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Michelle Fritsch

The best laid plans… When retirement is unnecessarily too short

Did you know that up to 60% of men have a rapid health decline, divorce, or even suicide after retirement? Retirement is often not the golden age of happiness that is dreamed. Retirement is a MAJOR life transition – up there with marriage, having children, and moving. I have been researching more and more about retirement.  As a healthcare professional, I have seen TOO MANY people lying in a hospital bed with their future retirement plans dashed.  And, TOO MANY times, this event that led to the hospital could have been prevented.  If only things had gone differently hours, days, […]

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Medicare Open Enrollment – comparing your options

By: Michelle Fritsch at Meds MASH, LLC Medicare Open Enrollment for your 2017 plan is from October 15 to December 7, 2016.   Before you make a selection, here are some resources to help you compare your options. Medicare provides a tool where you can compare options before you make a decision. You can find it at this link. The information you need is: Your Medicare number If you have a Medigap or Medicare supplement plan, the name and type of the plan Your zip code A list of your medicines prescribed by each of your doctors The name and location of […]

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Medicare Open Enrollment – Which plan type for you?

I find Medicare and Medicare Open Enrollment to be very confusing. Do you? Let’s spend the next two weeks trying to better understand your options and guide you through the Open Enrollment process. I highly encourage you to delay your final decisions until we walk through this process and you compare your options. The first big decision is which TYPE of insurance coverage is best for you. Main TYPES of insurance coverage options over age 65 Original Medicare – When you turn 65 and meet eligibility criteria (use this link), you can have Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, and Medicare Part D. Medicare […]

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Emergencies and Medications – Are You Prepared?

Hurricane Matthew has wreaked havoc on the Caribbean and now part of the southeastern US. Millions of people evacuated while millions more ‘weathered out’ the storm in shelters and secure buildings. In all of those scenarios, daily life was drastically altered. When you take chronic medications, they are a part of your daily routine. When that routine is upset, medications can be missed. Or, in the excitement, they can be taken more than once. In emergencies, you might forget to grab them as you evacuate. Or, the emergency can take place right as you are taking your last dose. Then […]

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Preventing Falls – New Tools and Resources

By: Michelle Fritsch at Meds MASH, LLC Now that it is fall, let’s talk about falls. September 22 (or the first official day of fall each year) is national Falls Prevention Awareness Day. This year we have some new resources to learn about and to celebrate. Every year very unintended falls, those slips that come out of nowhere, lead to deaths, fractures, hospitalizations, and need for assistive devices. In addition, fear of another fall leads to changes in day-to-day activities. One ‘little oops’ can take someone from doing all they want to do to needing assistance and having restrictions. No one […]

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Are Your Medicines Improving Your Quality of Life?

By: Michelle Fritsch at Meds MASH, LLC Medications have two main purposes. One is to increase your QUALITY of life. They relieve or control the symptoms that make it hard to do our daily tasks. Quality of life is your ability to enjoy and engage in your life. It is your ability to do the things you want to do during the day. The other is to increase your QUANTITY of life. They help control medical conditions so you can live longer. ALL medications have potential side effects. Some of these side effects are a minor nuisance that goes away. […]

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Approach Your Medical Visits Differently in 2016 – Win-Win for all

By: Michelle Fritsch at Meds MASH, LLC How do you prepare for a doctor visit? Have you ever experienced, or can you picture, the following scenario? You have a health-related issue and want to see your doctor. You call to make the appointment. You wait and monitor the issue until the day of the appointment. You think about the appointment as you get ready and drive to the office. You think about the visit while in the waiting room. You briefly tell the assistant about the issue while you are being checked in with your weight, blood pressure, etc. You […]

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Medication Theft

It seems prescription medications have grounded themselves very firmly and permanently into the treatment dogma of today’s society. According to the annual US health report of 2010, over 48% of people in the country had used at least one prescription drug in the past month (at the time the study was conducted). Whether this trend of “a pill for every ill” is something you agree with or not, it exists. Not only does it exist, but it also has a dark side – medication addiction and theft. Many people today are well aware that there are some medications, such as […]

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