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Free Insurance Medicare/ Affordable Care Act Counseling Sessions on Oct 15
The Port Ludlow Village Council (PLVC) Health Committee is sponsoring a health insurance counseling sessions and health information research training at the
Bay Club on Wed, October 15, 1 - 4 p.m.

--- and then again on November 12 (Beach Club)

and December 3 (Bay Club).

(same time)

For more information, see the VOICE, Oct, 2014, p.20.

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Health & Wellness
in the October 2014 VOICE: Click!

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"Understanding Medicare Benefits
10am - 12:30
Beach Club
Click for more information and resources!

Event Poster!

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Health & Wellness Committee SlideShow 2011-2014
[Announcements of our past Forums]

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2014 Festival by the Bay!

The Health & Wellness Committee was an important part of the PLVC Tent/Booth at the 2014 Port Ludlow Festival by the Bay on July 26.

Posters, educational pamphlets, donated give-aways, an interactive heart/brain model, activities/brain teasers for children, and free blood pressure tests attracted many visitors.

This Handbill summarizing the Committee's mission and past activities was one of the numerous ways the Committee communicated with the visiting public:

PL Health & Wellness Report
Find out What the Port Ludlow Health & Wellness Group (Committee of PLVC) has Accomplished since Last Fall and What it Plans to Do in the Future.
(2014 Report, October 2014, Click!)

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Elizabeth Trice Loggers, M.D., Ph.D. et al., Implementing a Death with Dignity Program at a Comprehensive Cancer Center, New England Journ of Medicine, April 2013 [full article] | [Abstract]

"In 1997, Oregon became the first state in the United States to pass legislation that offered a “physician-assisted” approach to dying for adults with poor short-term prognoses. The Washington State legislature followed Oregon more than a decade later, passing an almost identical law, the Washington Death with Dignity Act, in November 2008....
In response to the Washington law, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance developed a Death with Dignity program, adapted from the existing programs in Oregon. This article describes the implementation and results of our Death with Dignity program, designed to adhere to legal regulations, maintain safety, and ensure the quality of patient care...."

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Hospital Discharge & Transitions of Care

Healthcare transitions (Referrals to specialists, Discharge from hospitals to home or Skilled Nursing Facilities, etc.) and the manner in which Medicare and private insurance companies deal with them, are major concerns in retirement communities such as Port Ludlow.

Our PLVC Health Committee is considering organizing and presenting a FORUM which would cover these and related topics, including an update on Medicare and Healthcare Reform regulations and how they affect the way in which patients and their caregivers need to connect, and move between, different healthcare services in our increasingly specialized but all-too-often seemingly disjointed healthcare system. [This forum is now scheduled for Nov 15, 2014 (Click for details!)]

Send us an Email with suggestions for topics and issues you would like to see addressed at such a forum ([at] Thank you and please stay tuned!

Readings: (More to come soon): "Help in choice of care facility after hospital discharge" (August 2014).[or here]

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CBS 60 Minutes (Aug 31, 2014) What you see when you live a century… [Affectionately dubbed the "oldest old," these 90+'ers share their remarkable experiences from the past century]

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Regence BlueShield Discount: Harrison helps you keep the healthcare you need.

>Regence BlueShield & Harrison [Click!]
(July/August 2014)

See also: Regence Termination Q&A
as of August 22, 2014

"We are disappointed to share with you that we’ve been unable to reach an agreement with Regence BlueShield of Washington regarding fair payment for our physician and hospital services. We’ve strived to reach a contract with Regence that helps us keep up with the increasing costs of technology, medicines, labor, energy, and other expenses. However, we have been unable to reach agreement on an acceptable reimbursement rate that is fair and comparable with other insurers and our contract with Regence is scheduled to end on July 30, 2014 August 21, 2014."

  • Note: Franciscan Medical Group physicians and Franciscan Health System hospitals and services will no longer be contracted with Regence MedAdvantage beginning January 2014. If you currently are enrolled in this plan you will need to change plans during open enrollment in 2013 to continue to use Franciscan providers and services.

  • Harrison's Regence BlueShield subscribers in jeopardy []
    By Ed Friedrich, Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, Wash. McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

    July 08--BREMERTON -- Harrison Medical Center could fall out of network with a second insurance company in eight months.
    The hospital and Regency BlueShield haven't been able to reach agreement on new contract rates. The existing deal expires July 30. The Seattle-based insurer sent letters to patients June 30 informing them how their choice of medical providers and out-of-pocket costs could be affected.

