— On October 3rd, AARP Nebraska sponsored,  “A Family Affair: Understanding Colorectal Cancer Risk Factors and Screening Options”. The event was organized by the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network (QIN) who partnered with organizations from eight communities across the four-state region to host viewing sites for American Cancer Society’s Vice President of Cancer Control Intervention Dr. Durado Brooks’ live presentation, in which he presented colorectal cancer prevention techniques. The three biggest takeaways from the event were: 1.) Know your family history 2.) Talk to your health care provider …

— Medicare isn’t there for you only when you’re sick. The health care program offers a slew of preventive services as well, including immunizations for older patients, who are especially vulnerable to influenza. The AARP Protect Medicare van is crisscrossing North Carolina this summer, reminding residents of the benefits Medicare offers and the battle to defend it. Preventive services under Medicare include screenings for colorectal cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other chronic illnesses. The program covers flu shots because influenza can …