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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Program helps older domestic violence victims

Domestic Violence Awareness Month, observed in October, shines a light on domestic violence, including abuse between spouses and other intimate partners. SeniorLaw Center (SLC), a nonprofit that aims to improve the lives and protect the rights of older Pennsylvanians, is also shining a light on a particular aspect of this abuse: its older victims. “Older adults are a hidden population within the domestic violence community, and they can face some unique barriers,” said Dana Goldberg, SLC’s director of victim services.

Managing medications effectively is important for seniors who often take many medications. (iStock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Manage medications effectively

By Sally Friedman

According to national estimates, more than 25,000 people die each year from a failure to take medications properly. With today’s many choices of prescription and over-the-counter medicines, sometimes carelessly dispensed and used, knowing how to manage medications may save your life.

Good circulation is vital. (iStock)
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Promoting good circulation

If your shoes fit beautifully in the morning but pinch by the evening, it may signal a health problem. “Swollen feet, legs and ankles may mean an issue with circulation,” said Eric Choi, M.D., chief of vascular and endovascular surgery at Temple University Hospital. “A sock line, or indentation where the top of your sock stops, may likewise point to difficulties with circulation.” Circulation – the movement of blood through the body – is vital: It distributes oxygen and nutrients to the body’s cells and removes waste such as carbon dioxide.

Integrating mind, body and spirit can help with health care outcomes. (iStock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Looking at “spiritual coping”

When I visited a new doctor recently, he took the initiative to ask me about my religious beliefs. I was at first shocked but then comforted by the fact that he looked at the whole of me.

Posted By Marcia Siegal

Some key Medicare questions answered

Medicare is the country’s health insurance program for those 65-plus and for people younger than 65 who have certain disabilities and health conditions. The program helps with the costs of health care but does not cover all medical expenses or the cost of most long-term care. You have choices about your Medicare coverage and, each year, you have the opportunity to change your Medicare health plans and prescription coverage during the open enrollment period, which is October 15 through December 7.

Joanne Burke (left), manager of the Apprise program at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, counsels a client new to Medicare. (Photo by Paola Nogueras)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Get help navigating Medicare

Whether you are new to Medicare or are already enrolled and pondering changes to one or more of your plans, the decisions you make are critical to your health and finances. The good news is, you don’t have to navigate Medicare’s complexities alone. Trained Apprise counselors can provide you with free personalized counseling to help you make informed choices.

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