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Medicare in the Time of COVID-19: Here’s What You Need to Know

January 14th, 2021

By Lindsay Engle for the NABBW It’s been almost a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and just as you’ve had to adjust parts of your life to protect yourself and your family, Medicare has also had to modify their coverage. The goal of this article is to help you, as a Medicare beneficiary, to know what changes and modifications the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have made. Increased Access to Telehealth Services First and probably most significant, Medicare has temporarily increased coverage for telehealth services. Telehealth includes telemedicine, or remote... Read More

List Making and Chronic Illness — How I’ve Finally Learned to Turn My Daily List-Making Habit From “Foe” to “Friend”

January 13th, 2021

By Trina O’Quinn for the NABBW: I have always been a list maker. That is how I, as a dyslexic, had learned to accomplish the things that had to be done. I would start my day by listing what I needed to accomplish. Then come the weekend, I would list what I wanted to accomplish in two days instead of one, so the list got longer. I would place my list on the dining room table and cross off each item as I accomplished it. My list was always so long that looking at it, one would never think I had accomplished much in a day. On a good day or two, the most I could accomplish would have been 4-5... Read More

Living with Chronic Illness: Whether it’s COPD, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Cancer Or Another Condition, We Know Our Chronic Illnesses Will Persist Even After There’s a Vaccine for COVID

December 3rd, 2020

By Trina O’Quinn for the NABBW: Before I begin let me define the terms I am going to be discussing. There are two: 1- Chronic Illness and 2- Acute Illness. These explanations come from the Center for Disease Control, DSM-V, and Wikipedia. A chronic condition is a human health condition or disease that is persistent or otherwise long lasting in its effects or a disease that comes with time. The term chronic is often applied when the course of the disease lasts for more than three months. Common chronic diseases include arthritis, asthma, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),... Read More

Mark 10/23/20 on Your Calendar Now: You’re Specially Invited to “Zoom In” On Ways You Can Fight Agism, As Pro-Aging Guru Ashton Applewhite Is Interviewed By DefyingGravity.life Founders Via Webinar

October 16th, 2020

Here Are the Key Event Details: “Aging While Female–Reimagined,” A Zoom Webinar provided by DefyingGravity.life Featuring Pro-Aging Author and Activist Ashton Applewhite Friday, October 23, 2020, 12:00 pm EST From childhood on, we’re barraged by messages that it’s sad to be old. That wrinkles are embarrassing, and old people incompetent. Author and activist Ashton Applewhite believed them too, until she dug into where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does. Pointing out that we are all either old or “future old,” Applewhite explains the roots of ageism... Read More

Disenfranchised Grief Caused by Undiagnosed Dyslexia

October 14th, 2020

By Trina O’Quinn for the NABBW This past July, I fell, bruising my knees and shoulders and whiplashing my neck. Today, I am still recovering. What I have found is that at age 75, I am not recovering like I used to, even at age 60. I am grateful that I did not break anything besides my ego. The fall triggered my fibromyalgia, causing pain all over my body, so I decided it was time to see a rheumatologist. She not only confirmed the fibromyalgia, but also diagnosed severe arthritis. After discussing my options for a recovery plan, together we decided that I would begin with aquatic physical... Read More

Rare Cancers in Women and Children Caused by Exposure to Toxic Household Items

September 19th, 2020

Written for the NABBW by Kimberly Cruz-Montalvo, Community Outreach Representative for www.mesotheliomaguide.com  When women and children are dolling themselves up, the last thing they expect is to be introducing a dangerous carcinogen into their bodies. Unfortunately, many families are unknowingly putting themselves at risk by using asbestos-contaminated products. Talc Products and Asbestos Exposure Many talc based products, including cosmetic sets and baby powder, have consistently tested positive for . Both talc and asbestos are naturally occurring minerals that are commonly found in close... Read More

Still Feeling COVID Anxiety? Trina O’Quinn Benefits From John Lennon’s Lyrical Advice, Learning to “Let It Be…” Says It Might Help You, As Well

September 19th, 2020

By Trina O’Quinn for the NABBW “Life Is What Happens While You’re Busy Making Other Plans” – John Lennon As I began pondering this month’s blog, this quote continued to run through my mind. I am one of many people in the world who has music in the background of my brain all the time. Along with the quote came the music and lyrics to the song Let It Be, also by John Lennon: “Singing Words of Wisdom, Let It Be, Let It be.” So, I asked myself: What do either of these quotes have to do with my current Blog? What do they have to do with my theme of Grief? The answer was the theme of... Read More

2021 Medicare Changes and Important Dates: What Beneficiaries Need to Know

September 10th, 2020

Special to the NABBW By Lindsay Engle, Medicare Expert, MedicareFAQ With the Medicare Open Enrollment period quickly approaching, current and newly eligible beneficiaries will see a variety of changes that could impact their coverage for the 2021 calendar year, including budget updates and a reduction in drug costs among others. It is critical that all beneficiaries keep a close eye on important dates and educate themselves on their options in order to make the best decision for their individual needs. However, navigating these choices can be overwhelming. The following article will provide information... Read More

Trina O’Quinn Expands on Her Tips for Moving Through Grief

September 8th, 2020

By Trina O’Quinn for the NABBW While trying to write my next article for you, I experienced writer’s block due to low motivation, probably brought on by my own grief. So I took some of my own advice and decided to reflect on my state of being through meditations on what I was feeling. (There is that “f” word again.) Next, I reread my previous blogs. In doing this, I made the discovery that the tips I gave you for finding your way through grief were actually just the bullet points of larger concepts. I realized that to be more helpful, I really needed to offer you examples, or find you... Read More

Are You Feeling Like Normalcy and Control Are No Longer Within Reach? You’re Likely Experiencing Disenfranchised Grief

July 17th, 2020

By Trina O’Quinn for the NABBW As the pandemic continues, I am becoming more aware of what it means to experience disenfranchised grief: The illusion of Normalcy and Control is slowly being taken away from me. (I suspect that this has happened to everyone.) In trying to write this month’s blog I realized that I was experiencing too many instances of disenfranchised grief.  If I tried to cover them all this blog it would become a novel.  So, I decided to write about a few of the most unrecognized or unspoken losses in my life. The first is the loss of the ability to plan, to have something... Read More