Florida Blue Medicare works closely with the Florida Council on Aging (FCOA) to make sure our members can find needed resources in their communities. FCOA President Dr. Christine Cauffield wrote this message about the effects of social isolation on older adults and what to do to combat it.  Social isolation and loneliness are associated with increased mortality in older ad [...]

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, more doctors than ever are offering telehealth visits. Florida Blue Medicare members now also have virtual visits through Teladoc®, at no extra cost to you. But if you’ve always gone in person to see your doctor, switching to a virtual telehealth visit may sound a little intimidating. And you may wonder if you’re getting the same qu [...]

Home Workouts Designed For You

Posted on May 11th 2020 by Florida Blue

So what do you do if you want to keep up an exercise routine but you can’t go to the gym? And if it’s getting too hot to take walks in the middle of the day? Luckily, SilverSneakers® has an answer. All our Medicare Advantage plans include membership in SilverSneakers. Typically, that means you get access to thousands of gyms across the country at no extra cost to you. But when you need [...]

Transitioning from hospital to home can be challenging, especially during a health crisis. Use these tips to help you stay at home and out of the hospital. There’s a lot of uncertainty and change right now because of the coronavirus spread. With hospitals seeing increasing numbers of patients due to COVID-19, it's more important than ever that you stay home and stay safe. [...]

Taking care of a loved one with special health needs was a tough job before the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re a caregiver, you may feel overwhelmed with responsibilities and isolated as you try to take care of yourself, your family and the loved one who depends on you. You aren’t alone. In fact, as the coronavirus spreads, the number of people caring for sick loved ones at home will l [...]

Technology can seem like it’s moving at lightning speed. New smartphones, constantly updated apps, wireless everything. It’s almost impossible to keep up. And for some, it can feel daunting. But it also can be a valuable asset and a learnable skill. Whether you want to log in to your My Health Link account, video chat with your grandkids or complete an online workout, here are some reso [...]

Chances are you probably knew your body would change as you age. Your vision changes. Your hearing changes and we often move a little slower as time goes on. But did you know your body’s response to heat changes as you age, too? Adults over 65 face more health risks when they’re out in the heat or when there is a big temperature change. That’s why it’s so important to take precautions w [...]

When was the last time you logged into your member account, searched for a doctor online or Googled a disease? Today? A week ago? Or maybe, never? Even if you’re a tech novice who prefers pen and paper to emails and texts, our new member portal, My Health Link, can help you better manage your health, all from the comfort of home. Florida Blue Medicare's member w [...]

Kathy’s mom had been sick for a while, but Kathy was starting to see major changes in her mom’s health. She knew she needed some guidance but wasn’t sure where to turn or what to do next. What were her mom’s wishes? And how could Kathy make sure those wishes were aligned with the health care her mom would need? Kathy isn’t alone. According to a 2019 analysis by the [...]

Wendy Weiss knows it’s best to not get too close to her 83-year-old father right now. As COVID-19 cases continue to climb, keeping a safe distance will help older adults like her dad and his wife stay healthy. So, when Weiss arrived at her father’s home with some chicken soup, she went to the door, set the soup down and walked away. Instead of sharing a hug, they settled for a wave from [...]

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