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How to communicate (in-person) to an aging audience

Recently my client wrote this article on how she interviews the silver generation. In any assessment with a client or potential patient, you often end up listening more than you do speaking to get the information you need from an individual possibly near dementia or consistent confusion. Read consumer-focused article on: How to interview…on Pages to the Past.

Consider your subject is placed in a setting, whether it be a home or office. Are they comfortable, and receptive for the duration of your discussion? Is their condition, ailment, or disease a potential barrier to your interview? Here are some considerations first to account for his or her medical or health needs:

  • vision and focus, to look at you when speaking
  • ambulatory status, sitting up and down in a chair
  • weight-bearing, can the person stand-sit-lay if a presentation is required
  • dexterity, if required to write
  • attention-span, if the elder can maintain conversation for more than several minuts at a time, or 20.

What other considerations would you add? We’d love to hear what people in the industry are doing to successfully communicate with those receiving treatment. If you check-in clients, conduct assessments, patient interviews, conduct medical research studies, share your expertise below in the comments.

Featured Blog on HealthGreatness.com: Free Money from the Affordable Care Act

I was recently asked to write an article for Health Greatness, a blog full of hot tips and easy reads for improving your overall healthy being. One topic I felt that was not addressed among many Gen Y/X/Z/Whatever was one of the most controversial legislation items of our time. Sure, its not the sexiest thing to write about like “10 weight loss tips to burn fat” or “How to make your workout selfies look like Kim Kardashian,” perhaps the word FREE MONEY would have peaked some interest.  The Affordable Care Act was designed for young people in mind, and yet not many of my friends either know about it or want to. As I was reading the exact legalese of the bill, I was surprised to find out the many benefits built into the law. While it is written more like a philosophical guide, we can set the political debates aside and focus on its core benefits for the joe-schmoe consumer.

Read the original “Free Money from the Affordable Care Act!” post on Health Greatness:

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Affordable Care Act: Free Money

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Open enrollment ended March 31 this year under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Chances are, several people you know have signed up for coverage through the Healthcare.gov exchanges and are just getting to know the Explanation of Benefits. If you are not one of these individuals, you may be missing out on even more the federal government has planned for a nation of the insured. Here are some of the few ways (in no order) you can reap the rewards of the new legislation.

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Feel guilty about chowing on 5 eggs? Trying to drop smoking? Depression or being overweight taking a toll? The ACA requires in-network providers to help you assess your risk for many common diseases or disorders such as cholesterol, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. A breast cancer exam or colonoscopy assessment can cost hundreds without insurance, but many insurance plans may include preventative care exams at little or no cost. The exhaustive list found here, provided by the U.S. Preventative Task Force. Be sure to consult with your insurance company to check whether your provider is in-network and can cover the work requested.

  • $600 cash annually (in services)

Based on a study by Fidelity.com, more companies are investing up to $600 more per employee annually into wellness programs that will reduce the cost-sharing between employers and staff up to 50% in premiums. Investing into a corporate wellness program may reduce overall insurance risk, and give employees motivation to stay healthy for their own benefit. If your work is sponsoring a marathon group, organizing a “Biggest Loser” contest, or holding yoga classes in your office, take advantage of these programs. If not you would be missing out on hundreds of dollars worth in free services – and perhaps, the value equivalent to a new laptop or premier gym membership.

  • $3 doctor’s visit: Tax Credits and/or Subsidies (Varies per State)

Different states have varying discounts for lower-income producers to enroll in ACA insurance. In California, If you’re just starting out in your career or are on the lower end of the company’s food chain, you can get a cost subsidy between 73-94% off your next doctor’s visit for Silver-level insurance plans. Premium Assistance also allows you to lower your monthly premium based on income  and market rates of nearby plans. The best part: no repayment of credit or discount is required if you get slightly richer or your income goes up after your application – you pocket all the savings. You can’t even get a deal like that on Black Friday!

  • $100 – free exercise schwag and wearable tech

Nowadays people are looking for more than just access to a downstairs gym or personal trainer (as with HZDG) as part of the job, and getting more excited about free workout gear. You, the employee, gain from corporate health programs to avoid common health taboos like “death by sitting.” From ClifBar’s paid workouts to IBM’s rebates, many companies are getting creative with their giveaways. Some companies will offer pedometers, Fitbits, exercise bands and other small goodies to get you pumped for Monday!

Additional References for interesting reads and statistics:

https://beta.congress.gov/bill/111th-congress/house-bill/3590

http://us.milliman.com/uploadedFiles/insight/2014/final-rules-mental-health-parity-act.pdf

http://benefitcommunications.com/upload/downloads/Mercer_Survey_2013.pdf

http://www.americanbenefitscouncil.org/documents/vdhc_guide_0207.pdf

http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/fsmhpaea.html

http://www.mentalhealth.gov/get-help/health-insurance/index.html

 

National Health Center Week – August 10-16

Did you know it’s National Community Health Centers week? Held by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), serving medical centers who serve healthy communities for healthy people, this cool infographic explains more about how low-cost medical clinics help so many patients nationwide.

