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Is AB 1400 the single payer panacea for all Californians?

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

With the passage of California’s Assembly Bill AB 1400 which permits the creation of a single-payer health care system for all Californians, there is still much debate and due diligence occurring ahead.

Also known as “The Guaranteed Health Care Act for All” hereinafter “CalCare”, and by Lead Authors Assembly Persons Kalra and Santiago, it would establish a 9-person executive board to oversee a newly formed state run independent public entity responsible for billions of dollars and millions of lives.

This would also constitute an Act to Title 23 (commencing with Section 10060) to the Government Code relating to health care coverages while making it an appropriation.

There is no doubt that the 60 plus age cohort which is growing 3 times greater than other age groups, coupled with the decades-old problem of the uninsured, have propelled this action and concern.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News.

Prevention is the message as we reflect on Glaucoma Awareness Month

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month and brings to the fore a message of prevention and hope, which is something we can’t lose sight of.

The precious gift of sight, one of the most critical of all the senses, is not able to be fully experienced or enjoyed by those affected with glaucoma.

Over 3 million Americans and over 60 million people worldwide have glaucoma, according to the CDC.
In fact, glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness, due to damage to the optic nerve.

Glaucoma is a stealthy disease of the eyes, affecting one or both of them. It may occur without any obvious symptoms. If left untreated, it will gradually lead to ever-increasing loss of sight, and possibly blindness.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News.

A New Years Resolution for Resilience with a lesson from the ant

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

The new year is traditionally a time for reflection and setting new goals with anticipation, but for many Americans, optimism could be lower and levels of uncertainty higher at this usually inspiring time. Going into a new year with resilience and fortitude is an excellent resolution.

There were thoughts by some that COVID would be over within a few months when it first occurred unexpectedly in 2020–and here we still are!

The ups and downs of it; the uncertainty of it; and all the continuously changing procedures and protocols for surviving COVID 19 have been shocking. Adding to the mix of uncertainties are concerns for our economy, education, safety, health care, supply, employment, illness, losses, politics and the world-at-large.

It is understandable if some experience disappointment, anxiety, depression and the like during such uncertain times.

“We draw our strength from the very despair in which we have been forced to live.”
-Cesar Chavez

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News.

A LifeCycles Tradition: Santa Claus arrives by helicopter in San Diego

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

Memories and the holidays are synonymous and 2021 will be no different. Santa Claus may still be in a mask, but the love we share at this season will always remain in our hearts all year long. Of course, please follow the safety guidelines for the new variant omicron COVID during your celebrations.

Christmas was always a wonderful experience growing up in San Diego, California but Christmas in San Diego was never a holiday draped in a dense coat of newly fallen snow.

So, how does Santa get to San Diego if there is no snow?

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News.

Making the holidays merry for family members with Alzheimer’s

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

When Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, it was heartbreaking and frightening. At first, I did not know how to get through it; nor did I have a sense of what was to become of her or us as a family. I miss Christmas with Mom in it.

However, I am comforted by knowing we celebrated with Mom right up until the end.

Traditions invoke joyful Christmas memories

Christmas is considered the most favored holiday each year. Christmas engenders feelings of love, generosity, and goodwill as it brings together family members and loved ones in shared moments and traditions.

Feelings of stressfulness and loss gradually replace joy and merriment when Alzheimer’s strikes the family.

When mom or dad, grandma or grandpa slowly decline, never to be the same, sharing family traditions gradually change with the loss of memory and self.

As of 2020 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s according to the CDC.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News.

Gluten-Free Applesauce Cake a crowd pleaser for all holiday traditions

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Gluten-Free Applesauce Cake a crowd pleaser for all holiday traditions

Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

Gluten-Free Applesauce Cake, healthy and wholesome appeals to a wide variety of tastes this holiday season.

As Hanukkah ends, and Christmas trees adorn, there is no denying the holidays are here!

Whatever the beliefs and/or practices, most would agree that this magnificent time of each year is the crowning glory hailing us forward with the promise of new beginnings.

Holiday celebrations with family and friends are often stepped in traditions which unite kindred souls in moments of seasonal warmth, fond memories and seasonal drinks and eats.
With so many types of diets and preferences, it can be challenging for the host or hostess to plan appetizing foods and beverages with universal appeal and holiday appropriateness.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News.

Enjoy a healthy and tasty Rustic Pear Tart this Thanksgiving

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

Thanksgiving preparation need not be stressful with an easy, healthful and delicious Rustic Pear Tart.

With so much to do as we make our holiday to do lists and finding ways to save time and maintain quality is priceless. A simple yet fabulous dessert is just what your Thanksgiving table needs.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News.

Fall’s Daylight Savings Time may have potential health and safety risks

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

Across the US Daylight Savings Time reaches its end this coming Sunday, November 7th at 2 A.M. Most Americans will set their clocks to a “fall back” position – one hour earlier

Daylight Savings Time 2021

Sunday, November 7, will have the unique feeling of being a much longer day than usual, followed by the oftentimes shocking reality of less daylight by which to enjoy it.

Sunsets will become progressively later throughout Standard Time, with some feeling the proverbial pinch of having less sunlight and, therefore, less quality time by which to enjoy it.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News.

Avoid fall weight gain with salmon and sweet potatoes

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

Fall weight gain is an unfortunate side effect of the season, but not unavoidable. A delicious feast of Sheet-Pan Salmon with Sweet Potatoes & Broccoli and exercise can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle during the coming months.

Healthy Women states that people gain weight in the fall due to the cold weather, we tend to stay inside snuggled up on our couch watching tv and eating snacks. Ways you can avoid putting on pounds are by taking a walk, or riding a bike.

You can also maintain a healthy lifestyle during the next few months by eating nutritious foods instead of snacking.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News.

Rising to the occasion during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we remember those who are stricken by the disease, we bring information and awareness to battle this ruthless assailant.

Approximately 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer, roughly 13%.

The CDC states breast cancer is not strictly a female disease, about 1 out of 100 cases of breast cancer diagnoses are men.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News.