Ageless - SPRING 2023

A publication for active seniors from Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield

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<strong>SPRING</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

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

Healthy Happy<br />

Heart Habits<br />

pg. 3<br />

A Smile in<br />

the Voice<br />

pg. 4<br />

On the Trail<br />

to Better Health<br />

pg. 6

Healthy Recipe<br />

to Try at Home<br />

One Pot Bean<br />

Chili with Frozen<br />

Vegetables<br />

Try with ground turkey or chicken or add additional<br />

vegetables. Serve with tortilla strips or topped with yogurt.<br />


• 2 (15 oz) cans of reduced sodium beans (pinto, black,<br />

kidney, red, etc.)<br />

• 1 (15 oz) can of tomatoes, canned, chopped<br />

• 1 cup of vegetable or chicken stock (look for low<br />

sodium, or make your own at home)<br />

• 2 Tbsp chili powder<br />

• 2 Tbsp cumin, ground<br />

• 2 tsp oregano, dried<br />


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

2. Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized<br />

saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer.<br />

3. Stir often, keeping on a simmer, for about 30<br />

minutes to allow the flavors to develop and the<br />

chili to thicken.<br />

4. To serve, top each serving with 1 Tbsp of cheese<br />

and plain yogurt (optional)<br />

• 1/2 tsp kosher salt<br />

• 1/2 each onion, diced<br />

• 4 cups mixed frozen vegetables<br />

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

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

to change the dialogue between healthcare professionals<br />

and their patients about food and health.”<br />

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Healthy Happy<br />

Heart Habits<br />

We have to keep our<br />

tickers ticking<br />

While you might think maintaining your overall health is all you need to do,<br />

there are specific ways to help your heart stay healthy and keep on ticking.<br />

Have a Heart-Healthy Diet – Add fruits,<br />

vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and lowfat<br />

dairy products to your diet. Subtract salt,<br />

saturated fat, and sugar whenever possible.<br />

Get Moving – It’s recommended you have<br />

at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity<br />

aerobic activity every week, plus musclestrengthening<br />

activity at least 2 days a week.<br />

Stop Smoking – Even one less day of<br />

smoking can improve your heart health.<br />

To quit altogether is the best way to give<br />

your heart a fighting chance.<br />

Take Heart Medicines – If you’ve been<br />

prescribed meds for high cholesterol, high<br />

blood pressure, or diabetes, you need<br />

to follow the instructions carefully. Ask<br />

questions if you don’t understand when and<br />

what medicines to take.<br />

Watch What You Drink – Trade out<br />

water for sugary drinks to reduce<br />

calories. Moderate your alcohol intake<br />

to no more than one drink a day for<br />

women and two a day for men.<br />

Know Your Health History – Doctors<br />

can tell a lot about risks to your heart<br />

from family history. Take time to<br />

figure out if there is a history of heart<br />

disease in your family tree.<br />

Yearly See Your PCP – An annual<br />

check-up with your Primary Care<br />

Physician should include checks on<br />

cholesterol levels, blood pressure and<br />

screening for diabetes – all issues to<br />

keep under control and keep that ticker<br />

in tip-top shape.<br />

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention<br />

<strong>Ageless</strong> <strong>SPRING</strong> <strong>2023</strong> 3

A Smile in the Voice<br />

Help is On the Line with the<br />

Medicare Outreach Team<br />

Tim Smith understands that, at first, people might<br />

not want to talk to him when he calls. He knows<br />

the person on the other end of the line is likely<br />

suspicious and believes they have stumbled<br />

into an unwanted, pressure-packed sales<br />

call. Give Tim a little time, and he can usually<br />

change their mind.<br />

“Think about how many scam calls you get on<br />

your phone each day,” said Tim. “Normally, when<br />

we call, we are talking to older people. Think<br />

about how many calls they get a day.”<br />

Tim, part of the Arkansas Blue Medicare Outreach team,<br />

has worked at Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield for nine<br />

