Gearing Up for Spring Sports

By docadmin March 23, 2017 12:29 am

Summary: Eye injuries are a leading cause of blindness among children in the U.S. The good news is that most eye injuries can be prevented with protective eyewear. Spring brings a slew of after-school activities, including sports such as baseball, softball, lacrosse, and soccer.  As weekly calendars become packed with practices and games, parents and coaches need to know that most eye injuries in school-aged children are from sports. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology , 90 percent of eye injuries could be prevented with better eye safety habits, like using protective eyewear. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that children and adolescents get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day to stay healthy. Sports are an important part more


By docadmin March 19, 2017 11:38 pm

Jeanette, a divorcee living alone, was only 58 when she suffered a stroke. Luckily, the stroke was minor and she sought treatment early, so she was able to resume her active and independent lifestyle with only minor adjustments. Jeanette’s stroke left her with some residual weakness and impairment to her right side—her dominant hand—and certain activities of daily living that require fine motor skills, especially dressing herself, were now difficult for her. Most activities of daily living (ADLs) require the use of two hands. For anyone with weaker or impaired motor skills, like seniors or individuals with arthritis or other medical conditions, getting dressed can be one of the most challenging ADLs to accomplish without help. Like Jeanette, many more


By docadmin March 10, 2017 12:10 pm

When we think about the physical challenges people face as we get older, most of us immediately focus on major mobility tasks: Will I be able to walk? Can I still drive a car? Will I need help moving things or doing home repairs? All of these concerns are valid, and most of us are aware of the fairly straightforward solutions available. What we often overlook is the effect that loss of mobility and dexterity can have on formerly-simple tasks like getting dressed. If you have arthritis, you know how hard it can be to button a shirt or pants, especially in the morning when your muscles and joints are extra stiff. Anyone with muscle weakness or loss of more

3 Tips: Marketplace insurance & 2016 taxes

By docadmin March 4, 2017 7:03 am

As you prepare to file your 2016 federal taxes, it’s important to know that reporting information about your health coverage is part of the tax filing process. If you had Marketplace health insurance in 2016, check out these 3 quick tax tips:   Form 1095-A and “reconciling” Look for Form 1095-A in the mail. If anyone in your household had a Marketplace plan in 2016, we’ll mail you Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement by early February. Check the information, and if everything is accurate, store it in a safe place with your other health insurance and tax forms. You’ll use it when you file your taxes. If you have an online Marketplace account, it may be there too. Before you file, make more