Month: September 2013

Active Aging: “We Are the Champions, My Friend”

After four attempts, at age 64 swimmer Diana Nyad finally forged the 110 treacherous miles from Cuba to the Florida coast in early September – the first ever to achieve the feat. Besides her persistence and her poignant message “You’re never too old to chase your dreams,” Nyad’s swim illustrated yet again the key ingredient to healthy aging — exercise.

Study: Omega-3s May Not Improve Memory

Omega-3s fatty acids, found in foods like salmon, walnuts and leafy greens as well as fish oil and other supplements, are associated with health benefits including reduced risk of stroke and heart disease. The fatty acids are needed for blood clotting, building cell membranes in the brain and other essential functions.

Run, Long Beach, Run

Jorge Rivera’s mission, called Sole Searching, is twofold: to introduce his running companions to different parts of the city and to talk to residents of every neighborhood, both blighted and affluent, about the benefits of exercise.

Planning for the Most Expensive Patients

Some of the costliest care in the nation goes to the nine million people who are enrolled in both Medicaid and Medicare. Dubbed dual-eligibles, these low-income seniors and younger people with disabilities qualify for the insurance program for seniors (Medicare) and the insurance program for the poor (Medicaid, called Medi-Cal in California). Dual-eligibles often have complicated illnesses. But that’s not the only reason why their care is so expensive, with yearly spending for their care exceeding $300 billion.

County Health Departments Brace for Cuts

Counties all over California are cheering the state’s decision to expand Medi-Cal to more than 1.4 million low-income adults – and bracing for the $1.3 billion the state expects to take away from county health services over the next four years.

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