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Prescription Drug Assistance: Where to Get Help

Here is a Helpful article that was recently in the Dayton Daily News.

By Marci Vandersluis

Contributing Writer

I recently visited with a couple that shared that they were having difficulty paying for some of their prescription medications. One spouse stated that some of their medications had very high out of pocket costs. These co-pays were affecting their ability to pay for some needed home repairs along with food purchases. While this article has no magic solutions on how to eliminate prescription drug costs, it should be of some relief to know that with a little perseverance, along with some web “surfing”, there are programs and services available directed towards providing prescription assistance to lower income older adults.

Since 2006, those eligible for Medicare have been encouraged to enroll in a Medicare Part D plan, which provides prescription drug coverage. The two ways to get coverage are either through adding drug coverage to original Medicare, or to enroll in a Medicare advantage plan that offers Medicare prescription drug coverage. Beneficiaries must first have Medicare A and/or B to enroll in a drug plan and must have Medicare A and B to qualify for enrollment in a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plan. It is important to note that while enrolling in a Medicare D plan, is voluntary, not signing soon after eligible or when other medical coverage (such as an employer sponsored plan) ceaseD-resized-600s will result in a monthly financial penalty that will continue through the duration of coverage.

Most have found that while the implementation Part “D” has provided significant cost saving, it continues to present some challenges for beneficiaries. One such frustration is the feared coverage gap or “doughnut hole.” In 2015, once the beneficiary and drug plan have spent $2960, the person is responsible for much higher of pocket costs for prescriptions. Once these costs reach $4,700 the beneficiary is only responsible for 5 percemt of prescription costs, for the remainder of the year. While Medicare is working on more discounts for those in the coverage gap with the ultimate goal of closing the gap in 2020, there are still significant costs while in the “ doughnut hole.” Monthly statements from your drug plan will outline explanation how much has been spent on medication and if you have reached the coverage gap.

Co-pays for some medications can be very expensive even when not in the coverage gap. Fortunately, for those who meet certain financial guidelines there are some programs to help with prescription drug costs. One such program is the Chubby Checker, Patty Duke, endorsed Medicare Extra-Help program. Individuals with income of approximately $17,655 yearly income ($23,895 for married couples), with resources of approximately $13,640 ($27,250 for married couples) should consider applying for this program as it can offer considerable savings. See below for the link to apply online. If there are additional circumstances, if only marginally above these guidelines, or even if in doubt regarding eligibility, it is encouraged to apply. The Medicare website also advises contacting and your specific drug plan to see if eligible for any type of extra help.


Resources

Ohio Benefit Bank-Consumer Hotline: 800-648-1176 or www.ohiobenefits.org

United Health Solutions: 937 220-6600 or www.uhs-dayton.org

Partnership for Prescription Assistance: 888-477-2669 or https://www.pparx.org

Needymeds: Helpline 800-503-6897 or http://www.needymeds.org/newuser

Ohio’s Best Rx: 866-923-7879 or http://www.ohiobestrx.org/en/index.aspx

Good RX-drug discount card: 888-799-2553 or https://www.goodrx.com

Drug companies that offer assistance:http://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/get_free_prescription_drugs.html

Medicare information on lowering drug costs: 800-633-4227 or https://www.medicare.gov/part-d/costs/coverage-gap/ways-to-lower-drug-costs.html

Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP): 800-686-1578 orhttp://www.insurance.ohio.gov/Consumer/OSHIIP/Documents/whatisoshiip.pdf

Medicare Extra Help: 800-772-1213 or www.socialsecurity.gov/extrahelp (Online application)

Aetna increasing household discount!

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logofinal black bagrMedicare Supplement Household Discount Increasing to 7% in OH

Aetna will increase the household discount from 5% to 7% on Medicare Supplement plans issued in Ohio effective June 15, 2015.

No action needed to get the higher discount

Eligible applicants and existing policyholders will receive the increased household discount.

  • For new business, the 7% household discount will apply to new applications written on or after June 15, 2015. All pending applications that qualify for the discount will be issued at the new 7% discounted rate.
  • For existing policies issued with an effective date of July 1, 2015 or later (with premiums already paid AND where eligibility for the household discount was provided on the application), AHLIC will issue a new policy, which will include the higher household discount.
  • All other policyholders who previously received the 5% household discount will automatically receive the 7% household discount on their future premium that have a premium due date of June 15, 2015 or later.

