Medicare Open Enrollment is Coming! Are YOU ready? Listen and learn on The Senior Answer, Saturday at 11:00 on 100.7 KKHT

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Medicare – Something that every American who reaches age 65 or who has a parent over 65 needs to be informed about and informed about in detail. Medicare, Medicare supplements (no they are not vitamins), part D drug plans, Medicare “Advantage” plans and the whole alphabet soup. Starting October 15th and running through Pearl Harbor Day is the annual Open Enrollment period when you can change your Medicare insurance plans.
The choices you make in the next few weeks for yourself or for your parents if you are their caregiver can literally make a difference of tens of thousands of dollars in spending over the next year.

Part One covers Traditional Medicare and Supplement Plans with our Medicare Expert Misty Fox! Listen in at 11:00 on 100.7 KKHT! No Radio? Listen online at senioranswer.org .

Misty Fox is the owner of the McCunis-Fox Insurance agency and you can contact her via mccunisfox.com or call her at 832-264-6091.

Important Medicare Information Links!

52 page Medicare guide to buying a Medigap Policy
Medigap GuideMedicare’s Guide to Medicare Advantage Plans

The Hidden Risks of Those Popular Medicare Advantage Plans
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The Pasadena Senior Expo is this Wednesday! Don’t miss it!

The Pasadena Senior Expo is this Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 from 9AM to Noon at the Pasadena Convention Center on Fairmont Parkway. Join us with thousands of seniors and hundreds of senior service providers. Have questions about senior living or senior care? Get them answered! There will be booths where you can learn about the free and low cost government programs for seniors plus how to get help from non-profit foundations and more! Learn more on their website (click here for website) or by calling 713-477-0175 .

Listen to The Senior Answer this Saturday morning at 11 on 100.7 FM KKHT as we learn more about the Senior Expo and about the great work being done by the wonderful staff at the Madison Jobe Senior Center in Pasadena! No radio? Listen on line at senioranswer.org , just click on the headphones!

See a fun video of the Center in action here!

Listener Special Resource! TOP TEN WEBSITES FOR INFORMATION ON OSTEOPOROSIS

TOP TEN WEBSITES FOR INFORMATION ON OSTEOPOROSIS

Want more information on Osteoporosis? Click the links below!

1.National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
2. National Center for Biotechnology Information
3. Hormone Health Network | Your Endocrine System Resource
4. International Osteoporosis Foundation | Bone Health
5. Web MD
6. Bone Health Facts
7. Mayo Clinic
8. Preventing steroid induced osteoporosis
9. Hormone.org The value of seeing an endocrinologist
10. Effect of anabolic steroids on osteoporosis

Osteoporosis… Breaking news on causes and prevention!


Join us on The Senior Answer, with Dr Medhavi Jogi with Houston Thyroid and Endocrine Specialists and Clinical Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, Saturday morning at 11 on 100.7 KKHT as we learn about this disease and how to treat it! Some of the topics we will discuss include;

Is osteoporosis an endocrine disorder?
What is the connection between the endocrine system and osteoporosis?
What population (age, genetics, etc) is most often affected the greatest by osteoporosis?
What are some important questions you should ask your endocrinologist about osteoporosis?
What kind of doctor should you see for osteoporosis?
How does the endocrinologist apply the knowledge of the endocrine system to caring for patients with osteoporosis?
What should one expect an endocrinologist do on the first visit? Follow up visits?
What are some of the different treatment options for Osteoporosis?
How do you find out that you have it? (Diagnostic testing, etc.)
How will it affect you if you do not get proper care or treatment (in the long run)?

No radio? Listen on line at senioranswer.org!

You can get more information about Dr Medhavi Jogi and endocrine disorders at Houstonendocrine.com

Does someone you love suffer with Depression, PTSD or after effects of emotional trauma? Most people can learn to manage emotions, use healthy coping, change behaviors and get unstuck to feel better and love yourself again.

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This Saturday Co-Host Doug shares his journey from the depths of PTSD hell back to loving life again! Join Doug with a leading Psychologist specializing in PTSD and depression as they help you understand what PTSD and depression are and how to find help for yourself or your loved one!

