Social Isolation Resources

Social isolation among older adults is a serious issue, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one-third of adults ages 45 and older feel lonely. This group is at an increased risk of social isolation due in part to having less nearby, immediate family or a chronic illness. Many organizations have created …

MDHHS urges Michiganders to choose right place of care, get vaccinated to alleviate burden on health care systems

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 17, 2021 CONTACT: Chelsea Wuth, 517-241-2112 LANSING, Mich. – In order to take every measure necessary to relieve the burden on our state’s health care systems, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reminding Michiganders to choose the right place of care for medical needs. Michigan’s health care systems continue to be overburdened …

Seniors Tricked into Buying Policies

Sandy Morales from the California Senior Medicare Patrol explained that a misleading TV commercial enticed seniors with new benefits that include dental, vision, transportation, and even Social Security money; however, beneficiaries who called for information were “erroneously enrolled into a plan that they never gave permission to enroll into.” In other states, one beneficiary felt threatened from a caller who …

Avoid marketing scams during 2022 Medicare Open Enrollment

October 15, 2021 by The Senior Medicare Patrol Resource Center Lois C. Greisman, Elder Justice Coordinator, FTC During Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period (OEP), which begins on October 15 and ends December 7, Medicare beneficiaries can choose the plans that are best for them for 2022. You can get help comparing Medicare plans from your local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), …

MDHHS urges residents to get flu vaccine during upcoming season

State sets goal of vaccinating 4 million Michiganders LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is urging Michiganders to get their flu vaccine as soon as possible to protect themselves and their communities from flu especially while continuing to battle COVID-19. Getting a flu vaccine is critical this season because flu viruses and the virus …

SMP Consumer Fraud Alert: COVID-19

As the number of people and communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic grows, so do the scams associated with it. Scammers use public health emergencies as opportunities for new fraud schemes, and because older adults are at greater risk for serious illness from COVID-19, they may target older populations. It’s important to remember that although the Centers for Disease Control …

STATE OF MICHIGAN

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES LANSING ELIZABETH HERTEL DIRECTOR FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    CONTACT: Chelsea Wuth Oct. 19, 2021                                                                                                                                     517-241-2112 WuthC@michigan.gov MDHHS urges residents to get flu vaccine during upcoming season State sets goal of vaccinating 4 million Michiganders LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is urging Michiganders to get their flu vaccine …

Falls Prevention Is a Team Effort

Oct 04, 2021 6 min read Kathleen Cameron Senior Director of NCOA’s Center for Healthy Aging Key Takeaways One in four Americans aged 65+ falls every year. Being common, however, doesn’t make falling a normal part of aging. We know what contributes to falls, which means they can be prevented. That’s why NCOA leads a national observance of Falls Prevention …

COVID Booster Shot: Do I Need It?

Sep 24, 2021 5 min read Kathleen Cameron Senior Director of NCOA’s Center for Healthy Aging Key Takeaways The CDC now recommends a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in certain populations, including persons 65 and older and those in high risk jobs and institutional settings, such as hospitals and nursing homes. These new recommendations apply only to those …

How Choosing A Medicare Plan Could Impact Your Finances and Health

Samuel Kina SVP of Economics & Research at Picwell, Inc Health care is one of the biggest expenses that you will need to plan for in retirement, with recent estimates indicating that the average couple retiring today can expect to spend close to $300,000 on health care in retirement.  This high price tag obscures the fact that health care costs …