Arthritis Pain Control for Senior Citizens

Arthritis Pain Control for Senior Citizens

Topics on Tap in Arthritis Pain Control for Senior Citizens:

Arthritis Pain Control for Senior Citizens
  1. Arthritis Pain Belongs to The Person
  2. Unfortunately Drugs Come With Baggage
  3. Over The Counter Drugs Can Help
  4. Homeopathic Arthritis Pain Relief
  5. Drug Free Forms of Arthritis Pain Control
  6. Final Thoughts on What Else to Watch For

Arthritis Pain Control for Senior Citizens

Arthritis pain control for senior citizens comes in all shapes and sizes. The kicker, as you might guess, is you want one that is tailored for your specific pain and arthritis symptoms. And it is a well known fact senior citizens experience arthritis pain.

And keep in mind, the degree of pain is determined by the degree a person’s body parts are afflicted by arthritis.

Quite naturally people will say they want relief from arthritis. What they are really saying is they would love to find some relief from the pain arthritis is causing. They blend the two as if they were one. They are not one.

Some people will ask for a cure for their arthritis pain. And unfortunately, there are no known cures for arthritis as of this date. So they should actually articulate they want arthritis pain relief. 

That request is more directly in line with what their true demand is. On the other hand nobody can blame people for blending the affliction with its inherent pain and asking for relief.

Arthritis Pain is Specific to The Individual

By no means is all arthritis pain equal. Fortunately in today’s medical environment many cases find relief in the doctor’s office. Or even on the pharmacy’s shelf.

Unfortunately since not all arthritis pains are equal it means not all arthritis pain control will produce the desired results.

To clarify real quickly by in the “Dr’s office” I mean the Dr can prescribe relief for patients with small to medium pain levels. Not even today’s drugs will cure anyone’s arthritis, but they will provide relief. And most people know there are several medications available for arthritis pain relief. 

On top of that I’m sure we can agree most are safe. I’m sure we can agree again that a number of medications on this planet are not completely free of side effects. As sad as it may be, they can be helpful depending on an individuals situation.

For example, if I have terminal cancer I don’t care about side effects when it comes to pain relief. A little off the mark in relation to arthritis pain but I think you see what I’m saying. Circumstance always plays a major role in making those types of decisions.

And that brings us smack dab into the middle of my next topic.

Unfortunately Drugs Come With Baggage

This baggage comes in the form of side effects. Side effects in some drugs can include death. Drugs also have an inherent negative in that as a person uses them the body builds up a tolerance. Hence the patient requires bigger and bigger doses to get the same relief. 

Because gaining a tolerance means the drugs can’t do what they were doing when you first started taking them. Given this is true rational people want to know how to approach getting the proper pain relief without the baggage.

No one wants to have tolerance and side effect problems. 

The first thought that comes to mind is if you’re suffering from mild or occasional pain, coupling rest with cold or hot packs is all you really need..

If you’re taking a drug(s) to control arthritis pain, you’re wise in staying on top of your dosage. And even wiser for monitoring your body.

Certainly don’t be hesitant about talking to your doctor if you notice anything you consider to be out of the ordinary. And I do mean anything out of the ordinary. 

Over The Counter Drugs, aka OTC Might Help

Most people are familiar with the term over-the-counter or OTC drugs. OTC medications are available at any drug store in the country. You don’t need a prescription. You only need the proper amount of cash to pay for them.

And maybe you need to be 18 years old. I don’t think so, but it sounds possible and I can’t remember.

TV ads tell us that acetaminophen and aspirin will relieve our pain and inflammation. All we have to do is make a trip to our favorite drug store and buy a bottle. As long we take as directed, we will be pain free and have happy lives.

That may be the case but unfortunately even OTC drugs like their prescription counterparts have side effects. The first one that comes to mind is the doesn’t always work as advertised.

Therefore if or when the pain persists, consult your doctor immediately.

Never, and I mean never, ignore severe and prolonged arthritis pain.

All Natural Homeopathic Arthritis Pain Relief

Another popular remedy is the all natural homeopathic means. Included in this remedy are herbs and nutritional ingredients. Herbs, or herbal remedy, is considered by many to be “the first medicine”.

This is borne out because many herbs have been in use since Biblical times.

Because many of these herbs were to ease pain and help with many other conditions. In many cultures, herbal medicine is the only medicine. And if helps you get some arthritis pain control than I suggest you go with that.

The homeopathic factor triggers your body’s natural pain relief mechanisms. It is the faster-acting part of the formula and is responsible for what many people experience as “instant relief”.

