NOTICE: St. Luke’s Older Adult Meal Plan Stopped Temporarily

st luke meal programOut of concern for your health and the health of our patients, St. Luke’s University Health Network is temporarily stopping the Older Adult Meal Program offered at several hospitals.

The stoppage is needed to reduce the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. After there is no longer a health risk, the program will again offer healthy $3.99 meals to adults 65 and older. 

We apologize for any inconvenience.

READ Your Medicare Summary Notice or Explanation of Benefits

medicare fraud1 webMedicare fraud is a problem that costs taxpayers between $60 to $90 billion per year. Last year, as part of “Operation Double Helix”, law enforcement agencies charged 30 people with defrauding Medicare of $2 billion dollars by performing unnecessary genetic tests on saliva samples from beneficiaries. Although law enforcement is making strides in tracking down these criminals, for every scam they shut down, it seems a new scam rears its head. We know it pays to be informed and vigilant - so, is there a way for you to detect potential fraud? Yes! By reading your Medicare Summary Notice (MSN, or “This Is Not a Bill” statement) or Explanation of Benefits (EOB) from your Medicare Advantage plan.

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Conquering Winter Blahs

winter walk1 webNow that the leaves are down and the days are shorter, it is often hard to get motivated to think about exercise, let alone work on our food choices. We seem to want to hibernate and reach for comfort foods. Unfortunately, with our human makeup, this combination only leads towards gaining weight and becoming less flexible.

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Colorectal Screening Saves Lives

doctor and patient01 webWe have made great strides in preventing, detecting and treating colon cancer. Despite a steady decrease in colorectal cancer among older Americans, many more lives could be saved with appropriate screening and early treatment, says Mechu Mey Narayanan, MD.

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Spring Cleaning the Old-Fashioned (a.k.a. Green) Way

house cleaning1 webIt’s that time again – time to refresh our homes, bodies and minds by doing spring cleaning! It’s a world-wide tradition that’s centuries old!In the days before electricity and clean heating methods, everything in the house was covered with soot from coal heaters, oil lamps and candles by the end of winter. It would have been unthinkable not to open up the doors and windows to air the house, wipe down the furniture and walls, and take the linens and carpets outside to freshen.

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A Study of Loneliness, Isolation and Remedies

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AARP conducted a national survey of adults 45 and older to gauge the extent of their feelings of loneliness and isolation. Additionally the study made recommendations for coping with loneliness.

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