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FEEL GOOD STAY ACTIVE WE’LL HELP<br />

SUMMER <strong>2022</strong><br />

<strong>Ageless</strong><br />

Get ahead of<br />

skin cancer<br />

pg. 2<br />

Up-to-date with<br />

COVID vaccines<br />

pg. 3<br />

Be physially<br />

active with<br />

SilverSneakers<br />

pg. 4


Get ahead of skin cancer<br />

When you have an itch, you scratch it. Otherwise,<br />

you probably think very little about the skin covering<br />

you from head to toe. However, this perfectly normal<br />

attitude could lead to severe consequences. Staying<br />

out in front of skin cancer requires two simple actions<br />

recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.<br />

Perform a self-exam checking for<br />

signs of cancer once a month.<br />

See a dermatologist once a year.<br />

ATTENTION<br />

PREVENTION<br />

All skin cancers do not look alike. So, when you perform<br />

a self-exam, look for these possible warning signs:<br />

A growth that increases in size and appears pearly, transparent,<br />

tan, brown, black or multicolored.<br />

A mole, birthmark or brown spot that increases in size, thickness,<br />

changes color or texture, or is bigger than a pencil eraser.<br />

A spot or sore that continues to itch, hurt, crust, scab or bleed.<br />

An open sore that does not heal within three weeks.<br />

Ideally, you want to stop skin cancer before it starts. Here are<br />

recommendations by the Skin Cancer Foundation for keeping<br />

your skin safe.<br />

Seek the shade, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.<br />

Don’t get sunburned.<br />

Avoid tanning and never use UV tanning beds.<br />

Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UVblocking<br />

sunglasses.<br />

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher<br />

every day. Use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen<br />

with an SPF of 30 or higher for extended outdoor activity.<br />

Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body<br />

30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or<br />

after swimming or excessive sweating.<br />

Keep newborns out of the sun. Use sunscreen on babies over<br />

the age of six months.<br />

2 <strong>Ageless</strong> SUMMER <strong>2022</strong>


Up-to-date with COVID vaccines<br />

While we might feel past done with the Covid-19 virus and its variants, Covid-19<br />

isn’t done with us. The virus plays a part in our lives with more positive cases,<br />

hospitalizations, and death. Undoubtedly, summer <strong>2022</strong> is better than the past<br />

