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Medicare Open Enrollment 2018

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018

IT’S MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT TIME Oh, October! Colorful fall leaves in various shades of red and brown, the aroma of pumpkin pie, and Medicare Open Enrollment. Yes, it’s Medicare Open Enrollment Time! At State of Franklin Healthcare Associates, we understand that choosing a Medicare plan involves lots of decisions and we’d like to help. Beginning…

For Seniors Exercise is the Fountain of Youth (Plus 4 Activities to Get You Started)

Posted by on Aug 30, 2018

Exercise may just be the fountain of youth! A study released early this year concluded that a lifetime of exercise can slow the aging process. In the study conducted by the University of Birmingham and King’s College London, 125 amateur male and female cyclists, ages 55 to 79, were compared with 75 men and women,…

Five Tips for Having Good Times This Holiday Season

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017

While the holidays offer opportunities for togetherness and fun, they can also bring challenges that affect physical and emotional health. Below are five general tips for facilitating everyone’s good health and happiness this season. Make sure you’re up-to-date on vaccinations. If you haven’t already, why not schedule a visit with your SoFHA physician to find…

New and Improved Shingles Vaccine: What You Need to Know

Posted by on Nov 24, 2017

There’s been a huge breakthrough with a new vaccine that offers additional protection against shingles in those over the age of 50! Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox and once you’re infected, the virus stays in your body forever. Every year, about 1 million people get shingles which is a…

Medicare Open Enrollment 2017

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017

It’s that time of year again! MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT is in full swing from now until December 7th. Choosing your Medicare plan can be a very detailed task. So, if you are unsure which plan is best for you or you simply have questions related to the plans, we can help. Starting October 23rd, independent…

Save Yourself Some Pain:  Get the Shingles Vaccination

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017

In 2008, the folks who advise Americans about vaccinations, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, added another shot to the must-have list of immunizations for older adults. If you’re age 60 or older, SoFHA’s physicians agree you should get a one-time shot of the shingles vaccine – in addition to having a flu shot annually,…

What to Know About Zika

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017

The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) says preventing tick and mosquito bites is more crucial this summer than ever due to concerns related to Zika virus disease. In most cases, Zika is spread when a mosquito bites an infected person and then moves on to bite someone else. While symptoms are mild for most people,…

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017

What We All Need to Know about Sleep Apnea More and more, medical research indicates that “getting a good night’s sleep” equates to better mental and physical health. But for the more than 18 million American adults who suffer from sleep apnea, achieving sound sleep is an ongoing challenge. With the condition, muscles in the…

Feeling sad all the time? Sophie says: “You’re not alone!”

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017

Just about everyone can occasionally feel “a bit off” or lose interest in life. However, if you’re older and “feeling down” for several weeks or months, then you may have depression – a medical illness that affects 3 out of every 100 adults ages 65 and older. Physicians at State of Franklin Healthcare Associates (SoFHA)…

There’s Good News and Bad News About Colon Cancer

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017

Screening colonoscopies are now generally covered by insurance plans and Medicare as a preventative measure for average-risk populations. This has resulted in many more people getting the test, and more lives being saved than ever before. The number of deaths from colorectal cancer in adults ages 50 and older has dropped by 30 percent over…