Health Matters

You don’t have to look far to find a dietary recommendation for almost anything; blood type, body type, gender, race, region, you name it, it probably exists. With all of this "noise" how can you determine the right plan for you and your family? Perhaps asking that question differently is the key. Instead of "the right plan" perhaps the question should be "the plan that makes me feel best and is the best fit for my life."

It’s easy to forget that before 1966, roughly half of all American seniors were uninsured, living in fear that the high cost of health care could plunge not only them, but their families, into poverty. Few of us remember that not long ago, far too many disabled people, families with children, pregnant women, and low-income working Americans were unable to afford the medical care they needed to stay healthy and productive.

Envision a lithe, graceful dancer, moving rhythmically and deliberately to a pattern of choreographed dance steps, in perfect unison with the carefully measured movements of the dancers around her. You might be thinking of an episode of TV’s "So You Think You Can Dance?" or "Dancing with the Stars." Actually, you could be observing 94-year-old Rose, one of the many youthful senior dancers at Mastick Senior Center’s line dancing classes.

Are you getting less than eight hours of sleep per night? Do you wake up during the night several times? Do you wake up and have trouble getting back to sleep? If you answered yes to any of these, you could have insomnia.

More than 60 percent of Americans say they suffer from insomnia. It is so prevalent in the U.S. yet we just accept it as a normal part of life when it happens.

Do you ever have questions about your Medicare? Have you ever wondered where you can get fast, reliable answers to those questions — free of charge? There’s a terrific program in your community that can help. It’s called the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). If you’re eligible for Medicare, you’re eligible for personalized counseling from your local SHIP office.