two summers as pandemic wave after wave swept through the country.<br />

Now is an excellent time to catch up on what the experts recommend for<br />

vaccines and preventative care for Covid.<br />

PFIZER VAX<br />

Primary Series: 2 doses of Pfizer Covid vaccine given<br />

3–8 weeks apart.<br />

Fully Vaccinated: 2 weeks after final dose in primary series.<br />

Boosters:<br />

1 booster, preferably of either Pfizer or Moderna<br />

COVID-19 vaccine.<br />

• For most people at least 5 months after the final dose<br />

in the primary series.<br />

2 nd booster of either Pfizer or Moderna Covid vaccine.<br />

• For adults ages 50 years and older at least 4 months<br />

after the 1 st booster.<br />

Up to Date: Immediately after getting all boosters<br />

recommended for you.<br />

MODERNA VAX<br />

Primary Series: 2 doses of Moderna Covid vaccine<br />

given 4–8 weeks apart.<br />

Fully Vaccinated: 2 weeks after final dose in primary series.<br />

Boosters:<br />

1 booster, preferably of either Pfizer or Moderna<br />

COVID-19 vaccine.<br />

• For most people at least 5 months after the final dose<br />

in the primary series<br />

2 nd booster of either Pfizer or Moderna Covid vaccine.<br />

• For adults ages 50 years and older at least 4 months<br />

after the 1 st booster.<br />

Up to Date: Immediately after getting all boosters<br />

recommended for you.<br />

JOHNSON & JOHNSON VAX<br />

Primary Series: 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen.<br />

Fully Vaccinated: 2 weeks after vaccination.<br />

Boosters:<br />

1 booster, preferably of either Pfizer or Moderna<br />

COVID-19 vaccine.<br />

• For most people at least 5 months after the final dose<br />

in the primary series.<br />

2 nd booster of either Pfizer or Moderna Covid vaccine.<br />

• For adults ages 50 years and older at least<br />

4 months after the 1 st booster.<br />

Up to Date: Immediately after getting all boosters<br />

recommended for you.<br />

Q: What Covid vaccines do I need to be up to date?<br />

A: According to the Centers for Disease Control,<br />

vaccine recommendations are different<br />

depending on your age, the vaccine you first<br />

received and the time since your last dose.<br />

Q: Do I need to wait before getting a flu vaccine or<br />

any other vaccine before getting a Covid vaccine?<br />

A: The CDC says there is no recommended<br />

waiting period between getting a Covid<br />

vaccine and other vaccines. You can get a<br />

Covid vaccine and other vaccines, including<br />

a flu vaccine, at the same visit. Experience<br />

with other vaccines has shown that the way<br />

our bodies develop protection, known as an<br />

immune response, and possible side effects<br />

after getting vaccinated are generally the<br />

same when given alone or with other vaccines.<br />

<strong>Ageless</strong> SUMMER <strong>2022</strong> 3


Be<br />

physically<br />

active<br />

with<br />

Silver<br />

Sneakers<br />

It’s nine in the morning but<br />

dark out, raining and it feels<br />

more like nine at night.<br />

The gloom of this Friday morning isn’t<br />

reaching Denise Laster’s exercise class<br />

at Little Rock’s Pleasant Valley Church of<br />

Christ. Far from it. Standing at the front<br />

of the square-sized room with a mirror in<br />

front, Laster, wearing a bright pink T-shirt,<br />

calmly but firmly calls out instructions to<br />

her class -- all fourteen students, many 80<br />

years or older.<br />

“Make sure you plant that foot like you<br />

are going downstairs!” said Laster.<br />

Laster’s pupils dutifully follow along.<br />

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This is the first of two exercise classes<br />

today at Pleasant Valley for SilverSneakers,<br />

a nationwide program promoting physical<br />

and social activity for older adults.<br />

SilverSneakers classes like Laster’s take<br />

place practically every day in communities<br />

big and small around the country.


It is well established the benefits of routine physical<br />

exercise for most ages, but seniors in particular. Seniors<br />

such as Wanda Crow, 80, can’t hide her enthusiasm<br />

for her exercise outlet. It’s a rare event when Crow isn’t<br />

found at her place near the front of the class.<br />

“We meet three times a week,” said Crow. “It’s 50<br />

minutes of workout, and then we cool down for ten<br />

minutes. I love working out. This is a big part of my life.”<br />

The paces Laster puts the class through are<br />

designed for this age group. The session might<br />

see the class march in place or pull up one of the<br />

oversized rubber bands held down on the floor with<br />

a foot, Laster does note that when she took over the<br />

class several years ago, the exercises were done<br />

while sitting down. Laster got them up on their feet.<br />

“I had a yearly physical in May and on the same day<br />

went to the cardiologist,” said Crow. “Both of those<br />

doctors told me I was in terrific shape. When they told<br />

me, well, my nose was up in the air as high as it could<br />

be. I mean, who wouldn’t feel that way hearing that?”<br />

The appeal of SilverSneakers isn’t just physical. Even<br />

during the pandemic, Laster arranged for the class to<br />

meet outdoors on occasion.<br />

Nancy Ward, 80, who retired from Acxiom and<br />

worked three years at the Clinton White House as a<br />

press office manager, estimates she’s been involved<br />

in SilverSneakers for five years.<br />

“It’s been life-changing,” said Ward. “People my age<br />

deteriorate, and it helps physically, and it’s a social<br />

thing. You get to talk to different people and relate<br />

to people socially. This class is kind of like a big<br />

sorority. We care about each other, and if somebody<br />

gets sick, we send cards and help each other. That is<br />

a big part.”<br />

SilverSneakers is a benefit for some Arkansas Blue<br />

Cross and Blue Shield Medicare plans. Want to see<br />

if you are eligible? Call the number on the back of<br />

your ID card.<br />

<strong>Ageless</strong> SUMMER <strong>2022</strong> 5


Healthy Recipe to Try at Home<br />

Chicken<br />

Fajita Bowl<br />

Recipe courtesy of culinarymedicine.org, which<br />

is “home of the Health meets Food curriculum,<br />

developed to change the dialogue between<br />

healthcare professionals and their patients<br />

about food and health.”<br />

INGREDIENTS:<br />

• 1 lb Chicken breast or thigh, boneless, skinless<br />

• 3 Tbsp Salt-free taco seasoning<br />

• 3/4 tsp Kosher salt<br />

• 1 Tbsp Olive or canola oil<br />

• 2 (16 oz.) bags Frozen Fajita Vegetable Mix<br />

(pepper and onion slices)<br />

• 1 (15 oz.) can Black beans, no salt added,<br />

drained and rinsed<br />

• 3 cups Cilantro lime brown rice<br />

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:<br />

• 1 each Avocado, diced<br />

• 1 each Lime, cut into wedges<br />

• 1/2 cup yogurt, plain<br />

PREPARATION:<br />

1. Gather all ingredients and equipment.<br />

2. Mix the salt-free taco seasoning and salt together<br />

in a small bowl<br />

3. Remove any excess fat or cartilage from the chicken<br />

and cut the chicken into 1/4” strips. Place in a bowl.<br />

4. Toss chicken with 1 Tbsp of the seasoning blend to<br />

coat evenly.<br />

5. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan, over medium-high<br />

