from Inspector Chip Googe Public Info Officer, Mt. Pleasant Police Dept.

Warning they use fear and intimidation tactics. Even though most people think they wouldn’t “fall for scammers,” they prey on the vulnerable. Unsuspecting elders are deceived, provide personal or credit card info, buy something or send money.
The Federal Communication Commission reports illegal robocallers trick you into answering calls from your area code, and the first three digits of your phone number.
Scammers masquerade as government employees, IRS agents, Medicare, Medicaid, or business or financial institutions reps. Deceived seniors believe the call is an emergency about a grandchild, family member or that they are wanted for some issue and become a victim of fraud.
Beware they knock at the door in pairs and pose as police officers, utility workers, lawn care or a merchants such as selling fruits and vegetables. While one speaks and distracts the senior, the other slips in looks for valuables and steals.
If you think you’ve been targeted or a victim of a scam, call your local police department, file a complaint at consumer complaint center or The Federal Trade Commission or National Do Not Call Registry.

How Do You Keep An Aging Loved One Engaged?

Has your loved one recently moved in with you or into a nursing home? These are huge changes for everyone involved that will take time to adjust too. Learning to respect each other’s space and finding new roles to fill (especially for the one moving) will require flexibility and patience. Unfortunately, with age often comes a loss of independence in various ways, and it can be hard to find meaning and purpose. Volunteering or part-time work can bring a much needed sense of self worth. If your loved one’s health is preventing them from those types of social engagements, finding engaging activities will require more creativity.

The article “Tips for Keeping Seniors Busy and Active” has great advice for how and when to intervene but also how to accept when your loved one chooses a behavior you don’t necessarily agree with or think is in their best interest. Although it can be hard to watch your mom, dad or spouse choose isolation over socialization and negativity over happiness, letting go of your desire to control their lives will help your relationship.

Driving After a Stroke: Is It Safe?

Suffering from a stroke doesn’t automatically mean you have to give up your driver’s license. There are many things to consider before getting back on the road including the severity of the stroke, visual, mobility or mental impairments suffered, and your level of coordination post-stroke just to name a few. Make sure to discuss your driving plans with your doctor and make sure you feel confident and ready before taking the wheel. The AARP’s article “Driving After a Stroke is Possible” has great tips for anyone struggling with whether or not to get back on the road.

January Newsletter: Happy New Year from Home Care Plus!

Our January newsletter is full of great information on sticking with your resolutions, upcoming local events this month, tips for preventing cervical cancer and more! Click here to read our January newsletter!

The Hidden Risks from the Flu

Did you know that having a bout of the flu can increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke for months after? Older people are especially susceptible to experiencing serious complications from the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone age 65 and older get an annual flu vaccine. Visit the CDC’s website for more information on flu prevention.

December Newsletter: Happy Holidays from Home Care Plus!

Our December newsletter contains fun local events, a gift guide for those hard to buy for people on your list, information on heart attacks and the holidays, and so much more. Click here to read our December newsletter!

Buy Local Month Starts Today!

Keep your dollars in our community by supporting local businesses this holiday season! Visit the Lowcountry Local First website to find a list of local merchants and restaurants. Don’t forget to visit our Farmer’s Markets to find locally grown produce and crafts and wares from local artisans.