Senior Citizen's Guide to Metro Detroit Spring/Summer Edition 2017 - page 30

• Contact information for health
care professionals, including
doctors, specialists, nurses,
• 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
• Any allergies or food
• 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
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,
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