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Bree wit: We’re not just a pharmacy, Wr’mi 6mm THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2020 GRAFTON I - ’\ Walsh Couh‘l‘y ’ Spoi'l i gh1‘ ‘ The merchants below are . proud to announce: Salvation AMy Bells are Ringing, Grafton Walsh County Salvation Army Ringing the bell to '8 fill the kettles.The Walsh County Ring is still going on just virtual due to COVID- 9.A|| dona- tions made will stay within the county. Checks can be mailed toAmerican Legion Post4 |,PO Box'4 |, Grafton, ND 58237. Any questionsor to make a ' donation please contact Shannon Brazil (70 l )2 l 5- 3420 or Lauren Wild (70 )360-204l. a spotlight ALSH COUNTY E‘SS Interested in becoming Contact the Press at 701 -284-6333 sponsor? Park River PO Box 49 I 284-6333 ‘Park Riveri,‘; «' 301 County Road '123 284-71 1 5 AUTO PARTS E . 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Apply online: www.cavalierhospital.com or contact Ann Russell at 701-265-6329 for more information. i‘THE SAVVY 1 ’ Dear Savvy Senior; My mom, who is 76, has become more forger lately and is worried she may be gettingAlzheimer Is dis- ease. What resources can you rec- ommend to help us get a handle on this? ' Oldest Daughter Dear Oldest, Many seniors worry about mem- ory lapses as they get older, fearing it may be the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease or some other type of dementia. To get some in- sight on the seriousness of your mom’s problem, here are some key warning signs to be vigilant of and some resources you can turn to for help. Warning Signs As we grow older, some memo- ry difficulties — such as trouble re- membering names of people or places or forgetting where you put your glasses or car keys — are asso- ciated with normal aging. But the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are much more than simple memo- ry lapses. Knowing the early warning signs isagoodfirststepinrecognizingthe difference between typical age-re- lated memory loss and a more seri- ous problem. To help you evaluate your mom’s condition, here’s a checklist of some common early F01! THE TRO0PS -Walsh County Veterans Service Office symptoms to watch for: - Asking the same questions re- peatedly. - Getting lost in familiar areas. - Failing to recognize familiar people. - Having difficulty following di- rections. Misplaces items in inappropri- ate places, for example putting her keys in the microwave. - Having difficulty completing fa- miliar tasks like cooking a meal or paying a bill. - Having trouble remembering common words when speaking or mixing up words. For more information, see the Alzheimer’s Association list of 10 early signs and symptoms at losignsorg. Another good tool to help you evaluate your mom is the Self-Ad- ministered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE test) that was developed at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. This free test helps identify mild cognitive impairment and early dementia and can be tak- en at home in about 10 to 15 min- utes. The SAGE test can be taken online at BrainTest.com. Get Help If you would rather have profes- sional assistance in evaluating your On occasion, people ask me, “So, what do you do as a Veterans Serv- ice Officer?” And I respond with, “I help veterans and their families get the benefits for which they are eligible.” I get quite a few calls on any given day with questions and requests, and I do the best I can within my scope. But for the past couple of months, I have added another task to my day: digitizing files. I have filing cabinets full of records, some date back to the 19405. We finally have the-proper technology to digitally scan these records for safekeeping. Along with the scanning, I use the vast Internet to find out if the voter- an has passed away yet. Most of the files I am working with are those of veterans who have passed away. I learn if they are in a National Veterans Cemetery or a private one. So far, I’ve noted one Walsh County Veteran who has been buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His name was Glen E. Liddle from the Lankin area. I though t that was a nice bit of history to note and I hope to learn more about the veterans of Walsh County as I go. I also see images of their headstones and inscriptions. As I write this col- umn, I just looked up a veteran and the inscription on his headstone said “A Good Man.” Truth be told, it choked me up a little and got me to think- ing. With all that has happened this year and the holidays happening now, what would fiiends, family, and colleagues say about me? Would I be wor- thy of “A Good Woman” on my headstone? In this position as a Veterans Service Officer, I get to do some good in the world. I listen to the stories of past service and I hear the struggle of today’s challenges from veterans and their families. Life is hard. And some- times there is nothing a person can do but be present and listen. I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Blessed Yule, and a Hap- py New Year. Let us try to be more present for our fellow man. It is quite true that not all wounds are visible and you just never know how much a kind word can mean. Katrina Hodny, Walsh County Veterans Service Officer Admin Building, 638 Cooper Ave Suite 5, Grafion, ND 58237 701-352-5030 or 701-331-1700 - walshcountyvso@nd.gov www.walshcountynd.com/veteran - Facebook @WalshCounty Veterans Lifefine The Leader In Tersona[ Response amISupport Services How Lifeline Works To Get You Help Fast If you need help, push your personal help button, which automatically dials the Lifeline Response Center. Trained Personal Response Associates who have instant access to your pertinent information will contact you immediately to see ‘what help you need. Even if you can't answer, Lifeline will send the help you need right away and will followup to ensure that help did arrive and you are being (,3er . ‘samzmtan . ocrcty‘" PM»: Rrvrn IF YOU ARE AT RlSK CALL 284-7 1 ’l 5 Park River Good Samaritan Campus cared for. Lifeli Pae 3 ND Extension