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New program may help Medicare beneficiaries pay less Making Medicare make sense Q: What is the new program beginning in July in areas across the nation, including most of Pottawattamie, Mills and Harrison counties in Iowa, where Medicare beneficiaries will pay less out of pocket for certain medical equipment and supplies if they purchase them through Medicare contract suppliers? A: For years, Medicare and its beneficiaries have been paying too much for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS). To reduce costs and the fraud resulting from excessive prices, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced a competitive bidding program in nine areas of the country in 2011. People with original Medicare who live in competitive bidding areas – or CBAs – will pay less for certain DMEPOS items and services such as wheelchairs, oxygen, mail order diabetic supplies, and more. Competitive bidding for DMEPOS is proven to save money for taxpayers and people with Medicare while maintaining access to quality DMEPOS items. The program has already been hugely successful, reducing money spent for equipment included in the program by over 42 percent in its first year of operation. Now the program’s benefits are coming to you, and there is important

information that you need to know. Expansion of the program is scheduled to begin on July 1, 2013, and extends it to 91 new areas across the country including Council Bluffs and nearly all of Pottawattamie, Mills and Harrison counties. People with Medicare in these areas will save an average of 43 to 47 percent on certain DMEPOS items. Medicare will also be implementing a national mail-order program for diabetic testing supplies on July 1, and beneficiaries nationwide will save an average of 72 percent on these supplies. How the program works: Medicare generally pays 80 percent of the costs for DMEPOS items used in the home under Medicare Part B. The person with Medicare pays the remaining 20 percent. Before this new program, the costs for most of these items were based on historical charges, adjusted for inflation over time. Many studies have shown that the prices Medicare has paid for certain medical equipment and supplies are excessive – sometimes three or four times retail prices and the amounts paid by commercial insurers. Under this program, suppliers of these types of supplies submitted bids for certain medical equipment and supplies that must be lower than what Medicare pays for these items currently.

Medicare used these bids to set the amount it will pay for the competitively bid medical equipment and supplies and qualified, accredited suppliers with winning bids were chosen as Medicare contract suppliers. The good news is that since Medicare’s payment amount to suppliers will be less, people with Medicare who use the equipment and supplies under the competitive bid program will have a lower co-payment too. If you have Original Medicare, and your permanent residence is in

a zip code that is part of a Competitive Bid Area, (CBA), and you use items in one of the program categories, you generally must use a Medicare contract supplier to have Medicare help pay for the item. If you currently receive oxygen/oxygen equipment or rent certain other items from a non-contract supplier, you may be able to continue renting these items from your current sup-

plier when the program takes effect, if the supplier decides to become a grandfathered supplier. All contract suppliers must comply with Medicare enrollment rules, be accredited, meet applicable licensing requirements, meet financial standards and meet stringent quality standards to ensure good customer service MEDICARE/See Page 6

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Better Living Better Living (Senior Courier) is a publication of The Daily Nonpareil and Southwest 8 Senior Services, Inc., the Area Agency on Aging for southwest Iowa. The publication is distributed by The Daily Nonpareil to approximately 17,000 households in Pottawattamie, Mills and Harrison counties. An additional 8,000 copies are distributed through a volunteer distribution network to people age 60 and older in Cass, Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page and Shelby counties in Iowa. Address all correspondence to: Better Living/Courier Coordinator, Southwest 8 Senior Services, 300 W. Broadway, Suite 240, Council Bluffs, IA 51503; or call (712) 328-2540 or tollfree at (800) 432-9209; or you can contact us via the Web at www. southwest8.org Advertising Information The Daily Nonpareil of Council Bluffs represents the Better Living section. Advertising rates are available by contacting retail advertising at (712) 328-1811. The advertising deadline for the next issue is the 13th day of the month prior to the running of the ad. Policy Board Cass County: Bur-

ton Conn; Fremont County: Christina Hankins; Harrison County: Rollie Roberts; Mills County: Terry Amburn; Montgomery County: John Waltz; Page County: Open; Pottawattamie County: Marilyn Schroeder; Shelby County: Dwight Zimmerman. Advisory Council Cass County: Dorothy Teig, Kris Wernimont; Fremont County: Open, Open; Harrison County: Keith Oliver, Evelyn Lynch; Mills County: Rose Schoening; Sheri Bowen; Montgomery County: Open, Open; Page County: Open, Open; Metro Pottawattamie County: Nancy Coziahr, Bob Neuman, Gary Frederiksen, George Gillespie; Jean Palensky; Rural Pottawattamie County: Gale Brown; Julie Handbury; Shelby County: Open, Open.

