Healthy Aging ® Month
Aging is a normal process that everybody goes through. However, there seems to be a lot of negative light on aging. Healthy Aging ® Month is here to encourage people who are forty-five years old and older to see all the positive aspects of growing older. They believe there are numerous ways that older people can change their lifestyles positively, follow their suppressed passions, and be excited about the next days and years of their lives1.
Here are a few suggestions from Healthy Aging® Magazine to improve your prospective on aging:
- Be positive in every way1. Avoid complaining about things and partake in exciting conversations. Stray away from those friends who are always negative, because they will bring you down as well.
- Get involved1. Whether it is being involved with your friends or getting involved in the community, make calls and see what you can do. Don’t sit around alone at home. Call friends to get food or volunteer at a local school to interact with younger people.
- Walk around1. Walking will not only help your health, but will allow you to meet different people in your neighborhood (especially if you bring your dog on the walk).
- Check your health1. Set up health screenings at your local medical center to make sure that you are at the healthiest that you can be.
- Find the artist in you1. You may have an inner talent in you that you were never able to see before. Is there anything that you ever really wanted to take up? Sign up for classes such as music and art classes to find your hidden talents!
 September is Healthy Aging® Month. Retrieved September 2, 2015, from http://healthyaging.net/healthy-lifestyle/september-is-healthy-aging-month/
Medicare Open Enrollment
Medicare Open Enrollment ended on December 7. If someone missed the Open Enrollment Period and is truly dissatisfied with their Medicare Advantage plan, there is a Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (MADP) that lasts from January 1 to February 14 of the following year. A person in a Medicare Advantage Plan can leave their plan, switch to Original Medicare, and join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to add drug coverage during this period. Learn more about joining a health or drug plan.
There are specific times when a person can sign up for a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO) or Medicare prescription drug coverage . They can also make changes to existing coverage:
1. If they first become eligible for Medicare or turn 65 during the Initial Enrollment Period
2. During certain yearly enrollment periods
3. Under certain circumstances that qualify the person for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP)
Learn more about the Medicare C & D enrollment periods and be sure to take advantage of everything Medicare has to offer.
 Understanding Medicare Part C & D Enrollment Periods. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Oct. 2012. Web. Dec. 2013.
BPHC released the new Governance PIN (http://bphc.hrsa.gov/policiesregulations/policies/pin201401.html). There will be multiple opportunities for training regarding the new PIN, including TA calls specific for consultants and for special populations.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released Policy Information Notice (PIN) 2013-01: Health Center Budgeting and Accounting Requirements. The PIN is available at: http://bphc.hrsa.gov/policiesregulations/policies/pin201301.html