Of course homeopathic remedies have drawbacks as well. Although rare, some people cannot use the products as they produce side effects. So if you decide on a homeopathic remedy, monitor your body the same as if you were on prescription drugs.

Remember, it is your body and you want safe and effective pain relief.

Drug Free Forms of Arthritis Pain Control

Believe it or not, if you simply rest the painful joint you can get a lot of relief. Because just resting a joint can help it a lot.

If that doesn’t provide enough relief try applying cold packs to relieve the pain. You can also try using hot packs to ease stiff and achy joints or muscles.

Hopefully you just discovered the remedy that will work for you each time a symptom rears its ugly head. Simply put another way, basic self medication technique is your pain relief program.

Arthritis pain control certainly is possible. On the other hand, nobody said it would be easy to find the pain control regimen that is right for you the first time. Because it may take several tries. But at least you know pain relief exists.

And this is actually a giant step for mankind. And a giant arthritic pain control step for mankind. 

Final Thoughts on What Else to Watch For

Generally speaking you may have over treated or under treated yourself. Both are real possibilities given the universal dosage recommended on the label isn’t really a one size fits all remedy.

Subsequently, if you are in that category, talk with your doctor.

I might sound like a broken record but it’s worth repeating myself. Never, and I mean never, ignore severe and prolonged arthritis pain.

Prolonged pain may mean you have joint damage requiring daily medication. Obviously your self prescribed dosage or choice of medications is not fulfilling your pain relief requirement.

Some people focus only on the pain and not on ways to relieve their pain. And then the result is almost always a negative effect on a person’s mood. Moreover the inherent hazard is you allow your pain to not only become worse but harder to manage.

Wrap your total consciousness around the fact you are experiencing pain and you want relief. Above all make it a zen experience. And let your mind interact with your doctor’s prescription. Or your new found OTC medication.



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Senior Outreach Ministries makes no warranty, representation, or guarantee regarding the information contained herein or the suitability of any products and/or services for any particular purpose. Any performance specifications are believed to be reliable but are not verified. Buyer must conduct and complete all performance and other testing of the products and/or services, alone and together with, or installed in, any end-products and/or services. Buyer shall not rely on any data and performance specifications or parameters provided by Senior Outreach Ministries. It is the Buyer’s responsibility to independently determine suitability of any products and/or services and to test and verify the same. Senior Outreach Ministries does not assume any liability whatsoever arising out of the application or use of any product or service. And in the name of full disclosure one should assume any ad they click on or purchase they make will provide us with a small fee. This is not added to the purchase price of any item or service you purchase. It is however one of the ways we fund the help we provide to seniors and their caregivers. Any recipients of our help as well as our staff thank you and appreciate you greatly.

What is Medicare Part D?

What is Medicare Part D?

Yesterday, “What is Medicare Part D?” I was asked. So I thought I’d go ahead and write an article about it. So if you are wondering what the Part D in Medicare is, You are in the right place.

What is Medicare Part D?, Part D is For drugs, Medicare Part D is A Prescription Drug plan

Medicare Part D is one part of the federal social insurance program administered by the Social Security Administration. The plan has four parts, Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D.  In case you are wondering which social insurance program that could be it is Medicare.

Some people get upset when they see the word social. They automatically think socialism. To a degree that is exactly what it is. A contribution by many for the common good. Even I can accept the premise.

What is not acceptable is how the government politicizes this program. To me, we are talking people’s lives and Medicare has been a god send for millions. Take the pure, raw politics out of the system and administer it per mandate.

What is Medicare Part D?

The Answer is Drugs

Part D is the part of this program aimed at drugs. Not the back alley kind but prescription drugs. The kind you get at a pharmacy. An eligible beneficiary can enroll in a standalone Part D insurance plan or through a Medicare Advantage Plan which is Part C of Medicare. And none of these have anything to do with “Medicare For All”, yet. Fortunately.

Don’t let all the Parts throw you off. Simply follow the bouncing ball and you’ll understand the program. Sometimes I think the government tosses out all those numbers and letters simply to confuse the participants.

To be eligible, a person must be within 3 months of their 65th birthday, in their 65th birth month or 3 months after their 65th birthday. This gives them 7 months to enroll. The person must also be enrolled in Part A & Part B. Part A & Part B are referred to as original Medicare.

Original Medicare Explained

They are called original Medicare because up until 2003 Medicare only had Part A & Part B. Part C and Part D followed in ensuing years.

If you do a quick search on Google you will find this explanation of Original Medicare:

Original Medicare is a fee-for-service health plan that has two parts: Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance). After you pay a deductible, Medicare pays its share of the Medicare-approved amount, and you pay your share (coinsurance and deductibles).

