Parkinson's Disease affects one out of every 100 seniors, yet more than 25% of people enrolled in the Medicare Prescription drug program hit the coverage gap known as the "donut hole" each year leaving Parkinson's patients short on cash or short on meds.
But, hopefully, relief is on the way!
This week, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that more one-time, tax-free $250 rebate checks are being mailed to eligible beneficiaries across the country." Visit our WEbMD Newsroom as guest blogger, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, shares exactly what this may mean for you and how to claim your rebate.
How do you see this affecting your prescription costs? Has this gap in coverage prevented you from continuing your meds as recommended?
Your mother is very fortunate to have such a thoughtful daughter! I'm sure you are considering withholding some of the PD information from her for fear that the news may have ill effects on her emotional stamina.
While it may be upsetting to her at first, at least she will have the opportunity to make informed decisions and plan accordingly. Those plans may include teaching you about your family history or just really getting to know her on a more "friend" level beyond being your parent. Things we take for granted when we are not aware of what lies around the corner.
As SusieMargaret mentioned, we would love to have you share your experiences and questions on our Caregiving Community. (Thanks Susie!!) It is a bit slower on that board, so we appreciate you sharing there too!
I hope you find the right answer for your family and send you well wishes. Please come back and keep us posted!
According to several experts, there is growing evidence that spirituality is good for your health
At a recent series of lectures presented to the public, Tom McGovern, professor of psychiatry at Texas Tech's Health Sciences Center, reported that "people who use their spirituality to navigate life, cope better under stress, heal faster from their illnesses and experience benefits to their mental health.".
Also, the magazine is always looking for interesting member stories to feature. Find out how you can submit your story here .
If you know someone that is a "Health Hero" you can nominate them via this link for our year-end Health Heroes Awards. Who do you know who inspires you -- who has recently faced a health challenge successfully AND found unique way to reach out and help others?
But HURRY! Nominations must be received by August 16th!!