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Nominate a Senior in Your Community for Silver Stars!

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The Silver Stars Celebration is one of Tallahassee’s premier senior recognition events, honoring a select group of people for their special contributions. The Tallahassee Senior Center, which spearheads the event, invites the community to nominate Silver Stars. Capital Health Plan is proud to be a major sponsor for the 2011 celebration which culminates in a festive awards dinner at the FSU University Center this spring.

We bet you know some: those shining women and men who reach age 60 and just keep bringing more brightness into the world. Who can be a star? Your friends, neighbors, relatives who…

  • Since age 60 have accomplished outstanding achievements
  • Demonstrated exemplary service to others and our community
  • Are inspiring models of active aging

From athletes to caregivers, Silver Stars illuminate many paths in life. Past honorees include athletes, executive directors, community advocates, caregivers, volunteers, and entrepreneurs. If you know someone 60 or older whose life of service you admire, whatever the arena, share your appreciation. Nominate a senior star and let the whole community know.

For more information, visit:http://www.talgov.com/seniors

To Submit a Nomination: Write a description of up to 100 words about the individual’s accomplishments since age 60. Submission may be mailed to: Silver Stars Nomination, Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32303

Deadline: February 11, 2011

Event Date: May 19, 2011

 

Senior Games

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Look out for the 2011 Senior Games! Capital Health Plan will once again support the active seniors in our community at the Capital City Senior Games on February 10-14, 2011. Registered athletes can be 50 years young and compete in events like track, swimming, softball, basketball, archery, billiards, and even table tennis. Prizes are awarded to winners in each of five age categories.

Check www.flasports.com for more information.

Advantage Primetime

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Medicare Advantage (HMO) vs Medicare Supplemental Insurance

At Capital Health Plan, Medicare members are offered Medicare Advantage (HMO) plans. Medicare Advantage plans are different than Medigap (Medicare Supplemental Insurance) plans. This is because we are a Health Maintenance Organization and not a supplement to Original Medicare. Capital Health Plan Medicare Advantage plans actually become your Medicare and provide all of your Medicare coverage. Medicare members wondering if the Medicare Advantage plan is the right choice for them should know the difference between a Medicare Advantage and a Medigap plan.

The Medigap plan is a supplement to Original Medicare. It can help pay some of the costs that Original Medicare does not cover, like copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles. Original Medicare generally pays 80% of the cost of services after meeting deductibles (when they apply). The patient is responsible for the deductible and 20% of the cost. Costs vary by policy and by company. Some prevention services may not be covered. Medigap plans purchased after 2006 do not include prescription drug coverage, so individuals need an additional prescription drug plan or Medicare Part D plan. The Medigap premiums, deductibles, copayments, coinsurance and the extra cost of a prescription drug plan can add up.

Capital Health Plan’s Medicare Advantage plans are an excellent value. There are no deductibles – just copayments or coinsurance to pay. Some services have a $0 copayment. The CHP plans are comprehensive and offer all the benefits of Original Medicare plus MORE. They include prescription drug coverage (Medicare Part D) and wellness benefits not generally covered by supplemental plans. There is no need to worry about primary and secondary payers, no need to file claims or seek reimbursement like there could be with a Medigap plan.

If you have additional questions about the different Medicare plans please call our Member Services department.

 

 

High Risk Medications for Patients Aged 65 & Older

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Did you know that our bodies begin to respond differently to medications as we get older?

As we age, various changes occur throughout the body. For example, the liver or kidneys may not clear a medication from our system as efficiently as it once did. Likewise, receptors in the body may become more sensitive to certain drugs. These changes have the potential to make us more susceptible to serious and unwanted effects, such as: confusion, depression, falling, and other health consequences. A group of medical experts developed a list of drugs potentially inappropriate for patients aged 65 or older. This list is called the Beer’s Criteria. Some of the drugs are shown below, along with concerns and possible alternatives to these drugs.

Because the risks associated with these medications may outweigh the benefits, talk with your physician about some of the possible alternatives. However, do not stop taking them without first consulting with your doctor.

 

Generic (Brand) Name Concerns Possible Alternatives

Propoxyphene (Darvocet, Darvon)

 

Combination no better than acetaminophen (Tylenol) alone, less effective than ibuprofen (e.g. Motrin, Advil), and may cause narcotic adverse effects. FDA revised labeling includes: Black Box warning concerning risk of overdose, a warning of severe adverse reactions, occurring with concomitant use with CNS depressants (including alcohol), and precautions concerning additional susceptibility of this age group to CNS effects.

Mild Pain: acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (e.g. Motrin, Advil)

Moderate or servere pain: hydrocodone/acetaminophen, oxycodone/acetaminophen, oxycodone, fentanyl patch

Note: Sudden discontinuation of chronic therapy can result in withdrawal symptoms. Gradual tapering is recommended.

Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) Questionable efficacy at doses tolerated by this age group and efficacy past 2-3 weeks is not proven. Can cause sedation, weakness, confusion, drug mouth, urine retention and may increase the risk of falls in this age group. Spasticity: baclofen (Lioresal), tizanidine (Zanaflex)
Hydroxyzine (Atarax, Vistaril) Can cause sedation, confusion, dry mouth, urinary retention and may increase the risk of falls in this age group.

Allergic conditions: fexofenadine (Allegra), cetirizine (Zyrtec), loratidine (Claritin), desloratadine (Clarinex), azelastine (Astelin)

Anxiety: citalopram (Celexa), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), venlafaxine (Effexor), buspirone (Buspar)

Promethazine (Phenergan) Can cause sedation, confusion, dry mouth, urinary retention and may increase the risk of falls in this age group.