HRSA Health Center Week Infographic
National Health Center Week – August 10-16 Increasing Access to Affordable, Cost Effective, High Quality Care For more than 45 years, community health centers have delivered comprehensive, high-quality preventive and primary health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. During that time, community health centers have become the essential primary care medical home for millions of Americans, including some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations. With a proven track record of success, community health centers have played an essential role in national recovery and reinvestment efforts and will play a key role in implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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Why Hospitals Must Surpass Patient Expectations (Report)

Would love some thoughts on this if you work or provide care in a hospital. The media is presenting increasing coverage of provider standards and inpatient care, helping people make smarter decisions about which medical facility can be entrusted with a loved one. In the course of life, it is common for consumers to begin researching quality care facilities only as medical emergencies arise. When people rely on a single source of information in dire need, medical providers have a duty to prepare families for the mental, physical, emotional, and also financial challenges ahead. Do you agree?
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Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Today is Global Accessibility Awarenress Day. With the tech market booming for individuals with impairments or disabilities, there is no shortage of tools to make their life and living better.

Share this with a friend or family member who could use some additional resources on mobile or web developments for those with accessibility needs. Events will be held nationwide, including one tonight at Yahoo in Santa Monica!

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Twitter: @gbla11yday
Hashtag: #GAAD
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Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2015 at Yahoo Santa Monica

Details for this event can be found at the Los Angeles Accessibility and Inclusive Design Meetup.

  • Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 6:00 PM

  • Yahoo! 2400 Broadway Ave, Bldg D, 1st floor., Santa Monica, CA (map)

On May 21, we invite you to participate in Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of the day is to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities.

TOPICS

Ismael Herrera will provide an introduction to ‘what is assistive technology’, providing a brief history of a variety of devices used by persons with various disabilities. He will also speak on the assessment process used to determine the type of assistive technology needed by individuals with disabilities.

EmpowerTech Executive Director Joan Anderson and current EmpowerTech Board Chair and former student of the Blind Program Keith Breaux will attempt to navigate a series of trips and tasks throughout Los Angeles over the course of an entire weekend, without using any technology whatsoever. The weekend challenge, which will raise money for EmpowerTech’s program offerings, will be streamed live online, making it the ultimate reality show.

Matt Reamer will discuss affordable product accessibility.

SPEAKER

Ismael Herrera is a veteran developer of access technologies who has worked in the field since 1986. In 1995 he was invited by Xerox to participate in the creation of “Reading Edge,” a stand-alone reading scanner for the visually impaired, and in early 2000, he developed speech access for the Magic magnification software mouse which enabled blind assistive technology trainers to train persons who are partially sighted.  In addition to his work with EmpowerTech, Mr. Herrera will continue to develop mobile APPS for IOS devices to enhance the lives of persons with disabilities.

Steve Andrews, founder and executive director of Platinum Bay Technologies, a software technology company designed from the ground up to create successful and empowering full-stack software engineering careers for individuals on the Autism Spectrum. They specialize in making your business more efficient through line-of-business application development, job flow and data flow automation, and concierge CTO services for mid-sized businesses with an intense focus on user experience, maintainability, and reducing long-term code cost.

Matt Reamer is an Experience Designer at Team One USA in LA and co-founder of Dustin’s Words. Dustin’s Words is an open source communication device I built my brother that a small team and I are iterating and testing to make a a free alternative, consumer ready product for families in need.

Laura Bengford will give a brief talk on accessibility and ICANN.

COMPANY

EmpowerTech, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization that provides computer training to persons with physical and developmental disabilities, announced the appointment of Ismael Herrera as Director of Blind and Low Vision Services. EmpowerTech is the only Assistive Technology center serving the 1.8 million people living with disabilities in Los Angeles County.

More details will be posted as they become available!

SPONSORS

Stack Overflow Careers

Co-founded by Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood, Stack Overflow is the trusted destination for developers to find, ask, and answer programming questions. With more than 25 million monthly visitors, it’s the world’s largest programming community. Through their hiring platform, Stack Overflow Careers lets employers reach, attract, and engage talent while helping developers find jobs they love.

VENUE SPONSOR

SOCIAL MEDIA

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Twitter: @gbla11yday
Hashtag: #GAAD

The Obamacare deadline is today, except when it isn’t

Last chance to sign up for Obamacare ends tonight before open enrollment opens again in October. While the administration is promoting fees and penalties, actual fines may not apply until the month the plan is applied. With the natural tendency for most people to procrastinate, there’s still hope for potential insureds who need more time. Read more here from the Verge here.

Orange County faces biggest measles outbreak in California

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ABC News reports of the largest Measles outbreak in Southern California this month, and many parents are concerned. The occurrence of a rarely-seen disease prompts many to question the effectiveness of vaccines, preventative care, and the communication plans for notifying the public of an outbreak. Most rely on their doctor visits to stay informed, although these infrequent visits just aren’t enough when an outbreak can spread within days.

How do you stay informed about public health? Are there specific venues you use for reliable health information, or knowledgeable figures in healthcare?
Source: ABC News

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