– Explanation on Google SERP(Search Engine Return Page)

That’s easy to understand. If you were on Medicare prior to 2003 you experienced the program first hand. C & D were meant to lighten the load on the Medicare recipient.


Acronyms Are The Mainstay of Government Programs

Because Medicare Part D’s sole function is a prescription drug plan, it goes by the acronym PDP. Medicare contracts with private insurance plans to provide the prescription drug (PDP) benefits.

If you are a person with a Medicare Advantage Plan that includes drug coverage, it goes by the acronym MAPD. Regardless of which plan you own, there are costs you will have to pay. These costs include, but are not limited to, deductibles and co-pays plus Part D does not cover all medications.

If you have an MAPD, you have all of your insurance benefits in one policy. On the other hand, a person with just a PDP, may have one company for their Part A & Part B supplemental coverage while having another company provide their Part D coverage.

Who Provides What and Who Pays For It

Part A & Part B are provided by the federal government. Part C & Part D are provided by private insurance companies. Before a person can buy an MAPD, they must be enrolled in both Part A & Part B.

If a person misses their initial eligibility enrollment period, they will have to wait for what is called the open enrollment period. November 15 through December 31 of each year has been designated as the dates of the open enrollment period.

In addition, if a person misses their initial eligibility period and enrolls during the open enrollment period, a penalty in the form of higher premiums is assessed by Medicare against the individual. However, a person never has to enroll in Part D so the penalty could be moot for some people.

Part D also has an annual coverage limit. Once a person spends an amount that equals the annual coverage limit, they become subject to another deductible called a coverage gap. During this time period, the beneficiary pays all costs for drugs up to an annually set amount. This amount changes each year so pay attention to your plan.

Some Quick Final Thoughts

The good news is that once a person reaches this set amount, both generic and preferred drugs are available at set prices for the remainder of the year. The bad news is that when January 1st rolls around the next year, all of the deductibles and limits must be met again.



Senior Outreach Ministries achieves it’s objectives with the capital we’ve either earned or received from donors. The Proud 2 B A Senior Ribbon for example. Donate $5, get a ribbon and help us help a hungry Senior Citizen in need. All proceeds remain in the Ministries to be used per our mission statement. We are a volunteer church. No one receives a salary or wage. Please help us help less fortunate hungry Seniors. We never have and never will ask the government for grants, funds or hand outs. Thank You in advance.

**DISCLAIMER**

Senior Outreach Ministries makes no warranty, representation, or guarantee regarding the information contained herein or the suitability of any products and/or services for any particular purpose. Any performance specifications are believed to be reliable but are not verified. Buyer must conduct and complete all performance and other testing of the products and/or services, alone and together with, or installed in, any end-products and/or services. Buyer shall not rely on any data and performance specifications or parameters provided by Senior Outreach Ministries. It is the Buyer’s responsibility to independently determine suitability of any products and/or services and to test and verify the same. Senior Outreach Ministries does not assume any liability whatsoever arising out of the application or use of any product or service. And in the name of full disclosure one should assume any ad they click on or purchase they make will provide us with a small fee. This is not added to the purchase price of any item or service you purchase. It is however one of the ways we fund the help we provide to seniors and their caregivers. Any recipients of our help as well as our staff thank you and appreciate you greatly.

Medical Billing and What You Don’t Know

Medical Billing and What You Don’t Know

Medical billing is a lot more involved than you think. So, if you think all you do is hand over your insurance card you better think again & read this. Now.

Medical Billing and What You Don’t Know is the title of this article. The “What You Don’t Know” will probably come as a huge eye opener. And a huge eye opener to a majority of readers at that. Believe me, when I say what you don’t know about hospital billing is important.

Because, it is very important.

Medical billing is something that holds some potentially expensive pitfalls. This article covers two of them. Not in detail but sufficiently so you won’t fall into their traps.

Medical Billing and What You Don't Know

We all have experienced what seems like a mountain of forms you have to fill out when you go to a clinic, urgent care, hospital or doctor’s office for the first time. The problem is we don’t read all of them. We just fillin the boxes and sign or initial on the marked lines.

A Quick Personal Experience

So, I had occasion to use the services of a clinic I have never used prior to the morning learned this neat lesson. Like all clinics they give the new patient anywhere from 4 to 6 pages and/or forms to complete. It’s the usual stuff. Name, address, phone number, email, contact person, types of medication you are using and primary care physician. As well as a list of medical conditions you check if you have that particular condition or conditions.

