4 Important Things to Do Before the End of the Year
1. Get your physical
Having a physical each year is one of the most important things you can do for your health. An annual physical makes it easier for your doctor to spot problems earlier when they are easier to treat. Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO members pay a $0 copay for a preventive physical exam every 12 months.
2. Check your medications
At your annual physical, your doctor can review your medications to make sure they are safe and right for you. Your doctor can check for possible side effects from using multiple medications, and make sure your prescriptions are current and still needed. Use our handy Doctor Visit book to write down all your medications and bring it to your appointment.
3. Get your screenings
Preventive health screenings can save your life. Screenings check for illness or disease before you have signs or feel sick. By getting the screenings you need, your doctor is more likely to find diseases earlier when they are easier to treat. Check with your doctor to see which screenings are right for you. Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO members pay a $0 copay for many screenings.
4. Stay active and eat right
Are you sticking to your health goals this year? If not, take time to review them and make adjustments if needed. Two of the most important parts to any healthy lifestyle are physical activity and nutrition:
- Stay active - Regular exercise is one of the keys to staying healthy and can help improve your strength, stamina, energy, and mood. It also helps you to maintain your independence. If you are already active, review your program to see if you need to increase or decrease your activity. If you’re not as active as you would like to be - it’s not too late to start. Learn more about how to make an exercise plan that’s right for you and how to use your Wellness Benefit to get up to $250 to join a gym, take a fitness class, and more!
- Eat right – Good nutrition is especially important for older adults. It can increase your energy level and help you fight off illness or recover from an injury. Eating right also helps you maintain a healthy weight and reduces your risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers. Learn more about the importance of good nutrition and how your plan helps you save $150 on weight management programs!
Need help with your health goals?
Care Managers are available to help you reach your health goals. Find out what a Care Manager does and how they can help you.
How Our Plans Can Help
Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred plans offer a $150 reimbursement for fees related to a health club membership, fitness classes (such as aerobics, Pilates, Tai Chi, or yoga), nutritional counseling sessions and other wellness programs like memory fitness activities and acupuncture.
Weight Management Programs
Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred HMO plans and the Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred Supplement One plan provide an annual $150 reimbursement for fees related to weight management programs like WeightWatchers, Jenny Craig, and hospital based programs.