Humana Survey Findings: Hispanic Boomers Report Having Positive Outlook on Health

A Humana survey found that many Hispanic Boomers are motivated to look after their health and have a high quality of life.

A new survey of Hispanic Baby Boomers conducted by health and well-being company Humana Inc. revealed that despite notable barriers, many Hispanics age 55 or over have a positive outlook on their health and are strongly motivated to stay healthy, with almost half of the respondents reporting they don't feel old and still have many goals they wish to accomplish.


"Because Humana is committed to helping people achieve their best health, we wanted to understand what was important to Hispanic Boomers on their quest to pursue a healthier lifestyle," said Fernando Valverde, MD, Humana Regional Medicare President. "We want to champion a proactive approach to health for Hispanic Boomers, and help them enjoy what's ahead."

The intent of this survey is to better understand the attitudes and behaviors of Hispanic Boomers on lifestyle choices and how they manage their overall health. Key findings include:

Hispanic Boomers report being active over the course of the year, and even more so when compared to the general population of Boomers.

- The findings show that Hispanic Boomers reported participating in the following top five activities over the past 12 months: walking for exercise (69 percent), gathering with family and friends socially (61 percent), dancing (24 percent), swimming (24 percent) and meditating (23 percent).

- In all the above cases, Hispanic Boomers reported being more likely than all Boomers to engage in these activities.

The survey also found that while Hispanic Boomers place a high level of importance on various activities to keep themselves mentally and physically healthy, they experience challenges and barriers to accomplishing activities.

- The overwhelming majority of Hispanic Boomers stated that the following were important for keeping themselves mentally and physically healthy: doing activities that keep the mind active and stimulate the brain (95 percent), getting six to eight hours of sleep (94 percent) and eating a healthy nutritional diet (94 percent), and a majority of this audience reported doing any of these on a weekly basis.

- Hispanic Boomers reported that the top three barriers for living a healthy lifestyle included cost (30 percent), existing health conditions (25 percent) and time (22 percent).

Even with the challenges that Hispanic Boomers face on their quest for a healthier lifestyle, they have strong motivations to continue to look after themselves and their health.

- Hispanic Boomers reported that living a high quality life as long as possible (72 percent), remaining independent (71 percent) and being able to enjoy time with family and friends (68 percent) were their top three motivators.

The survey also examined Hispanic Boomers' understanding of Medicare: Close to a quarter of survey respondents who are currently enrolled in Original Medicare with a Medicare Supplement Plan, Medicare Advantage or a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan, reported finding the process of choosing a Medicare plan to be confusing and complex.

"The Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan Annual Election Period is a very important time for Hispanic Boomers with Medicare who are looking to take charge of their overall health," said Dr. Valverde. "Even Boomers who are not yet eligible for Medicare may be thinking about future health care needs or assisting loved ones in selecting a health care path during this period. Identifying a plan for their health that is right for them, and having access to services nearby can be essential elements."

The first step for Medicare-eligible Boomers in selecting the right Medicare plan is reviewing their current health needs, outlining their health goals and considering what health care needs they may have in the immediate future. The right Medicare plan may help Boomers with Medicare reach their well-being goals.

The 2017 Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan Annual Election Period (AEP) is currently open and runs through December 7. During this annual enrollment period, people with Medicare can choose new Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug plans that best suit their needs. For more information on Medicare, please visit: http://www.Medicare.gov.

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Humana Partners with Feeding America to Address Food Insecurity Among Veterans Across the Country

Initiatives will help secure food donations and raise awareness that 20 percent of the Feeding America households has at least one member who served in the U.S. military

Originally published by Humana Inc.

Humana Inc. is partnering with the non-profit Feeding America® to help end hunger, a problem that impacts one in eight Americans. By working collaboratively, the two organizations will focus on helping veterans, as research shows one in five of the households Feeding America serves has at least one member who has served in the U.S. military.

"Humana is committed to improving the health of communities across the country as part of our Bold Goal initiative, and a key component of that is addressing food insecurity as poor nutrition can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression and fatigue in adults and can hinder a child's development," said Ed Sandrick, director of the Veterans Channel, Humana. "No one should suffer from food insecurity, especially the service men and women who risked their lives to protect our country. We are thrilled to work with Feeding America as it amplifies our ability to honor those who served and help individuals who do not have access to enough nutritionally- adequate foods to live an active, healthy life."

Leveraging Feeding America's network of more than 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, Humana will stage a series of events throughout the year that will drive food donations and elevate the issue of food insecurity, including:

  • Rolling Thunder XXXI: As the official corporate sponsor of the annual Rolling Thunder Run – which is the largest gathering of military retirees, veterans, active duty military and Vietnam Veterans – Humana will use its presence in Washington D.C. over Memorial Day Weekend to collect food and financial donations. For every $1 donated, Feeding America will be able to provide 10 meals* to people facing hunger.
  • VFW National Convention : Humana, through its ongoing partnership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and local Feeding America food banks in Kansas City (Harvesters: The Community Food Network and After the Harvest), will launch a collaborative campaign to fight food insecurity in the Greater Kansas City area. The goal of the campaign, which will culminate during the 119th VFW National Convention in Kansas City from July 21-25, 2018, is to provide 50,000 meals to local individuals in need, with a special focus on veterans, via community-wide initiatives.
  • Rock 'n Roll Marathons : Humana is conducting food and fund drives at company sponsored Rock 'n Roll Marathon Series events across the country, with upcoming runs in Chicago, Virginia Beach, Va., Savannah, Ga., and San Antonio, Texas. The proceeds raised in each market will be donated to food banks in each respective market.

In addition to these initiatives, Humana is partnering with Feeding America-affiliated food banks in each of the Bold Goal communities (Baton Rouge, Broward County, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Louisville, New Orleans, San Antonio and Tampa Bay) on efforts to improve the health and accessibility to food at the local level.

"At Feeding America, we know that one in five households that come to us for help has a member who has served our country," said Andy Wilson, Chief Development Officer, Feeding America. "We are grateful for our partners at Humana and look forward to working together to help ensure our military families not face the challenge of putting food on the table."

Humana and Feeding America are also working with physicians to help identify potential barriers and provide assistance to patients who are food insecure. Together, they developed an online toolkit to guide physicians in implementing food insecurity screenings and connect patients to available resources and interventions.