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Welcome to the online fall edition of PA Health magazine.

You’ll find all the great content from our print edition. Like remarkable stories about our neighbors’ triumphs over health challenges. And ways to make the most of our region’s natural areas and recreation spots. Plus, delicious, healthy recipes.

You’ll also find bonus content, like more tasty treats to make, inspiring videos about local people who are thriving after facing health issues — and quick links to in-depth information about the conditions they’ve overcome. Because when we share resources, we make good health more accessible for everyone.

Can friendship be a perk of Medicare Advantage?

We’ve probably all struck up a conversation with a fellow patient in a healthcare waiting room. But building friendships at a doctor’s office? That’s rare.

Unless you’re a Geisinger Gold member who joins a Geisinger 65 Forward Health Center.

Just ask Barbara Pacheco, who loves the friendly atmosphere she found when she joined 65 Forward, where — along with gaining a whole care team dedicated to her health — she takes advantage of the center’s other social and fitness activities.

The camaraderie doesn’t stop with the other 65 Forward members, though. “You’re walking into a place that is so friendly and warm — and they know your name. And that means a lot,” she says. “It’s the kind of place that you want to go back to.”

Strong social connections are proven to support good health. But at 65 Forward, Ms. Pacheco found traditional care that meets her needs, too, thanks to on-site lab and imaging services. And she loves the longer appointment time she gets with her doctor.

“65 Forward is allowing me to have a chance to have more years to be with my granddaughter and have a quality of life with her,” she says.


Can Medicare be fun, too? We think so.

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