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From The Director’s Desk June will close a wonderful chapter in our agency’s history as it is the last month that we will be operating as Southwest 8 Senior Services. Beginning July 1, 2013, our new name will be Connections Area Agency on Aging, and we will be serving an expanded service area which includes five counties to our north in the Siouxland area, and seven counties to our east and south, formerly known as Area 14 Area Agency on Aging. All three regional offices will remain open so that we can continue to serve aging Iowans and their family members in their local communities. We will continue to offer

the same great programs, education, information and support that we have as Southwest 8, and we feel that by sharing best practices and efficiencies, we will be able to offer more comprehensive service for the seniors in our expanded service area. So just a reminder, when you hear the name Connections Area Agency, you can trust that you will continue to be served by the same great dedicated staff, with the same great service, just one new name. We look forward to serving you in our next chapter as Connections Area Agency on Aging.

– Barb Morrison, Executive Director, Southwest 8 Senior Services.

Goings On Harlan Senior Center Bring your ugly tie for a with the “Goldenairs”

We have been enjoying the beautiful weather and all the activities at the Senior Center. June 10 is the Alzheimer’s Support Group at 9:30 a.m. June 11 is a movie with HyVee at 9:30 a.m. June 13 there is a Senior Council meeting at 9:30 a.m. That evening is our evening meal at 6 p.m. with our Father’s Day special and “Just Us” to perform at 7 p.m. June 19 is Ugly Tie Day:

day of fun, at noon. On June 20, Helen Schmitz will be here to take blood pressures before lunch. June 20 is also Ice Cream Soda Day at noon. June 27 is the evening meal at 6 p.m.

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Area Senior Centers

The following centers are affiliated with the Southwest 8 Nutrition Department. Meals from Southwest 8 Senior Services Senior Centers follow the menu on the last page of the Better Living Courier, and meals are based on a suggested contribution of $3.25 to individuals age 60 or older. For the following centers please make meal reservations at 11 a.m. one day in advance.

Council Bluffs at The Center 714 S. Main St. (712) 323-5995 M-F 12 p.m.

Carter Lake Senior Center 626 E. Locust St. (712) 347-6102 M-W, F 12 p.m. Thurs. 5 p.m.

Logan Senior Center 108 West Fourth St. (712) 644-2229 M-F 12 p.m. Oakland Senior Center 618 N. Hwy (712) 482-3353 M-F 12 p.m.

Malvern Senior Center 201 East Fourth St. (712) 624-8985 M-F 11:30 a.m.

Red Oak Senior Center 2700 N. Fourth St. (712) 623-3497 M-F 12 p.m.

Please note: the Lakin Campus, Shenandoah (Meal Site) and Hamburg Senior Centers have closed, contact Southwest 8 at 1-800-4329209 with questions.

The following centers are not affiliated with Southwest 8 Senior Services: Atlantic Senior Center 411 Walnut St. (712) 243-3599 M–F 9 a.m. to 4p.m.; Meals served Tues./ Wed./Thurs., 11:30 a.m. Shenandoah Senior Activity Center 405 W. Sheridan Ave. (712) 246-2002, M/W/F 12:30 to 4 p.m.; T, Th 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meal 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Clarinda Senior Center 1140 E. Main St. (712) 542-2932 M-F 11:30 a.m.

Dunlap Senior Center 619 Iowa St. (712) 643-2244 M-F 12 p.m.

Missouri Valley Senior Center 100 S. Fourth St. (712) 642-3215 M-F 11:30 a.m.

Sidney Senior Center 2820 N. Ridge Road (712) 374-3053, M-F 12 p.m.

Villisca Senior Center 312 S. Third Ave. (712) 826-5182 M-F 11:30 a.m.

Neola Senior Center 110 Fourth St. (712) 485-2179 M-F 12 p.m. Stanton Senior Center 326 Broad Ave. (712) 826-2782 Tue./Wed./Thurs. 11:45 a.m.

Woodbine Senior Center 411 Walker St. (712) 647-3011 M-F 11:30 a.m. Open 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch at 11:30 a.m.

Glenwood Sr. Center 20 N. Vine St. (712) 527-4213 M-F 11:30 a.m.

