Help your loved ones embrace a healthy new year

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The start of a new year is a great time to reflect on the year prior, celebrate successes and even acknowledge challenges you may have faced as a caregiver. It’s also an opportunity to plan for how you and your loved one can work toward your best health in 2019

Here are some things you and your loved one can focus on as the new year gets started:

Stay on track with an Annual Wellness Visit

Encourage your loved one to schedule an Annual Wellness Visit with his or her primary care physician (PCP). There your loved one can get his or her general health checked, discuss current medicines, get a cognitive screening and make plans for upcoming immunizations and screenings.

Preparing for an Annual Wellness Visit is also a great opportunity to take stock of your health plan for the new year by sorting medical records and screening histories, listing prescriptions and noting all doctors being seen.

If your loved one doesn’t have a doctor or needs to find a new one, search the Humana provider directory , Link opens in new windowonline to find an in-network provider.

Get prescriptions organized

  • Consider using a pill organizer if your loved one sometimes forgets to take pills at the right time Check remaining refills to see when your loved one may need to see his or her doctor for updates or new prescriptions
  • If your loved one is having trouble getting prescriptions filled on time, considering using a mail-delivery pharmacy, like Humana Pharmacy. Prescriptions can be mailed directly to your loved one to help ensure a continual supply.

Use the Humana Caregiver’s Toolkit , Link opens in new window to help keep track of prescriptions.

Find a Humana neighborhood location

Humana neighborhood locations offer a range of activities like health and wellness programs that you and your loved one can participate in at no extra cost. Visit Humana in your neighborhood , Link opens in new window to see if there is a Humana location near you.

Get the resources you want to help you be a confident caregiver

Visit the Humana caregiver resources page , Link opens in new window for information that can assist you help your loved one live a happy, healthy life.

This year, stay active together!

Spending quality time with those you care for can be an important part of maintaining overall health. A great way to spend time together is to share healthy activities.

Choosing an activity that is enjoyable for both you and your loved one will depend on factors like age and health conditions. Talk to your loved one about his or her goals and comfort levels. For example, does your loved one feel comfortable going to a gym or an activity center? Or will he or she benefit most from activities that can be done at home, such as basic stretches or simply walking?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has time and intensity guidelines for various types of healthy aging activities. Learn more: How much physical activity do you need? , Link opens in new window

Remember to set realistic goals—it’s fine to start with small steps. Together, you and your loved one can come up with safe and beneficial activities and determine how often and for how long your loved one should engage in them. Activity of any sort, no matter how light, can be better than doing nothing at all!

You can also see if your loved one’s Humana plan includes the SilverSneakers® fitness program. SilverSneakers offers exercise programs designed for people with Medicare at a number of participating fitness centers across the country. The SilverSneakers steps program also provides exercise kits with tips and activities members can do from home.

Learn more about Humana’s SilverSneakers fitness program. , Link opens in new window

This article is part of the Winter 2018 Caring for Health newsletter for caregivers. Check out the latest issue. , Link opens in new window

*Other mail-delivery pharmacies are available in our network.