Excess premiums, if any, will be applied to the policyholder’s future premiums.

Is your Medicare Supplement currently with Aetna?  They are offering great rates in addition to this additional discount.  Call our office today (937-492-8800) to see if you might be able to save money with Aetna and Seniormark. 

Do you “wonder” who turned 65 in May?

Famous & 65


Gabriel ByrneMay 12-May 12-
Gabriel Byrne is an Irish actor, film director, film producer, writer, cultural ambassador and audiobook narrator. People listed him as one of the “Sexiest Men Alive,” while Entertainment Weekly dubbed Byrne as one of the hottest celebrities over the age of 50. Before becoming an actor, Byrne worked as an archaeologist, cook and Spanish and history schoolteacher. His acting career began in the Focus Theatre before he joined London’s Royal Court Theatre in 1979. Byrne’s screen debut came in the Irish soap opera The Riordans and the spin-off show Bracken. He has now starred in more than 35 feature films, including The Usual Suspects, Miller’s Crossing, Stigmata, Spider and End of Days, in addition to writing two. Byrne’s producing credits include the Academy Award–nominated In the Name of the Father. He received much critical acclaim for his role as Dr. Paul Weston in the HBO drama In Treatment from 2008-2010. In 2013, Byrne starred in Oscar-winning director Costa Gavras’ Le Capital. He was cultural ambassador for Ireland until he criticized the tourism initiative “The Gathering,” describing it as an attempt by Ireland’s politicians and media to fleece wealthy Americans. In addition to being a human rights activist, Byrne is actively involved in various charities. In 2004, he was appointed a UNICEF Ireland Ambassador. Although the actor is noted as a fiercely private person, he released a documentary for the 20th Galway Film Fleadh in the summer of 2008 called Stories from Home, an intimate portrait about his life. Byrne married his long-term partner, Hannah Beth King, in August 2014.

Stevie WonderApril 12- Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins), musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist, has become one of the most creative and loved musical performers of the late 20th century. Wonder signed with Motown’s Tamla label at the age of 11 and was still performing in 2010. He has been blind since shortly after birth. Among Wonder’s works are the singles “Superstition,” “Sir Duke,” “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” and “I Just Called to Say I Love You.” Albums include Talking Book, Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life. He has recorded more than 30 U.S. top 10 hits and received 25 Grammy Awards, the most ever awarded to a male solo artist. Wonder has sold more than 100 million albums and singles, making him one of the top 60 best-selling music artists. In 2008, Billboard magazine released a list of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, with Wonder at number five. He is also noted for his work as an activist for political causes, including his 1980 campaign to make Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday a holiday in the United States. In 2009, Wonder was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace. In 2014, Wonder announced plans to release two new albums, the first in eight years: When the World Began—a collaborative LP with legendary songwriter David Foster—and Ten Billion Hearts.

Bernard May 22 – Bernard “Bernie” Taupin an English lyricist, poet and singer, is best known for his long-term collaboration with Elton John, writing the lyrics for a majority of the star’s songs, making his lyrics some of the best known in pop-rock’s history. The pair have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. Taupin’s lyrics include the songs “Rocket Man,” “Levon,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Honky Cat,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Candle in the Wind,” “Bennie and the Jets,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” “The Bitch is Back” and “Daniel.” Hits in the 1980s include “I’m Still Standing,” “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” and “Sad Songs.” In the 1990s, Taupin and John had more hits, including “The One,” “Club at the End of the Street” and “Believe.” In September 1997, Taupin rewrote the lyrics of “Candle in the Wind” for a tribute to the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Taupin and John had their first Broadway musical in March 2006 with Lestat: The Musical. They also collaborated on five original songs for the Miramax movie Gnomeo and Juliet, released in February 2011. In addition to writing for Elton John, Taupin has also written lyrics for use by other composers. In 2009, he debuted his American Roots Radio with Bernie Taupin, a roots music show on satellite radio Sirius XM Radio. Since the 1980s, he has lived on a ranch north of Los Angeles.