Allergic conditions: fexofenadine (Allegra), cetirizine (Zyrtec), loratidine (Claritin), desloratadine (Clarinex), azelastine (Astelin)

Nausea: ondansetron (Zofran), granisetron (Kytril), dolasetron (Anzemet)

Oral Estrogens (Premarin, Prempro) Carcinogenic potential (breast, endometrial cancer), not cardioprotective in this age group. May increase the incidence of dementia in this age group.

Hot flashes: paroxetine (Paxil), gabapentin (Neurontin), venlafaxine (Effexor)

Bone density: calcium, Vitamin D, alendronate (Fosamax), raloxifene (Evista)

 

 

Silver Stars 2010

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Capital Health Plan is proud to be major sponsor and continuing supporter of the Silver Stars program, recognizing active seniors in our community who continue to Live Well, contribute to the community and achieve accomplishments since reaching age 60. The Tallahassee Senior Center, which spearheads the event, invites the community to nominate Silver Stars for their involvement, inspiration and active living. The 2010 celebration culminates in a festive awards dinner at the FSU University Center on April 14th.

"CHP is proud to support the Tallahassee Senior Center’s efforts to highlight extraordinary seniors in our community," said Dr. Nancy Van Vessem, Chief Medical Officer. "Silver Star honorees exemplify CHP’s mission to ‘live well,’ by leading healthy, productive lives, while giving back to others."

Past honorees include athletes, executive directors, community advocates, caregivers, volunteers, and entrepreneurs. The common thread is exemplary service to others and our community. Last year’s Silver Stars included Mildred Allen, Eleanore Campbell, Nancy Graham, John Haughabrook, Barbara Judd, Fairy Powell, Bob Schmidt and James Walker. For more information, contact CHP Member Services at 850.523.7441.

 

 

Nominate an Outstanding Senior for Silver Stars!

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The Silver Stars Celebration is one of Tallahassee’s premier senior recognition events, honoring a select group of people for their special contributions. The Tallahassee Senior Center, which spearheads the event, invites the community to nominate Silver Stars. Capital Health Plan is proud to be a major sponsor for the 2010 celebration which culminates in a festive awards dinner at the FSU University Center this spring.

We bet you know some: those shining women and men who reach age 60 and just keep bringing more brightness into the world. Who can be a star? Your friends, neighbors, relatives who…

  • Since age 60 have accomplished outstanding achievements
  • Demonstrated exemplary service to others and our community
  • Are inspiring models of active aging

From athletes to caregivers, Silver Stars illuminate many paths in life. Past honorees include athletes, executive directors, community advocates, caregivers, volunteers, and entrepreneurs. If you know someone 60 or older whose life of service you admire, whatever the arena, share your appreciation. Nominate a senior star and let the whole community know.

To Submit a Nomination: Write a description of up to 100 words about the individual’s accomplishments since age 60. Submission may be mailed to: Silver Stars Nomination, Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32303

Deadline: February 05, 2010

Event Date: TBD

 

Emmaline J. Scarborough

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When I retired I did not think I could afford a Capital Health Plan (CHP) Medicare Advantage plan. I had seen other Medicare plans with lower or no monthly premiums. I decided to try one of these other plans. Soon after making the switch, I needed to be transported by ambulance from my doctor’s office to the hospital. This ambulance ride cost me $890 out of my own pocket. Then I found out that my heart doctor didn’t take this Medicare plan, even though I had been told I could go to any doctor. I had to wait almost a year until the next election period to rejoin CHP. Emmaline says with joy, “I switched back to CHP and I’ll never leave CHP again!”

 

 

Savvy Senior Programs

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Now Available on Podcast

Are you one of our Savvy Seniors? If so, I know you are interested in keeping up with the latest in health care, wellness and prevention. You may have attended one of our monthly Savvy Senior programs. If you have been unable to attend a Savvy Senior program in person, you can now view and hear the presentation through a Podcast on capitalhealth.com. Check out what you have missed at www.capitalhealth.com/Members/Live-Healthy/Savvy-Senior-Podcast.

 

The Savvy Senior programs are health related and geared toward older adults. Each program is thoughtfully prepared and presented by a CHP physician or other health care professional. The programs are held monthly in each county of our four-county service area – Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon and Wakulla. For upcoming programs, visit the Community Events Calendar on our Web site or call Member Services at 850-523-7441. We can give you the time, location and topic of our next program and add you to our mailing list. Or just go to capitalhealth.com, and view the Podcast in the comfort of your home.

RECENT PROGRAMS:

Join the Trend with Colon Screening by Tara Loucks, ARNP-C

Communicating Effectively with your Physician by Mary Goble, RN, BSN

Depression and Older Adults by Dr. Esaias Lee

Get Smart: How to Improve Your Brain Health as You Age by Dr. Nancy Van Vessem

 

 

 

 

CHP Offers “Nutrition for Seniors” at Tallahassee Senior Center

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All CHP members, as well as the public, are invited to attend an exciting new series of nutrition and health classes. The classes have no charge and do not require pre-registration.

Every Monday in January, please join Capital Health Plan’s registered dietitian, Melissa Dancer-Brown, R.D., L.D./N., for these informative and entertaining sessions! There will be plenty of time for questions and answers, so come prepared with all of your nutrition curiosities. If you have questions, please call the Tallahassee Senior Center at 850-891-4000.

 

Time & Place: Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe Street, 11 a.m. – noon

 

January 5, 2009: “Keeping the Resolution: Starting the New Year Right”

January 12: “Healthy Eating for Whatever Ails You: Living with Diabetes, Hypertension, Obesity or High Cholesterol”

January 19: “Eating for One or Two on a Limited Budget”

January 26: “Common Misconceptions about Nutrition: What Are Your Issues?”