Recommended Reading and Resources: Long Covid and Seniors

‘That’s Just Part of Aging’: Long Covid Symptoms Are Often Overlooked in Seniors

Researchers estimate that 32% of older adults in the U.S. who survived Covid infections had symptoms of long Covid up to four months after infection.

Whatever your age, we encourage you to be assertive within the healthcare system so that you may obtain the care you need.

Medicare Advantage Plans Often Deny Needed Care, Federal Report Finds

Those who work with us regarding Medicare selections know that I am not a huge fan of Medicare Advantage Plans.

My criticisms evolved from years of troubleshooting administrative barriers when clients (and my parents!) attempted to access care. This federal report was not a surprise to me.

Recommended Reading and Resources: Effects of Ageism

Exploring the Health Effects of Ageism

Ageism is detrimental in so many ways.

This form of memory loss is common — but most Americans do not know about it

A good summary of steps one should take if you notice cognitive changes in a loved one.

Medicare Advantage plans send ‘Papa pals’ to seniors’ homes for companionship

An interesting piece about some Medicare Advantage Plans that are sending “pals” into the homes of some of its members. I have mixed feelings about the program — it feels a bit too invasive to me, although I do see the value. Please let me know your thoughts!

Recommended Reading and Resources: Home Health Care

What I Learned From My Family’s Home Health Experience

Aging In Place Is All The Rage, But It Is Not Easy

Policy makers should keep in mind that organizing and delivering services at home can create tremendous challenges and expense for patients and their families.

President Signs Health Care Provider Protection Act Into Law

This article shares information about the impact of the pandemic on healthcare professionals and efforts that will be made in the future to address the problem.

More about the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, here.

Mourning our parents can start before they die. Here’s how to cope with anticipatory grief.

“It isn’t her parents’ death she fears — it’s what might lead up to it, because she’s seen it before.”

Meet the Underdog of Senior Care

The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, funded by Medicare and Medicaid, has quietly succeeded in enabling some older Americans to age in place.

Recommended Reading and Resources: Relaxation

The Relaxation Response

I was saddened to learn that Dr. Henry Benson, author of The Relaxation Response, had passed. Published in 1975, while I was in college, this book has informed me every day since.

I also had the good fortune to attend a 10-week course on meditation at The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine. That, too, was life changing. Following the experience, I adopted a meditation practice — only about 15 minutes daily and so worth the time.

The Seven Habits That Lead to Happiness in Old Age

“Your well-being is like a retirement account: The sooner you invest, the greater your returns will be.”

I just loved reading this. How many of these habits do you have in your life?

I shared this article with my dad, and he said: “I knew all this; this is what I’ve done for my 87 years. Except for #3. Maintaining a normal body weight has never been my strong suit. Six out of seven isn’t bad!”

Recommended Reading and Resources: Chronic Lyme Disease

How Being Sick Changed My Health Care Views

I noted several articles in previous newsletters from this New York Times columnist who has Chronic Lyme Disease. His insights are so instructive that I thought I would share. I often say to clients who are selecting health insurance plans: “Insurance plans are great, until you get sick!”

Women, Work, and Family During COVID-19: Findings from the KFF Women’s Health Survey

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on women. This study helps us to understand the phenomenon.

Although I’m not caring for children, I am physically caring for my mom at home, and it is having a direct impact on my ability to function in all areas of my life.