Which is why most people believe the only requirement is to present their insurance card and the clinic does the rest. No surprises, right? The first surprise however for most of us is the block labeled social security number. Most people simply fill it in. I never give them my number. And I do give them my insurance cards.

Ahhh, but wait, there is a surprise. Read the forms and you will see the burden is actually on you. They list it as your responsibility for making sure the provider is paid by the insurance company. 

Wait a minute, did I just say what I think I said?

Your insurance cards have all the necessary numbers for the clinic to be reimbursed. They do not require your social security number. In fact, if they do have it, they must have a social security number safeguard policy in place and give you a copy of that document upon request.

This is required by a provision in USC 42. USC isn’t the University of Southern California in this case, it is the United States Code. This is going to serve as the first piece of the medical billing and what you don’t know. Moreover, it is packing a whammy that surprises, if not shocks and befuddles, most patients.

The second piece of the medical billing shock story is something called courtesy. Yep, good old fashioned courtesy. How can courtesy be something you don’t know? You’re courteous to everybody.

Easy. Like so many of us, you didn’t read the medical billing form. You simply initialed and signed on the marked lines and assumed your handing over your insurance cards was all that was necessary. Once again, like so many of us do and have done. In almost every case that is correct. However, in some cases, the patient not only has to deal with the illness but the insurance payment process.

It works like this. If you had read the medical billing form you most likely would have seen words to the effect:

*This clinic bills your insurance out of courtesy to you. You’re responsible for payment and any follow up necessary to complete the payment.*

What?

You read that right. Surprise, Surprise!!

You are responsible because there are no laws that shift the responsibility on to the clinic to attempt to collect the money owed. Hence, the clinic is providing a courtesy to the patient. They do it because they want to get paid as soon as possible. That part isn’t a surprise, right?

Hard to believe in this day and age no law like that exists but true. That is one aspect not talked about in the current health care debates. It would seem like if you paid your premiums and your coverage is in force and you gave the front desk clerk your cards your part should be over.

Like I said, in most cases, that is the end of the story. The clinic’s insurance manager submits the forms to the company and the clinic waits for payment. You do not know if or when the payment will be made but you did your part. At least according to how it has always worked in the past.

This is the second medical billing. And what you don’t know that could potentially raise its ugly head and cause you a heartache. Pay attention to the forms. So you can ask questions while you are standing at the front desk.

Trust me, you will sleep way better if you do.



Senior Outreach Ministries achieves it’s objectives with the capital we’ve either earned or received from donors. The Proud 2 B A Senior Ribbon for example. Donate $5, get a ribbon and help us help a hungry Senior Citizen in need. All proceeds remain in the Ministries to be used per our mission statement. We are a volunteer church. No one receives a salary or wage. Please help us help less fortunate hungry Seniors. We never have and never will ask the government for grants, funds or hand outs. Thank You in advance.

What Are Copay Cards?

CoPay Cards, What are CoPay Cards, How to Get CoPay Cards

Discover The World of Copay Cards:

  1. The Question Becomes What are Copay Cards?
  2. How do Copay Cards Work?
  3. Getting a Copay Card
  4. What Are the Requirements and/or Restrictions?
  5. They Aren’t Loved By Everyone
  6. Summary

Copay cards are not synonymous with prescription assistance programs. While the purpose of both programs may be admirable the differences are noteworthy.

It is no secret prescription drug prices continue to rise. Simply look at when the government announces the social security check increase. Drug prices seem to go up right in lock step.

Patients not only notice the uptick but feel it in their pocketbook. Hence, they look for ways to save on their medications. Their insurance may not cover the added cost.

If that happens, a copay card may help offset some of the costs. A Copay card is a manufacturer based card issued directly by the drug companies. Their main purpose, at least as advertised, is to help patients afford expensive brand drugs.

The Question Becomes What are Copay Cards?

Copay cards wear several names. They are called copay savings programs, copay coupons, or copay assistance cards and manufacturer copay cards. No matter their name they are savings programs offered by drug makers.

They are designed to help patients reduce their out-of-pocket costs. One example would be if your doctor prescribed a digestive health medicine for you. That’s how they mirror patient assistance programs. A noble purpose indeed.

These cards or coupons are almost exclusively for the expensive brand name drugs. These drugs do not have a generic equivalent. Keep this in mind, it is important to know.

How do Copay Cards Work?

Note that the underlying purpose behind copay cards is to reduce the total out-of-pocket expense for the patient.

That begs the question, “What are the mechanics put in place?” when you present your card.