Linda ThompsonMay 23 – Linda Thompson, is an Emmy Award-winning American songwriter/lyricist and former actress and beauty pageant winner. She was Miss Tennessee Universe in 1972 when she met Elvis Presley and had a four-year relationship with him, which was portrayed in the 1981 television movie Elvis and the Beauty Queen. In 1977, Thompson became a regular on the TV series Hee Haw. She appeared as Linda Jenner in a workout video by then-husband and Olympics champion Bruce Jenner, four documentaries about Elvis Presley between 1997 and 2004 and in the short-lived Princes of Malibu, a reality show about then-husband David Foster’s efforts to improve her two sons and herself. She began her career as a lyricist with the Kenny Rogers’ single “Our Perfect Song.” Thompson collaborated with other composers, including on Josh Groban’s first hit record, “To Where You Are,” on the Celine Dion hit “Miracle,” on “Drowning” by the Backstreet Boys. She also worked with Foster on several compositions, including “I Have Nothing,” sung by Whitney Houston in the 1992 motion picture, The Bodyguard. For this, they were nominated both for the Academy Award for Best Song in 1993 and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television in 1994. Thompson and Foster received the 2003 Emmy for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for “Aren’t They All Our Children” for the “The Concert for World Children’s Day.”

 

Heartthrobs turn 65!

Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr.April 1- Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr. is an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and has served on the court since Jan. 31, 2006. Educated at Princeton University and Yale Law School, Alito served as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey and a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit before joining the Supreme Court. He is the 110th justice, the second Italian American and the 11th Roman Catholic to serve on the court. Alito is considered “one of the most conservative justices on the Court,” but with a libertarian streak. At Princeton, Alito led a student conference in 1971 which, among other things, supported curbs on domestic intelligence gathering, called for the decriminalization of sodomy and urged an end to discrimination against gays in hiring by employers. After graduating from Yale Law School in 1975, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal, Alito clerked for a Third Circuit appeals judge in Newark in 1976 and 1977. Between 1977 and 1981, while serving as an assistant U.S. attorney for New Jersey, he prosecuted many cases that involved drug trafficking and organized crime. From 1981- 1985, Alito argued 12 cases before the Supreme Court for the federal government during his tenure as assistant to the Solicitor General. From 1985 to 1987, Alito was deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel during the tenure of Edwin Meese. In 1990, Alito joined the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and he was adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark from 1999 to 2004. He has been a member of the Federalist Society, a group of conservatives and libertarian lawyers and legal students interested in conservative legal theory. In 2005, Alito was nominated by President George W. Bush to replace Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court. Although Alito’s voting record is conservative, he does not always join the most conservative Justices on the Court.

David CassidyApril 12- David Cassidy an actor, singer-songwriter and guitarist, is widely known for his role as Keith Partridge in the 1970s musical/sitcom The Partridge Family. One of pop culture’s celebrated teen idols, Cassidy enjoyed a successful pop career in the 1970s, and he still performs today. Growing up, both his father and stepmother, Shirley Jones, were singers and actors. Cassidy started on Broadway and then went to Los Angeles in 1969 and signed with Universal Studios, where he was featured in episodes of the TV series Ironside, Marcus Welby, M.D., Adam-12 and Bonanza. In 1970, he took the part of Keith Partridge, son of Shirley Partridge, who was played by Cassidy’s real stepmother and series’ lead, Shirley Jones. Hired for his androgynous good looks, Cassidy convinced the show’s music producer that he could sing and he was promoted to lead singer for the show’s recordings. Once “I Think I Love You” became a hit, Cassidy began work on solo albums as well. Within the first year, he had produced his own single, “Cherish” (from the album of the same title), which reached No. 9 in the United States. He began tours that featured Partridge tunes and his own hits. Though he strove to become a respected rock musician along the lines of Mick Jagger or Alice Cooper, his channel to stardom launched him into the ranks of teen idol, a brand he loathed until much later in life when he managed to come to terms with his bubblegum pop beginnings. Ten albums by The Partridge Family and five solo albums were produced during the show with most selling more than a million copies each. Internationally, Cassidy’s solo career eclipsed the already phenomenal success of The Partridge Family. He became an instant draw with spectacular sellout concert successes in major arenas around the world. These concerts produced mass hysteria resulting in the media coining the term “Cassidymania.” A turning point in his live concerts was a gate stampede which killed a teenage girl. Cassidy stated at the time that this would haunt him until the day he died. He decided to quit both touring and acting in The Partridge Family, concentrating instead on recording and song-writing. International success continued, mostly in Great Britain, Germany and Japan. In the years since then, Cassidy has maintained a regular tour schedule with concert appearances across the U.S. and the U.K. Cassidy has been arrested for DUIs three times. In 2008, he publicly admitted he had an alcohol problem.

