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Quality of Life Seminar: Healthcare Fraud

Healthcare Fraud seminar at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community. The Illinois Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) will present a free program titled “Healthcare Fraud” at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at The Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood. The public is invited.

Senior citizens are often targets of Medicare schemes for a variety of reasons, such as that they are most likely to have a nest egg, own their own home and/or have excellent credit. In addition, people who grew up in the 1930s – 1950s were generally raised to be polite and trusting, making it easier for con artists to persuade them.

Examples of health care fraud and waste include:

•    equipment or insurance plan providers tricking seniors into giving up personal information (including Medicare numbers) on “sign in” sheets
•    Medicare summary notices showing billing for services or supplies that were never received equipment supplies providing expensive “scooter” wheelchairs not ordered by a physician or needed by the beneficiary
•    luring beneficiaries into providing their Medicare numbers for “free” services only to later bill Medicare
•    kickbacks – paying beneficiaries to receive service from a particular provider or company

Statistics indicate that 10 cents of every dollar spent on health care goes toward paying for fraudulent health care claims. Older Americans are less likely to report a fraud because they don’t know who to report it to or are embarrassed by having been scammed. In addition, because it may take weeks or even months before a fraud is realized it is difficult to recall details making which makes for a weak case.

It is important people understand how to:

•    protect their identity
•    read their Medicare summary notices
•    avoid falling for scams

People should never sign blank insurance claim forms or give blanket authorization to a medical provider to bill for services rendered. Also people should never do business with door-to-door or telephone salespeople who offer free services or medical equipment. Records should be kept of all health care appointments and people should maintain awareness of any equipment ordered by a physician.

The SMP is an organization comprised of trained volunteers focused on educating consumers about health care fraud, waste and abuse. They strive to teach the public how to protect Medicare numbers, review Medicare statements to spot false charges, detect errors and report suspected fraud.

More than 30,000 active volunteers have educated nearly 27 million people since 1997 through one-on-one sessions and group seminars. To date, an estimated $106 million in savings is attributed to SMP’s efforts in healthcare fraud prevention.

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information or to reserve a seat, call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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8th Annual Health Expo

The 8th annual health and financial expo will be at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community. The 8th annual health and financial expo for seniors will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, May 29, in the ballroom at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Road. This is a free event and the public is welcome to browse and take advantage of the free screenings.

Health screenings include hearing, vision, blood pressure and glucose. There will also be information tables about hospice and in-home care, reverse mortgages, estate planning and more.

“We look forward to welcoming the public to this dynamic expo,” said Shelly Goggins, director of activities at the Timbers. “The event is a good chance to check up on your health and to learn lots of vital information that pertains to older adults.”

Vendors present at the expo will be: Presence Life Connections, Willow Home Care, Willow Home Health, Alden of Shorewood, Daley Ambulance, Assisted Transition, Rep. Tom Cross’ Office, Home Helpers, Eterna Med Spa, Dove Chocolates, Shorewood Police Department, Angel’s Grace Hospice, Firestone, Townplace Suites & Hampton Inn, T.R.I.A.D., AARP Driver Safety program, Absolute Medical Care, Troy Fire Department, Illinois Retina Association, Catholic Charities, Representative Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, Troy-Shorewood Public Library, Walgreens, Seniors Moving & Storage, Home Instead, Elemental Yarns, Jiwan Financial Group, Legalshield, Basinger’s Pharmancy, Newsome Physical Therapy/Home Health, Finley Occupational Health, Leeza’s Care Connections, Apex Hospice, Joliet Hospice, Nicor Gas

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Residents, whose needs may change, are able to stay in the same place and receive appropriate care.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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‘Quality of Life’ Seminar Discusses Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety

A professional from Newsome Healthcare will present a program titled “Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at The Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

Until a few years ago it was believed that anxiety symptoms decreased with age, but now experts know that is not the case. As many as one quarter of all people experience anxiety, and seniors can be at particular risk for several reasons. For instance, they experience more losses, suffer from more pain and chronic conditions, have confounding ailments such as Alzheimer’s and are often on multiple medications that might exacerbate anxiety.

Although there are a number of anxiety disorders, studies have shown that generalized anxiety is the most common in seniors, affecting roughly seven percent of the senior population.

Generalized anxiety symptoms can include:
•    Fatigue
•    Restlessness and feeling on edge
•    Difficulty concentrating or mind “going blank”
•    Muscle tension or muscle aches
•    Constant worry or obsession about small or large concerns
•    Irritability
•    Trouble Sleeping
•    Sweating, nausea or diarrhea
•    Shortness of breath or rapid heartbeat
•    Trembling, feeling twitchy or being easily startled

In seniors it can be especially difficult distinguishing between an anxiety symptom and a side effect of medications or an ailment. A combination of talk therapy, also known as cognitive behavioral therapy, and medication helps to treat anxiety symptoms.

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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