Four Easy Decorating Tips for the Holidays

Posted on Dec 23rd 2020 by Sharon LaSure-Roy

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Lowering your holiday stress level should include lowering your expectations. Many of us find that it is a difficult task as we compare our decorating skills, or lack there of to those fabulous images on Pinterest, YouTube or our friends’ Facebook pages. But what are you to do, when you are hosting a holiday get together; people are dropping in and your in-laws decide to stay for a week or more? Well, you start looking for ideas that will make your home a welcome oasis. Soon, you are running...

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Sharon is a daughter, sister, proud mother & well-loved wife. She calls herself a #socialmedia storyteller and definitely not a guru. She is a proud graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Follower her on twitter at @sharonlroy and @chefandbride.

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January 2021 Events at A Center Near You

Posted on Dec 21st 2020 by Florida Blue

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You can still enjoy your favorite Florida Blue events at home! As we adjust to our lives in these rapidly changing times, your health and the health of the communities we serve remains our top priority. That's why we've transitioned our Florida Blue Centers to virtual support, services and events. Virtual Brain Bus Join us and the Alzheimer's Association for a three-week series of online interactive, no-cost educational classes to help you build your caregiver tool kit. Come to one or come to...

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Safety First When It Comes to Holiday Celebrations

Posted on Dec 21st 2020 by Florida Blue

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You may be tempted to brave the crowded airports with others who are flying to see family or friends for the winter holidays. Or you may have been invited to celebrate locally with some friends you haven’t seen since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Neither of those are good options this season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it’s safest to celebrate the holidays with people you live with. Make sure those people are taking the same precautions you are, like wearing masks,...

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Finding Ways to Stick with Your Annual Resolutions

Posted on Dec 21st 2020 by Florida Blue

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By now, many of us are starting to think about New Year’s resolutions. Those promises we make to ourselves each year but often abandon them after a couple of months or so. That happens for many reasons. Sometimes the goals we set are unrealistic. Other times we give up when our progress seems to slow down or stop. Setting goals will be different this year because COVID-19 has impacted nearly everything we do. That includes many of the ways we used to stay active, whether it was spending part of...

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Building a True Partnership to Help Older Adults

Posted on Dec 21st 2020 by Florida Blue

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Before Kevin Kenney got to know Margaret Lynn Duggar, he got to witness her influence. And it was an impressive sight. Kenney watched as people approached Duggar with such reverence and respect at the 2019 Florida Council on Aging annual conference. “It was like meeting the pope,” said Kenney, a vice president for Florida Blue Medicare, which partners with the council to help older adults across the state. Duggar has been an icon in senior services for most of her 76 years, having started as...

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Taking on the stress of COVID-19 one step at a time

Posted on Dec 16th 2020 by Marilyn Young

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For most of the year, people have been feeling the pressure of the life that COVID-19 has brought. Months of staying in our homes, which have doubled as offices for our work and classrooms for our kids. We’ve leaned heavily on technology like Zoom to be able to see our family and friends, but it’s not the same as a hug or a handshake. And we’ve felt it. Some more than others. We’ve been waiting for a much-needed sprinkle of hope, as Dr. Nick Dewan of Florida Blue calls it. Something to help...

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Marilyn Young spent more than 30 years as a newspaper reporter and editor before joining Florida Blue.

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Learn More About Your 2021 Medicare Plan During Virtual Webinars

Posted on Dec 15th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Learn about your Florida Blue Medicare Advantage plan and feel confident using your coverage through our 2021 virtual member events. Starting in January 2021 and continuing through March, we’ll offer a variety of webinars on topics of interest to you. Here’s what you can expect: For 2021, we will hold our member welcome webinars <January through March>. You’ll get a calendar in your monthly email or letter (depending on your communication preferences) to let you know the sessions we’re...

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Home for the Holidays - College Edition

Posted on Dec 9th 2020 by Toni Woods

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Starting college in 2020 has been odd for our daughter, Mia, and thousands of other freshmen. Only two of her classes met in person, yet that was more than any of my friends' kids had, with most of their classes online. Masks were required everywhere on campus, inside and out. She never even met her dorm RA in person - they were only allowed to do Zoom meetings. No social gatherings in the dorm. However, Mia made the most of her first college semester. In addition to earning all A's,...

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Toni Woods is a Senior Media Relations Lead for Florida Blue. She has worked in communications for more than 20 years in the health care, energy and sports industries, working with media around the world. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. You can read more about Toni's life as an empty nester here: https://oneanddoneemptynesters.blogspot.com/

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New Home Delivery and Specialty Pharmacy Providers Coming

Posted on Dec 7th 2020 by Florida Blue

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If you have a chronic health condition, having medications delivered to your home gives you one less thing to worry about and one less trip to the pharmacy. That’s why our members have the option of having their maintenance medications—those taken for ongoing conditions—delivered right to their door. It’s safe, convenient and saves money on automated refills and renewals for 90-day supplies of medications. Beginning Jan. 1, Express Scripts Pharmacy will replace AllianceRx Walgreens Prime as the...

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Spread Some Holiday Cheer with These Last-Minute Health Gifts

Posted on Dec 4th 2020 by Latondra Steele

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Some say the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. But not for you. Because it’s also the season for gift giving. Bah humbug! But you’re no Scrooge. You actually enjoy giving gifts. What you don’t look forward to is figuring out what to get for the special people on your list. Has your holiday gift shopping fallen victim to procrastination? Are your loved ones tired of receiving a scarf or tie from you year after year? If so, there’s still time to turn things around. This year...

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After a 20-year hiatus, Latondra recently relocated back to the Sunshine State and now works as an internal communications consultant at Florida Blue. As a true communications explorer, she enjoys helping people and organizations say the right things to the right people at the right time. She has a BS in Journalism from Florida A&M University and a MS in Communications from Purdue University. You can follow her on Twitter at @ Steele_I_Rise, especially if you’re a guinea pig owner!

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