Peter FramptonApril 22 – Peter Frampton is an English-American rock musician, singer, songwriter, producer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. His international breakthrough album was his live release, Frampton Comes Alive!, which sold more than six million copies in the United States and spawned several hits. Since then he has released several major albums. He has also worked with David Bowie and both Matt Cameron and Mike McCready from Pearl Jam, among others. Frampton is best known for such hits as “Breaking All The Rules,” “Show Me the Way,” “Baby, I Love Your Way,” “Do You Feel Like We Do” and “I’m in You,” which remain staples on classic-rock radio. He has also appeared as himself in television shows such as The Simpsons and Family Guy. Frampton is known for his work as a guitar player and particularly with a “talk box” that has become one of his trademark guitar effects. Frampton was born in Bromley, U.K., and attended Bromley Technical School, where he became friends with David Bowie. He was a successful child singer, and in 1966 he became a member of The Herd. In early 1969, when Frampton was 18 years old, he joined with Steve Marriott of The Small Faces to form Humble Pie. After four studio albums and one live album with Humble Pie, Frampton left the band and went solo in 1971, just in time to see Rockin’ The Fillmore rise up the U.S. charts. His own debut was 1972’s Wind of Change, with guest artists Ringo Starr and Billy Preston, followed by three other albums, including in 1975, the Frampton album, which went to No. 32 in the U.S. charts and is certified Gold by the RIAA. His breakthrough best-selling live album, Frampton Comes Alive!, in 1976, produced the hit singles “Baby, I Love Your Way,” “Show Me the Way” and an edited version of “Do You Feel Like We Do.” With sales of six million copies, it was the biggest selling live album at the time; it is now the fourth biggest. Frampton Comes Alive! has been certified as six times platinum. The success of the album put him on the cover of Rolling Stone in a famous shirtless photo. Frampton later said he regrets the photo because it changed his image as a credible artist into a teen idol. In 1978, Frampton suffered a near-fatal car accident in the Bahamas that marked the end of his prolific period. He continues to record and tour, including throughout North America and Europe, in 2013. His most recent album was Hummingbird in a Box in June 2014. Although he has lived both in London and various places in the U.S., he currently resides in Nashville.

Jay LenoApril 28 – Jay Leno, a comedian, actor, writer, producer, voice actor and television host, is best known as host of NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, from 1992 to 2009. Beginning in September 2009, Leno started a primetime talk show, titled The Jay Leno Show, which was canceled in January 2010 amid controversy. Leno returned to host The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on March 1, 2010. He made his first appearance on The Tonight Show on March 2, 1977, performing a comedy routine. During the 1970s, Leno appeared in minor roles in several television series and films, including an uncredited appearance in the 1977 film Fun with Dick and Jane. After that, he played more prominent parts, including One Day at a Time, Americathon (1979) and Polyester (1981). Starting in 1987, Leno was a regular substitute host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. In 1992, he replaced Carson as host.Leno’s final show as the host of The Tonight Show was on Feb. 6, 2014, with guest Billy Crystal and musical guest Garth Brooks, along with a few surprise guests, including Jack Black, Kim Kardashian, Jim Parsons, Sheryl Crow, Chris Paul, Carol Burnett and Oprah Winfrey. That same year, he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. Leno was replaced on The Tonight Show by Jimmy Fallon. Known for his prominent jaw, Leno also has a reputation for clean living. He does not drink, smoke or gamble. When he was host of The Tonight Show, he said that he didn’t spend a penny of his earnings from the show but lived off his money from his stand-up routines. In 2005, Leno reportedly earned $32 million. Apparently, he spends much of his money on the 286 vehicles (169 automobiles and 117 motorcycles) he owns. Among his collection are two Doble steam cars, a sedan and a roadster that were owned by Howard Hughes, and one of nine remaining 1963 Chrysler Turbine Cars.

Cyber Seniors

Have you seen this movie?  It came out in 2014, but here is a preview of it:

It looks hilarious!!!

Could this describe anyone YOU know?  🙂  Enjoy!

Which Saturday Night Live cast member turns 65 in March? Find out here!