Educators Receive National Awards, Pembina Co. Agent honored FARGO, N.D. —— Several North Dakota State University Extension agents and a specialist received awards at the recent National As- sociation of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals virtu- al conference in Boise, Idaho. The awards and the recipients were: Achievement of Service (rec- ognizes recipients for providing 4- H programming for more than three but less than seven years) — Caroline Homan, 4-H youth de- velopment agent, LaMoure Coun— ty, and Angie Johnson, agriculture and natural resources agent, Steele County Distinguished Service (recog- nizes recipientsfor providing 4-H programming for seven or more years) Kari Helgoe, family and community wellness agent, Pem- bina County, and Acacia Stuckle, 4-H youth development land fam- ily and community wellness agent, Emmons County Meritorious Service (recog- nizes recipients for providing 4-H are a...“ Photo: NDSU Above: Kari Helgoe, NDSU Ex- tension Pembina County programming for 15 or more years), Rachelle Vettem, professor and leadership and volunteer de- velopment specialist, Center for 4- H Youth Development The North Dakota Association of Extension 4-H Youth Workers nominated these individuals for their dedication and service to 4- H outh. COVID-l9 coverage to vaccines FARGO, ND. ~— In an effort to provide support through the COVID- 19 pandemic, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) is ensuring members will have free access to COVID-19 vaccines when available. The federal government has indicated they will cover the cost of the vaccine and BCBSND will cover administration costs associat- ed with the vaccine, resulting in no charge for the member. In addition, BCBSND is extending its expand- ed benefits for the testing and treat- ment of COVID- 1 9 through March 3 1, 2021, which is a unique offering by a health payer in the state. “High vaccination rates are cru- . cial for getting through this pandemic and removrng any financial barriers to receiving the vaccine is right thing to do for our members,” shared BCBSND president and CEO Dan Conrad. “Now more than ever, we encourage all North Dakotans to re- ceive both the influenza vaccine and the COVID— l 9 vaccine, once available.” According to the Center for Dis- ease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu vaccines have been shown to re- duce the risk of flu illness, hospital- ization, and death. Getting a flu vaccine can also save health care re— sources for the care of patients with COVID- l 9. Both vaccines are available to all members at no charge. COVID vac- cine coverage will be available for any vaccine that receives emer- gency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “Initially, if a person receives a vaccination from their health provider, the federal government will cover the cost of a COVID vac- cine and BCBSND will cover mem- ber costs related to its administration. Afier government-fimded vaccines are exhausted, BCBSND will cov- er both the cost of the vaccine and its administration,” shared Dr. Greg Glasner, BCBSND Chief Medical Ofiicer. “This is a direct cost we are absorbing to support enhanced vac- cination rates.” While the federal government is mandating these vaccine coverages for Federal Marketplace plans, BCB- SND has independently decided to extend these coverages to all lines of business, including grandfathered plans. Exclusions may apply for some self-fimded plans. As some carriers discontinue waivers and extended coverage, BCBSND remains committed to expanded COVID-19 coverage and benefits through March 31, 2021, in— cluding: Waiving out-of-pocket costs Your Professional Prescription. Service We offer. . . Mail-Out Prescriptions - Delivery Service - Blood Pressure Screening - Photo Kiosk - 10% off Sr. Citizen Discount - Zoovio Video Dealer ' Gifts - Hallmark Cards Drive-up Window Ye Olde Medicine Center Park River o 701—284-7676 Drayton Drug for the treatment of COVID- 1 9, in- cluding hospital stays and outpatient treatment. This applies to fiilly in- sured members and self—funded plans that have opted in. - Waiving out-of-pocket costs for medically necessary laboratory COVID-19 testing. Cost-shares will be waived for an in—network provider office visit, urgent care center visit, or emergency room visit when test— ifo'r'C’OVIDllQ” This applies to fully insured members and self- fiinded plans. ’ ' Allowing pharmacies to refill prescriptions earlier than typically al- lowed, and most plans allow mem- bers to fill maintenance medica- tions for up to a 90-day supply through local or mail-order phar- macies. Offering online benefits to members including access to: Learn to Live V - Silver Sneakers Waiving cost—shares on tele- health visits for all services (not just COVID-l9 related visits) when members seek care from in-net- work providers or our telehealth provider, Amwell. This applies to fiil- ly insured members and self-fund- ed plans that have opted in. “While the vaccine is an impor- tant step in containing the spread of COVID-19, it is not the end of the pandemic story,” says Dr. Glasner. BCBSND is also looking at the long-tail disease burden due to de- ferred preventive care and disease management “It’s much more effective to monitor and treat someone with di- abetes than to put that person on dial- ysis. Likewise, it’s much easier to do a colonosc'opy than to treat colon cancer,” Dr.’Glasner says. He also suspects North Dakota will see the real disease burden after the pan- demic because preventive health screenings are also down. According to health care re— searcher, Advisory Board, through May 2020, there were 89% fewer breast cancer screenings and 85% fewer colorectal cancer screenings compared to theyear. before. “Pre- ventive care, disease management and self-care are more important now than ever before,” Dr. Glasner says. Please visit www.BCBSND. com/coronavirus for detailed cov- erage information and program ming details. Draytonaml 1 Pembina County Memorial Im‘pitul ll'ierlgewoml Manor é Hours: M—F 9-6 - Sat. 9—1 2