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MEDICARE: DEALING WITH SCAMMERS

Sep 29th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Obamacare Enrollment Begins The Affordable Care Act (ACA), known on the streets as Obamacare, is about to start the enrollment process. That will begin this next Tuesday, October 1, and continue through March 31, 2014. Any citizen who wants to enroll may do so online or in a local organization that has Navigators available to [...]



SNAP: NECESSARY FOR SURVIVAL

Sep 23rd, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Hunger is a National Disgrace People who are hungry because they do not generate enough income to buy enough food are entitled to assistance from We The People. And the Federal Government takes the form of We The People. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP–formerly Food Stamps) is designed to assist people with their nutritional [...]



RESOURCES FOR NEW HEALTHCARE LAW

Sep 20th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Factual Answers for Legitimate Questions SCJ has received several inquiries about where to go to learn about the new healthcare law, known on the streets as Obamacare, and more accurately the Affordable Care Act (ACA). There are certainly enough distortions and outright lies out there that contribute to confusion and mistrust on the part of [...]



STOP THOSE PESKY SOLICITATION PHONE CALLS

Sep 10th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

Solicitation Calls Annoy Seniors That phone call yesterday was annoying. However, it taught me a valuable lesson. With patience, seniors can often get those pesky phone callers to put you on their do-not-call list.// We had successfully gotten off all those telephone solicitation lists after having had the same telephone number for 15 years. Then [...]



DIRECT PRIMARY CARE CHANGES FINANCES FOR PHYSICIANS AND PATIENTS

Sep 2nd, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Direct Primary Care Explained Primary care physicians in about half of the states have become direct primary care physicians. DPC docs set their own prices for medical care they deliver, and patients make monthly payments directly to the physicians. These docs do not accept any patient insurance plans. New concept in the medical care delivery [...]



SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE ‘REFORM’

Sep 1st, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Truth vs Distortion There is a lot of talk (hot air?) in the news media about reforming Social Security and Medicare. Some claim both systems are ‘broken’ and need ‘fixing’. Others quote the dire predictions about Social Security going ‘broke’ by 2033. Medicare is ‘socialized medicine’ and needs to be thrown to the dogs.// What [...]



BEST FOOD FOR SENIOR DIET

Aug 30th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

Senior Nutrition Concerns Addressed Seniors are always looking for the best food they can buy for the healthiest diet. Nutrition is important to us because we are more aware than younger generations of the importance of diet in our aging lives.// As a result, SCJ editors recently looked into the best food for senior diets [...]



SENIORS REGRET PURCHASES

Aug 12th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Underneath the Glamour SCJ editors recently spent a holiday in a popular international resort, Cabo San Lucas. While there, they attended a presentation about buying a membership in a local resort, and discovered why resort memberships and timeshares are considered the number one regretted-purchase by seniors.// The presentation was shiny and glamorous, with all the [...]



MEDICARE CHANGES IN 2014

Aug 6th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Medicare Coverage Remains Essentially the Same Much of Medicare coverage that we seniors have will not change with the implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) in 2014. The health care law protects our basic Medicare benefits. Our coverage for doctor and hospital visits does not change. // The one thing it does add [...]



FATIGUE MAY BE CHRONIC FOR SENIORS

Aug 5th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Meds That Can Create Fatigue Many seniors deal with chronic fatigue syndrome, and many who do not still feel ‘washed out’ and lacking in energy much of the time. There can be many potential causes of such problems with retirees. A recent AARP article about chronic fatigue led to some interesting considerations.// The article describes [...]