William Macy March 13-
William Macy may be best known for his lead role in Fargo (1996), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. His film career has been built mostly on his appearances in small, independent films, Macy has described himself as “sort of a Middle American, WASPy, Lutheran kind of guy . . . Everyman.” He got his start in theater and had roles in more than 50 Off-Broadway and Broadway plays in New York. Later, he appeared in numerous films that David Mamet wrote and/or directed, including House of Games, Homicide and Spartan. Other Macy roles of the 1990s and 2000s included Boogie Nights, Pleasantville, Magnolia, Jurassic Park III and Seabiscut. Macy has also had a number of roles on television. In 2003, he won two Emmy Awards, one for starring in the lead role and one as co-writer of TNT’s Door to Door, based on the true story of a door-to-door salesman born with cerebral palsy. His work on ER and Sports Night has also been recognized with Emmy nominations. In 2007, Macy starred in Wild Hogs, a film about middle-aged men, which was a financial success. In 2010, Macy received high critical acclaim for his performance in Showtime’s Shameless, eventually getting an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2014. Macy made his directorial debut with the independent drama Rudderless (2014) and serves as director-in-residence at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York. He and actress Felicity Huffman have been married since 1997.

William HurtMarch 20- William Hurt made his film debut as a troubled scientist in the science-fiction feature Altered States (1980), for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for New Star of the Year. He subsequently played a leading role, as a lawyer who succumbs to the temptations of Kathleen Turner, in the well-received neo-noir Body Heat (1981). The step-grandson of Henry Luce, founder of Time magazine and actress-writer Clare Boothe Luce, Hurt co-starred in The Big Chill. In 1985, Hurt garnered substantial critical acclaim and multiple acting awards, including an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award (British Academy of Film and Television) for Best Actor, for portraying an effeminate gay man in Kiss of the Spider Woman. He received another two Academy Award nominations for his lead performances in Children of a Lesser God (1986) and Broadcast News (1987) and for Best Supporting Actor in A History Of Violence (2005). Throughout the 1980s, Hurt remained an active stage actor, appearing in Off-Broadway productions, including Henry V, Fifth of July, Richard II and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 1985, he received his first Tony Award nomination for the Broadway production of Hurlyburly.Hurt appeared in the cast of Vanya, an adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, at the Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, Oregon. In 2006, he was in the TNT mini-series adaptation of Stephen King’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes. In 2008, Hurt starred as General Thunderbolt Ross in The Incredible Hulk. He appeared as President Henry Ashton in the 2008 action-thriller Vantage Point. In 2009, Hurt became a series regular on the FX series Damages, playing a corporate whistleblower, for which Hurt earned a 2009 Primetime Emmy Award nomination in the “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” category. In September 2010, Hurt played U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson in the HBO film Too Big to Fail and starred as Captain Ahab in the 2011 television adaptation of Herman Melville’s novel Moby-Dick.

Martin ShortMarch 26 – Martin Short is best known for his comedy work, particularly on the TV programs SCTV and Saturday Night Live. Originally intending to pursue a career in social work, in 1977 he came to public notice in Second City Television, or SCTV, which ran for several years in Canada, then the United States. At SCTV Short developed several characters before moving on to Saturday Night Live for the 1984–1985 season, including oddball man-child Ed Grimley. In addition to his work on SCTV and SNL, Short has starred in several television specials and series of his own, including The Martin Short Show (1994-2000), as TV interviewer Jiminy Glick on Comedy Central’s Primetime Glick (2001–03) and I, Martin Short, Goes Home (2011), which follows Short’s return to his native Hamilton, Ontario. Beginning in October 2014, Short has been starring in the Fox sitcom, Mulaney, playing the boss of the show’s central character.In film, Short appeared ¡Three Amigos!, (1989), the 1991 remake of Father of the Bride and Tim Burton’s sci-fi comedy Mars Attacks! (1996); and wrote and starred in Jiminy Glick in Lalawood (2004). Short also provided the voices of several animated film characters, including in We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993) and in Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012). In theater, Short played a lead role in the 1993 musical version of the Neil Simon film The Goodbye Girl, on Broadway, receiving a Tony Award nomination and an Outer Critics Circle Award. He had the lead role in the 1999 Broadway revival of the musical Little Me, for which he received a Tony Award and another Outer Critics Circle Award. In 2003, Short took to the stage once again in the critically acclaimed Los Angeles run of The Producers. Short performed in his satirical one-man show, with a cast of six, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, on Broadway and has continued to tour in his one-man show, which features many of his best-loved characters and sketches.

