How to lower your surgery costs

Imagine going to the grocery store and picking up the items you need for the week but not knowing how much anything costs until the store sends you a bill two weeks later. Sadly, that’s how our health-care system works every day.

Exercising your way to an active new year

It’s a new year – the time to set resolutions and jot down how to achieve them.

It’s difficult to establish exercise goals around an activity you’re not interested in doing. That’s the first rule of a New Year’s resolution – only put in motion the activities you enjoy.

Senior Briefs: January 16

MV promotes ‘age-friendly’ status

The Mountain View Senior Advisory Committee held an open meeting on age-friendly and dementia-friendly communities at the Mountain View Senior Center Nov. 29.

According to Diana Miller of the Santa Clara County Department of Aging and Adult Services, each of Santa Clara County’s 15 cities has been designated “age-friendly,” a status defined by inclusiveness, accessibility and the promotion of active aging.

Rhyme on My Hands :Rhymes with 'golf'

So how many hostesses do you know who would go this far to make a dinner guest feel at home? There we were, dining in style in a lovely home on the fourth green at Spyglass during a memorable AT&T Pro-Am at Pebble Beach (this year’s event takes place early next month). And our hostess knows me for what I am.

LA Senior Program Briefs: January 16

The Los Altos Senior Program is located at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays.

The Grant Park Senior Program is located at 1575 Holt Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Explaining differences between patient advocate and geriatric care manager

A few weeks ago, a reader asked, “Can you tell me the differences between a geriatric care manager and a patient advocate? I hear the two terms frequently and wonder if they are the same.” Following is a rundown of the basic differences.

A patient advocate can assist anyone of any age – he or she is not limited to someone who is elderly or over a specific age, as a geriatric case manager would be.

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