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Dennis Lanane column: Triad meeting panelists to offer advice on health insurance plans

This month’s Madison County Triad meeting will feature a program about health insurance. Representatives from the Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) will share tips on getting help in making choices concerning health insurance. SHIP Volunteer Supervisor Melissa Miller and Medicare specialist John Williams will share advice on determining which insurance choice would be a quality, fairly priced health insurance policy for you.

SHIP is part of the Indiana Insurance Commission, is regulated by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid and is a free and impartial counseling program. SHIP is not affiliated with any insurance company and does not sell insurance. Questions will be taken after the presentation. The meeting is set for October 19 at 10:30 a.m. at Mounds Mall.

Last month, Zachary Whaley from St. Vincent’s Balance Center spoke to more than 100 people about what they can do to keep from falling. He talked about what causes dizziness and balance problems. In addition to increasing the risk of falls, it also shortens attention spans, disrupts normal sleep patterns and causes excessive fatigue.

Forty percent of adults have dizziness or balance problems. Any such problems should be reported to your doctor before you end up in an emergency room.

Triad is about educating people in our community so that they can have a decent quality of life and be safe. We are all non-paid volunteers. Triad is always looking for new technology that will help our seniors and people with disabilities.

In November, we are trying to get a speaker from an Indianapolis agency that helps people of all ages that might be having problems with memory and other issues — from children who are having a hard time adjusting to going to school to older adults who have lost some of their working memory.

They have a doctor who testifies for seniors who have been victimized because they didn’t understand a con man who tricks people into giving him their money. When a criminal is arrested for committing some terrible crime, he can sometimes plead guilty by reason of insanity. When an innocent, honest, goodhearted person is scammed out of their money because someone stole their identity or they trusted the wrong person, all too often they have to go through an embarrassing court trial.

The doctor evaluates the victims who have been exploited to see if they were taken advantage of because they didn’t understand what they were signing. These cases could be dismissed.

The agency also claims that eight of 10 clients can regain 30 percent of their short-term memory that they have lost by going through their therapy. They took me on a tour of their offices and showed me the new technology they used for therapy.

One of the biggest fears older adults face is getting Alzheimer’s and ending up in a Alzheimer’s ward. It will be interesting to hear what they have to tell us.

There have been many new developments in science that allow us to overcome ailments and make our lives simpler and longer.

Dennis Lanane is chairman of Madison County Triad. His column appears the first Sunday of each month. He can be reached at

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