Senior Citizen's Guide to Metro Detroit

28 www. BoomersResourceGuide .com • Contact information for health care professionals, including doctors, specialists, nurses, pharmacists • Current list of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, herbal remedies, and their dosages • Current health conditions, treatments, and symptoms • History of any past health problems • Any allergies or food restrictions • Emergency contacts, close friends, neighbors, clergy, housing manager • Where to find financial and legal information, including the person’s living will and medical power of attorney. Getting Help from SHIP When you have a Medicare concern that needs to be discussed, a good resource is the State Health Insurance Assistance Program, or SHIP. SHIP gives free health insurance counseling and guidance to people with Medicare -- or to family and friends, like you, who have authorization to help someone with Medicare questions. (In some states, SHIP is known as SHIBA or SHINE.) The counselors at the SHIP o f f i c e c a n a n swe r g e n e r a l questions about hospitalization, Medicare choices, and local programs that can offer additional help. They can also help you learn more about living wills and power of attorney procedures. You can meet with a local representative or talk to a SHIP counse l or on t he t e l ephone for personal assistance. To get the most up-to-date telephone numbers, call 1-800-Medicare (1-800-633-4227) or visit http:// (TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.) Under “Search Tools” select “Find Helpful Phone Numbers and Websites.” Article from the National Institute on Aging, www.