VNSNY CHOICE In the News

Keep Chronic Inflammation in Check with Your Diet

From Bronx Voice and Your Health Voice 

Inflammation isn’t always a bad thing—it’s an effective tool that your body uses to get you to pay attention, whether to a blister or bursitis. But when inflammation becomes chronic, it goes beyond helpful. Read the full article in the Bronx Voice and Your Health Voice.

10 Early Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

From Buffalo Healthy Living 

Anne Marie Moran R.N., with VNSNY CHOICE and The Eddy Visiting Nurse Association explains that cognitive decline is the type of age-related change that can have a dramatic impact on a person's life, affecting his or her ability to live independently. Read the full article on page 39.

VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans Receive SAGE Platinum Certification in LGBT Cultural Sensitivity Training

From Buffalo Business First and EDGE Media Network

VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans, the managed care affiliate of the not-for-profit Visiting Nurse Service of New York, has been awarded Platinum-level certification by the LGBT advocacy group SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders). Read the full article at Buffalo Business First and EDGE Media Network

Easing Senior Loneliness: It's More Important Than We Think

From Buffalo Healthy Living

Social isolation is a little-thought-of, but growing, factor in the health and well-being of people 65 and older. Read the full article on page 39.

How a Special Needs Plan is Helping New Yorkers

From Medium.com

A year and a half ago, Gregory Brown, formerly homeless and long estranged from his fourteen children, was suffering from such severe HIV, drug use and breathing problems that he was all skin and bones. What a difference a knock on the door makes. Read the full article.

Aging Safely at Home: It Takes a Team

From Medium.com

Living alone in his Brooklyn apartment, Tomas Castro was heading toward a downward emotional spiral — and nobody knew it. Nobody, that is, except Elizabeth Almanzar-Wright, RN, his health insurance plan’s care coordinator. Read the full article.

Education Nation: Five Tips for Boosting Healthcare Literacy

From Medium.com

As the focus of health care increasingly shifts from acute, episodic care delivery to wellness management for chronic conditions, patients and family members are becoming important partners on their own healthcare teams. Read the full article.

Innovative Medicare-Medicaid Products are Reshaping Healthcare Delivery for Vulnerable Americans

From Medium.com

Integrated care is a term that Americans have been hearing more and more frequently over the past few years. It can apply to coordinating both Medicare and Medicaid benefits within one seamless system in order to provide improved care for “dually eligible beneficiaries” — people who are enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid, based on their age, income and/or disability status. Read the full article.

Heart Healthy Tips for Women at Any Age!

From Bronx Voice 

If you're surprised to hear that heart disease kills more American women every year than all types of cancer combined, you are not alone. Heart disease is the number one killer in women — with a disproportionate effect on African American women — and yet only 47 percent of women are aware of this. Read the full article.

Flu Shots: An Ounce of Prevention Is Especially Vital for the Elderly 

From Medium.com

"What if I told you there was a simple shot that prevents thousands of deaths each year among older, frail Americans? I’m talking, of course about, a flu shot," writes Hany Abdelaal, D.O., president of VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans. Read the full article.

Bomb Cyclone Hits Home Care Providers in Northeast

From Home Health Care News

A major winter storm, dubbed a “bomb cyclone” for its rapid intensity, pummeled the northeast region of the United States on Thursday, forcing in-home care providers to switch into overdrive to keep clients, patients, and caregivers safe. Read the full article.

Senior Pet Companions Help Ease Loneliness 

From Buffalo Healthy Living 

While many people associate pets with kids who can't wait to welcome the first cat or dog into their homes, pets can benefit aging men and women as well. Read the full article on page 40.

Stress-Busting Tips for Caregivers This Holiday Season

From Norwood News

Two words that the holidays bring to mind for many of us these days are food and stress. With no shortage of sugary, fattening foods and a seemingly never-ending to-do list, it is easy for people with busy lives, particularly family caregivers who often lack time to care for themselves, to resort to unhealthy food habits like stress-eating during the holidays. Read the full article

Keeping the Holidays Cheerful When Managing Diabetes

From New York Amsterdam News

Although the holidays are a source of enjoyment for many who look forward to quality time with loved ones, the unprecedented focus on eating and drinking can make this time just as much a source of distress for those with diabetes. Read the full article. 

