Health Matters

 

American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Alameda is hosting two fundraisers in one this Saturday, April 2, at the Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave. The community is invited to enjoy dinner downstairs for $15 or the “Relay around the World Fun-raiser” upstairs for $10 ($5 for those who enjoyed dinner downstairs).  

 

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:

1. Medicare standalone drug plans, also known as Part D plans, add drug coverage to Original Medicare, as well as to some Medicare Cost Plans and Medicare Private Fee-for-Service plans. You must have Medicare Part A or Part B to join a standalone Part D plan.

 

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. 

Diets high in sodium increase blood pressure levels. High blood pressure damages the kidneys over time, and is a leading cause of kidney failure. The foundation offers the top five tips to reduce salt in your diet.

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.

The program can also provide and install grab bars, handrails and raised toilets. Safety items including nightlights, flashlights and grab sticks are also available. If you are an Alameda resident, call Ruth Ann Crawford at 337-2133 to see if you or your loved one qualifies.

 

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