Medicare Supplement Policyholder Alert!

postcard33Have you received this postcard in the mail?  Is it coming from Medicare?  Is it important information?  It does say, “REGISTERED DOCUMENT – DO NOT DESTROY.”  The truth is this is just a solicitation for insurance, and if you mail in the return postcard you are sure to get a call from an insurance agent, or worse yet a knock on your front door.  The unfortunate truth is we now live in a world of information overload and everyone is vying for your attention…yes, even me.  And in the world of Medicare, some lead companies resort to making the older population believe their mailing is more than it is.

If you look closely at the small print at the bottom you will read, “This information is not affiliated or endorsed by government agencies or the federal Medicare program.  You may be contacted by an insurance licensed representative.”  This disclaimer language is a sure sign that the mailing is a solicitation as it is required by Medicare.  I am not judging those who use these postcards to drum up business, in fact these cards are completely compliant with current regulations.  I just believe there is a better way…honesty!

Why can’t we replace the words, “REGISTERED DOCUMENT – DO NOT DESTROY” with, “THIS IS NOT A REGISTERED DOCUMENT – DESTROY IF YOU WANT…BUT IF YOU DO, OUR AGENCY WON’T BE ABLE TO HELP YOU!”  Why can’t we just get back to letting people know we are here to help when they need it.

Here is a great example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrmYLo3tMA8

Dr J is 65? For real?

Sometimes, I wish this list would come out earlier in the month so we could celebrate these celebrities’ birthdays on the actual day.  But they don’t, so we get to “look back” each month.  Holy cow — look who turned 65 in February!  It’s almost hard to believe!
Mark Andrew Spitz February 10- Mark Andrew Spitz set new world records in all seven swimming events in which he competed in 1972, a record that still stands. In the process, he won seven gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Munich, an achievement surpassed only by Michael Phelps in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Since the year 1900, no other swimmer has ever gained so great a percentage of all the medals awarded for Olympic events held in a single Games as Spitz did. Between 1968 and 1972, Spitz won nine Olympic golds plus a silver and a bronze, five Pan American golds, 31 Amateur Athletic Union titles, and eight National Collegiate Athletic Association titles. During those years, he set 33 official world records. In 1999 Spitz ranked No. 33 on ESPN SportsCentury 50 Greatest Athletes, the only aquatic athlete to make the list. In 1972, Spitz landed several lucrative corporate endorsement contracts and earned about $7 million in a two-year period. A poster featuring Spitz wearing his swimsuit and seven gold medals made him the hottest pin-up since Betty Grable. After his retirement from competitive swimming at age 22, he made a few TV appearances; appeared in several commercials, including for the California Milk Advisory Board; and went to work for ABC Sports in 1976. More recently Spitz has focused on his real estate company in Beverly Hills and other business ventures. As a swimmer, Spitz achieved some notoriety for his moustache in an era when other swimmers, male and female, were shaving body hair. When asked why he initially grew one, he stated, “I grew the moustache because a coach in college said I couldn’t grow one.” During the Olympics, he was quoted as saying, “I had some fun with a Russian coach who asked me if my moustache slowed me down. I said, ‘No, as a matter of fact, it deflects water away from my mouth, allows my rear end to rise and make me bullet-shaped in the water, and that’s what had allowed me to swim so great.’ He’s translating as fast as he can for the other coaches, and the following year every Russian male swimmer had a moustache.”

