When your doctor talks to you about chronic care management, do you tune him out?
Do you think that even though you're retired, you're too active to need it? Chronic care management, CCM, is a Medicare reimbursed care coordination program for senior adults with two or more chronic medical conditions, like hypertension, asthma, COPD, depression, or arthritis, and much more. It helps for things like coordination of care and providing 24/7/365 access to a healthcare professional. It is at least 20 minutes of non-face-to-face care for you. Much of what is done is behind the scenes and as a Medicare beneficiary, you have a right to it, if you need it. So, before you tune your doctor out, learn a little bit more about it. Here are a couple links that will help you in your research.
NavCare Vice President, Gwendolyn Oglesby-Odom, Ed.D., MSN, BSN, RN, joined the team of "Heres to Live with Zemrah" on IntellectualRadio last night to talk about Chronic Care Management with NavCare.
Infections at any age are discomforting and potentially life-threatening. For older adults, infections may lead to complications for existing complex health conditions, chronic discomfort and poor health, and a greater risk of hospitalization or even death. One in three deaths of persons over the age of 65 is directly associated with an infectious disease. Symptoms and diagnosis are often more difficult because the typical signs can be misread or not frequently observed. A sudden change in mental status or decline in physical function may be the only visible sign in an older patient with an infection.
Many seniors deal with several health problems related to aging. Patients managing chronic disease, complex health concerns and pain quite often are not getting enough sleep. Sleep patterns change with aging, and because of sleep disorders or sleep disturbances, older adults do not get healthy deep sleep. Common sleep disorders can include having trouble falling asleep, restlessness during the night, inability to tell night from day, and waking up too early in the morning. Some common health issues that prevent seniors from getting healthy sleep include chronic pain (e.g. arthritis), substance abuse, depression, neurological problems, diet, and nutrition.
Aging heightens onset for thyroid disease. Thyroid disease may elevate risks factors for high cholesterol, heart disease, osteoporosis and reduced cognitive function. Thyroid disease may be difficult to detect or may be wrongly attributed to existing chronic disease. There are two types of diagnoses for the disease. When the thyroid produces too much hormone it’s called hyperthyroid. If too little hormone is made, it’s called hypothyroid. Hypothyroidism is much more common in the elderly population, and older women particularly are at risk with 1 in 5 women over the age of 65 having hypothyroidism.