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November is National Family Caregivers Month

caregiversNot all superheroes wear capes. Caregivers are superheroes. You are rising to the demands and challenges of the caregiver role every day. Managing medications. Getting to doctor appointments. Balancing work and home. How can family caregivers handle it all? Even super-heroes need tools!

Think Safety First If your elderly loved one is aging at home, safety and security is your first priority. You can’t be there with them every minute of the day. But all sorts of gadgets can help keep them safe, maintain their independence, and relieve some of your worries. Wearable sensors can monitor a patent and contact family members if their loved one falls or if an emergency occurs.

But remember You need to look after You too. 

Read the 10 Tips for Family Caregivers

Enrollment Period for Medicare - Oct. 15th to Dec 7th

shineThis is a time when you should review your current Medicare plan and assure that it still meets your health requirements. 

Why is this review important for you to do when you are happy with your current plan? 

This is the time that insurance companies make changes to their level of coverage which will take effect on January 1st . They may drop drugs from their formulary, this could mean that the medications you take may no longer be covered. They may change the tier level of your medications, increase premiums or the amount you pay at the drug store when you pick up a prescription. These items will all increase your cost. Your plan may no longer be the best plan for you. 

What you can do to avoid any unnecessary increased cost for your coverage in the coming year? You can sit with a SHINE volunteer to review your coverage and assure that you have the most appropriate coverage for you and your spouse for the coming year. Shine Volunteers are at the Osceola Council of Aging the first and Third Tuesday of every month from 10AM to 12PM. They are also at the St Cloud Senior Center on the second and fourth Tuesday from 10AM to 12PM and at The Hart Library in downtown Kissimmee on the second Wednesday of every month from 10AM to 12PM. Please bring a list of all your medications and dosages with you for this review. The SHINE volunteer will provide free and unbiased advice to you as to what the best plans for you are. 

If these times are not convenient you may call: 407-514-1800 ext. 3 and a SHINE volunteer will contact you within three to seven days.