The holiday season brings so much joy! As we try to create a great family celebration, sometimes we feel stressed as we balance our additional responsibilities. This holiday season, enjoy time with family and friends, and simplify your life.

  • Here are some suggestions for dealing with holiday stress:
  • Make sure to eat healthy, nutritious food, drink plenty of water, and maintain your exercise routine.
  • Keep expectations for the holidays realistic by prioritizing your most important activities.
  • Recognize and respect your limits.
  • Share holiday chores with family. Finish with hot chocolate!
  • Don’t exceed your budget! Those bills will pile up in January.
  • Rest when you are tired! Remember to relax and enjoy the peace of the season.
  • Look forward to new experiences in the New Year!
  • Make a list of all you have to be grateful for.
  • Attend festivities locally with your community members.
  • Make plans with supportive, caring friends and family.
  • Carve out some “me” time! Plan some special treats for yourself.
  • And as the old song goes, “Let Your Heart Be Light”!

Lung Cancer Screening

Medicare Part B covers lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) if the individual meets all the following criteria:

  • Aged 55 to 77
  • No signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • Current smoker or quit smoking within the past 15 years
  • Tobacco smoking history averaging one pack per day for 20 years (“20 pack-years”)
  • An order from a doctor or healthcare provider

Take advantage of these preventative services offered by Medicare by asking for them for yourself or your loved one. In this way, older adults can reduce their risk of developing substance abuse disorders or mitigate its effects to maintain healthier lifestyles.

References

  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020, July). Substance use in older adults drugfacts. Substance Use in Older Adults DrugFacts | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (nih.gov)
  2. gov. (n.d.). Preventive & screening services. preventive services (medicare.gov)

 

This project was supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $94,686 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.