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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Open Enrollment

You wouldn't necessarily know from reading this blog that I take care of medicare eligible patients (65 years and over). But I do!

At first, I didn't know if I would like treating older patients, but I found out I enjoy providing Medicare patients with the same open-mindedness care as I do my younger patients. I found all the pharmaceuticals protocols a bit excessive and enjoy finding LIFESTYLE approaches to help improve conditions such  as hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes and hot flashes, etc....

Lifestyle = nutrition and exercise.

I am not afraid to individualize treatment and testing schedules and to reduce doses of and possibly discontinue pharmaceuticals with appropriate monitoring. Many seniors have found they are taking better care of themselves, now more than ever (less work, stopped smoking, eat-in more, have time to exercise...) and realize they may not need the medications anymore. They find no one ever suggested a chance to reduce medication. My approach means that my patients accept some responsibility for their health. I only provided guidance. And I am there just in case.

In fact I found what I didn't like about the prospect of older patients was the business of pharmaceuticals. I LOVE that the many diseases of aging aren't really an age process, but one we can control with our own choices.

They aren't genetic either. I hear so much from seniors, "My mother had diabetes (or XXX), so I have it too." You and your family members have XXX because you eat and do similar things.

It is genetic if you are born with it or you acquire the condition early on.
If you are a senior, male or female, and want to take charge of your health, you may be in the right place. If you want to hear a unique approach, you are definitely in the right place. I have an opinion, that differs, on just about everything.

It is open enrollment through the end of the year, if you are medicare eligible in Saint Lucie County (Port Saint Lucie and Fort Pierce). My practice accepts Summit, Wellcare, Freedom, and Humana. (Hopefully Universal by the first of the year-check back or call the office.)

1 comment:

The Natural Mama said...

Denise, it is so refreshing to hear your approach to healthcare. It is so inline with mine and my husband's - to educate and empower people to take charge of their own health. Many medical doctors think that if we we just had more money for more drugs and more surgery, then we would be able to get people healthy. But in our country, we have the most use of drugs and surgery and we are STILL the sickest nation. Its not a lack of drug/surgery...its a lack of exercise and good food - exactly as you said. I love working with older people! It gives me so much joy to see them exercising and improving their quality of life. They sometimes even surpass their own expectations.

If you haven't already, check out Gary Null, James Chestnut and Paul Check. YouTube videos and website. Totally in-line with us!! See you soon!

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