  • Insurances accepted at Harrison
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    Recent Activities of the Port Ludlow Health Committee:
    Stay Tuned for our Plans for 2014 - 2015!

    Individual Medicare & Health Insurance Counseling
    and Health Information Online Access Sessions:

    were held on Wednesday, May 14, 2014
    again from 1 - 3 p.m. , this time in the Beach Club. All residents of Port Ludlow & "Port Ludlow's Suburbs" were welcome!

    Click for enlarged version

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    May was Stroke Awareness Month!

    Saturday, May 10, 2014, 1 p.m. at the Bay Club:
    "Stroke: Prevention, Management Protocols & Rehabilitation"
    Poster || Stroke Resource Page
    Small Group Showings of Videos of this and earlier Forums (with educational Handouts) are planned for the Summer and/or Fall of 2014.
    Inquire! []


    You may have missed the last Forum on Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease but are still interested in some of the materials presented:
    Click here for our "Aging Brains" Page.

    The Forum also has been video-taped. If you are a resident of Port Ludlow, you may check out the disk(s) by sending an Email to, so that convenient arrangements can be made.


    New guidelines for reducing stroke risks unique to women:
    American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Scientific Statement
    February 06, 2014: Statement Highlights:
    •For the first time, guidelines have been developed for preventing stroke in women.
    •Stroke risk in women is influenced by pregnancy, birth control pills, migraine headaches with aura and other factors

    Other Stroke Links ( = PLHealth Stroke Page)

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    Port Ludlow resident and SHIBA advisor Judy McCay has developed this (Excel) Medical Expenses Tracking Form (click!) to help you keep track of your medical bills and insurance payments for tax purposes or other good reasons. Make use of it unless you have a better system!

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    Free Tips on Healthy Aging
    from the National Institutes of Health: Sign up here!

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    HealthGrades 2013: 100 Best Hospitals in the US -- NONE in the PNW!?

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    Aetna CEO: Health Insurers Face Extinction
    “The system doesn’t work, it’s broke today ... The end of insurance companies, the way we’ve run the business in the past, is here.”

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    Fight Aging with Google [Exciting Times: Google to Back Longevity Science]

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    Could this happen to you? (Click to find out!)

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    (sponsored by the Port Ludlow Village Council)

    COMMITTEE MEMBERS: (as of April 2014)

    Ursel & Gunter Krumme (Co-Chairs), Karen B. Gebala, Michael Nilssen (PLVC Rep), Autumn Pappas, Lois Ruggles, Peggy Schafran, Kathy Traci (Chair, Support Groups); Emeritus Members: Tom Boughner (Past Forum Chair), Tom Stone (Past Chair). Numerous other Port Ludlow residents are members of the "Port Ludlow Health & Wellness Group", a wider circle of Health & Wellness Advocates. Contact any member of the committee if you are interested in joining this Health & Wellness community.

    The purpose of the Port Ludlow Health & Wellness Committee is to assist residents in accessing relevant information that supports their personal health care choices.

    GOALS & Objectives: see statements from the beginning of our first year in 2011

    See also: "Wellness Committee: Its Goals and Activities," PL VOICE, October 2011 (Click, then scroll to p.25) - - The complete Sept/Oct Report of the Committee can be found here! Click!


    This Web site is "under construction", i.e. it represents many kinds of "work in progress". It originated in January 2010 as part of a community effort to assemble wellness oriented information and Web sites which were potentially useful for the discussion of health issues and options for residents of Port Ludlow (Washington). It became the unofficial Web site of the Port Ludlow Health & Wellness Committee in 2011 when the Port Ludlow Village Council sponsored and established this committee, consisting of three initiatives or "tracks", namely: organizing quarterly Health & Wellness Forums, the establishment of an Education Resource Center, and the facilitation of Support Groups.

    It is hoped that the Web site will prove useful in helping residents access appropriate and reliable online information -- with or without additional one-on-one navigational assistance. We will try to go beyond linking to information about providers, disease conditions and treatment options, but also to refer to choice situations and "decision aids", i.e. concepts and tools suitable for preparing for and engaging in shared decision-making with physicians and other providers.

    The individuals behind this assembly of resources cannot be responsible for the content of the sites to which they have provided links. No part of this site should ever be construed as providing medical advice. (See full disclaimer on the bottom of this page!)

    All users are urged to provide critiques & suggestions related to this site to the organizers of the Resource Center.

