June 2024 Newsletter

Photo of a senior man and woman enjoying some time outdoors together in the garden

Older Adults See Spike in Mental Health Diagnoses

Photo of a senior man and woman enjoying some time outdoors together in the gardenIt may feel to many that the COVID-19 pandemic is over, but Americans are still feeling the effects of the years of isolation and anxiety.

new report from nonprofit organization FAIR Health has found that the percentage of patients with mental health diagnoses increased across all age groups, with the largest increase (57.4%) seen in those age 65 and older.

So, what can we do about it? Finding ways to get out and about and spend time with friends is a great option. I also find exercise helpful, and regularly enjoy water aerobics at SwimRVA.

Here’s another interesting article about ways exercise can boost your mental health.

You may be wondering, “Yes, but – does Medicare cover mental health services?”

Yes, it does! This article from AARP highlights some of the coverages, and I’m also happy to help you answer any questions you may have.

Don’t hesitate to reach out if I can help you (or your family or friends) with your Medicare, supplemental insurance, or life insurance needs.

Thank you for trusting me to help you. I’m so glad to have you here with me.

Leigh Battle

Are You Following a Preventive Health Schedule?


Photo of Leigh Battle in an exam room receiving an echocardiogram heart test as part of a preventive care schedule.Following a routine preventive health screening schedule is an important part of keeping an eye on our health as we age. I recently had a heart echo test done to check my heart health.

An echocardiogram (echo) is a graphic outline of your heart’s movement. During an echo test, an ultrasound is completed by placing a hand-held wand placed on your chest to take pictures of your heart’s valves and chambers.

Learn more about Medicare’s echocardiogram coverage.

Photo of a group of seniors at a recent event where Leigh Battle spoke about healthy aging and MedicareCan I Talk to Your Group About Medicare?


I enjoyed speaking to a great group of seniors at the AARP Chapter 5356 meeting in May.

If your senior group is looking for a guest speaker soon, I have a list of topics I love speaking about. I’d be happy to discuss your meeting or event needs. Contact me, let’s talk!










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