Presbyterian Senior Care (HMO) and Presbyterian MediCare PPO | Summer 2022 | Your Story 9 2022 annual eyewear/ vision benefit Good news for Presbyterian Senior Care plan HMO members who have the $250 annual routine vision allowance in 2022. You now have the option to go to a non-contracted vision eyewear provider, with a valid vision prescription, and pay for your routine eyewear out-of-pocket. We developed a direct member reimbursement process that will get you reimbursed up to $250 if you choose to go to a noncontracted provider for your routine eyewear. You must still receive an eye exam using an innetwork vision provider. You still have the option to use your benefit at any of our contracted vision providers. You will be required to pay any amounts that exceed the $250 benefit. Contact the Presbyterian Customer Service Center at (505) 923-7675 or 1-855-465-7737 (TTY: 711) to learn how you can be reimbursed up to the annual maximum. To your good health — simple things help make healthy aging possible Have you noticed that the numbers you read seem to be getting smaller? Do you find it harder to get down on your knees to look under the bed, and to get up again? There’s no question that age brings changes to our lives. And yes, some of them we’d prefer to avoid. Physically, for example, stiffening joints can make it harder to get around. Many people find that their short-term memory just isn’t what it used to be. Often, difficult personal situations, such as the death of a spouse, can add to the negative changes. Age can bring positive changes too. One survey found that many older people say they have less stress and more time for family, interests, and hobbies than they used to. In fact, the vast majority of older people report they are satisfied with their lives. To a great extent, what older age will be like for you depends on how you live now. It also depends on how you cope with the changes that come your way. You can’t turn back time. Still, you can take steps to help make getting older easier and more pleasant. Here are a few tips: ● Decide to have an active mind and body. Remember the saying “use it or lose it.” ● Be involved. Isolation can contribute to depression and other health problems. Stay connected to family and friends. Social connections can help ensure that you have physical and emotional support for what comes your way. ● Choose a healthy lifestyle. Try to eat well, maintain a healthy weight, and get plenty of rest. Also, do what you can to stay safe and see your doctor regularly. ● Make the most of your spare time. Do things you enjoy, and allow yourself some downtime. Too much stress can bring on a host of health problems. ● Practice healthy ways to cope. Believe in yourself, and remember that you can handle whatever comes your way. Sources: AARP; Mental Health America; National Institutes of Health