Health Matters

Kristine Watson

Every week when we watched the TV show Lassie, I always thought, "How can dogs be that smart?" Their intelligence and dedication to their human partners continues to amaze us.

Pet therapy has been shown to be particularly helpful to Alzheimer’s patients and those affected by other dementias. Pets, and dogs in particular, can calm those affected by dementia, help them stay active (Dogs love to walk!), and help them stay social through interactions with passersby who cannot resist these fuzzy companions.

You may not realize it, but there are actually two ways to receive your Medicare benefits.

The best-known way is Original Medicare. With Original Medicare, you can choose any doctor, hospital, or other healthcare provider you want, as long as they accept Medicare. When you receive medical services or goods, Medicare pays the provider directly.

David Sayen

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who recently obtained health coverage through the new Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP), here are some steps you can take to make the most of your new coverage.

Put your health first. Staying healthy is important for you and your family, so be sure that you maintain a healthy lifestyle at home, at work, and in the community.

This month, I’d like to present an Interview with Krista Lucchesi director of the Mercy Brown Bag Program.

Q. Krista, what is the status of the elderly and their ability to have balanced, healthy meals every day?

As a person with Medicare, do you have any rights and protections? You certainly do!

You have rights whether you’re enrolled in Original Medicare — in which you can choose any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare — or Medicare Advantage, in which you get care within a network of health care providers.

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