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Help Fight Medicare Fraud

Medicare logoPeople in the Reading / Berks County area — vaccinated or not — are not immune to the various types of fraud, especially when it comes to emotion-laden health issues. Medicare recipients are prone to scams, and we hope the following advice from Medicare.gov will inoculate our neighbors against those who prey on our fears and circumstances.

Note: Medicare covers the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost to you, so if anyone asks you to share your Medicare Number or pay for access to the vaccine, you can bet it’s a scam.

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How You Can Help Reduce Your Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

As residents of the Reading / Berks County area grow older, we are subject to many afflictions as our bodies begin to wear out. One of the more common diagnoses among seniors is macular degeneration. AMD is one of the leading causes of vision loss among people 50 and older and affects 16 million Americans — more than glaucoma and cataracts combined.

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What Do I Need To Know About HIPAA?

With all the confusion about COVID, vaccinations, vax passports, masking, and conditions for entering stores and other public and private venues, residents of Berks County and the Reading area are wondering about their legal rights, especially under the HIPAA privacy rules. Residents of personal care communities and their loved ones may be especially concerned about how their health information is shared. This article is a brief introduction to the basics of HIPAA, and here is a link to the FAQs page of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (hhs.gov/hipaa/for-individuals/faq/index.html).

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Aging Life Care Professionals®: Guides and Advocates in Times of Uncertainty

Life in the Berks County / Reading area has its uncertainties, just like anywhere else. Although the challenges of living in our area may be somewhat different from other places, there are decisions to make and needs to be met that make seniors anywhere a special group. Life changes, especially those that involve family caregivers, may require the help of educated and experienced professionals who can navigate issues related to aging and elder care. Aging Life Care Professionals® are those specialists.

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Don’t Sweat the Heat — Summer Safety Tips to Keep You Safe

The Reading / Berks County area has been hit with several heat waves this year, and forecasters are warning us that there are more on the way. When we think of severe weather events, we think of hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. Perhaps not surprisingly, extreme heat is considered the most dangerous type of severe-weather event in the U.S. In July 1995, over 700 people died during a five-day heat wave in Chicago. Most of the victims were poor elderly residents who could not afford air conditioning and were afraid to open their windows or sleep outside for fear of crime. Many were alone and so their suffering went unnoticed.

As COVID-19 restrictions ease and seniors are encouraged to spend time outdoors, we would like to share some hot-weather safety tips for older folks and caregivers. NOTE: This article is not intended to provide medical advice. Always consult a medical professional for advice and treatment.

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It’s Great for Seniors to Get Out in the Great Outdoors

Building OutsideIt's summertime in the Reading / Berks County area, and the sun and fresh air are beckoning us to spend more time outdoors. Sacred Heart Villa offers an abundance of indoor activities all-year-round (You can see our calendar and newsletter here), but there's nothing like enjoying the beauty of Creation after being cooped up during a winter of cold and COVID!

Our residents enjoy year-round amenities, such as our library to sharpen their mind, a beauty salon to bring out their glow, plus lounges and a social hall for getting together for any reason and no reason. There are exercises for walking and arts for exercising their creativity. Hymn sings and singalongs exercise our residents' vocal cords while word games exercise their wits. We also have a peaceful meditation center on the grounds to allow for exercising souls.

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Beware of Online Shopping Scams

online shoppingThe ease and convenience of online shopping have made it the first choice for many shoppers who cannot or would rather not get out to do their shopping, because of health and other restrictions. Sadly but predictably, online shoppers are a top choice for scammers as well. Take some time to follow these guidelines from the Federal Trade Commission to protect yourself and your money.

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