Your Health

Your Health

Ready for Medicare?

You’re almost 65, or perhaps you’re older, and planning to navigate Medicare may seem overwhelming.

Here are answers to a few questions to help you get started. 

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Emergency Room or Urgent Care Center

Bumps, burns, fevers, falls. Stuff happens! And sometimes, that stuff is serious enough to require quick medical attention.

It can be difficult to determine the best response in the face of a sudden medical situation. Should you call 9-1-1? Go to the nearest emergency room (ER)? Visit a after hours or urgent care center? Or wait for an appointment to open up at your doctor’s office?

In the face of any medical emergency that you consider potentially life-threatening, always dial 9-1-1 immediately.

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The Doctor Decision

Your main doctor is the coordinator of your general care; the quarterback of your medical team. Often called a primary care physician – or PCP – your doctor should be someone you trust, like and feel comfortable with.

If you’re looking for a new PCP – or looking to change the one you have – you might not know how to find a good match out of the many options available to you.

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Boost Your Memory

Promote brain health and challenge your mind 

If you’ve ever forgotten a familiar person’s name or important items on your to-do list, why shrug it off?  Medical experts recommend taking steps to improve your memory.

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Pack a Food-Safe Picnic

Now that the weather is warming up, eating out—as in out of doors—is an increasingly attractive option. Here are some tips to help safeguard your munchies and protect your picnic crew from food-borne illness.

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Walk the Talk

The word’s definitely out in the Bay Area: Walking is a smart—and fun—way to boost your health 

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Picnic Paradise

These five spots will have you wanting to eat all your meals outside 

1. Crissy Field
Why? World-class views, great people-watching, proximity to shoreline walks or bike rides, lawn, beach, picnic tables. Ideal location for kite flying.
How? Get a cracked crab or some cooked bay shrimp from Fisherman’s Wharf or the grocery store. Add a salad, some Levain bread—what a picnic!

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Urban Camping

The opportunity to boost your health in the Great Outdoors is closer than you think 

There’s no better way to celebrate spring's warmer temps—and Mother Nature—than a family camping trip. Check the following compilation of some of Yelp’s highest rated Bay Area family campgrounds—then get packin’.

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California Summer Salad

This colorful salad combines fresh in-season apricots, strawberries and cantaloupe, plus a sprinkling of pistachios, for a fresh and different summer dish that’s very low in fat and sodium and high in fiber, protein and calcium.

Ingredients

• 1 container (8 ounce) fat-free plain yogurt

• 2 tablespoons thawed orange juice concentrate

• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil leaves

• 1 tablespoon honey

• 1 small head iceberg lettuce cut into 8 wedges (or mixed greens)

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Should You Take it Easy with that Grill?

It's heating up outside, and many of us will be enjoying the warm weather and firing up the grill this summer.  Did you know that exposing meat to high temperatures and smoke creates chemicals that are thought to increase your cancer risk? Studies have shown that these chemicals cause many types of cancer in rodents. In human beings, studies have found that people who eat lots of charred foods are at higher risk for colorectal, pancreatic and prostate cancer.

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