The mechanics are actually quite easy to understand. Your health insurance and the drug manufacturer share the cost. Your health insurance pays some of the cost as you might guess. The drug manufacturer being the other half of the equation. They pay part or all of the cost you’re responsible for through your copay or coinsurance.

Some insurers do not cover your particular drug. It simply isn’t in their formulary. If you are in that boat, the manufacturer will simply cover all or some of your costs.

How Do I Get A Copay Card?

Just like a PAP (patients assistance program), the access point is through the manufacturer’s website. In some cases, it is the medication website. Yes, they do set up websites for specific medications.

There is no guarantee your doctor or pharmacist will be familiar with copay cards. That should not stop you from asking either or both. The more information you have the more money you should save.

You simply follow the instructions on the website. Some even provide a toll free number for your convenience. Once you are enrolled, you probably will be provided a card to print out. If not, watch your mail box.

What Are the Requirements and/or Restrictions?

The 2 main requirements for most copay cards are:

  1. You must have commercial or private insurance.
  2. You cannot have government health insurance, such as Medicare or Medicaid.

The government has passed anti-kickback statutes to protect the consumer from manufacturers who would induce purchases so they could be reimbursed by the federal government. This keeps prices down or at least that’s the thought.

Other restrictions may include an expiration date or even a savings maximum. Plus there may be a monthly or annual maximum amount attached to the card. Some manufacturers restrict the maximum number of times you can use the card.

Various states also have regulations regarding its use. For example if a drug has a generic, you may not be allowed to use your card.

It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, ALWAYS read the terms and conditions very carefully. Above all else, surprises are not what you want to face at the pharmacy window.

Copay Cards Aren’t Loved By Everyone

As you might expect some people believe because these cards only cover non-generic brand name medications they keep the price artificially inflated. They say this raises the insurance costs.

There are a number of pharmacy benefit managers and insurers that oppose copay cards. Those entities refuse to count them towards your deductible. Or out-of-pocket maximum, for that matter. When they do this the cost is re-aligned back onto the patient. Subsequently, these actions raise the cost to the patient.

All cards are not created equal. Some are lax in the help department. They simply don’t do enough for the holder. These leave those patients only one remedy. They have to call the manufacturers and ask for direct reimbursement.

Summary

Whether you want to be a participant in the patient assistance program or get a copay card it is incumbent you understand the rules of the program. It is your responsibility to get your questions answered.

Don’t be shy.

Ask away and get the help you need. After all, a copay card might be the answer for your situation.



Senior Outreach Ministries achieves it’s objectives with the capital we’ve either earned or received from donors. The Proud 2 B A Senior Ribbon for example. Donate $5, get a ribbon and help us help a hungry Senior Citizen in need. All proceeds remain in the Ministries to be used per our mission statement. We are a volunteer church. No one receives a salary or wage. Please help us help less fortunate hungry Seniors. We never have and never will ask the government for grants, funds or hand outs. Thank You in advance.

Medicare For All a.k.a. Promises, Promises

Medicare For All a.k.a. Promises, Promises

Medicare for all is in the news, again. With every Democratic politician promising to have such a program in force during their presidential administration. That is easier said than done. Keep in mind, tinkering with these resources for seniors isn’t as easy as what sounds good.

The obvious stumbling block is one of those candidates has to first be elected. But, whether they are or are not is not the focus of this article.

The second most obvious stumbling block is the definition of Medicare for all. A person would not think there could be more than one definition. They would be wrong. After all, this isn’t really about seniors and their health.

A look at the proposals says there isn’t one, two or three, there are multiple definitions. The candidates are on record stating their position. The easiest way to learn the multiple definitions is to google each candidate. Their platform is laid out on their website.

For example, one proposal calls for the elimination of private health insurance companies. This sounds good and may even look good on paper but the reality is exactly the opposite.

Why?

The private health insurance companies are the providers of record for Medicare Advantage contracts, Prescription Drug Coverage and much of the bill processing for the entire program. This means just the claims processing portion of Medicare would be severely impacted.

No one has anything to say about rectifying all the errors that would arise with the private health insurance companies completely eliminated from the Medicare landscape. Neither has the denial of service aspect been addressed with the removal of the private sector.

Couple this scrambled egg proposal with the single payer concept. The government would be responsible to pay for all of the health care. However the doctors, hospitals and other health care providers would remain private. Imagine the Mardi Gras atmosphere under that scenario.

Throw in the public option system and another set of holy cows enters the picture. Would this option be open only to people over a certain age? Would it be open to all consumers buying coverage through a public exchange? Is there be a cap on premiums?

