Food Insecurity and Related Health Problems Surge in Pandemic By: Taylor Andres, UPMC May 5, 2020 “Food insecurity is a problem that is widespread across the nation and in Allegheny County. It goes hand-in-hand with poverty, which is a significant risk factor for food insecurity,” said Daniel Salahuddin, M.D., M.P.H., a third-year resident in the … Read more

Orthopaedics What Is Gout? Know the Signs and Risk Factors Reviewed by UPMC Orthopaedic Care February 4, 2020 Share this on: Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that causes pain, redness, stiffness, and swelling in your joints. More than 8 million people in the United States have gout. The condition usually affects one joint … Read more

UPMC St. Margaret Offers Diabetes Management Classes

WHAT: A series of diabetes management classes are now open for registration. The educational sessions are split over two days.  Program Cost: Insurance will be billed. Participants should check with their insurance company to find out if they are covered. A prescription is required. Topics include: Nutrition and meal planning Medications Monitoring and pattern control Being active Setting … Read more

Local senior offers fun, easy dance exercise program

Many of us have the desire to lose a few pounds or just have more energy and vitality, and we know that a combination of good nutrition and exercise is the ticket. Yet it’s so easy to slack on the exercise part because it’s hard, expensive or we just don’t know what to do. Roland … Read more

Senior Justice and Wellness Expo promises to be better than ever

Last year’s Senior Justice and Wellness Expo was one of the biggest events in Allegheny County celebrating Older Americans Month, with more than 500 older adults in attendance. This year’s expo promises to be even bigger. It will take place on Wednesday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the IBEW Circuit Center, … Read more

UPMC Health Plan offers so much more than medical insurance to seniors

Anyone who has lived in or around Pittsburgh for any length of time is familiar with UPMC, which is known far beyond our region as a world-class healthcare provider. Yet did you know that the UPMC Health Plan offers much more than simply medical insurance to its members who are ages 65 and older? The … Read more

Choosing and enrolling into a CHC Plan

This is the second article in a series about Community HealthChoices. Community HealthChoices is a new Medicaid program that will start in southwestern Pennsylvania on January 1 (in Pennsylvania, our Medicaid program is called Medical Assistance). It will affect tens of thousands of older adults and people with disabilities who live in this 14 county … Read more

Mysteries of Medicare: Time to review your Medicare coverage

If you are on Medicare and have a Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C), or Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D), you have an opportunity to change your coverage during this year’s Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP), which runs October 15 through December 7. Any coverage change you make during this period would go into effect … Read more

Spring into action now that the warmer months are here

The good news is that cold weather has likely been out of our thoughts for a few months. The bad news: it’s bathing suit and more-revealing-clothes time. But there is more good news: Foods that appeal with freshness (and likely to be lower in calories), and warmer temperature that might encourage exercise. Let’s explore some … Read more

Heart-smart eating is a lifestyle

February is Heart Month! Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day but also the month that the American Heart Association puts added focus on a heart-smart lifestyle. Heart Month has been a calendar event since 1963 and was reinvigorated in 2004 with the Go Red for Women Campaign. In spite of the advances we have seen in prevention … Read more