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SHIIP Counselor Saves Clients Thousands

Lisa Manson, Tracy Kregel, Lynn Bockenstedt, Jim Solomon, Kari Harbaugh and Rose Boardman at the Family Resource Center, Guttenberg.

Jim Solomon may be retired, but he’s found a way to stay busy by helping others save money.  

Jim is a Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) Volunteer Counselor, providing free-of-charge counseling and information to people with questions about Medicare, Medicare supplement insurance, long term care insurance, and other health insurance. 

Jim just wrapped up his second year in his SHIIP Counselor role at the Family Resource Center in Guttenberg, and the numbers are impressive! In 2019, Jim assisted 205 clients to save a grand total of $108,843. This accomplishment took some time, in fact, Jim logged in 264 hours and 45 minutes of face-to-face time, all as a volunteer.


“I donate my time because I enjoy helping others. My training equips me to dig in deep to help people with their questions and problems, and to save them the most money possible,” said Jim.


In 2018 Jim completed an extensive SHIIP six day training program with the State of Iowa Insurance Division in Des Moines. In addition, he keeps up on current changes to Medicare. Jim has made many connections to outside resources and is not afraid to pick up the phone and call for clients, especially when other challenges are presented.


“The SHIIP training was a lot of work, and staying updated is a continual process, but I’m very thankful for this opportunity to stay busy in my retirement. Saving people money is very fulfilling, but visiting with and getting to know them is an added bonus,” said Jim.


In addition to people from Clayton County, Jim’s 205 clients consisted of seasonal travelers and people in other counties who heard about how great Jim was to work with. He even made visits to people in the hospital to offer his assistance. 


“Jim is a wonderful asset to our community,” said Family Resource Center Coordinator Kari Harbaugh. “He is very knowledgeable about Medicare and will do all he can to assist clients in saving money, some he’s saved over thousands of dollars for. We appreciate his dedication to helping others.”


Although Open Enrollment is over, Jim’s work goes on throughout the year. If you have questions regarding Medicare, please call the Family Resource Center, 563-252-3215, for a one-on-one appointment with Jim. He will answer questions and provide impartial information to help you make well informed decisions.

How Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Wellness

Hoping to get caught up on your ZZZZZZZ’s?

Studies show that sleeping in for an hour or two on the weekend doesn’t really make up for the lost time. Sleep deprivation leads to something called “sleep-debt,” the difference in the amount of sleep that you need and the amount of sleep that you are actually getting. Sleep debt can contribute to your physical wellness.

Lack of sleep can make us grumpy and foggy, and it can also affect your ability to lose weight. Being overweight can put you at significant risk for heart problems, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes. Because your body repairs and replenishes itself while you are sleeping, lack of sleep affects how every organ in your body works, including your heart. Sleep debt can also affect your mental wellness; contributing to depression, forgetfulness, impaired judgement, slow reaction time and even your sex drive.

The good news is, there are treatments for sleep disturbances. GMHC offers testing for sleep disturbances in our accredited sleep facility or in your home.

Do you snore? Are you excessively tired during the day? Has anyone ever said you stop breathing while asleep? Are you being treated for high blood pressure or irregular heart rhythms? Are you overweight? Your lack of sleep may be affecting your overall wellness! These are all good reasons to talk to your primary care provider about sleep testing at GMHC.

Head-to-Toe Well Child Visits

Healthcare providers play a critical role in monitoring children’s growth and development and identifying problems as early as possible.

At Cornerstone Family Practice, our goal is to develop an ongoing relationship with our young patients so we can treat the whole child with coordinated care.

All children should be screened during well-child visits at scheduled intervals if there are no concerns.


Dr. Andy Smith, Cornerstone Family Practice Physician

A complete history during the well-child visit includes information about birth history; prior and current screenings; diet; sleep; dental care; and medical, surgical, family, and social histories. A head-to-toe examination is performed, including a review of growth and development. Immunizations are reviewed and updated as appropriate.

Well-child visits provide the opportunity to answer parents’ or caregivers’ questions and to provide age-appropriate guidance. Parents who are aware of developmental milestones can observe their child and inform their healthcare provider about any concerns they may have about their child’s development.

Well-child visits are scheduled periodically through early adulthood providing opportunities for healthcare providers to screen for medical problems (including psychosocial concerns), to provide anticipatory guidance, and to promote good health.​