If you would like to get control of your life or help your loved one regain control of theirs, deal with emotions or lack of emotions, stop behaviors that cause more problems, improve self-esteem, improve relationships, cope effectively, and stop harmful thoughts, join Doug and Kathy and our expert guest on The Senior Answer this Saturday morning at 11 on 100.7 FM KKHT Houston. No radio in the house? Listen to the live stream at www.senioranswer.org ! Do not miss this important program!!!!

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Can you save a senior from abuse today? Learn how!


Don’t let THIS be your Mom or Dad’s treatment when your back is turned!


You can save a senior’s life today! Learn how on The Senior Answer, Saturday morning at 11 on 100.7 KKHT as we share how you can help Adult Protective Services protect seniors from neglect, abuse and exploitation with Rachel Portnoy with Adult Protective Services. No radio? Listen live at www.senioranswr.org or on iHeart at KKHT!!!

Do you know of a senior who needs help? You can learn more about Adult Protective Services on line at APS or call their report hotline at 1-800-252-5400. You can also make an on line services referral via the on line hotline at On Line Hotline Reporting.

Some of the topics we will explore include;
What is the mission of APS? Adult Protective Services (APS) investigates abuse, neglect and/or exploitation of the aged and disabled. When maltreatment is confirmed, APS provides or arranges services to alleviate the problem. Many people who are elderly or have disabilities live alone or are dependent on others for their care. Isolation is a factor that places vulnerable adults at risk for abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.
As the population continues to age, APS will continue to see an increase in the number of reports.
More than half of all cases reported to involve neglect. Most involve self-neglect. Through illness or diminished mental capacity, vulnerable adults may no longer be able to provide adequately for their own health and safety. They may live in unsanitary conditions, without hear or running water, or may need assistance with meals and other daily activities. They may also require medical care.

Once the investigation has been completed, APS develops a service plan to address unmet needs and to ensure the safety and protection of the client. Service plans are developed with input from the client. A client with decision making capacity has the right to refuse services.
APS always starts with the least restrictive services. It is not APS protocol to remove a client from their home, this is a last resort applied only when it is a life or death scenario.

What do the terms abuse, neglect and exploitation mean?

Neglect: is the failure to provide for one’s self the goods or services, including medical services, which are necessary to avoid physical or emotional harm or pain, or the failure of a caretaker to provide such goods and services.
Types of Neglect:
• Physical
• Medical
• Mental health
Indicators of Neglect
• Hoarding, home in deplorable conditions or disrepair
• Malnourishment, dehydration, over/under medicating
• Lack of necessities such as food, water or utilities
• Poor personal hygiene
• Lack of medical/mental health treatment
*Physical Neglect makes up over 70% of all APS cases
Abuse: Is the negligent or willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, or cruel punishment with resulting physical or emotional harm or pain.
Types of Abuse:
• Physical Abuse
• Emotional/Verbal Abuse
• Sexual Abuse
Indicators of Abuse:
• Injury that is inconsistent with the explanation
• Pain from touching
• Cuts, burns, bruises, welts
• Contradictory statements, implausible stories
• Fear of perpetrator, low self-esteem, depression
• Caretaker cursing, yelling/screaming
• Sexual transmitted disease
• Unexplained pregnancy
Caregiver Signs
• Prevents vulnerable adult from speaking or to seeing others
• Anger or indifference towards vulnerable adult
• Conflicting accounts of incidents
• Talks of vulnerable adult as a burden
Exploitation: is the illegal or improper act or process of a caretaker, family member, or other individual who has an on-going relationship with a person who is elderly or disabled using or attempting to use the resources of the person who is elderly or disabled for monetary or personal benefit, profit, or gain without informed consent of the person who is elderly or disabled.
Signs of Financial Exploitation
• Frequent expensive gifts from vulnerable adult to caregiver
• Unpaid bills, unusual activity in bank account
• Caregivers name added to bank account
• Frequent checks made out to “cash”
• Documents (will, loan etc) signed when vulnerable adult seems incapable of understanding
• Caregivers refusal to spend money on vulnerable adult
• Signatures on documents that do not resemble vulnerable adults

Are your senior loved ones safe with their paid caregiver? Learn how to make sure!


