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                                                                                      200 West Michigan Avenue Suite 102 Battle Creek, MI 49017
Aging and Disability Resource Line: 1-800-626-6719 General Agency Telephone: (269) 966-2450
  My Medicare Matters Medicare Open Enrollment Continues
By: Karen Courtney, Regional MMAP Coordinator, CareWell Services SW
Be Care Curious During National Family Caregiver Month
From Caregiver Action Network
     Open Enrollment for Medicare Part D Prescription Plans, or Medicare Advantage Plans runs through December 7. Enrollments during Open Enrollment will take effect January 1, 2020.
Call MMAP to set your Medicare Open Enrollment Check Up appointment to review 2020 plans: MMAP Statewide Hotline: 1-800-806-7174 (Hotline will route your call to the nearest MMAP office). CareWell Services SW at the Kool Family Center, 200 West Michigan in Battle Creek: 1-269-966-2450. Calhoun County Office of Senior Services, 315 West Green Street in Marshall: 1-269-781-0846 (They are also making appointments
for Heritage Commons Senior Enrichment Center in Marshall). Forks Senior Center, 101 N. Albion Street in Albion: 1-517- 629-3842.
Be cautious! Insurance does you no good if your doctors
won’t take it. Some Medicare Advantage plans advertise and sell aggressively during open enrollment yet ARE NOT widely accepted locally. PLEASE call your providers to verify the exact Medicare Advantage plans with which they contract. Some doctors will take HMOs but not PPOs for certain companies. Also, if you leave a Medigap policy to try Medicare Advantage, there’s no guarantee you’d be able to return to a Medigap later without a big price jump.
MMAP is not affiliated
with any insurance companies, pharmacies, or pharmaceutical manufacturers. MMAP offers unbiased one-on-one benefits counseling so consumers can make informed decisions.
Other unbiased ways to compare Medicare plans:
or, call Medicare directly at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633- 4227). They get information over the phone, and help you review your options and sign up for Part D, too.
MMAP is funded in part by federal SHIP funds through the Administration on Community Living, and locally by the Calhoun County Senior Millage. The service is free, Donations are accepted.
The theme for National Family Caregivers Month November
2019 is Be Care Curious. Family caregivers want their loved ones
to have the best care possible – at the doctor’s office, at the hospital, and at home. We encourage family caregivers across the country to ask questions, explore options and share in the care decisions that affect the health and well-being of their loved ones.
one responding well to treatment? If not, ask your doctor if there are other options. New treatments are available every day. Whether it’s a different dose, a new medication, or a new procedure, speak up and ask your doctor if there are options you and your loved one should consider.
at home? Will you be trained on what to do and how to do it? A lot of care happens at home and you need to be prepared to provide that care.
 Be Care Curious about your loved one’s goals. You know your loved one better, and spend more time with them than anyone else does. Talk to them about what their goals are for treatment and their care in general. It can be hard to talk about goals when facing a disease. But these talks help make sure your loved ones are getting the care they want.
Be Care Curious when researching. The internet is a
great research tool, but it can also be full of conflicting, and even dangerous, advice – so don’t stop there! Be curious about that article you just read. Is it from a reliable source? Talk to friends, family, and doctors to ask as many questions as possible to learn about your loved one’s condition.
Be Care Curious about coverage. Don’t be shy about asking questions about insurance coverage. Is your parents’ Medicare plan the best option or should
you change plans during open enrollment? Was a medication switched for a medical reason,
or because your insurance no longer covered it? If coverage was denied, what can you do to change their minds? Family caregiving is stressful, but the more you know, the more confident and capable
you will be when providing care. Remember – knowledge is power! So this November, during National Family Caregivers Month, take time to Be Care Curious about your loved one’s care!
Be Care Curious about treatment options. Is your loved
Be Care Curious about the care plan. If your loved one is in the hospital, be sure to ask what happens next. Will they need
home care after being discharged? Are there new medications or procedures you will need to manage
  Upcoming Training Available for Caregivers of Loved Ones with Dementia
By: Liz Lawson Young, Marketing Specialist, CareWell Services SW
Family caregivers are the backbone of community-based services, and as the number of people with dementia increases, the need for caregiver support
is urgent. To support our local family caregivers of people with dementia, CareWell Services is offering a workshop developed by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI). The Dealing with Dementia Caregiver Workshop provides tips and strategies for caregivers on best practices for caring for their loved ones and themselves.
 “Most family caregivers assume the care of a loved one without access to needed training and education,” said
The goal for the Dealing with Dementia Caregiver Workshop
is for Alzheimer's and dementia family caregivers to gain a better understanding of dementia, utilize strategies to effectively manage dementia behaviors, and develop habits of stress management and self-care.
Training will take place on Tuesday, November 26 from 1-5pm at the Kool Family Community Center on the second floor. Individuals must pre-register for the Workshop in order to attend. Register today by calling (269) 441-0930 or email
Gayle Alston, Director of RCI Training Center for Excellence. “Caregiving for a loved one is a rewarding and loving experience. However, due to the physical and emotional demands of caregiving and the struggles specific to dementia care, caregivers often suffer high levels of stress and depression.”
four-hour workshop will receive a copy of the new Dealing with Dementia Guide. This guide provides over 300 pages of information and solutions to problems caregivers face every day. If you are a caregiver or know someone who is caring for a loved one with dementia, don’t miss this important opportunity.
  Caregivers who attend the

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