Harlan Senior Center* 706 Victoria (712) 755-2757 M-F 12 p.m.

Irwin Senior Center 520 Ann St. (712) 782-3367 M-F 11:30 a.m.


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Caregivers can now stop unwanted mail for their loved ones The Direct Marketing Association’s (DMA) Mail Preference Service (MPS) lets you opt out of receiving unsolicited commercial mail from many national companies. When you register with this service, your name will be put on a “delete” file and made available to directmail marketers and organizations. This will reduce

most of your unsolicited mail. However, your registration will not stop mailings from organizations that do not use the DMA’s Mail Preference Service or with whom you are a customer. Special note for caregivers: To assist family members, friends, or caretakers seeking to remove the names of

individuals in their care from commercial marketing lists, DMA created a “Do Not Contact List for Caretakers,” which all DMA members are required to honor. The “Do Not Contact List for Caretakers” is available to companies and nonprofit organizations for the sole purpose of removing names and

New program may help with supply costs MEDICARE/From Page 2

and high quality items. These standards help to deter unscrupulous providers from becoming Medicare contract suppliers. Ninety percent of contract suppliers are already established in the CBA, the product category, or both. This means Medicare beneficiaries will be getting the same high quality products and services but at lower prices. And, small suppliers – those with gross revenues of $3.5 million per year or less – make up about 63 percent of the contract suppliers in the new markets. Medicare announced on April 9 that around 799 suppliers have been awarded contracts as part of the new program. Additionally 18 suppliers accepted contracts to provide mail-order diabetic testing supplies at competitively bid prices nationwide. The National Mailorder Program contract suppliers have 52 loca-

tions to serve the entire country through mail or other home delivery. To find a list of these Medicare contract suppliers in your area, please visit: www.medicare.gov/supplier/home. asp or call 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048). For additional information about the Medicare DMEPOS program, including all of the products and items covered under the Competitive Bidding Program, please visit: http://www.cms. hhs.gov/DMEPOSCompetitiveBid/. This program really saves people with Medicare, and all taxpayers, a lot of money. In just the first year, in just the limited nine markets, the savings were over $200 million. The expanded program is expected to save Medicare more than $25 billion in the next ten years, and people with Medicare are expected to save $17 billion more in reduced out-of-pocket costs and premium pay-

ments. If you need assistance learning about this process, please contact Southwest 8 Senior Services at (712) 328-2540 locally in Council Bluffs, or toll-free at 1 (800) 432-9209. We can help you access the needed information and we can help you find an insurance counselor through our Senior Health Insurance Information Program.

addresses from their marketing lists. This service was created solely for consumer convenience and is maintained by DMA for use by its members and other industry members. Names remain on this list for three years. To register with DMA’s

Mail Preference Service, go to www.dmachoice. org. If you don’t want to register online, there is a form available for download and return by mail, at this web address. If you need help using the Internet, ask a family member, friend or your local library.

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Older Iowans take talent to the stage at Iowa State Fair The Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging (i4a), in harmony with the Iowa State Fair, invites older Iowan performers to show their talent on Aug. 14. The Old Time Variety Show presents a venue for aspiring amateur performers during the Older Iowans Day at the State Fair. This is not a contest. Whether your talent is dancing, ol’ fashion crooning or even juggling, any Iowan who is age 60-plus is eligible to participate as a solo or group performance. Registration deadline is Aug. 5. For more details or to receive the rules and entry form, contact: Old Time Variety Show, c/o Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging, 1111 9th St., Ste 285, Des

Moines, IA 50314, toll free at (866) 468-7887. The Older Iowans Day and Old Time Variety Show are sponsored by i4a. Stop by the i4a exhibit tent on Grand Avenue during the State Fair on Aug. 14 and visit with representatives from Iowa’s six Area Agencies on Aging who will explain how to connect with essential services to meet the needs of persons 60-plus, family caregivers and persons with disabilities. Information for older Iowans and their caregivers is also available on the websites of i4a, the Iowa Family Caregiver Program and the Iowa Department on Aging. Southwest 8 Senior Services, a proud member of i4a, serves as the Area Agency on Aging

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Elder Abuse Awareness Day Those of us at Southwest 8 invite you to join us in recognizing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15. Please take a moment to think of our older, sometimes frail fellow Iowans who are often silent victims of abuse, frauds, scams and financial exploitation on this day. Elder abuse remains one of the most underreported crimes; victims are embarrassed or afraid that reporting may incarcerate a family

member or that it may compromise their ability to remain independent. If you would like to learn more about Elder Abuse or if you have some concerns about yourself or a loved one who may be a victim of abuse, please contact Southwest 8 Senior Services: (712) 328-2540 or toll free at 1 (800) 4329209.

