Health Matters


Remember when a hug from someone altered your mood? When curling up next to a significant other, friend or pet brought you joy, peace and relaxation? At the end of stress-filled days, we find ourselves run down, exhausted, or depressed, which can lead to an increased risk of disease. 


Sometime in late October, I’ll host the 12th Annual Friends of Elaine Kortzeborn Medicare Open Enrollment Party.

Every year since 2005, I’ve helped a dozen or so of my mom’s buddies review their Medicare Part D prescription drug insurance and make sure it still works for them.
At first, I ran into some resistance. Mom’s friends didn’t want to bother. They had coverage and didn’t see why they needed to keep checking their drug plans. After a couple of years, though, that attitude disappeared.


Alameda Hospital’s annual Community Health Fair will be held this Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event looks to provide opportunities for the public to improve their health.

Free flu shots for teens 14 years of age and older, free bike helmets for children under 12 years of age plus health screenings and activities for all ages will be provided. The hospital and other organizations who are dedicated to the health and well being of the Alameda community will be on hand to provide information and help. 


  • On Thursday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. the public is invited to an open house at the new California Division Headquarters of the American Cancer Society. This event is free. The headquarters are located at 1001 Marina Village Parkway, Ste. 300. For more information, call 464-8205. 


Meditation might be just the thing voters need before deciding the nation and city’s future. This Saturday, Oct. 1, the United Methodist Church, 2311 Buena Vista Ave. is hosting Alameda Sangha’s day of meditation led by Rebecca Dixon and Deb Kerr. They will explore stillness and build skills that lead to concentration.

“Insights can occur when our minds become still enough for us to see the moment-by-moment nature of all experience,” Dixon said.