Health Matters

Nearly 1 in 3 deaths in America are related to heart disease. More than 50 years ago President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed as February American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease many attribute to smoking, eating habits, weight problems, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and just plain genetic bad luck. Unfortunately, more awareness of these risk factors has not led to a decrease in cardiovascular-associated deaths in the United States.

The National Hearing Loss Assocation of America (HLAA) has selected Alameda for the East Bay Walk for Hearing set for Saturday, May 30. One of just 20 events held around the country each year, it has been held on the Peninsula for several years past. 

According to HLAA member and Alameda resident Susan Fitzgerald, “When they heard that we had a flat 5K route on a beautiful beach with parking and open space at one end and shopping and food in the middle, the national rep fell in love with Alameda.”

Writers including Eric J. Kos, one of the owners of the Alameda Sun, and Katherine Schwartz, the executive director of the Alameda Family Services League recently wrote appreciation for businesses focusing less on making money while overlooking workers. They encouraged changing the focus to people.  

Love is defined as an intense feeling of affection. Those are the words that describe it, but the feeling is more complicated. We use the word often. It can describe how one feels about a friend, an animal, a wallpaper, a restaurant or a city, just for starters. We use it to describe how we feel to our newborn baby. It can be a reaction to a movie or music. 

It has been a fascinating journey in my work to be with a client who did not feel loved growing up or questions their ability to love someone as a partner. 

The House of Representatives voted last week to expand Medicare to cover hearing aids and related hearing health care services. By a vote of 230 to 192, the House approved HR 3, a bill that allows the federal government to negotiate prescription drug prices and uses the savings from lower drug prices to cover the costs of hearing, dental and vision health services.