Deborah Myers from We Speak Medicare helps seniors with medicare navigation and selecting healthcare supplemental programs. She’s organized the Spring into Health Fair taking place on April 14, 2019 in Puyallup at the Puyallup Seventh-day Adventist Church. The event provides health screenings from multiple entities. It’s free to enter and most services there are also free. Some services may have a minor charge, such as vaccinations. Talks about healthy living and disease prevention will go all day. Deborah can be reached at [email protected]
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The following is a podcast from a qualified senior care provider, hurt, on the answers for elders radio show. And welcome everyone back to answers for elders. And I am here with a very special, brand new guest, a lady by the name of Deborah Myers. And debrah you are with an amazing organization that helps seniors with their Medicare navigation, I guess is better words, and help them with a lot of healthcare supplemental type programs. That’s that’s basically customized for seniors and I really want to first welcome you to the program today. So well, thank your Susan. Thank you. You know, we’re excited because you have been so great for seniors and going the extra mile. And the main reason you’re here is for the spring into healthfare which is coming up next weekend, the fourteenth of April, and I would love to talk to you a little bit about that program thank you. So tell me a little bit about how did you get into all this, to do this kind of a program and what is what can people expect on April fourteen? Well, many years ago I became a registered nurse. I actually have my bachelors and nursing and when I graduated I said to myself I want to learn how to do healthfares because I love that community outreach. But it took all these years for me to actually come to a place where I could be involved in one. Hm I’m currently working under the umbrella of we speak Medicare with a whole team of really amazing people who are outward focused and want to help seniors figure out what kinds of plans are available. is so important that you’re doing this work because I think this is one of the most confusing part of senior care. Just this little side note, you know, and the adult children, they don’t know how to help their parents in this area. They’re kind of lost and they don’t know necessarily how to find those right resources sources. So we’re going to talk about that a little bit in this interview, okay, because I think it’s really an important thing that we start educating and I know that our program could do a much better job at that. To help families, for sure. Well, that is exactly what our goal is and of course the healthfare is going to be focused at the whole person. Coming from an R and background, I have both a license as a registered nurse and as an insurance broker, because of accessing proper healthcare is part of the whole picture. It really is. So so this quality of life, and right now is we’re starting aging in place month, right for this is a whole theme this month of April. And when I sit there and I think about, you know, seniors, ninety percent of seniors want to stay at home as long as they possibly can, right they don’t want to stay away from their homes and basically the key piece in that is wellness. It’s making sure that they’re making the right choices to keep themselves active and, you know, eating the right foods and proper nutrition and all of those things, and I think that’s the kind of thing that you’re bringing here to the community. So thank you so much. So tell us a little bit about spring into health. Okay, so the spring into healthfare coming up April fourteen from Zen am to three PM at the polup seventh day Adminis Church and nine hundred two Shaw Road and P alup will be hosting a healthfare that will have health screening from multiple entities. That’s amazing. Yeah, we’ve got well, actually, we’ve got volunteers. The church got excited about the idea when we brought it to them and I there’s actually dozens of volunteers taking part. We’ve got health professionals who are offering health screenings like blood sugar checks, cholesterol checks, all kinds of screenings, plus multi caare had has been excited to get involved and they’ve got multiple health screenings at they’re offering. We’ve got a marking involved offering vision screenings and other services. Great and dozens of other businesses getting involved and giving back to the community well, and it’s what a great thing that the seventh day I’ve been as church is willing to put an event like this on. I’m you know, the the Christian community, I think, as a whole, has been very supportive of our seniors and when I see events like this, this is really something I think that we call out and say thank you too, because, you know, a lot of times that’s the place where families find the most, you know, trustworthy professionals. Well, it should be absolutely and so obviously, going into your you know, spiritual home, our or going to a place that is basically featuring providers, you can guarantee that the people that are going to be there. They’re the right kind of people that you should be dealing with us. Okay, that’s what we would hope. Yes, absolutely, absolutely so. When you go to this we, you know, spring into health care. Obviously. Is there any cost to go? Actually, there is a zero admission fee. That’s so if you can add that up, zero and most of the services will be zero. They’re that’s amazing. There may be some services that may have a minor charge. I we’re still I’m still working on confirming whether or not we’ll have vaccinations available there. Oh well, there may be a minor fee for that. In general, most services