years. He’s been in Outreach for a little more than a year now.<br />

Tim’s job is to be on the phone each day, calling our Medicare<br />

members. Many times, he reaches out after receiving a<br />

notice that a member’s prescription needs refilling.<br />

“There are several things we keep up with and would be<br />

a reason for our call. There are three types of medicine<br />

for people on Medicare that we follow. We keep track<br />

of diabetes medicine, statin medicine and some antihypertension<br />

– high blood pressure – medicine. When we<br />

see they need a refill, we give these people a call. If they<br />

have run out of what they are taking and need assistance<br />

with refills, we try to help.”<br />

Though it varies, Tim estimates that he makes<br />

approximately 60 calls a day. He may be calling to remind<br />

a member that their medicine has, or is, about to run<br />

out. He may find cheaper alternatives to a member’s<br />

prescribed medication.<br />

“Some drugs are very expensive,” says Tim. “For example,<br />

new diabetes medications. Anything new can be<br />

expensive. We try to find ways to make medications<br />

more affordable.”<br />

To do this, Tim consults with pharmacies or physicians to<br />

see what other medications are available as a substitute.<br />

Some calls Tim makes are “campaign calls.” During these<br />

conversations, Tim provides education about preventive<br />

health screenings, such as a colonoscopy or an eye exam.<br />

The phone call can be an occasion for a health status checkup,<br />

where Tim goes over a member’s “wants and needs.”<br />

A native of Newport, Tim, 59, has been a registered nurse<br />

for 25 years. A traumatic event when he was 10 years old<br />

prompted him to learn what he could do to be prepared<br />

and help in a medical emergency. His credentials include<br />

certification as an EMT paramedic.<br />

“I know the trauma side and the nursing side.”<br />

4 <strong>Ageless</strong> <strong>SPRING</strong> <strong>2023</strong>

Save<br />

Money<br />

on Prescription<br />

Drugs with Rx<br />

Savings Solutions<br />

If they can hear<br />

a smile in your voice,<br />

it gives them confidence,<br />

and they may decide<br />

to go ahead and<br />

talk to you.<br />

– Tim Smith<br />

Arkansas Blue<br />

Medicare Outreach<br />

Today, Tim uses his medical knowledge and disarming,<br />

friendly attitude to win over the skeptics. Persuading the<br />

person Tim is speaking with to let their guard down or not<br />

to simply hang up is not the easiest thing in the world.<br />

“They can’t see you, of course,” says Tim. “But if they can<br />

hear a smile in your voice. It gives them confidence, and<br />

they may decide to go ahead and talk to you.”<br />

Helping our Arkansas Blue Medicare members take<br />

good care of their health with medicine and preventive<br />

screenings is plenty of reward for Tim.<br />

Your Arkansas Blue Medicare plan comes<br />

with a free service called Rx Savings<br />

Solutions that can help you easily find the<br />

lowest-priced options for your prescription<br />

drugs. This new service is linked to your<br />

health plan, so everything is personalized<br />

for your medications and insurance.<br />

Here’s how it works:<br />

• Your account shows which<br />

lower-cost prescriptions may be<br />

available under your insurance<br />

plan and lets you compare prices.<br />

• Switch to a lower-cost option<br />

with ease. Rx Savings Solutions<br />

handles everything with your<br />

doctor and pharmacy.<br />

• Rx Savings Solutions contacts you<br />

anytime you can be spending less.<br />

Take control of your medication costs<br />

with Rx Savings Solutions. You can<br />

activate your account at myrxss.com/<br />

arkbluemedicare<br />

or talk with our certified pharmacy<br />

technicians at 1-800-268-4476.<br />

“I enjoy my job. It’s rewarding. Helping folks is what<br />

I like to do.”<br />

<strong>Ageless</strong> <strong>SPRING</strong> <strong>2023</strong> 5

