Health Matters

 

In recent months, the Alameda Sun has received a series of requests from Alameda authors to announce their new titles. Two are penned by family therapists, one by a veteran and one by a former Jeopardy! champion and physicist. 

 

Not long ago, I had dinner with a group of friends from college. One of the big topics of conversation was Medicare, for which we’ll all be eligible in the next several years. (Farewell, callow youth!) And one of the biggest questions about Medicare was, “How much is it going to cost me?”

Like private health insurance, Medicare has premiums, deductible, and co-pays. These costs can — and often do — change from year to year. What you actually pay depends on your work history, income and inflation.

 

Beginners as well as experienced practitioners will benefit from this day of guided meditation practice this Saturday, Jan. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to offer themselves the gift of moving into stillness through practice and learning at United Methodist Church, 2311 Buena Vista Ave. 

 

Stress management improves your vitality and state of mind, and one method to prepare for a long, happy life is to include regular therapeutic massage in your priorities. You will feel, look and simply be healthier. Massage therapy is much more than just relaxation — it is a way to manage and reduce stress levels in the body.

 

When I talk to people with Medicare about planning for the end of their lives, I ask where they’d rather die — in a hospital or at home. Seventy-five percent say at home and 25 percent say the hospital. But when you look at what actually happens, only 25 percent of people get to die at home, while 75 percent pass away in hospitals.

The only way you can ensure that your doctor understands your wishes is by talking about them. And now, Medicare will reimburse your doctor for that conversation.

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