Health Matters

How Medicare’s Hospice Benefit Works

Apr 21,2016


Choosing to enter hospice care can be a wrenching decision for yourself or a loved one. Hospice is intended to help terminally ill people live out their lives as comfortably as possible. Hospice doesn’t focus on curing disease and it’s not only for people with cancer.

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Courtesy photo  When it comes to consuming salt, less is best.

Using Less Salt Helps Kidneys

Mar 17,2016


March is National Kidney Month. And the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) would like you to know that when it comes to dietary sodium, less is certainly best. Yet Americans today consume 50 percent more than the recommended daily quantity of only one teaspoon of salt per day. 

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How Medicare Covers Prescription Drugs

Mar 17,2016


Did you know that Medicare helps pay for prescription medications? Even if you don’t take many prescriptions now, you should consider joining a Medicare drug plan. There are two ways to get Medicare prescription drug coverage:

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AFD Offers Safety Program

Mar 08,2016

The Alameda Fire Department’s Home Safety Program provides much-needed services to low-to-moderate income residents over 62 and to the disabled of any age. The program provides and installs the newly required 10-year-maintenance-free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

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Choosing the Hospital That’s Best for You

Feb 18,2016

You’ve probably read a restaurant guide or review before going out for a special dinner. And you’ve probably scanned a consumer review or two before buying a new or used car. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a place where you could get information on the quality of hospitals in your area?

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FDA Official to Speak at Rotary

Feb 11,2016

Senior Public Affairs Specialist with the San Francisco District Food and Drug Administration Janet McDonald will speak to the Alameda Rotary Club Tuesday, Feb. 16, at noon. McDonald will discuss the agency’s recent enforcement actions. Lunch included. Tickets are $20 at the door.

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