Final Thoughts

You do not have to be a rocket scientist to conclude the Medicare for all suggestion is still a suggestion designed to get votes and campaign contributions. Should this concept be taken seriously?

The answer is probably yes given the rapid advancements being made in medicine. Unfortunately the how to pay for this program still has way too many bugs. Medicare for all may indeed be the solution to the health insurance coverage in the United States. But the bottom line is It needs serious committed minds to flesh it out.



Senior Outreach Ministries achieves it’s objectives with the capital we’ve either earned or received from donors. The Proud 2 B A Senior Ribbon for example. Donate $5, get a ribbon and help us help a hungry Senior Citizen in need. All proceeds remain in the Ministries to be used per our mission statement. We are a volunteer church. No one receives a salary or wage. Please help us help less fortunate hungry Seniors. We never have and never will ask the government for grants, funds or hand outs. Thank You in advance.

Medical Alert Systems For Seniors

Medical Alert Systems

The universal tag line for medical alert systems is “help me, I’ve fallen”. It comes from the uncountable television ads with an older person lying on the floor and saying them into a device.

It appears these resources for seniors no longer need you to speak at all. They come equipped with a sensor that sends a signal to a notification device when it senses you have fallen.

And we all know falls can be detrimental to your health and wellness.

The notification device, depending on your plan, and there are a myriad number of plans being offered, will notify a list of pre-entered names and phone numbers or a central monitoring dispatch center.

The names can be of friends and/or relatives. The device alerts your local emergency service system if the people on your list don’t respond.

As you might imagine the key difference between the two systems is price.

Monitored systems carry a monthly charge. And you’ll be charged for the device. Plus there may be activation fees and a minimum commitment via a contract.

Different Systems Mean Different Features

Each company’s medical alert system(s) has different fee structures. And different charges and services. All notify someone or an emergency responder. But the costs will vary. And so will the types of services.

This shouldn’t be a deterrent to anyone considering a medical alert system. After all, as we age we sometimes lose our balance more often, slip in the shower or bathtub or trip over what we thought was a flat rug with no tripping wrinkles.

You might be thinking, well I live with my spouse so I don’t need one. That isn’t always true. Your spouse may have just exited the home to run an errand. Or do the weekly grocery shopping, or to visit a friend when you fall.

A system that connects to their mobile phone may be your life saver. When he or she sees the message that you have fallen and can’t get up, they can immediately abort the trip and come back home. The simple act of pushing a button in that instance could mean the difference between a lengthy hospital stay or a helping hand to get back up on your feet.

Some Final Thoughts on Medical Alert Systems

There are really only three questions to ask yourself when making an alert system decision. First, do you want a home based or mobile system? Second, should you have a monitored or non-monitored system? And, third, should it have a fall detection feature?

Remember, medical alert systems come in various packaging. Only you know what is right for you.



Senior Outreach Ministries achieves it’s objectives with the capital we’ve either earned or received from donors. The Proud 2 B A Senior Ribbon for example. Donate $5, get a ribbon and help us help a hungry Senior Citizen in need. All proceeds remain in the Ministries to be used per our mission statement. We are a volunteer church. No one receives a salary or wage. Please help us help less fortunate hungry Seniors. We never have and never will ask the government for grants, funds or hand outs. Thank You in advance.

Digestive Health Shouldn’t Be Confusing

Digestive Health Shouldn’t Be Confusing

Digestive health are two words that generally don’t flow to the top of health and wellness discussions. Nobody thinks about the digestive system when they are ill or not feeling tip top.

History being history a fellow named Hippocrates way back before the birth of Christ proclaimed health begins with the gut. This alone didn’t crown him the father of modern medicine. But it did not get in the way of his ordination as such.

digestive health, digestive health information

The American Gastroenterological Association, while not quoting Hippocrates exactly did make this pronouncement.

Good digestive health means having a:

“digestive system that has appropriate nutrient absorption, intestinal motility, immune function, and a balanced microbiota.”

Let’s translate those big words into every day common language. It means good digestive health is the absence of digestive discomfort. That is simply how we think in none medical terms.

The truth says we all have experienced occasional digestive distress. The distress came in the form of gas, bloating, indigestion or general discomfort.

That really is no surprise because it happens to all of us and sometimes at a re-occurring rate. If that is what happens to you, this could suggest something isn’t quite right.

Digestive Health Issues Happen to Everyone

When something isn’t quite right we either make a doctor’s visit or we self medicate with over the counter pills, potions or lotions. We could be doing a disservice to ourselves. Because the digestive tract houses approximately 70% of our immunity.

