ElderCarelink Blog

Feel Like There Is No One on Your Side? Try a Patient Advocate!

by Sue Lanza
August 19th, 2010 at 2:12 am

Do you have the same stacks of papers that I do cluttering up my kitchen table and many other flat surfaces? I’m sure you do. I’m not talking about the routine bills (they take up plenty of their own space) or the pictures of the grandkids, I mean the annoying piles of things erroneously called “explanation of benefits”, “this is not a bill” or “your easy-to- read provider statement”.

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Signing On to Medicare: A First Hand Experience – Part 2

by Carol Bursack
June 22nd, 2010 at 1:01 am

Recently, I wrote about turning 65 and my foray into Medicare territory as a personal journey. Though I’m not retired, I did manage to get signed up for Medicare Part A – the Medicare we  can get at 65, which at least partially covers major medical costs. Read more »

Medical Identity Theft Rapidly Increasing As People Have Lost Health Insurance

by Carol Bursack
June 5th, 2010 at 4:34 am

When I had my last checkup at a clinic I’ve patronized for years, the woman at the desk took my picture. I was a little surprised, but she said they’d been trying to get all of their patient’s pictures on the charts for years, but only recently gotten really serious about it. Read more »

Area Agencies on Aging Good Source of Information

by Carol Bursack
May 25th, 2010 at 1:01 am

It’s unfortunate that we can’t all have access to the community help that is offered by the Area Agencies on Aging. I’m somewhat baffled that all states don’t have access, but I happen to live in one that doesn’t – even though I can cross the bridge downtown and be in another state which does. Read more »

Study Shows Brain Plaques May Not Be Villain in Alzheimer’s: Back to the Drawing Board?

by Carol Bursack
May 18th, 2010 at 1:01 am

According to an article on Reuters titled “New theory of Alzheimer’s explains drug failures,” the long-held theory that has many drug companies scrambling to be the first to come up with a drug to prevent or cure Alzheimer’s may be flawed.

Worse than flawed, actually. Read more »