Alzheimer’s disease is a disease that causes the declination of memory, thinking, and reasoning skills[1].

About 5.3 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease this year[2]. Out of the 5.3 million Americans, two-thirds (3.2 million) of them are women2. Older African-Americans and Hispanics are more likely to have Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias2, and one in three seniors who die in a year has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other dementias2.

There are ten warning signs of Alzheimer’s that should be dealt with, with a doctor, as soon as possible[3].

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  2. Difficulty planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Difficulty understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6. New problems with speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and not being able to retrace steps
  8. Decreased/poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from work and social activities
  10. Mood and personality changes

Although Alzheimer’s has no current cure, treatments are available to slow the process down.

If you or a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, there is help. Learning about the disease is a great long-term strategy[1]. Call the 24/7 Helpline at 800) 272-3900, or go to the Alzheimer’s Navigator to create action plans and get local support.

[1] Alzheimer’s Disease Fact. Retrieved October 30, 2015 from

[2] 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. (2015). Retrieved October 30, 2015 from

[3] 10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s. (2015). Retrieved October 30, 2015 from

Violence against womenThe United Nation’s General Assembly designated November 25 as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  Governments, international organizations and NGOs are invited to organize activities on November 25 to raise public awareness and support survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Prevention is possible and essential.

Violence against women impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security.  According to the United Nations, up to 70 percent of women will experience physical and sexual violence in their lifetimes. Everyone has a role to play in preventing and ending violence against women and children. It is time to take action and put an end to the violence against women!  Here are ideas on how to recognize International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

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.

[1] Understanding Medicare Part C & D Enrollment Periods. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Oct. 2012. Web. Dec. 2013.

BPHC released the new Governance PIN (  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: