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FINDING HELP n Health, Education and Social Services may be beneficial for Medicare recipients to en- Food & Drug Administration.......... 888-463-6332 roll in the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, IT IS www.fda.gov NOT A REQUIREMENT. For seniors who choose Reports safety warnings and recalls for products reg- not to enroll in Medicare Part D now, the premium ulated by the FDA. The website also contains free increases 10 percent annually from their original newsletters. eligibility date. Some seniors may qualify for extra help to reduce their prescription costs with the Together RX Access Program ......... 800-444-4106 Medicare Part D Plan. Find out more about eligibil- www.togetherrxaccess.com ity and qualifications by calling Medicare Customer Save on many prescription drugs at different loca- Service at 800-633-4227 or by accessing informa- tions. For persons who have no public or private tion online at www.benefitscheckup.org. insurance and are not eligible for Medicare. Some plans may offer more coverage for a higher nRehabilitation Services / premium. However, you should also read the fine print to decide if the options you are looking at are Physical Therapy right for you. Most rehabilitation therapy services help you re- Medication Information and Services cover a loss of function following a disease or in- jury. Licensed by the State of Washington or certi- AARP Pharmacy Services ............... 877-608-5598 fied by a national association, qualified therapists Benefits Check Up RX.... www.benefitscheckup.org often work closely with highly-trained assistants. Use this service to access public and private pro- Occupational Therapists focus on purposeful, grams for prescription drug savings. Provides assis- real-life activity to restore independence in self- tance in choosing programs, and enrollment. care, work and leisure. Many older clients requir- ing physical therapy have experienced serious disabling conditions, such as strokes or hip frac- tures. The therapist’s goal is to help patients regain strength, flexibility, balance, and as much indepen- dence as possible. Physical Therapists use special exercises and phys- ical agents such as heat, cold, and ultrasound to build strength, restore lost physical abilities, con- trol pain, and promote healing. Physical therapists often help people regain functional activities like the ability to walk. Respiratory Therapists specialize in helping peo- ple with breathing problems through assessment, communication with physicians, administration of medications, teaching breathing techniques, and assistance with ventilators. Respiratory therapists work with a health care team to restore patients to the fullest possible physical recovery. Speech Pathologists work with swallowing prob- lems and speech difficulties. Therapists can de- termine if a person who has trouble swallowing can eat safely, work on how to decrease the risk of choking, and provide appropriate treatment to improve swallowing. Speech therapists also help clients with aphasia (inability to use language) and dysarthria (inability to produce intelligible speech), problems associated with strokes. 90


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