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The difference you can make when you're all for health.

Celebrating a century of living proof

Irma celebrated her recent birthday with cake for 50 people and had enough energy to blow out 100 candles.

Highmark can't take credit for Irma's hardy genes, but we have covered her health care needs and given her access to high quality health care for decades. So we were happy to help her celebrate her 100th birthday. After all, she's been a member since she was 20 years old.

Today, 238 of our members are centenarians; living proof that great coverage brings peace of mind throughout a long life.

Healthy living for 100 years

With Highmark group coverage and, later, Security Blue, we covered Irma's health care through:

  • Childbirth, twice
  • Visits to her primary care doctor and eye doctor
  • Preventive exams to help her avoid serious illness

A full life of many years

Irma worked as an office supervisor for local dairies, and now, retired, she lives with her grand-daughter. She enjoys:

  • Her two children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren
  • Watching sports on TV, especially tennis and professional football
  • The occasional Sudoku puzzle to keep her mind sharp

Irma credits her long life to:

  • Her faith in God
  • One vitamin every day
  • Taking very little medication

PALS lends a hand

Highmark brings a birthday cake to all our members when they reach 100 years old, courtesy of the PALS (People Able to Lend Support) program.

Our PALS volunteer program helps senior Medicare members maintain their independence as long as possible. It has been free to seniors since 1997 (in selected service areas).

PALS volunteers keep older adults connected and healthy by:

  • Running errands for them, such as food shopping
  • Driving them to doctors' appointments
  • Making friendly visits and regular phone calls
  • Giving caregivers time for themselves

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