Is your Teenager Turning 18? Protect Their Health

by Janet Simpson Benvenuti

Do you have a niece or nephew, child or grandchild turning 18 this year? Be sure to have them sign a HIPAA Authorization Form before leaving home for college. Many parents of college-aged students are surprised to learn that they can not access their teenager’s medical information without their explicit permission, a right to privacy embedded in HIPAA legislation. Some parents discover they’ve been denied access in the middle of a medical or mental health crisis, a situation easily avoided by having your teenager sign a permission slip called a HIPAA Authorization Form on their 18th birthday. This form, which takes only a minute to complete, does not require an attorney nor notarization.

Listen to my video and request your free copy of the form, with easy instructions, by simply replying to this blog post or emailing with HIPAA in the subject line. Make this task a priority, on top of your “to-do” list, ahead of finding the twin-extra long sheets for dorm beds.

Please share this message with friends and family who have teenagers. Don’t let them leave for college without signing this document. Here’s why from Consumer Reports.

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Consumer Reports “On Health” Newsletter

Like you, I read a lot of material about healthy aging, and it’s often hard to sort out the good from the bad.  I’ve found Consumer Reports “On Health,” a 12-page monthly newsletter, to be one of the most informative quick reads, addressing a broad range of health-related issues.  “On Health” offers practical, trustworthy, and generally unbiased advice on a wide variety of topics, often aging-related, that doesn’t have the feel of an old person’s magazine.  It’s colorful, engaging, and easy to read, and at $24.00 a year (12-issues) it might make a fantastic and inexpensive gift for your aging parent. (I should mention that I have no financial arrangement with Consumer Reports and offer this idea simply as one who reads the magazine and finds its content useful.)

A recent issue, for instance, discussed specific foods to help prevent cancer, heart disease, and cognitive decline while boosting immune function.  It offered tips on sleeping better and reducing anxiety, alongside articles about prescriptions that put on the pounds, how to manage a bloody nose, and how to treat and prevent food poisoning.  The previous month I learned about anti-aging head to toe, how to monitor one’s blood thinner at home, and how to treat varicose veins.  Visit the Consumer Reports “On Health” website for more information.

Do you have a favorite magazine or newsletter that focuses on issues related to healthy aging?

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