Spring 2020 Medicare Newsletter

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All About Hearing Aids

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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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Senior Health & Fitness Day

Dear Friends, 
Welcome to the newest issue of Health Matters. Spring is just around the corner and so is time in the sun with loved ones. In this issue of Health Matters, we cover how to spot a stroke and several things you may not know about hearing aids. 

We also highlight the importance of colorectal cancer screenings and Senior Health & Fitness Day in May. Be sure to check out all of the Awareness Months and Dates on the opposite page. As always, if you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 844.282.3026

Nothing means more to us than knowing we’ve helped make our members’ lives better. 

In good health, 
Nancy Horstmann 
Chief Executive Officer
 CHRISTUS Health Plan

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Senior Health & Fitness Day - May 27

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On Wednesday, May 27, 2020 National Senior Health & Fitness Day  will celebrate its 27th anniversary as the nation’s largest annual older adult health and wellness event. More than 100,000 older adults will participate in local health and fitness events at locations across the country. Organized as a good health partnership by the Mature Market Resource Center (MMRC),

National Senior Health & Fitness Day will offer fitness activities for older adults at more than 1,000 locations including hospitals, park and recreation departments, senior centers, health clubs, retirement communities, houses of worship, health departments and other community locations. Programs will range from small group exercise demonstrations in community senior centers to walking tours and health fairs. Most programs include an exercise or physical activity component, as well as information about senior subjects. Visit FitnessDay.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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What Is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Sometimes it is called colon cancer. The colon is the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus. Screening Saves Lives Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be. If you are 50 or older, getting a colorectal cancer screening test could save your life. 

Here’s how: 

  • Colorectal cancer usually starts from precancerous polyps in the colon or rectum. A polyp is a growth that shouldn’t be there. 
  • Over time, some polyps can turn into cancer. 
  • Screening tests can find precancerous polyps, so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. 
  • Screening tests also can find colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best.

Who Gets Colorectal Cancer? 

  • Both men and women can get it.
  • It is most often found in people 50 or older. 
  • The risk increases with age. Are You at Increased Risk? 
  • Your risk for colorectal cancer may be higher than average if: 
  • You or a close relative have had colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer. 
  • You have inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis. 
  • You have a genetic syndrome such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer. 

People at increased risk for colorectal cancer may need earlier or more frequent tests than other people. Talk to your doctor about when to begin screening, which test is right for you, and how often you should be tested. Colorectal Cancer Can Start With No Symptoms Precancerous polyps and early-stage colorectal cancer don’t always cause symptoms, especially at first. This means that someone could have polyps or colorectal cancer and not know it. That is why having a screening test is so important. 


Do You Know... All About Hearing Aids

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Hearing aids have evolved so much over time! It wasn’t until the late 1900’s that technology was able to create something that only fit on your ear vs. a device with wires you had to clip on your pants. Technology has advanced so quickly since the end of the 20th century that hearing aids of today are virtually invisible and have very few limitations on customization. 

  1. Digital hearing aids can be programmed using your computer and can tailor the settings to your needs. New digital technology allows you to take phone calls and hear the TV right through your devices.
  2. Hearing aids are more adjustable than ever. They understand and make the distinction between speech and background noise. When combined with special induction loops, hearing aids accuratelypick up announcements in crowded places and subtract the background noise and frequency distortions.
  3. Programming allows the hearing aids to auto-adjust to memory based on your settings. This enables the hearing aid to revert to your most comfortable setting automatically. 
  4. You should not buy hearing aids online; they have to be programmed by a certified audiologist or hearing specialist to be set for your specific needs. Follow-up visits are just as important to ensure your hearing aids are adjusted properly and working optimally. 
  5. Two hearing aids are better than one, even if you’ve only lost hearing in one ear. Sounds come from every direction and two hearing aids increase your ability to detect from which direction a sound is coming. 
  6. Wearing hearing aids is different than putting on a pair of glasses. Usually, an audiologist won’t set your hearing aid to full prescription at the beginning, but rather they allow you time to adjust, so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
  7. It takes time to get used to.
  8. Hearing aids might slow down cognitive decline.

Tell the hearing provider you’d like to take the hearing aids for a test drive. Amplifon offers a 60-day no-risk trial period with a 100% money-back guarantee if the hearing aids are not the right fit for you. May is Better Speech & Hearing Month. Take advantage of CHRISTUS Health Plan’s partnership with Amplifon Hearing Health Care today and get your hearing checked with a hearing specialist today.
 More information on CHRISTUS Health Plan’s partner, AmplifonHearing Health Care, can be found online at amplifonusa.com/christushealthplangenerations or by calling 866.687.6756
source: Amplifon Hearing Health Care


Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken


Honey Mustard Chicken


1/3 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons mayonaisse
1 teaspoon steak sauce
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

Nutrition Facts


  1. Preheat grill for medium heat. 
  2. In shallow bowl, mix mustard, honey, mayonaisse, and steak sauce. Set aside a small amount of honey mustard sauce for basting, and dip the chicken into the remaining sauce to coat.
  3. Lightly oil grill grate. 
  4. Grill chicken over indirect heat for 18 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally, or until juices run clear. 
  5. Baste occasionally with reserve sauce during last 10 minutes. 
  6. Watch carefully to prevent burning
Our Outreach Coordinator is sending out health reminder letters and doing outreach calls, to help you complete important wellness visits, blood sugar tests, and breast imaging exams. These medical tests and exams are valuable in preventing harm through early detection. We look forward to teaming up with you in reaching a better level of health. For more information about our Outreach Coordinator, call Member Services at 844.282.3025 .

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Last Updated: 12/14/2020