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Staying in Touch Events

We’re here to help you stay connected and informed about your plan benefits and important health and wellness topics. Join our Staying in Touch events virtually or in person to hear about how to stay healthy, manage stress, be active, and connect with your community.

Hosted by experts on preventive medicine, mental health, and other specialties
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Staying in Touch Events

Staying in Touch is now in-person, in your community!

Our in-person Staying-in-Touch events take place monthly from 10 a.m. to noon at a UPMC Health Plan Connect Center near you. Get information on your plan benefits, learn about health and wellness tips from health experts, receive free preventive screenings, and enjoy light refreshments and coffee. Join us to connect, chat, and get your questions answered.

Medicare Staying in Touch Events

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How to prevent falls as you age

As we age, factors like medical conditions, medications, and our environment can all play a role in increasing our risk of falls, but it doesn’t have to be a constant worry. Join us as we talk about steps you can take to help decrease your risk for falls.

Health Coaching

Don’t go it alone if you want to lose weight, become more active, or work on improving a health condition. We have resources that can help!

Coverage When You Travel

Want access to high-quality health care while you travel? UPMC for Life has you covered. Learn everything you need to know about coverage when you travel, including our Travel Concierge Program and Assist America.

Finding Your Way Through Grief and Loss

Since the start of the pandemic, many of us have experienced a range of losses. If you’ve felt overwhelmed, you are not alone. We’ll help you better understand grief and loss and suggest steps you can take to cope

Keep your health and fitness on track

Ready to get your health and fitness on track? SilverSneakers® fitness benefits make it easy for members to stay active!

Extra benefits that help you stay healthy

Join us to learn everything you need to know about your dental, vision, and hearing benefits. We’ll explain what’s covered, including the differences between coinsurances, copays, and allowances. We’ll also let you know where you can get care and how to easily find providers.

Prescription Drug Coverage

Learn everything you need to know about your Part D prescription drug coverage. We’ll talk about prescription drug tiers and formularies, the four stages of Part D coverage, and how members can save money on diabetes medications and get additional donut hole coverage.

COVID-19 Townhall Virtual Event

Hear from our team of experts, as they cover the most up-to-date information we have on COVID-19, including the Omicron variant, vaccine recommendations, where and how to get tested, and the member resources available to help you get care.

Veterans Appreciation

Veterans Breakfast Club will talk about its program and how you can share your stories with the community. You’ll also learn about community organizations that provide resources and support to veterans and their caregivers.

Medicare 101: Understanding the Basics

Understanding your coverage means having confidence in living your best life. But Medicare can be confusing. We can help! Join our team of experts who will help you understand how Medicare works.

Extra Benefits to Help You Stay Healthy

As a UPMC for Life member, you have access to great benefits and resources just for being a member with us. But do you understand how to make them work best for you? We can tell you everything you need to know!

Caring for the Caregiver

Caring for a loved one can be challenging. We have resources that can help! Suzan Clark, program director at UPMC Health Plan, and Shannon Miller, program manager at UPMC Health Plan, will explain how to identify the warning signs of caregiver burnout and how to ask for help.

Screen Out Breast Cancer

Keeping up with your preventive care is essential for your health. Breast cancer screenings are important because they can help find breast cancer early, and an early diagnosis could save your life.

Asking the Right Questions and Getting Help with Your Medications

When people don't take their prescriptions, it's often because of cost, side effects, or lack of understanding about why a medicine is needed. Melinda Morgan, manager of clinical pharmacy at UPMC Health Plan, will explain the types of questions you should ask your doctor about your medications.

Getting Help on the Road to Recovery

Substance use disorders are chronic, treatable conditions from which recovery is possible. As with any chronic condition, those affected need treatment and support to achieve and sustain their health and well-being. Dr. Alin Severance and Dr. Cara Renzelli will discuss substance use trends, with a focus on alcohol misuse and its long-term consequences.

Using Technology to Manage Your Health Care and Costs

Go digital with UPMC for Life. Michelle Palmieri, Senior Manager of Telehealth Operations and Implementation at UPMC Health Plan, and Nicole Beswick, Project Manager at UPMC Health Plan, will explain how you can use MyUPMC, UPMC AnywhereCare, and RxWell to easily manage your health care and costs.

How to Steer Clear of Scams

The pandemic has created more opportunities for fraudsters to steal your identity, your money, or both. Alan McGill of PA Office of the Attorney General will explain how to spot and stop scams targeting older adults so you can protect yourself and your loved ones from fraud.

What’s on the Menu for Dinner Tonight?

When it comes to your health, the best medicine might be healthier food choices. Dr. Michael Parkinson, senior medical director at UPMC Health Plan, will talk about how healthy eating can prevent, treat, and even reverse common medical conditions.

Your Guide to At-Home and Outdoor Fitness

Ready to get more active without going to a gym? Karen Zvara, regional growth manager for Tivity Health and the SilverSneakers® Program, will talk about why it’s important to stay active as you age. She’ll also share tips to help you stay safe as you exercise at home and outdoors.

