Health Matters

 

This past holiday season, I found myself in line at the airport counter, waiting to check a bag prior to a flight to visit family and friends. The gentlemen in front of me got frustrated when he found out he had to pay more to check a bag because he hadn’t paid for it online beforehand. After talking to a manager and reviewing the terms of the ticket purchase, the man paid the extra fee.

 

More than 170 doctors, nurses, health educators and volunteers from Northern California recently completed a five-day medical mission to the Philippines. While there, they provided much-needed medical, dental and surgical services to more than 9,000 low-income residents of Dumaguete and neighboring towns in the Negros Oriental province.

 

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. 

 

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. 

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