It is a potential disservice because we really don’t know if that particular pill or potion is compatible with our immune system. Instead of boosting our immune system it may be damaging it.

The remaining 30% of our immune system is composed of what doctors call gut bacteria. The medical term is gut microbiota.

This gut microbiota influences body weight, believe it or not. As it turns out digestive health is more complex than we know and deserves far greater attention than we give it.

Some Final Thoughts

Research has proven gut health is linked to energy levels. As well as sleep quality and skin health. It’s also linked to joint health and comfort, weight management, focus and concentration.

Challenges to our digestive health include stress, environmental toxins, alcohol, getting older, poor diet, some artificial sweeteners, smoking and more.

Digestive health can be maintained and even improved. Start by eliminating processed whole foods, sugar, fast foods and any food that does not work well in your body. You know which ones they are. Because your gut tells you something ain’t right.



Senior Outreach Ministries achieves it’s objectives with the capital we’ve either earned or received from donors. The Proud 2 B A Senior Ribbon for example. Donate $5, get a ribbon and help us help a hungry Senior Citizen in need. All proceeds remain in the Ministries to be used per our mission statement. We are a volunteer church. No one receives a salary or wage. Please help us help less fortunate hungry Seniors. We never have and never will ask the government for grants, funds or hand outs. Thank You in advance.

Relieve Pain With Hot and Cold Packs

Relieve Pain With Hot and Cold Packs

You don’t have to be a senior citizen to know about using hot and cold packs to relieve pain. I can remember my mother using both on me when I was a child. And, I am 74 years old today with 4 children and 6 grandchildren.

I bet you can surmise I used the same treatment methods for my kids as my mom did on me. Sometimes they worked sometimes they didn’t. Obviously the aches and pains source was the primary determinant in what or would not
work.

A broken leg or arm for example are not candidates for either a hot or cold pack. They are candidates for a visit to the ER or nearest Urgent Care Center. They should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible.

I have lower back pain. My chiropractor gave me this advice. He said apply a hot pack for 15 minutes, change to a cold pack for 15 minutes and then walk for 15 minutes. This has worked for me every time the pain resurfaces.

My Pain Relief Advice

Keep in mind I am not saying it will work for you. I am saying of all the hot and cold packs to relieve pain this one worked for me. My hot pack consisted of a hot water bottle. My cold pack consisted of a plastic bag full of ice.

Please note I didn’t rush to the pharmacy or big box store to buy an over the counter product. I used what I had in the house.

You can follow my lead. My sore muscles and joints don’t care where the relief came from. I’ve even used frozen vegetables as a cold source. If it works, I’ll use it.

Cold reduces inflammation by constricting blood flow to the injured area. Heat does the opposite. Obviously using hot or cold packs to excess can reduce the effectiveness of hot and cold packs to relieve pain. The old saying, too much of a good thing is still too much, certainly applies in pain relief.

Relieve Pain With Ice and Heat

Common sense coupled with the aches or pain will tell you what is working and what isn’t working. Pay attention to your body. It wants relief and is definitely speaking to you. Listen.

Hot and cold packs to relieve pain are only one method to relieve pain. Prescription drugs, gels, balms, ointments, and other such palliative pain relievers may be the answer. Only you know which works best for your particular pain.



Senior Outreach Ministries achieves it’s objectives with the capital we’ve either earned or received from donors. The Proud 2 B A Senior Ribbon for example. Donate $5, get a ribbon and help us help someone in need. All proceeds remain in the Ministries to be used per our mission statement. We are a volunteer church. No one receives a salary or wage. Please help us help others. We never have and never will ask the government for grants, funds or hand outs. And, Thank You in advance.

Original Medicare New App: What’s Covered

Original Medicare New App: What’s Covered

Original Medicare has a new trick up it’s sleeve. And, it’s a good one. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has joined the 21st century with their new app. It’s called “What’s Covered”.

Consumers will now experience direct access on a mobile device. And access to some of the most used content on Medicare.gov. So, recipients and caregivers, can quickly see whether Medicare covers a specific medical item or service. And how much it costs.

And what this means to consumers is astonishing. A patient at their doctor’s office will get accurate coverage information. In real-time nonetheless. And the same holds true for hospital patients. Or anyone else with a mobile device anywhere they happen to be.

And the app doesn’t replace Medicare.gov or their toll free number, 1-800-MEDICARE. So, people without mobile devices can still get the information they seek. Having what original Medicare covers at you fingertips, makes life easier and quicker. But it doesn’t make it a replacement tool.