On the trail to<br />

The benefits of being active and getting regular<br />

exercise include better sleep, a better mood and<br />

better overall health.<br />

But riding an indoor exercise bike can quickly get<br />

boring, and gym memberships – no matter how<br />

modest – can get expensive. How about a little<br />

free outdoor activity? Take good care of yourself<br />

by changing your scenery and enjoying a free,<br />

easy Arkansas State Park trail.<br />

The following Arkansas trails offer accessible<br />

and exciting exercise opportunities.<br />

Kingfisher trail<br />

Location:<br />

Pinnacle Mountain State Park,<br />

11901 Pinnacle Valley Road, Little Rock<br />

Trail Type:<br />

Barrier-free, day hikes<br />

Distance: .5 mile<br />

What to know:<br />

This hard-surfaced loop trail winds through the floodplain of the Little Maumelle River. Unique plants,<br />

wildflowers, animals, and birds can be seen here. Along the river, large cypress trees filter sunlight into<br />

this special bottomland forest. Birdwatchers will enjoy exploring this trail early in the morning.<br />

Woody Plant trail<br />

Location:<br />

Devil’s Den State Park,<br />

11333 West Arkansas Hwy. 74, West Fork<br />

Trail Type:<br />

Day hikes, mountain biking<br />

Distance: .25 mile<br />

What to know:<br />

This short, self-guided trail begins near either<br />

bathhouse in Camping Area E and meanders<br />

through the woods surrounding the campgrounds.<br />

To help visitors learn more about the diversified<br />

plant life in this part of the Ozarks, plants along<br />

the trail are labeled to correspond with an<br />

identification sheet available at the visitor center.<br />

Historic<br />

Townsite trail<br />

Location:<br />

Davidsonville Historic State Park,<br />

8047 Hwy. 166 South, Pocahontas<br />

Trail Type:<br />

Barrier-free, day hikes<br />

Distance: ¾ mile<br />

What to know:<br />

Travel back in time to visit the site of<br />

the Arkansas Territory’s first post office,<br />

courthouse, and federal land office. Twelve<br />

wayside exhibits tell about the history and<br />

culture of historic Davidsonville.<br />

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Arboretum trail<br />

Location:<br />

Village Creek State Park,<br />

201 County Road 754, Wynn<br />

Trail type:<br />

Day hikes<br />

Distance: .25 mile<br />

What to know:<br />

The shortest and easiest of the<br />

park’s trails, it is accessible to almost<br />

everyone. There are signs identifying<br />

many of the trees found along the trail.<br />

Delta View trail<br />

Location: Cane Creek State Park, 50 State Park Road, Star City Trail type: Day hikes Distance: 2.5 miles<br />

What to know:<br />

Cane Creek State Park uniquely sits on the border of two natural divisions of Arkansas. These divisions are the<br />

Gulf Coastal Plains and the Mississippi Alluvial Plain, also known as ‘The Delta.’ The Delta View Trail is located<br />

within the Coastal Plains and is characterized by gently sloping hills. The bench at the one-mile mark will give a<br />

hiker a fantastic view of Cane Creek Lake.<br />

Slunger Creek<br />

Nature trail<br />

Location:<br />

Lake Catherine State Park,<br />

1200 Catherine Park Road, Hot Springs<br />

Trail type:<br />

Barrier-free, day hikes<br />

Distance: 5/8 mile<br />

What to know:<br />

Slunger Creek flows alongside most of<br />

this concrete, barrier-free trail. Benches<br />

on the trail offer a place to relax and enjoy<br />

the sounds of the water flowing over rocks<br />

in this Ouachita Mountain creek. Many<br />

wildflowers bloom in the spring, making this<br />

area a photographer’s dream. Park at the<br />

Slunger Creek Trail Trailhead, close to the<br />

park’s entrance.<br />

Source: arkansasstateparks.com<br />

<strong>Ageless</strong> <strong>SPRING</strong> <strong>2023</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 />


Blue is your plan!<br />

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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