– Southwest 8 Senior Services

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How safe is the food in your pantry and refrigerator? Have you ever finished a meal and were cleaning up and needed to put leftovers in storage? Sometimes the problem is there just isn’t any room left in the fridge. Where did all that stuff come from? You begin to take items out, move bowls, jars, etc., around and come across some pretty weird stuff. A bag with a few slices of bread that appear a little green and several small containers that appear to have the same green in the contents. You can’t even remember when you put them in there. It’s time to act. So what would have been the safe way to store these items? Ask yourself if you are going to use them within a few days, is there enough to save, and are you really going to use them? If the plan is to use them at a future date, freezing in airtight wrap or containers, labeling with contents and date frozen will ensure it remains safe to use. Labeling non-frozen items is also helpful, as it helps you keep track of when you last used it. You should also not hold the food more than 2 hours at room temperature. Refrigerate or freeze as soon as possible. Temperature is an important factor to consider. Do you have thermometers in your refrigerator and freezer? If not, your items may be in safety jeopardy. Frozen foods need to be kept in a temperature environment of 0 degrees F. Refrigerated foods need to kept in an environment below 40 degrees F. A thermometer allows you to check if there are cooling problems before trouble arises. What about those prod-

quality. It is not a purchase or safety date. The “use-by” date is the last recommended date for using the product while at its peak of quality. This date is determined by the manufacturer. As far as safety, perishable foods such as meat, poultry dairy and eggs are the most vulnerable. It is recommended that you eat by the “use-by” date or if you will not, then freeze. If you do not freeze, then eat the same day you purchase or the next day. For eggs, always purchase them before the “sellby” date on the carton. Make sure to store them in the coldest part of the refrigerator, on a shelf in

ucts purchased at the grocery store? First of all, there may be several dates listed on the product and these can be confusing. The federal government does not require the date labeling on foods, with the exception of baby formula. Not all states require the labeling either and Iowa is one that does not. So what are these “date” labels and what do they mean? The “sell by” date is actually one that is for the grocer. It tells them how long to display the product for sale. You should buy before the date expires. The “best if used by (or before)” date is recommended for best flavor or

the back and in their original container. Never store on the inside of the door as this area is constantly exposed to temperature changes when you are opening and closing. Use the eggs within three to five weeks of purchasing. So what about canned goods and other non-perishable items? High acid foods such as tomatoes should be used within 12 to 18 months. Low acid canned foods such as meat, fish or vegetables will retain best quality if used within two to five years. However, the can must be in good condition and stored in a cool, dark, clean place. Do not store in cupboards near the fridge,

dishwasher, or stove as these are heat producers. There are two rules that should be observed concerning food storage safety. The first is, FIFO. This refers to the First In First Out rule. When you store items, the latest items should be placed in the back and the oldest should come forward. As far as home-canned foods, they should be used within one year for best quality. As far as spices, when you open them, the aroma of the spice should be detected. If not, it may be time to replace. Purchasing smaller amounts of those

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you use the least will reduce waste and expense. Staples such as flour, sugar, rice and pasta should be stored in tightly covered containers. Flour stored in a warm place is likely to become infested with insects. The freezer or refrigerator will prevent this. Do not store near items with strong odors as the flour will absorb them. Sugars should also be stored in a cool, dark cabinet at about 70 degrees F. The shelf life for sugar is: Confectioners – 18 months Brown sugar – 4 months Granulated – 2 years Rice can be stored at room temperature for up to a year. Brown or flavored rice should be used within six months. Pasta stored in a cool dry place in its uncooked form will last indefinitely. Egg noodles should be used within six months. Smell is not always an indicator of a problem. You may be able to tell if the milk has soured by smell, but the bacteria that causes foodborne illnesses can’t be seen, smelled or tasted. Taste testing is done at your own peril and should be avoided. If in doubt, throw it out. Some health and safety tips will help ensure that you stay healthy: • Refrigerate foods at 40 degrees F immediately. Plan your day so that you can take groceries home to the fridge right away. Do not let them sit in the car while you run errands, especially if they are frozen or perishable. • Don’t keep refrigerated foods out of the fridge

more than two hours. • Keep ready-to-eat foods separate from those that are raw or need cooking. • If a food product only has a “sell-by” date or no