Preparing for Spring

Spring is here and that means it’s time to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. It also means that it’s tick season. Learn about what Lyme disease is, what its symptoms are, and how to treat it.

Getting the Care You Need from Home

Find out how to take your blood pressure and share your readings with your doctor from home. Plus, how you can earn rewards for getting the preventive care you need!

Reclaiming Your Joy

Finding true joy is possible. Learn about what true joy means and the things you can do to experience joy and happiness on a regular basis.

It’s not selfish; it’s self-care

We often think self-care is selfish, but it’s worth prioritizing. Learn about what good self-care means and why it’s important to put your care first.

Special COVID-19 Updates

Get information about the Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, testing, and new treatment options, including monoclonal antibodies.

Harnessing the power of positive thinking

Are you critical of yourself or doubt your abilities? Think positive! Learn about techniques you can use to turn your negative thoughts into positive thinking.

Practicing Gratitude

Yes, it’s true. Gratitude can produce happiness! Find out how practicing gratitude can help improve relationships, increase happiness, and reduce feelings of anxiety or depression.

Using mindfulness to overcome negativity

Are you truly mindful of your thoughts, feelings, and experiences? Learn what mindfulness means, how it can positively impact your life, and how you can start practicing it every day.

Making the most of your time at home

Spending too much time alone can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness. That’s why we have some tips to help you make the most out of your time at home.

COVID-19 Vaccine

With a COVID-19 vaccine now approved, you probably have many questions about what’s next. We can help!

Veteran Appreciation – Providing support to those who served

UPMC Health Plan thanks you for your service! We teamed up with Veterans Breakfast Club, a nonprofit organization that offers virtual storytelling programs for veterans, to host a special Staying in Touch event.

Medicare 101

Now more than ever, it’s important to understand your health insurance and how it works. But Medicare can be confusing. We can help!

Using our online health care tools

We want to make it easy for you to get the health care and information you need, when you need it. That’s why we’ve created easy-to-use, online tools that can help you manage your health.

Get the preventive care you need and get rewarded

Keeping up with your preventive care is important to maintaining your health and wellness. That’s why UPMC for Life members can get rewarded for getting the preventive care they need.

Thriving Through Back to School

Back to school has a different meaning this year and comes with an entirely new set of challenges for kids and parents.

Personal counseling through UPMC AnywhereCare

Adjusting to changes in daily life caused by COVID-19 can be hard. We understand that sometimes you just need to talk to someone face-to-face.

Exercise as medicine

If you have arthritis, you may by relying on pain medication to help relieve your symptoms. But you don’t always need medication to treat joint pain.

Understanding your bone health

Osteoporosis affects more than half of the U.S. population and is often overlooked and untreated.

Do I still need a flu shot?

For months, the news has been focused on COVID-19, which means you’ve probably not been thinking about the flu.

Advance care planning

No matter your age, a medical crisis could leave you too sick to make your own health care choices.

The facts about colon cancer screenings

Colon cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the U.S., but it doesn’t have to be. Early detection can save lives.

How to better understand your health care

Understanding your health care isn’t always easy. That’s why we have a team dedicated to working with your doctors and community to help coordinate your care!

How water keeps you healthy

No matter your age or activity level, hydration plays a key role in your health and nutrition.

UPMC Prescription for Wellness

Do you want to improve your health or better manage a health condition? UPMC Prescription for Wellness can help!

Managing high blood pressure

High blood pressure can often lead to serious health problems, so the best way to protect yourself is to know the risks and make healthy changes.

Living with diabetes

Understanding what diabetes means for your health and the best ways to take care of yourself can make all the difference.

Getting a Better Night’s Sleep

Are you one of the many adults who don’t sleep well? If so, you may be putting your health at risk.

Your preventive care needs

Even during uncertain times, it’s important to continue to make your health a priority.

Caring for Kids

It’s important to help children adjust to the changes in daily life caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Creating a New Normal That Works for You

Now more than ever, it’s important to create new routines to help adjust during this challenging time.

Resources in Your Community

Utilities, food, housing, transportation, child and elder care, medication, home improvement—help is near right where you live.

Finding your Strength, Recovery, and Resources

Alcohol and substance abuse can impact your overall health.

Taking Care of Each Other

Caregivers provide care to family members or loved ones in many ways.

Staying Connected From Home

Now more than ever, it’s important to find ways to stay connected to your family, friends, and health care providers.

How to Cope with Depression

Protecting your mental health enhances your physical health and immunity.

Food as Medicine

Healthy eating can prevent, treat, and reverse common medical conditions. It can even add years to your life!

Resolving Family Conflicts

Social isolation and stress can affect your family relationships. Learn how families can positively communicate, assign roles, and create routines that help your family to thrive.

Staying Active at Home

There is no better way to boost your mood and reduce stress than by staying active – and we have some at-home ideas for you.

How to Handle Stress

Everyone handles stress differently, and some methods of handling stress are more effective than others.