are free and because the church is a health focused church there it will be a lot of preventive talks, so disease prevention, healthy living kinds of talks, and we’re going to have actually several classrooms going every half hour. On the half hour will have a new topic on how to stay healthy. How do you like? And you’re organizing this all yourself. You’re amazing. This is a huge thing to put on for you, girlfriend. That’s awesome. That’s awesome. I have a lot of help. This is so much bigger than one person could possibly do on their own. So we have a lot of volunteers on, a lot of people giving back to the community together well, and that’s so cool. And again, to our listeners, we are talking to Deborah Myers and Deborah, you were with an amazing organization again called we speak Medicare, and tell us a little bit about we speak Medicare. We speak Medicare, as I said before, is very outward focused. Their whole goal is for the well being of the clients that they serve of the community. So what they do when they meet with a client, and I’m only one of many brokers that works with we speak Medicare. So what what we are trained to do and what I teach others how to do, is how to reach out to individuals, find out what their health needs are, what medications they’re on, what hospitals and doctors they want access to, and then we go searching. We actually run reports on the Medicare dot goom back office to find out which company’s going to offer your medication at a lower cost and cover your hospitals and doctors and look for what other benefits well and interest and you know, just to have someone that is up to speed on these things. With the way the laws are changing and there’s so much uncertainty with healthcare and especially, I think, with seniors. And you know, they don’t know if, all of a sudden, you know, they’re not going to get their medications paid for. They don’t know, you know, what’s going to happen in the future and there’s a lot of fear about that and I know that. You know, with an organization like yours, you guys can kind of help navigate and keep everyone up to speed on what’s happening, and I think that’s the important absolutely. So what areas do you serve? We speak, medicare has brokers all up and down the west coast. That’s amazing. So we as well as other states. However, our focus is right here in Washington state and yeah, we’ve got brokers all over. That’s awesome and so so obviously we’re going to we’re going to definitely get your contact information at the end of this interview for if you you guys are very interested in talking about your Medicare needs how to access it. I know that we’re coming up in the fall that they’ll be on open enrollment period. So you know, they’ll be some things considerations that you’ll be definitely available for for families. I’m sure that’s right. That’s great. Available in multiple venues, multiple locations, some retail stores like walmarts and Walgreen’s. Awesome. Yeah, that’s awesome all over, and you will be at the healthfare. I will be at the health I’m assumed that you would be. I will be. I will actually be hosting A, we speak, Matt Medicare booth there and I will look forward to meeting each one of you. Well, come in it. That is so cool and and obviously you know we’re excited about talking about, you know, the whole health issues, and so I’m just going to throw something you being in our end. What do you find or kind of the most most confusing issues for seniors when it comes to their health, do you think? Do you think that there’s a common theme there? Are You finding that? You know, if there’d be one thing that you could teach or tell seniors today, what would it be? Wow, there are so many choices then people don’t have a clue which one is best for them. They hear their neighbors and their family talk about what worked for them. However, when I sit down with them and we look at their medications and their needs were able to focus on what will really make their needs rather than their neighbors, which may be totally different. Well, and I think too, is that a lot of our parents, if you’re I’m talking to the adult children here that are listening today, a lot of our parents may have not up to date information from the Times. You know, they may not understand breakthroughs and healthcare. They may not understand that costs of and many cases gone down. Things are much more accessible than they used to be and and of course here in aging in place month there’s so many more options to stay at home and I’m sure a lot of those options will be explored at your program on the fourteen. So Phill us in exactly where it’s located again and all the details. So how do people get there? Okay, that location again is the Pew wow up seventh day Adventis church at one nine hundred and two Shaw Road in Pallup. Nine nine hundred and eighty three seven two, and it’s right where Shaw Road and Pioneer Way Cross. It’s actually not that far from the puall affair. That’s awesome. Yeah, that’s awesome. And the hours, that is right. It goes from ten am to three PM to Sunday April fourteen and they’ll be classes all day again and they’ll be also vendors there. So how does someone get more information? I have an eight hundred number. It’s actually eight three three, seven five two six, seven, seven six and it spells out eight three three, plan pro Deborah. Thank you so much for Dan on the show today. Thank you for having me. Span answers for elders radio show with Susan Newman. Hopes you found this podcast useful in your journey of navigating senior care. Check out more podcast like this to help you find qualified senior care experts and areas of financial, Lego, health and wellness and living options. 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