UPDATES FROM FALLON HEALTH
Fallon hosts virtual events to explain Medicare
Medicare is notoriously difficult to understand. Many who are on the verge of eligibility are unaware of eligibility requirements, enrollment timelines and the potential costs of missing deadlines.

If you or your clients have employees who are nearing retirement or are already eligible for a Medicare plan, you can help them make informed choices with a new resource from Fallon Health. To make the process and various options easier to understand, we’re offering comprehensive Medicare presentations that are available to all via live Zoom meetings or prerecorded presentations.

The presentations give attendees an overview of the federal Medicare program. Visit our website to see the schedule and register . Or watch the prerecorded presentation on YouTube. Our retirement checklist can also help those who are making plans to retire.
Livestreaming on 7/1: Worcester's Independence Day Celebration
Continuing a longstanding tradition, Fallon is sponsoring Worcester’s 2020 Independence Day Celebration. The virtual event will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1.

Please join the celebration as it livestreams on the City of Worcester’s website and official Facebook page .
Webinar: How PACE provides innovative care for older adults during pandemic
On any given day, caregivers and health care professionals draw on their compassion, creativity and innovation to meet the challenge of caring for older adults with complex medical needs. During a pandemic, this work requires even more ingenuity, which can be seen across the nation through Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and locally at Fallon Health’s PACE program, Summit ElderCare .

The National PACE Association and the Better Care Playbook are coordinating a free webinar on June 30 to showcase innovative approaches to care adopted by PACE organizations during the pandemic.

The webinar will feature Dr. Robert Schreiber, Medical Director for Summit ElderCare. Like other PACE programs, Summit ElderCare provides care for older adults who need nursing-home-level care but want to live in community settings. Dr. Schreiber will be discussing the success of the innovative step Fallon took to transform one of our PACE centers into an infirmary to care for participants who needed COVID-19 related care.

Register in advance for this free webinar , which will be held on Tuesday, June 30, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Health and wellness
Benefits of eating more plant protein, less meat
Protein helps build and maintain the muscle mass you need to stay active, avoid injury, and support a healthy immune system. While most Americans rely on meat as their primary source of protein, there are plenty of non-meat protein sources to consider when grocery shopping and meal planning.

Eating less meat has been linked to a lower risk of serious health conditions such as heart disease, obesity, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. Non-meat proteins can also cost less.

Here are some tips for people interested in adding more plant protein to their meals:

  • Consider low-fat milk and cheese options for your protein fix. Cottage cheese and Greek yogurt have even more protein.
  • Eggs are among the least expensive protein sources.
  • A half-cup of beans, such as kidney, black, pinto or garbanzo, contains as much plant-based protein as an ounce of broiled steak. Beans are also high in fiber, which helps you feel full longer.
  • Legumes, such as lentils, are rich in protein and contain good amounts of fiber, iron and folate. Add cooked lentils to salads or soups, or make a flavorful dahl.
  • Peanuts, almonds, cashews and other nuts are all fantastic sources of meat-free protein and are rich in healthy fats and omega-3s.
  • Quinoa, chia and flax seeds are complete proteins—they have all nine essential amino acids.
  • Tofu, tempeh and edamame are derived from soybeans, another whole source of protein that contains all essential amino acids.
  • Many vegetables contain some protein as well, especially broccoli, spinach, asparagus, artichokes, potatoes, sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts.

Fallon’s website offers additional health and wellness information , including a library of wellness flyers .
In case you missed it …
Visit our website for previous COVID-19-related messages for employers. We’ve posted PDF versions of the messages for you there.