You’ve done a great job so far Florida… now we need more data.

Current news reports from around the country show people protesting and rallying for the re-opening of their economies and a return to a regular way of life. The emotional and financial hardship that forced isolation causes, impacts each of us in different ways and when someone is struggling to pay the rent or put food on the table, you can easily see their point of view. It's just plain difficult and there are no two ways about it. Having said that, as a nation we have to remember this: COVID-19 knows no political affiliation, understands no racial, financial, or geographic boundaries, and has no cure. It is nefarious and if we are not smart and united, it will exploit the cracks between us

Just for fun…celebrate your pet’s birthday today!

You might be surprised to know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website (CDC) has a whole section dedicated to illustrating the health benefits of pet ownership and you can find it here: Healthy Pets, Healthy People. Turns out that our furry, feathered, and scaly friends who are with us through thick and thin, and support us when we need it most, are actually really healthy for us too! Go ahead, take your mind off things today and celebrate your favorite pet’s birthday…even if it isn’t. 😉 They won’t know, and they’ll be happy to receive your extra attention anyway. So spring for that can of Cesar’s dog food, put a candle in it and sing happy birthday to one of your

Good days, bad days…and getting things in control.

I was on the phone with my neighbor Kathy yesterday. A practical woman by nature. Caring, outgoing, very intelligent, and active, she is a person I have taken great comfort and guidance from in times of trouble. We’ve known each other since high school but lost touch until about 10 years ago when we reconnected. We’ve gotten to know and respect one other over the past decade and I am thankful to have her back in my life. After some discussion about the planting of spring flowers, catching up on the news of old friends, and joking about publishing a COVID-19 recipe book of all the favorites we’ve collected and made over the past month or so, it was not surprising that our conversation ma

Medicare sponsors a chronic care management program... Do you qualify?

Have you heard? ClareMedica is offering a new program for Medicare patients called Chronic Care Management, or CCM. The program was designed by Medicare to give doctors the tools and the resources to offer faster, more direct, and more frequent care to their patients with multiple, long lasting health conditions. Examples of those conditions are high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, stroke, and obesity, to name only a few. If you have at least two of those conditions, you might be eligible for CCM. If you are, we believe you would benefit from this program and we encourage you to participate. Benefits of the program include a monthly call from one of our care navigators to check

This is taking forever... enough already! Tips for quarantine.

Tips for quarantine We received a note the other day from one of our associates and it read like this: “This has all been so taxing on the work front - never mind the challenge of being pushed together under the same roof all the time. Everyone in our household is anxious, cranky, and flammable - and we have it way better than most.” It’s a refrain that we’re sure is being echoed in one form or another across the country…around the world for that matter. Everyone reaches their boiling point at different times and sometimes it’s hard to keep a stolid and phlegmatic disposition when all you want to do is run out into the street and scream enough already! It's no time to become complacent and

Mare is staying positive and keeping things in perspective…

Sure, I worry about myself at this time… …after all, I am almost 80 years old and with the news I’m hearing about COVID-19 and its impact on people my age, who wouldn’t? But I am being very careful and have kept myself in isolation for the last 3 weeks. I limit how much I listen to the news (only twice a day) and I abide by what my health care provider and government office tell me to do. In my younger years I survived the hardship of war and watched my parents manage with far, far less than what I have today…they had very little in the way of resources. While this is a war with an invisible enemy...I know I can manage this by staying home as much as I can, washing my hands regularly, and

Information is healthy... fear is not.

Getting the facts helps you remain calm. Remaining calm in the face of what feels like the unknown can be difficult, and catastrophizing (assuming the worst) can be a hard habit to break, especially when you are constantly bombarded by news relating to the increasing infection rates associated with coronavirus (COVID-19). One of the keys to remaining calm, as Linda Blair, clinical psychologist, suggests, is making the unknown known, in other words getting the facts…from a credible source…and working hard to train yourself to think logically about the situation. Habits are stubborn, and in many cases, people have behaved the same way for years, perhaps decades, because they’ve had a ba

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