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Meatballs in gravy over wild rice Oregon blend vegetables orange juice cup WG wheat bread blueberry muffin

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Chicken Alfredo Italian vegetables pickled beets Vienna bread Emerald pears

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Breaded chicken breast leaf lettuce and tomatoes WG wheat hamburger bun ranch whip potatoes cowboy caviar fresh orange

18

Salisbury steak with mushroom gravy baked potato, peas and carrots WG wheat roll cake brownie or oatmeal raisin cookie

25

BBQ pork rib patty mini wheat hoagie bun sliced red onions baked potato carrot coins diced pears

5

Chicken fried steak with country gravy scalloped potatoes Brussells sprouts, wheat bread Banana pudding or sugar free vanilla pudding

12

Chef salad with dressing (ham and turkey strips) (shredded lettuce/spinach) (gr. tomato/shredded cheese) (hard boiled egg) WG raisin bread, cantaloupe

19

Breaded pork fritter leaf lettuce/sliced onion WG wheat hamburger bun 1/2 baked sweet potato three bean salad banana

Breaded fish wedge tarter sauce scalloped potatoes sliced beets WG wheat bread pineapple

26

FRI

Rotisserie chicken quarter baked poatoes green and gold beans cinnamon swirl bread strawberry shortcake with whipped cream

6

13

Beef roast in gravy baked potato Oregon blend vegetables WG wheat roll Birthday cake or white cake square

20

Fried chicken (x2) ranch whip potatoes baked beans fresh baked biscuit cubed watermelon

27

Turkey roast in gravy mashed potatoes California blend vegetables strawberry pears wheat berry roll

7

Taco salad (taco meat/shredded cheese) (shredded lettuce/tomatoes) (Kidney beans) tortilla chips apricot halves

14

Chicken salad WG wheat bread (x2) leaf lettuce California blend vegetables red seedless grapes

21

Creamed chicken over fresh baked biscuit broccoli fruit punch juice cup Mandarin oranges and pineapple

28

Spaghetti with meat sauce Italian vegetables spinach side salad WG Italian roll apricot halves

All meals include coffee and 2% or skim milk. Please make reservations one day in advance. Modified diets may be requested when making reservations. Bring a friend!


Better Living

12 Friday, May 24, 2013

The Daily Nonpareil

What is elder abuse and how we can help prevent it? DES MOINES – Iowa Department on Aging Director Donna Harvey called upon all Iowans to recognize what elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation is and what we all can do to help prevent it. “As the population of older adults continues to grow, so, too, will the concerns for our most vulnerable citizens and the presence of elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation in our society. What can we do to prevent an older Iowan we know from being victimized? Information, awareness, and action are part of the best defense in this ongoing fight,” Harvey stated. The Federal Older American’s Act (OAA)

The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse indicates that an estimated 4 to 6 percent of our older population suffers from some form of abuse. defines elder abuse as the abuse, neglect or exploitation of an individual age sixty (60) or older. Elder Abuse is: • Common: One in 13 persons age 60 and up report abuse. That’s 7.6 percent, the same frequency as coronary heart disease. • Lethal: Victims are three times likely to die sooner than if the abusive incident had not occurred. • Expensive: Victims are 4 times more likely to go into a nursing home. Nationally, 9 percent of financial exploitation vic-

tims turn to Medicaid as a direct result of this type of abuse. Elder Abuse comes in many forms, including: physical abuse; sexual abuse; emotional or psychological abuse; neglect (including self-neglect); financial exploitation and sexual exploitation. Warning signs may include: • The elder’s behavior is contrary to his or her usual personality; • The elder appears to be neglected or does not seem to have money; • Responses to ques-

elder abuse in Iowa go to the Iowa Department on Aging’s website at: www. iowaaging.gov or call tollfree: 1 (800) 532-3213. The mission of the Iowa tions seem unreasonable Department on Aging is or unlikely; to develop a comprehen• The elder is unusually sive, coordinated and costquiet or is not allowed to effective system of longspeak for him or herself; term living and commuor nity support services that • Financial transactions help individuals maintain occur on the elder’s bank health and independence account that is abnormal in their homes and comto their normal pattern. munities. – Iowa Department on Aging. For more information on

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