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    PLHEALTH.ORG is loosely connected to other Port Ludlow Web portals. These Web sites (Port Ludlow Archives, The Voice, Port Ludlow Today and Port Ludlow Village Council) are based on the volunteer work of Port Ludlow residents committed to improving communication within the community using different Internet technologies (including for some of them, "content management systems" [CMS]). These sites differ in content, organization, focus and intent; thus, they add up to a wealth of information and a rich local knowledge base, probably quite unique for a community of the size of Port Ludlow. Archives:

    Links to from elsewhere on the Internet:


    Navigate & Search!

    A-Z Index | Site Maps Table of Contents |

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  • Health Information Sharing
  • Health Information Sources
  • Health Services Providers
  • Health Support Providers
  • Readings and References
  • Is the Information Trustworthy?

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  • Arthritis
  • Brain & Aging
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Heart
  • Pain
  • Skin Cancer
  • Stroke

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  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Doctors' Offices
  • Emergency Care
  • Longterm Care
  • Imaging
  • Physical Therapy
  • Hospice Care

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  • by Information Providers
              *Federal Government
              *University Med. Centers
  • by Information Topic
  • by Information Medium
  • by Search Modality

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  • CareGivers & CareGiving
  • Contacts
  • Drugs & Medications
  • Emergencies & Disasters
  • Exercise Resources
  • Home Care
  • Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Notebook Contents (1)
  • Notebook Contents (2)
  • Nutrition & Exercise
  • Patient Education Sites
  • PL Health Plan for 2015
  • Readings & References
  • Resource Ctr Locations
  • Survey 2013
  • Tests
  • Videos
  • Voice: Health Articles

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    July 26, 2014

    Port Ludlow's Health and Wellness Committee again invited to share the tent of the Village Council advertized its numerous outreach activities during this year's Festival-by-the-Bay.

    8 year-old Benjamin K. from the Methow Valley took some time off from preparing his family's home for the next wild-fire evacuation to visit his grandparents and the Festival-by-the-Bay where he volunteered for distributing free samples (Sanitizers, bandages, pens, forms for personal health records, etc.) donated by local hospitals to the Port Ludlow Health Committee.

    Kids visiting the PLVC's Health & Wellness Booth enjoyed a variety of hands- and brains-on activities, here in front of a brain-teaser test and various heart and brain models and posters.

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    The Resource Center has a very unique "physical presence" in form of dispersed displays and locations of posters and educational materials (click!). Both, the Beach Club and the Bay Club, have very generously loaned us display areas, in addition to permitting us to make educational notebooks and handouts available to residents. In the lounge (coffee room) at the Beach Club we show educational posters and display at least one of our "Notebooks". In the Bay Club, Notebooks on a variety of health topics can be found on the bottom book shelf on the left side of the lounge. We will update these displays and notebooks as often as possible.

    Of course, this very WebSite is also a very important part of the Resource Center, largely because the Internet provides such a limitless access to health resources. We have tried hard to create a portal to these global resources with a distinctly local, portludlow'ish bias. The rationale for this attempt is obvious for information resources related to the provision and location of health care services. However, also the presentation of information, digitally accessible everywhere, about health conditions, diagnoses, treatments and research, has, to an extent, been biased in favor of local and regional information, largely due to the prominence of the Puget Sound area as a center of high-qualityhealth care and health-related scientific research, and the numerous positive impacts this proximity has on the nature and quality of health care available to Port Ludlow residents. Importantly, this WebSite is "work in progress" to be updated and continuously "under construction" -- however inadequately.

    Any comments? Find us on Facebook (under "Wellness for Port Ludlow") or send us an Email at . (August 2013)

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    The Health & Wellness Committee shares the Port Ludlow Village Council Tent at the end-of-July Festival with other PLVC committees.

    The Education Resource Center has assembled "Notebooks" with community wellness resource pamphlets. These notebooks are available in the Beach Club and the Bay Club.


    Reviews for

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    May is Stroke Awareness Month!

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    The WebGuys behind this PLHEALTH.ORG site have provided links to Internet third party sites, over which they have no control. Thus, they also do not endorse the content, operators, products or services of such sites, and are not responsible or liable for the content, operators, availability, accuracy, quality, advertising, products, services or other materials on or available from sites to which they have provided links. The information about various wellness or health conditions and treatment options contained throughout this website is general in nature and is intended for use as an educational aid only. Hopefully, the information on this site will help residents make better wellness related or health care decisions and should not be used to diagnose or treat any specific medical condition. Nothing on the PLHEALTH.ORG site shall constitute medical advice. Neither the WebGuys nor any member of an organization associated with or endorsing the PLHEALTH.ORG site shall be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any such content, products or services available on or through PLHEALTH.ORG.

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    Last updated: October 2014
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