Joann Erenhouse: Senior Solutions: Spring is a good time to plan for health insurance needs

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On April 1, many of us woke up to see snow covering the ground. Was it a trick? No, it was just a reminder that spring can be variable here in Vermont.

Now, as we travel down the roads we can see the trees in the distance showing the reddish tints that are the beginning of leaf buds. It's an exciting time of year - full of promise. Our Meals on Wheels drivers are happy to see the end of icy roads. Senior Companions and Friendly Visitors can now easily get to visit their client friend. Case managers are busy setting appointments for in-office and at-home benefit application assistance visits.

Our Medicare Boot Camp is in full swing. Call the office if you want to attend at 802-885-2655 and register.

The sessions are free and will be held at our Springfield office. This is unbiased information on everything from drug plans and supplemental plans to information on errors, abuse, and fraud. If you are going to begin Medicare in the near future, or are a relative of someone who is becoming eligible, this would be very helpful. Most of us know very little about the Medicare system.

Upcoming 2019 Boot Camp dates at our Springfield Office at 38 Pleasant St. are as follows:

- April 24, 10-12 a.m.

- May 21, 3-5 p.m.

- June 6, 10-12 a.m.

- July 23, 3-5 p.m.

- Aug. 29, 3-5 p.m.

- Sept. 25, 10-12 a.m.

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- Oct. 1, 10-12 a.m.

Don't wait for Open Enrollment to plan for your health insurance needs.

The HomeMeds screening program is very important for all of us. Who doesn't have a collection of prescriptions around the house?

Find out if what your various doctors are prescribing interferes with medications you are already taking from another doctor.

Most health care professionals today do not have the time or resources to cross check the chemical interactions of every medication. The aging population is particularly vulnerable. Very few of us remember to dispose of prescription medications because they can be expensive. But if you are getting treated by two or more doctors, you need to know if you are at risk for dangerous side effects due to medication interactions.

Have you felt dizzy? Have you fallen? Do you nod off in a chair? These side effects may be caused by your medications when taken together.

This could include vitamins and herbal remedies. At no cost to you, this screening will be done by a trained nurse/case manager using a program that detects chemical red flags.

The results are then screened and verified by our partnering pharmacist. You and your primary physician will be notified. You may then be able to adjust your prescriptions so that they complement each other without

hazardous side effects. Call 802-885-885-2655 to find out more and make an

appointment.

So, remember to start your seeds inside, pull out your comfy walking shoes, set up a nice chair in the sun, and get ready for the good weather.

Joann Erenhouse, Esq., is the community relations director for Senior Solutions.


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