Health Matters

 

2010 was the first year that more 65-year-olds entering Medicare selected Medicare Advantage plans over Medigap plans (also known as Medicare Supplement). The appeal of Medicare Advantage plans continues to grow at a 70 percent or more increase since the passing of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. In the next five years, it’s expected that the majority of Medicare beneficiaries nationwide will be enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans.

 

The topic of sexual abuse surfaced in a major way more than a year ago. We have been made aware of abuse to children in churches and to people in the performing arts. Many famous names surfaced as both perpetrators and victims. People accused of abuse lost their work positions. 

It often begins with one person disclosing abuse. This prompts others to come forward. The numbers can be shocking. 

Sadly, the monarch butterfly population is declining. One of the primary reasons is the loss of open space where the monarchs’ host plants, milkweeds, grow. Alameda gardeners can help increase the monarchs’ numbers by building habitats in even the smallest of yards. Encourage monarchs to multiply by offering them food, drink, a place to stay and a milkweed patch where they can lay eggs.  

 

Seeking professional help is not for everyone. When a client comes to my office, I ask them to fill out a couple of forms. One asks for basic data. The other is a consent form. A client, or parent, must sign that they are agreeing to therapy and are there of their own choosing. 

I will not work with people who have been given therapy as an alternative to something very undesirable, like jail, being forced out of the house or out of a relationship. A person has to want to be seen and to work to create change, whatever that change may be. That is identified by the client. 

On Jan. 26 City Council directed staff to prepare an ordinance requiring of tobacco retailers be licensed. The ordinance would also include a ban on the sale of menthol and other flavored tobacco. Licensed tobacco dealers will need to pay an annual fee.
A draft of the ordinance is available at alamedaca.gov/
residents/smoke-policies. The city has scheduled a meeting with Alameda tobacco retailers and the public to review this draft and document community feedback. 

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