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Understanding Medicare: What it covers, what it doesn’t

Whether you’re preparing to sign up for Medicare for the first time or you’re a longtime beneficiary, you may be confused about what services Medicare covers. According to a recent study from Merrill Lynch/Age Wave, just 7 percent of people aged 55 to 64 feel very knowledgeable when it comes to Medicare coverage.

In short, Medicare covers procedures, equipment and care that are deemed medically necessary. There are four types of Medicare coverage, with Part A and Part B considered “Original Medicare.”

Medicare Part A covers your hospital care, as well as skilled nursing care, nursing home care, hospice and home health services.

Meet our team: Dianna Felletti, RN

Dianna FellettiDianna Falletti, RN, plays an important role at Brewster Senior Healthcare as our MDS coordinator. MDS refers to a multi-disciplinary assessment tool we use in long term care; this assessment allows us to create individualized care plans for our residents and to ensure they receive the appropriate reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid.  

World Series Trophies, engineering, music and more

Red Sox World Series TrophiesWe’ll host a wide variety of events at our EPOCH communities this week that are free and open to the public. First, we’ll host a history discussion on the American and French Revolutions. Then the Red Sox World Series trophies will come our way just in time for a good old fashioned cookout. Later in the week, we’ll host musical concerts as well as a special program on engineering innovations for seniors. Please join us!

Older adults are early birds

Older adults have morning brainsI’m sure we’ve all been asked the question, “Are you an early bird, or a night owl?” Well no matter which we are when we’re young, we might all evolve into early birds as we age.

At least, that’s what a recent Canadian study published in Psychology and Aging suggests.

For the study, researchers compared the results of memory tests given at different times of day for younger adults aged 19 to 30 and older adults aged 60 to 82. During the tests, researchers scanned each participant’s brain with an fMRI to see which areas were activated.

Meet our team: Sandy McSweeny

Sandy McSweenySandy McSweeny has been our concierge at EPOCH Senior Healthcare of Weston for the last two years. She’s often the first person our residents meet when they move in and she makes them feel welcome right away with her warm smile, handwritten notes and beautiful flowers. 

As concierge, Sandy is incredibly involved in our residents’ daily lives, from setting up their appointments, to providing social support during physical therapy, to escorting them to lunch and dinner and serving them meals. She facilitates our brain fitness program, helping to keep our residents mentally sharp, and helps out with happy hour – something she enjoys almost as much as the residents. “We have a great happy hour,” she said. “Their favorite is the root beer float. They love to reminisce and talk about times they enjoyed floats with their grandchildren.”