Peter GabrielFebruary 13- Peter Gabriel is an English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the lead vocalist and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis. After leaving Genesis, Gabriel went on to a successful solo career. His 1986 album, So, is his most commercially successful and a certified triple platinum in the United Kingdom and five times platinum in the United States. The album’s biggest hit, “Sledgehammer,” won a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards. “Sledgehammer” remains the most played music video in the history of MTV. Gabriel has been a champion of world music for much of his career. In 1982, he co-founded the WOMAD international arts festival and has continued to focus on producing and promoting world music through his Real World Records label. He has also pioneered digital distribution methods for music, co-founding OD2, one of the first online music download services. Gabriel has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including six Grammy Awards and 13 MTV Video Music Awards. AllMusic has described Gabriel as “one of rock’s most ambitious, innovative musicians, as well as one of its most political.” In 2010, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis, followed by his induction as a solo artist in 2014. Gabriel has been involved in numerous humanitarian efforts and co-founded the WITNESS human rights organization in 1992. In collaboration with entrepreneur Richard Branson, Gabriel developed The Elders, which was launched by Nelson Mandela in 2007. In recognition of his many years of human rights activism, he received the Man of Peace award from the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in 2006, and in 2008 TIME magazine named Gabriel one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Cybill ShepherdFebruary 18 – Cybill Shepherd is known for her starring roles in The Last Picture Show (1971), The Heartbreak Kid (1972), Taxi Driver (1976), Moonlighting (1985–1989), Cybill (1995–1998), The L Word (2007–2009) and Psych (2008–2013). A successful model, her picture on the cover of Glamour magazine in 1970 caught the eye of film director Peter Bogdanovich, who cast her as Jacy in The Last Picture Show. The film became a critical and box office hit, earning several Academy Awards and nominations. After a series of less-successful roles, including The Lady Vanishes, Shepherd moved back to her home town of Memphis to work in regional theatre.Back in Hollywood, Shepherd won the central role in the TV drama, The Yellow Rose (1983), opposite Sam Elliott. A year later she was cast as Maddie Hayes in ABC’s Moonlighting with Bruce Willis, which became the role that defined her career. A lighthearted combination of mystery and comedy, the series won Shepherd two Golden Globe awards. In 1990, she reprised her role as Jacy in Texasville, the sequel to The Last Picture Show. In 1997 she won her third Golden Globe award for CBS’s Cybill, a television sitcom in which the title character was loosely modeled on herself.In 2000 Shepherd’s bestselling autobiography was published, titled Cybill Disobedience: How I Survived Beauty Pageants, Elvis, Sex, Bruce Willis, Lies, Marriage, Motherhood, Hollywood, and the Irrepressible Urge to Say What I Think. She has played Martha Stewart in two television films: Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart (2003) and Martha: Behind Bars (2005). In 2012 Shepherd became a regular on the TV series based on the film The Client List. In July 2012 she made her Broadway debut in the revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man. Throughout her career, Shepherd has been an outspoken activist for issues such as gay rights and abortion rights. Although she previously described herself as “a goddess-worshipping Christian Pagan Buddhist,” in October 2014, as part of the publicity for Do You Believe?, a Christian-themed film, she revealed that she had returned to her Christian faith. “I was born a Christian, sang in the choir. Then I lost touch with my savior Jesus Christ. . . . Then I just started talking to Jesus and I started to feel really good, and I got the offer to do this film.”

Julius Erving IIFebruary 22 – Julius Erving II, commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, helped launch a modern style of basketball that emphasizes leaping and play above the rim. His signature “slam” dunk has since been incorporated into the vernacular and basic skill set of the game. Erving helped legitimize the American Basketball Association (ABA), and was the best-known player in that league when it merged with the National Basketball Association (NBA) after the 1975–76 season.Erving won three championships, four Most Valuable Player Awards and three scoring titles with the ABA’s Virginia Squires and New York Nets (now the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets) and the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers. He is the fifth-highest scorer in ABA/NBA history with 30,026 points (NBA and ABA combined). He was well known for slam dunking from the free throw line in Slam Dunk Contests and was the only player voted Most Valuable Player in both the ABA and NBA. In 1993 Erving was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and was also named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time team. In 1994, Sports Illustrated named him one of the 40 most important athletes of all time. He was ranked by ESPN as one of the greatest athletes of the 20th Century. After his basketball career ended, he became a businessman, obtaining ownership of a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Philadelphia and doing work as a television analyst. In 1997, he joined the front office of the Orlando Magic. From 1998 to 2000, he co-fielded a NASCAR Busch Series team, becoming the first ever NASCAR racing team owned completely by minorities. Source: www.wikipedia.com

Next “Solving the Medicare Puzzle” Workshop

Announcing our next “Solving the Medicare Puzzle” Workshop!  Monday, March 16 at 5:30 pm in our Troy office at 1385 Stonycreek Road in Troy.

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Look who turned 65 in December!