CMS is busy implementing new tools. Because it’s tough for seniors to figure out their coverage. Not to mention out of pocket costs. A new online service lets people quickly compare different coverage choices. And see how it will affect their out-of-pocket expenses for example.

There’s also new price transparency tools. Because this helps consumers compare the national average costs of certain procedures. And this is in addition to the new app displaying what original Medicare covers. Because we are dealing with important information. 

Another new added tool is a web chat option. It’s located in the Medicare Plan Finder. All the new tools come under the eMedicare initiative. This program is focused on modernizing Medicare. And, at the same time, empowering patients with information. So they get the best value from their coverage.

Original Medicare is Growing Exponentially

Medicare enrollment is expected to grow from approximately 54 million current beneficiaries to 80 million beneficiaries by 2030. And these new beneficiaries are already technology savvy. I wonder what happens when Medicare For All comes to fruition. If it ever does.

The new app displaying what original Medicare covers should be a walk in the park. So, when all the proposed initiatives are adopted, these folks will enjoy an information explosion unheard of.

And the most surprising aspect of these initiatives? It’s the fact they originate from an agency with the reputation of an old stodgy government organization. Not to mention, one that moves at the speed of rust. These times change and apparently they are changing for the better.

You can get the app for free from both Google and Apple. Visit the respective website and download the app for you:

Google Play

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.medicare.coverage&hl=en_US

Apple App Store

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/whatscovered/id1444143600?mt=8

The new app displaying what original Medicare covers is just the beginning for the soon to be senior citizen of the future. The person Senior Outreach Ministries ordained as a pre-sene.



Senior Outreach Ministries achieves it’s objectives with the capital we’ve either earned or received from donors. The Proud 2 B A Senior Ribbon for example. Donate $5, get a ribbon and help us help a hungry Senior Citizen in need. All proceeds remain in the Ministries to be used per our mission statement. We are a volunteer church. No one receives a salary or wage. Please help us help less fortunate hungry Seniors. We never have and never will ask the government for grants, funds or hand outs. Thank You in advance.

Hospital Billing and Senior Citizens

Hospital Billing and Senior Citizens

Hospital billing & senior citizens generally know each other quite well. Even though torture isn’t on the list of resources for seniors.

In fact, hospital billing is a one of those items none of us ever want to face. For a variety of reasons. Bills from the hospital can be enough to mess with your health and wellness, for one. Being a senior, however, can be great.

I had open heart surgery in 2006. Which made me a member of the hospital billing & senior citizens demographic.

I myself was fortunate, fortunately. In the fact I had great medical coverage commonly called health insurance. Aside from paying the paltry few dollars called a deductible, I didn’t have to worry about hospital billing, and I went my merry way.

Other hospital billing & senior citizens aren’t or weren’t as fortunate. They either didn’t have health insurance or were under-insured. They faced or are facing the menace of old age, hospital billing.

In a moment I will point you to a site that goes into great detail on the inner workings of hospital billing & senior citizens. The site belongs to an actual practicing doctor. I spoke with him on February 14, 2019. And, I told him my intention.

Hospital Billing Can Be Tricky Business

He said by all means point your audience to my site. Let them learn as much as they can about what’s actually being perpetrated in the health provision and hospital billing realm.

I like that. A doctor willing to tell us the inside facts. His name is Dr. David Belk. He’s in Alameda, CA. His site is listed below.

BTW, I receive NO compensation from him for this referral.

But before I let you go I need to say a few words about this hodge podge called hospital billing. The law requires you to receive what is almost universally called an Explanation of Benefits (EOB). Sometimes it is called a Summary of Patient Services or an Account Detail. Regardless, this form has all of the services the hospital is charging you for.

Pay attention to this form. You can dispute every charge on that form. You probably won’t because almost all of them are actual procedures/medications/actions you received.

But, not all of them. My EOB looked like a small ebook of charges. The list was lengthy. If your procedure wasn’t/isn’t as drastic as mine yours will be shorter.

PAY ATTENTION to this form.

OK, click the link below and go explore Dr Belk’s site.

https://truecostofhealthcare.org

Senior Outreach Ministries achieves it’s objectives with the capital we’ve either earned or received from donors. The Proud 2 B A Senior Ribbon for example. Donate $5, get a ribbon and help us help a hungry Senior Citizen in need. All proceeds remain in the Ministries to be used per our mission statement. We are a volunteer church. No one receives a salary or wage. Please help us help less fortunate hungry Seniors. We never have and never will ask the government for grants, funds or hand outs. Thank You in advance.