• AGING MATTERS: How to get the best price for a Medicare Supplement plan

    Carol Marak

    Aging Advocate, Editor


    Close to 11.9 million American seniors opt-in to purchase a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) insurance plan. But to most, it’s a confusing process knowing which plan best fits our healthcare requirements. What’s even more significant, are we paying too much? I read a study that said some of us overpay by thousands of dollars. We need a quick and easy way to find the best, and least expensive, option.

  • Project Hope bringing 3D mammography to Flaget

    Through the support of the community, Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Project Hope has met the first half of its goal in a $1.1 million fundraising campaign to improve cancer-related resources in Nelson County. The hospital announced recently it will purchase 3D mammography equipment to better enhance breast cancer prevention and diagnostic services.

  • ‘I can’t be dead, I’m only 17’

    The day before prom, Bardstown High School students received a sobering lesson on how the choices they make now can affect them for the rest of their lives. One by one, the mock obituaries of eight students were read aloud in the auditorium as the Grim Reaper claimed his victims and covered them with a white sheet.

  • Trainer demonstrates exercise beneficial for those with Parkinson’s

    The difficulty of the tasks increased as trainer Traci Melgar had participants alternate movements of their arms and legs, and incorporated small weights. People with Parkinson’s disease can have difficulty shifting from one activity to another, performing more than one movement at a time, or keeping balance, so Melgar’s class targeted these areas as she met last week with the local Parkinson’s Support Group.

  • Baby boomers should be screened for hepatitis C

    Even if you are not presenting symptoms, you might be suffering from hepatitis C, a contagious liver disease that can cause cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure.

    An estimated 3 to 10 million Americans currently have this disease. However, many carriers of the disease are still unaware of their infection, as it often presents only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, for years or decades. If left untreated, hepatitis C can cause long-term liver damage, and even death, so it is important to get screened if you think you could be at risk.

  • AGING MATTERS: Find a local connection for social support and fun

    It’s no secret that I run a Facebook group for people growing older at home. It’s geared to the individuals having little to rare support from a family member. Some feel lonely while others do not.

    In this group, there are stories of loneliness, physical pain, emotional hardships and also the flip side of adversity, like traveling the world, retiring to another country, finding a more challenging job, while others go back to school for a second or third degree. It’s fun to read the stories and observe how some move out of tough circumstances.

  • Plastic pollution the focus of 2018 Earth Day

    With 91 percent of plastic waste failing to be recycled, ending up in oceans and poisoning wildlife, a movement to “End Plastic Pollution” is the focus of this year’s Earth Day events.

  • Farm Fitness

    The downward-facing dog might be a popular pose in the yoga world, but goats are stealing the show as a popular new fitness trend hits home.

    Jill Boyle, founder of Goat2Yoga, partnered with Bardstown yoga instructor Jennifer Hurst to offer the first “goat yoga” class Friday on Boyle’s Spencer County farm just outside of Bloomfield.

  • HMH launches photo contest for Nelson County building  

    Hardin Memorial Health is inviting local photographers to enter a photo contest and submit their favorite regional images of nature, landscapes or architecture. Select images will be displayed in the new Bardstown medical office building, which is slated to open in early fall.

    The 70,000-square-foot facility will be home to HMH’s Bardstown Family Medical Center as well as 10 specialists in ear, nose and throat, orthopedics and sports medicine, general surgery and other specialties.

  • Study: Summer sun might bring fewer heart attacks

    The American Heart Association

    The sun’s radiation could be a factor in seasonal patterns of a deadly type of heart attack, according to research that tracked a “summer shift” in their occurrence across seven countries.