Simple Ways to Spread Holiday Cheer to the Homebound

From Buffalo Healthy Living 

For many of us, the holidays are considered the "most wonderful time of the year." But, for the frail, elderly, or homebound among us, the holidays can be a disheartening reminder of one's isolation and stripped independence. Read the full article on page 14.

The Opioid Epidemic: Don't Overlook the Elderly

While the opioid epidemic has taken its greatest toll on younger people, with the highest misuse death rates among males in their mid-twenties to mid-forties, studies show that the epidemic has increasingly affected the elderly Medicare population as well. Read the full article.

Maintaining Independence for Seniors

From: Buffalo Healthy News

As a registered nurse and care coordinator, my colleagues and I help frail, elderly, and disabled individuals live safely and independently in their own homes and communities as long as possible. Read the full article on page 37.

Fall Allergies Are Nothing To Sneeze About For Seniors

From Buffalo Healthy News

While fall allergies aren’t fun for anyone, they place an extra burden on older adults, many of whom live with preexisting medical conditions that can be complicated by allergy symptoms such as congestion or a sore throat. Read the full article.

How Older Adults Can Reduce Their Risk of Falls

From Buffalo Healthy News

Falls are one of the biggest contributors to fatal and nonfatal injuries among seniors. In addition to threatening safety, falls can compromise a person's independence and cause broken bones, impaired mobility, and even death. Read the full article (page 47).

Elderly Especially Susceptible to Heat

From Buffalo Healthy News

Alicia Schwartz, a nurse with VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans, warns that elderly men and women, in particular, are susceptible to the effects of hot temperatures. Read the full article (page 27).

Vision and Hearing Loss: Seeing the Big Picture of Depression and Falls

From The Huffington Post 
 
As a nation and a health care system, we are coming to appreciate that the best way to treat health issues — especially in vulnerable populations like the frail elderly — is to see each person as a whole and treat each issue in the context of an entire life. Read the full article

June Checklist for Summer Allergies and Asthma Concerns

From Buffalo Healthy Living

As a Registered Nurse Care and Care Coordinator with VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans, I’ve noticed that seniors can really be caught off guard during allergy season, and are often surprised to learn that they can develop asthma at an older age. Read the full article.

Stand Up for Your Own Health on National Nurses Week

From Buffalo Healthy Living 

May 6 – 12 is National Nurses Week, a time to recognize the men and women who dedicate their lives to the nursing profession. Read the full article (page 40).

Transportation: A Vital Connection to Independence and Care for Older Adults

From The Huffington Post

Sometimes, access to a simple car ride can be a life or death matter, especially for the chronically ill and homebound. Read the full article.

Taking Shared Responsibility for Your Health

From The Huffington Post

As we age, it is not uncommon to experience kidney problems, but for some people talking about symptoms even to a doctor can be a challenge. It is important to understand the causes of kidney disease and to take steps to maintain good kidney health at any stage of life. Read the full article.

Preserving Medicaid for the Most Vulnerable: Complex Care, Complex Conversations

From The Huffington Post

Medicaid is more complex and extensive than is generally acknowledged — and it’s important to take this complexity into account when considering steps to modify how Medicaid is run. Read the full article.

Heart-Healthy Tips to Follow All Year Long

From Buffalo Healthy Living

Here are a few helpful reminders from Alice Schwarts, RN Coordinator, to help those with heart disease make healthier lifestyle choices. Read the full article on page 35.

Armed With New Training and Technology, Home Health Aides Boost Quality Care for Elderly Americans

From The Huffington Post 

There is important new thinking in managed long term care and across the healthcare landscape about ways to enhance and expand the role of a home health aide. Read the full article.