Your Guide to Navigating Medicare’s Open Enrollment

Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people age 65 and older as well as younger individuals who are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance. Medicare is broken up into four different parts, each one providing coverage for specific medical needs. Understanding how the distinct parts of Medicare interact with each other, what coverage options…


Health Care Planning Following a Diagnosis of Dementia

Progressive forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, allow the individual diagnosed with the disease to participate in the planning of their care. In last month’s edition of Life Navigator, we looked at financial and legal considerations one should make following the diagnosis of dementia. In this month’s article, we turn our attention to the planning…


Who are the Boomerang Seniors?

Many people have heard the terms “sandwich generation” and “silver tsunami.” But today, there is a new phrase, “boomerang seniors,” that describes many seniors in their 60s, 70s and even 80s. These boomerang seniors are caring for an even older relative, usually a parent, who is in their 90s or 100s. You can think of…


What Is Connected Health?

Historically, health care has been disconnected, or as Susmit Pal, Healthcare Strategist at Dell EMC, describes it, “… episodic in nature, with clinicians making decisions without seeing a comprehensive picture of the patient.” The goal of connected health then is to help health care professionals see a more complete view of the patient, not just…


The Important Role of the Patient Advocate

America’s health care system is more complicated than ever, and many patients lack the clinical background to make sense of the overwhelming amount of information they are given by their doctors, specialists, pharmacists and other health care professionals. Exacerbating the situation, doctors are seeing more patients and have less time to spend per patient counseling them about their diagnosis and treatment options. As a result, patient outcomes are suffering.