Turning 65?  You’re not alone!  Many of our favorite movie stars are, too!
Jeff BridgesDecember 4- Jeff Bridges began his acting career in 1958 as a child with his father, Lloyd Bridges, and brother, Beau, on television’s Sea Hunt. Bridges is one of the youngest actors ever to be nominated for an Academy Award (1972, age 22, Best Supporting Actor, The Last Picture Show), and one of the oldest ever to win (2010, age 60, Best Actor, Crazy Heart). Among his other best-known major motion films are: The Big Lebowski, Fearless, Iron Man, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Jagged Edge, Against All Odds, The Fisher King, Tucker, Seabiscuit, Arlington Road, Tron, Tron: Legacy and The Giver. Bridges is the son of showbiz parents, actor Lloyd Bridges and actress and writer Dorothy Bridges, and grew up in Los Angeles. After turning 18, Bridges joined the United States Coast Guard Reserve, where he served for seven years. His first major role was in the 1971 film The Last Picture Show, and he co-starred in the 1972 critically acclaimed neo-noir boxing film Fat City, directed by John Huston. He was nominated again for best supporting actor for his performance opposite Clint Eastwood in the 1974 film Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. In 1976, he starred as the protagonist Jack Prescott in the first remake of King Kong, opposite Jessica Lange. One of his better-known roles was in the 1982 science fiction cult classic Tron, in which he played Kevin Flynn, a video game programmer (a role he reprised in late 2010 with the sequel Tron: Legacy). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1984, for playing the alien in Starman. His role in Fearless (1993) is thought by some critics to be one of his best performances. Film critic Pauline Kael wrote that he “may be the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor that has ever lived.” In 1998, he starred as what is arguably his most famous role, The Dude, in the Coen brothers’ cult-classic film The Big Lebowski. He has said that he relates to The Dude more than any of his other roles. He received Academy Award nominations for his roles in The Contender and True Grit, the latter a collaboration with the Coen brothers. Referring to his career as an actor and his passion for music, Bridges says, “I dug what an actor did, but it took me a while to feel it, to truly appreciate the craft and the preparation. Plus, I was still playing music a lot, and I guess I had a hard time choosing: was I an actor or a musician, or could I be both?” He released his debut album Be Here Soon in January 2000 and his second album, Jeff Bridges, in August 2011. In one of the longer-running marriages in Hollywood, Bridges has been with Susan Geston since 1977, and they have three daughters.

Don JohnsonDecember 15- Don Johnson is best known for his role as James “Sonny” Crockett in the 1980s television series Miami Vice, for which he won a Golden Globe, and as the lead role in the 1990s cop series Nash Bridges. He is also a winner of the American Power Boat Association Offshore World Cup. He got his start in a high-school production of West Side Story in Wichita, Kan. His first major role was in the 1969 Los Angeles stage production of Fortune and Men’s Eyes, which led to several small film roles. From 1984 to 1989—after years of struggling to establish himself as a TV actor and a string of pilots, none of which became a TV series—Johnson landed a starring role as an undercover policeman. Miami Vice was noted for its revolutionary use of music, cinematography, imagery, and its glitzy take on the police drama genre. Between seasons, Johnson gained further renown through several TV miniseries, such as the 1985 TV remake of The Long, Hot Summer. In the 1996-2001 drama Nash Bridges Johnson played the title role of an inspector for the San Francisco Police Department. More recently, he appeared on the HBO series Eastbound & Down (October 2010) and reprised his role as Sonny Crockett for a Nike commercial with LeBron James. Johnson had a supporting role in the 2012 Quentin Tarantino film, Django Unchained. He also released two albums of pop music—one in 1986 and the other in 1989. His single, “Heartbeat,” reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Johnson has had four wives in five marriages, including Melanie Griffith, who he remarried after they divorced. He is currently married to San Francisco socialite and Montessori nursery school teacher Kelley Phleger, and they have three children together.

Sissy SpacekDecember 25 – Sissy Spacek first came to international attention for her roles as Holly Sargis in Badlands (1973) and as Carrie White in Brian de Palma’s horror film Carrie (1976), based on Stephen King’s first published novel, for which she earned her first Academy Award nomination. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as country star Loretta Lynn in the film Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980) and received Oscar nominations for her roles in Missing (1982), The River (1984), Crimes of the Heart (1986) and In the Bedroom (2001). Born in Quitman, Texas, Spacek worked for a time as photographic model before getting small roles in films. After Carrie, Spacek cemented her reputation in independent cinema with her performance in Robert Altman’s classic 3 Women (1977). At the time, Altman stated: “She’s remarkable, one of the top actresses I’ve ever worked with. Her resources are like a deep well.” Brian de Palma added: “[Spacek is] a phantom. She has this mysterious way of slipping into a part, letting it take over her. She’s got a wider range than any young actress I know.” Of her work in In the Bedroom, New York Times film critic Stephen Holden said, “Ms. Spacek’s performance is as devastating as it is unflashy. . . . It is one of Ms. Spacek’s greatest performances.” In 2012, Spacek published a memoir, My Extraordinary Ordinary Life. She is married to production designer and art director Jack Fisk, who she met in 1974 on the set of Badlands. They have two daughters.