Have you seen the shocking video footage on the news when a Houston area family installed video cameras in their elderly mothers home after finding suspicious bruises on her? The video showed the paid caregiver repeatedly hitting the 94-year-old Alzheimer’s victim in the head and with it the family was able to stop the abuse. See the shocking story here! Elderly beating victim

Without the video surveillance equipment, the family would never have known what was happening to their mother! Join us live on The Senior Answer, at 11 on Saturday morning on 100.7 FM KKHT as we learn about protecting our seniors with in home audio and video monitoring systems to with our expert guests Danny Myers and David Dusl with Lighthouse Video Surveillance of Houston. No radio? Listen on line at www.senioranswer.org!
Some of the areas we will help you learn about include;
• Why install video and audio recording equipment in a loved one’s home?
• Do I need the permission of those I am recording? Dementia / Alzheimer’s – Power of attorney
• Are there legal limits on who or what I can record?
• Are there different rules for video and audio?
• Covert or overt equipment?
• What are the laws in Texas regarding selling, designing and installing camera systems?
• Is this something that can be a DIY project?
• Can I watch the system from a remote location? Can the systems alert me to unusual events?
• Should I also watch the home exterior or entryways for intruders?
• Do I need an infrared security camera?
• How often should I check to see what is recorded?
• Do I need battery backup for my camera system?
• Can outdoor cameras be used indoors or vice versa?
• How to find an installation company that is right for me?

Reduce falling risks for your elder loved one!


Falls in older people are a major public health problem, with 1 in 3 people aged 65 and over falling each year. It is well recognised that falls result from the interaction between environmental hazards and physiological risk factors, such as impaired vision, muscle weakness, and slow reaction time. More recently, foot problems, which affect 1 in 3 older people and are a common reason for consultation in primary care have been associated with falls. Specifically, foot pain, reduced range of motion, toe weakness, and toe deformity have each been shown to be independent risk factors for falling. In addition, footwear related risk factors for falls include walking barefoot, walking in socks alone or wearing shoes with inadequate fixation (that is, no laces, straps, or buckles), increased heel height, and reduced contact area of sole. Given the emerging evidence that foot problems and inappropriate footwear increase the risk of falls, several guidelines for falls prevention recommend that older people have their feet and footwear examined by a podiatrist.

Learn more about how podiatric intervention can help prevent falls with our guest, Dr. Kroboth, DPM, this Saturday morning at 11 on The Senior Answer on 100.7FM KKHT or on line at senioranswer.org

Medicare crisis growing for seniors! Doctors denying patients needed care under Medicare!


Learn why doctors are denying patients needed care and how you can prepare!

Saturday morning at 11, Dr. Garcia, Cardiologist and past president of the Texas Medical Association tells the inside story of why more and more doctors are refusing to see Medicare patients. What good is Medicare coverage if your doctor won’t accept it?

Some of the areas we will cover during this expose include;
* Background of the Medicare system and Physician relationships
* Change from holistic to single issue care
* Payment methods evolution
* Increasing complexity of claims processing
* Uncertainty of payment
* Why are doctors refusing to accept new Medicare patients
* If I have Medicare can I see my Doctor if they have opted out of * Medicare (increased co-pay)
* What can be done?
Listen this Saturday morning at 11:00 on 100.7 KKHT Houston or on line at senioranswer.org .

Does your aging parent qualify for in home care paid 100% by Medicare?

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You might be surprised to find out they do! We invite you to listen in as e explain how to qualify, what you should get and how to find an agency that meets your needs!

Topics covered in this program include;
* Who is eligible for in home care?
* What is skilled care
* What is Homebound
* What services are covered
* When should I ask for help
* Signs your loved one needs help
* Signs the caregiver needs help
Anyone can refer to Home Health! We will contact the physician
You have the right to choose… How to choose the right Home Health Agency for your loved one
Find out Saturday morning at 11 with Kathy and Doug on The Senior Answer on 100.7 FM KKHT! No radio? Listen on line at www.senioranswer.org!