As I write this from the comfort of my office, there are a lot of big things going on — riots, wildfires, hurricanes — and that just describes the political scene! Of course, overshadowing the other news like the smoke from California, is the COVID-19 pandemic. Other than the dangers these situations present, they all have one thing in common: They began with something small. Riots and demonstrations are usually triggered by
single events, such as an unjust action or an act of civil disobedience. Wildfires that destroy acres and acres and lives and property are usually fanned from a spark or small fire that spreads like — wildfire.
The Fellowship Community launched an interactive Magical Memory Table designed to promote engagement and improve motor skills for residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia. An estimated 5.8 million Americans (10%) are living with Alzheimer’s, so Fellowship Community began a Dementia Care Initiative to establish best practices for caring for its residents affected by the disease.
Older adults are more susceptible to getting both the flu and COVID 19 — as well as developing serious complications from these diseases — than younger people. Consequently, geriatric medicine specialist, Roopa Anmolsingh, MD, urges seniors to get a flu shot this fall. “The latest recommendation is to get the vaccine in mid-to-late October in order to have more prolonged immunity through April,” said Dr. Anmolsingh, of St.
Luke’s Senior Care Associates.
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging reminds consumers that the annual open enrollment period for Medicare beneficiaries will begin Thursday, October 15, 2020, and end Monday, December 7, 2020. Any new coverage selected takes effect January 1, 2021. During open enrollment, new Medicare beneficiaries can sign up for Medicare Prescription Drug coverage and health plans to complement Medicare, and current
Medicare beneficiaries can review and join, switch, or drop Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug Coverage so that it better meets their needs.
The Pandemic of 2020 has affected us in ways we may not have imagined at first. Probably the biggest overall hurdle to normal life has been the lockdowns and social distancing, making it difficult to conduct business as usual. This is particularly difficult for those in the real estate industry, where houses need to be shown, contacts need to be made, and papers need to be signed. Changes in the economy and government regulations and reactions to the pandemic have caused changes in housing availability and migration patterns of families in flux.