Correction - Medicare Open Enrollment – is scheduled for October 15th to December 7th with coverage starting January 1, 2018. Not as printed in last month article that open enrollment will start November 1st. I apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
The remainder of the article stands true, it is very important to review your plans even if you are satisfied with your coverage each year.
Please call Kathy Burda at 570-621-3220 to help review your Medicare Part D drug plans.
End of Life Issues – September 23rd, this very important and informative program was held at Trinity. We were fortunate to have such knowledgeable presenters as :
Shelby Hostetter Esq., elder law attorney touched on the importance of having a will to direct your assets upon your death and the difference between a Health Care POA and an Advance Directive.
Chris Grabowski, President and Supervisor of Grabowski Funeral Home explained cremation versus full burial and the options included with each of these choices. He stressed the importance of discussing your wishes with your loved ones to ease their stress at a very stressful time.
Jeanne McClintick LPN, Hospice of Central PA, spoke of the benefits of palliative and hospice care for those suffering from chronic or terminal illnesses.
The Rev. Timothy Albright’s very important message is to live life as if each day is your last and don’t miss an opportunity to tell those close to you that you love them.
Healthy Holiday Cooking – The problem with the holidays isn’t usually the weight gain – the average American gains only 1-2 pounds in between Thanksgiving and New year’s – it’s the fact that most people never lose the excess pounds. So in 5 years you have gained 10 pounds and in 10 years it is 20 pounds. The best course of action? Stop weight gain before it starts.
The key is eating healthy throughout the holiday season and remembering portion control when it comes to your it-wouldn’t-be-Thanksgiving-or- Christmas-without-them foods. For the rest of the courses, all you have to do is make the right choices that will allow you to indulge and enjoy, yet keep you from loading up on the fatty, high-calorie dishes that can quickly lead to unwanted weight gain.
Substitute lo-fat or non-fat plain Greek yogurt or non-fat yogurt sour cream for your recipes.
The easiest way to cut unnecessary calories is to cut back on alcohol.
Instead of candied yams, try oven-roasted sweet potatoes, brushed with a little canola or olive oil.
The dark meat in your turkey has about twice the fat of turkey breast and about 40% more calories.
For healthier stuffing: sauté onions and celery in 1-2 Tablespoons of olive or canola oil. Combine mixture with cubes of whole grain bread, moisten with no or low-sodium chicken broth and add your favorite herbs before baking.
When making gravy use the drippings from the roasting pan, remove fat first by using a fat separator or freeze for 10-15 minutes and skim fat off.
Skip cranberry sauce, make your own cranberry relish - you can cut the sugar back by 1//4 to1/3 in standard recipes for relish.
Skip the casserole, eat fresh green beans instead.
Swap eggnog for a glass of hot apple cider.
Eat whole wheat rolls instead of white flour rolls.
It’s hard to resist desserts but a better choice is pumpkin pie over pecan pie. Another option is skipping the crust.
Holidays are a time of joy for many; it can also trigger feelings of loneliness. Loneliness can be painful and may lead to unhealthy habits. Following are some suggestions for coping healthfully with loneliness:
§Seek company – call a friend - go out for coffee. Visit a place of worship. Find a group that matches your interests.
§Share your feelings – be honest with people you trust. Reach out to others.
§Clearly communicate your needs – ask for what you need.
§Avoid social media.
§Honor your feelings –Accept your feelings and have compassion for yourself. Your feelings are like a compass, directing you through your life, so it’s important to listen to what they have to say, as they can guide you into making the right choices. The choices you make as a result of honoring your feelings will bring you contentment, acknowledgment that you are on the right path to joy and fulfillment.
§Practice self-care. Focus on taking good care of yourself. Get enough sleep. Engage in physical activities you enjoy. Practice deep breathing.
§Have realistic expectations.
§Question your social group. You might be hanging out with the wrong people.
§Volunteer. Serve in a soup kitchen or help an organization.
§Seek therapy. Working with a therapist to explore your loneliness may help you feel better.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – is a type of depression that occurs during the same season each year. You may have SAD if you felt depressed during the last two winters but felt much better in spring and summer.
If you have SAD, you may: feel sad, grumpy, moody or anxious; lose interest in your usual activities; eat more and crave carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta; gain weight; sleep more but still feel tired; and have trouble concentrating.
Light therapy is the main treatment for SAD. The light therapy helps reset your biological clock. Medicines and counseling may help.