Archive for October, 2013

Pennies for Penny

October 29th, 2013 | Author: Katelyn Turner

Nicole says her mom Penny was a fighter—someone who never let COPD get in her way.

“I never saw her suffer, or just laying in her bed. The day before my mother passed, we were watching a Browns football game together. She was wearing a Browns t-shirt and hat, and it was 14-0 [Browns were losing], fourth quarter. All she kept saying was, ‘the Browns still have a chance to win,’” Nicole recalls. “She was in such good spirits right up until her last days.”

After her mom passed away, Nicole felt as though she had to do something to honor her.

Nicole and Penny

Nicole and Penny

“My desire has always been to give back, and do something for people who had COPD. I saw how the disease took over my mother and I wanted to do something to support those [living with COPD],” Nicole says.

That’s where “Pennies for Penny” was born—out of Nicole’s desire to help others. She reached out to friends, family, and co-workers to garner feedback, and created her first fundraising tools, a Bingo game that features sayings from Penny, and a Penny trivia game. Nicole used these at her first fundraiser September 28th. She’s planning on hosting a second fundraiser, a pancake breakfast, during November—COPD Awareness Month.

In addition to hosting fundraisers, Nicole, who lives in Cleveland, OH, says she also set up a FirstGiving Page with the COPD Foundation, encouraging friends, family, co-workers, etc. to donate what they can.

“I want to do something all year-round. Cleveland Clinic is a big hospital here, and I’ve been thinking I’d eventually like to work at the pulmonary department there. I am looking to work in public health, once I complete school,” Nicole says. She’s currently majoring in business management as a local community college.

She says her mom loved to spend time with family, including Nicole’s children Butchie and Eleah, and made others so happy—so it’s nice to see others step up in memory of her.

“That’s why I want to go into public health to help people like my mom—I want to follow my vision and make it happen,” Nicole says. “I think anything starts off with a  vision. If you have the passion to do it, your vision will come to you.”

“I had no idea what to do when my mom passed. First, it was like, ‘she’s no longer here.’ After that, I thought, ‘let me do something to honor my mom,’” she says. “I miss so many things about her, but my love and compassion keeps me going.”

Medicare Open Enrollment and You

October 25th, 2013 | Author: Fabiana Talbot

This past week marked the beginning of open enrollment for Medicare, the health insurance program available to seniors starting on their 65th birthday and certain people with disabilities.  Each year, Medicare recipients have the opportunity to make changes to their Medicare Advantage or Medicare prescription drug coverage for the following year.  During this open enrollment period, individuals with Medicare plans may reassess their needs and budget.  The open enrollment period started on October 15 and ends on December 7.

What can you do?

  • Change from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan.
  • Change from a Medicare Advantage Plan back to Original Medicare.

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    (seniorcarecorner.com)

  • Switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another Medicare Advantage Plan.
  • Switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan that doesn’t offer drug coverage to a Medicare Advantage Plan that offers drug coverage.
  • Switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan that offers drug coverage to a Medicare Advantage Plan that doesn’t offer drug coverage.
  • Join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.
  • Switch from one Medicare drug plan to another Medicare drug plan.
  • Drop your Medicare prescription drug coverage completely.

When?

October 15–December 7

The Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment period (October 1, 2013–March 31, 2014) overlaps with the Medicare Open Enrollment period (October 15–December 7, 2013).

You don’t need to do anything with the Marketplace during Open Enrollment.

You don’t need to sign up for Medicare each year.  However, each year you’ll have a chance to review your coverage and change plans.

Tips for Medicare’s Open Enrollment:

Medicare.gov

Marketwatch

Forbes

NextAvenue.gov

AARC Respiratory Care Week 2013

October 21st, 2013 | Author: Katelyn Turner

This week marks the American Association for Respiratory (AARC)’s Respiratory Care Week.

The AARC and its members ask you to join them for this annual event that recognizes the respiratory care profession and promotes awareness of lung health issues and practices.

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This week, the AARC is asking you to:

  • Host activities to honor and reward respiratory therapists for their contributions
  • Encourage patients and their families in their battles against lung disease
  • Spread awareness of lung diseases such as COPD to the broader community
  • Build the desire in others to enter the respiratory care profession
  • Maximize personal and professional skills with new resources

We also remind you to take the time this week and thank your respiratory therapist for all the work they do to help the COPD community. 

For more information about Respiratory Care Week, click here.

Help Richard Johnson Bring Alpha-1 To the Winner’s Circle

October 16th, 2013 | Author: Fabiana Talbot

Richard Johnson, a longtime supporter of the Alpha-1 Foundation, is one of four finalists vying for the NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award.  If he wins the $100,000 award, it will be donated to the Alpha-1 Foundation to fund vital research programs.  The winner is determined by who receives the most votes at nascar.com/award.  Please help Richard win by casting one vote every day until December 5!  Remember — a vote for Richard is a vote for Alpha-1 awareness.

Richard became devoted to the fight against Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency in 2008 when his two young children, Grace and Lucas, were diagnosed with the genetic condition, which can lead to life-threatening liver and lung disease.  There is no known cure.  Alpha-1 is a leading genetic cause of liver transplantation in children like Richard’s.

“The Alpha-1 Foundation congratulates Richard on his nomination as a finalist for the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award,” says John Walsh, president & CEO of the Alpha-1 Foundation. “We are grateful for his leadership in fundraising and awareness efforts, and he richly deserves the honor. If Richard wins the award, the Foundation will receive a total of $100,000 that will be entirely spent on research for a cure for Alpha-1. And I cannot overstate the importance of the Alpha-1 awareness that will be generated if Richard is named the Humanitarian Award winner on national television; Alphas everywhere, both children and adults, will benefit. We urge everyone in the Alpha-1 community to vote for Richard every day till Dec. 5.”