heat. Once hot, add the chicken strips. Once<br />

browned, flip the chicken.<br />

6. Once the chicken is flipped, add the stir fry blend<br />

and the remaining taco seasoning blend. Toss<br />

occasionally to finish the cooking chicken and to heat.<br />

7. Add the drained beans to the pan, and cook until<br />

hot, stirring often. Once hot, remove from heat.<br />

8. Top each serving with optional toppings such<br />

as diced avocado, yogurt, or lime. Serve hot<br />

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Cilantro Lime<br />

Brown Rice<br />

INGREDIENTS:<br />

• 1 cup Brown Rice<br />

• 2 ¼ cup water<br />

• 1 bunch (about ½ cup chopped) cilantro,<br />

fresh, chopped<br />

• 2 Tbsp lime juice (from about ½ lime)<br />

• 1/8 tsp Kosher Salt<br />

PREPARATION:<br />

1. Gather all ingredients and equipment.<br />

2. Place rice in a mesh colander and rinse under cold water.<br />

3. Put the rice and water medium sauce pot, on mediumhigh<br />

heat, and stir.<br />

4. Bring the liquid to a boil.<br />

5. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover the rice.<br />

6. Simmer the rice for 30 minutes. At that point, taste the<br />

rice to see if it is still crunchy. If so, check for water<br />

on the bottom of the pot; add ¼ cup of water if all the<br />

water has been absorbed and continue to cook. If it is<br />

cooked and the water is absorbed, turn off the heat.<br />

7. While the rice is cooking, prepare the remaining<br />

ingredients. Finely chop the cilantro leaves. Juice the<br />

lime. Set to the side.<br />

8. When the rice is a good consistency, turn off the heat<br />

and keep it covered for 10 minutes.<br />

9. Fluff the rice with a fork and remove the cilantro<br />

stems. Add the cilantro, lime juice, and salt and enjoy!


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PCP/PHONE#<br />

Copay: $20/$35<br />

Coins: 20%<br />

RX Copay: $12/35/55/100%<br />

Pop on the<br />

Blueprint Portal<br />

Overwhelmed by the flood of information and<br />

documents you need to stay on top of your<br />

healthcare? Need to know deductible<br />

information? Can’t locate your ID card?<br />

The Blueprint Portal can<br />

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Service Date: 04/01/<strong>2022</strong><br />

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Copay<br />

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Home ID Card Claims Find Care<br />

The Blueprint Portal is a personalized webpage<br />

available to associates and their dependents<br />

who are enrolled in an HRA or HSA plan.<br />

The Blueprint Portal provides:<br />

Access to real-time claim status<br />

Personal Health Statements (PHS), benefits<br />

Digital member ID cards<br />

Health and wellness resources.<br />

A way to track their medical spending, including<br />

deductibles and out-of-pocket expenditures.<br />

11:38<br />

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A way to order a new ID card<br />

Spending Details<br />

In-network Out-of-network<br />

MENU<br />

Medical ID Card<br />

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Blueprint Portal can be accessed at<br />

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In-network deductible<br />

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In-network out-of-pocket costs<br />

$2,000.00<br />

of $2,000.00<br />

Flip Card<br />

Home ID Card Claims Find Care<br />

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<strong>Ageless</strong> SUMMER <strong>2022</strong> 7


Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield<br />

P.O. Box 2181<br />

Little Rock, AR 72203-2181<br />

Please note: This newsletter is for health education purposes only. We do not offer medical advice or<br />

services. Always consult your treating physician(s) for any medical advice or services you may need.<br />

<strong>Ageless</strong><br />

A<br />

publication for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield<br />

Medicare Advantage members.<br />

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We’re here to help when you need us.<br />

Nurse care (Nurse24)........................................................800-318-2384<br />

Fitness (SilverSneakers)...................................................888-423-4632<br />

Hearing aids (TruHearing).................................................833-750-5898<br />

Surgery (Welvie)...............................................................866-433-1343<br />

Document medical wishes (Welvie)................................877-434-6168<br />

Telehealth (MDLive)..........................................................877-540-2082<br />

Dental (LSV)......................................................................888-223-4999

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