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Health

  • Learn about Medicare from SHINE volunteers

    Learn everything you wanted to know about Medicare, but were afraid to ask, such as:
    • How does Medicare work?
    • What Part D Plan saves me the most $$$?
    • Where do I find supplemental insurance rates?
    • How does my employer’s insurance work with Medicare?
    • Are there any programs to help pay for my Part B premium?

  • Tips to reach 100 by creating your own Blue Zone 

  • Rubio's staff coming to help

    If you are having an issue with Social Security, Medicare, Veterans Benefits, immigration, the IRS or any federal agency, a member of Senator Rubio’s staff will be available to meet with you. Please plan to attend to meet your local staff and find out the services Senator Rubio’s Office offers his constituents. Tuesday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties Care Center, 311 N.E. 9th St., Chiefland.

  • National Day of Decision — April 16

    By Linda C. Scaz RN, PhD
    The fifth-annual National Day of Decision (NHDD) is set for April 16. Started by the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), this is a day set aside for individuals and families to have some open and honest dialog about advanced directives. Put more simply, it is a day to think about one’s wishes concerning medical treatment or non–treatment at end of life.

  • Want better brain health? Take a trip!

    While you’re having a great time taking photos of the Swiss Alps or the Colorado Rockies, you may not realize it but your travel experience is benefiting your mind.  Scientific research agrees that lifelong learning, which includes discovering first-hand new places, people and cultures, is one of the primary factors that lead to better brain health.
    Preparing to learn and travel

  • What it means to be human

    In pastt columns, I discussed the effect children with disabilities have on marriages.
    One reader emailed, 35-year-old Brad from Southern California, to say he had been having a remarkably positive experience.
    His three-year-old daughter has Down syndrome, which was caused by an embryo cell division that created an extra No. 21 chromosome. It affects 350,000 Americans.

  • MD-Meds fills a need

    Matt Brooks and Derrick Wise feel they have hit on a business that can help fill a need — mail-order maintenance drugs and medical supplies from verified international pharmacies at lower cost than those offered in the U.S.
    The two Williston entrepreneurs presented their business, MD-Meds of Williston to the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club on March 8.

  • Diabetes denial a big-time problem

    According to the American Diabetes Association, type 2 diabetes occurs when a person's body “does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin.” It's the most common form of diabetes.
    Barb Landes of West Liberty, Ohio, has been reading this column in the River Current. She knows diabetes better than just about anyone: her late father had type 2 diabetes, she has been a diabetes nurse educator for more than 30 years, and she herself was diagnosed in 2008 as having pre-diabetes.

  • Disabilities

    O’Daniel wants to
    make a difference
    The Spina Bifida Association website claims spina bifida affects about 165,000 Americans and is the nation's most common permanently disabling birth defect. It occurs when a child's spine doesn't close during the first months of pregnancy. People with spina bifida usually require a brain shunt to drain excess cerebrospinal fluid.

  • Kevin is a regular guy

     Kevin Farmer has been through a lot. And his mother Paula Hartman has been there every step.