Case Manager Info

June – Case Manager News

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The Verona Caregiver support group is a fantastic group of people that support each other in all stages of caregiving and meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 10:00. Club 108 is available as respite for your loved one while you attend if needed. Also, if you know a caregiver and have some time to spare, ask them if they need a break. Provide an afternoon of respite. Wash the windows. Anything you can do to help the caregiver will be appreciated more than you’ll know. Many caregivers won’t ask for the help, so by reaching out to them would be so, so helpful.

NEW MEDICARE CARDS ARE COMING! The new card will no longer have your social security number on it. Here are some facts about the new Medicare cards – They will be mailed to you at no cost between April 2018-April 2019. If someone calls and tells you there is a cost to get your card, this is a scam. Nobody will call you from Medicare or Social Security asking for your banking information or your social security number. According to Medicare.gov, residents in Wisconsin should receive your new card sometime after June of this year. When your new card arrives, destroy your old card.

Kim and I will be sending out case management updates by email; changes to Medicare, scam alerts and more. If you’d like to receive case management emails, please call or email either Kim or I at kim.crowell@ci.verona.wi.us or becky.losby@ci.verona.wi.us.

What do you call a pony with a cough? A little horse. What do you call a guy with a rubber toe? Roberto. Why wouldn’t the shrimp share his treasure? Because he was a little shellfish.

Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind ~ Seals and Crofts

Becky

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Assistance Paying Your Medicare Premiums and Costs

 If you meet the eligibility criteria, the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary or Medicare Premium Assistance program in Wisconsin may pay your required premiums, coinsurance, and deductibles for both Part A (hospital-related costs) and B (physician-related costs), depending on the program.

The key requirements include that you are eligible for Medicare Part A and the amount of your total assets and your monthly income do not exceed a certain amount. Your assets cannot exceed $7,390 if you are single and $11,090 if you are a couple. The income limits vary based on the assistance program and could be about $1,000 to $1,200 per month if you are single and about $1,300 to $1,600 for a couple.

Our Case Managers, Becky Losby and Kim Crowell, can help you call for benefit eligibility information or to apply through the Capital Consortium, an agency that administers and enrolls Wisconsin residents for these types of programs. Contact us to schedule a time to come to the Senior Center or for us to go to your home.

Kim

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May is Mental Health Month

 Posted 4/23/2018

Did you know:

  • There is a strong relationship between having mental health problems and having gastrointestinal symptoms like heartburn, indigestion, acid reflux, bloating, pain, constipation, and diarrhea.
  • Those with the diet highest in junk and processed foods are 80% more likely to have depression.
  • Just one hour of exercise a week is related to lower levels of mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders.
  • When a person consistently struggles to get enough or good quality sleep, they have a higher risk for health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and obesity.
  • Chronic stress has been linked to reduced ability to fight off viruses and increased risk for heart disease, headaches, intestinal problems, sexual dysfunction, diabetes, and even cancer.

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. So much of what we do physically impacts us mentally. Paying attention to both your physical and mental health can help you recover from illness or injury and achieve ongoing wellness.

May is Mental Health Month and this year, the national focus is on raising awareness about the connection between physical health and mental health, through the theme Fitness #4 Mind4Body. The campaign is meant to educate and inform individuals about the five components of a healthy lifestyle, including eating healthy foods, gut health, managing stress, exercising, and getting enough sleep. A healthy lifestyle can help us to recover from or prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems. Mental illnesses are real, and recovery is always the goal. Living a healthy lifestyle may not be easy, but by looking at your overall health every day – both physically and mentally – you can go a long way. For more information, visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may.

– Kim

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