The Herald Bulletin

October 5, 2013

Dennis Lanane: Discussion at Triad meeting to tackle Obamacare

The Herald Bulletin

---- — Madison County Triad will host a meeting on October 17 at 10:30 a.m. in the theater area of Mounds Mall about the new federal insurance program known as the Affordable Care Act, or as some like to call it, ObamaCare.

John Williams from the Indiana Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) will be one of the presenters. SHIIP is a free health insurance counseling program for Indiana seniors.

The other presenter will be Terry West, owner of WestLink Consulting LLC and a current Indiana Certified Navigator for the Affordable Care Act. Terry has many years of working with seniors about insurance issues.

We know that many people are confused about the new Affordable Care Act but we believe that between both of these speakers, many of your questions will get answered. We will also have informational handouts.

If you are one of the individuals that thinks you will not be involved in the Affordable Care Act, you still may want to come because of your children, grandchildren or other loved ones. It probably will be important to them and they may need to know how to get help. You may even find out that it could help you as well.

The September Triad meeting brought in an even larger crowd than the 115 we had in August for our “How to Improve Your Brain Function.” We had several handouts, including “Eight Ways to Make Yourself Smarter,” “Eleven Healthy Brain Exercises You can Practice at Home,” “Early Detection: Importance of Memory Screenings,” and “Do You Want a Healthy Brain?”

I cannot cover all this information, but we will have most of these handouts at our October 17 meeting.

Some people take better care of their cars than they do their brain, heart and body. They take their car in and get the oil changed on a regular basis, keep good tires on it, and take it to a garage every time a warning light comes on. What about the brain, heart and body? Do they keep their weight down, eat healthy, quit smoking or drinking too much alcohol, not get enough healthy sleep and neglect important brain vitamins and minerals?

According to Dr. Robert Bender, medical director of the Johnny Orr Memory Center and Healthy Aging Institute, “Some people will realize they can take steps to keep their brain healthy, just as they now know they can prevent heart disease by taking certain actions.”

He went on to say that there is proof that living a brain-healthy lifestyle works.

Keeping the brain active with “brain” exercises keeps the brain healthy. Examples include anything we do that makes us think harder or if we try to learn new things studying about topics that we now know nothing about.

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