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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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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10 Ways to Reduce Your Blood Pressure

Less is more, or the lower the better when it comes to blood pressure. Do you know your numbers? Are they in the normal range? Have they changed in the last few months or year?

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As Temps Rise, Don't Forget the Sunblock

Ultraviolet (UV) rays -- from the sun and other sources like tanning beds -- are the primary cause of skin cancer, the most common cancer in the United States.  Time at the beach or pool with family and friends always guarantees a good time – but don't forget the sunblock.

Too much sun is, of course, damaging and a main cause of skin cancer. However, without sun, our bodies have hard time producing Vitamin D. Both Vitamin D and sunlight have profoundly positive effects on our bodies.

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Spring into Good Health

Brown & Toland is hosting a series of interactive health fairs for selected Brown & Toland and Alta Bates Medical Group  Medicare Advantage members. Take your Annual Health Assessment (AHA) and learn about community health resources. Enjoy delicious snacks and beverages, win prizes and more!

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Taking Meds Just as your Doctor Orders is Essential

Did you know that 50% of patients fail to take their medications as prescribed by their doctor and that about 20% of the prescriptions doctors write aren’t filled? 

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Annual Health Assessment

If you are enrolled in Medicare Advantage, you are entitled to a free Annual Health Assessment (AHA) once a year.

This assessment will help your Primary Care Physician (PCP) coordinate your care. A nurse practitioner will review your medical history, conduct a health risk assessment, and make an evaluation of your physical condition.  

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