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Time to Review Your Medicare Coverage

African American news from Pasadena - Health - Medicare enrollment and newsMedicare's annual open enrollment season is underway, and I want to encourage everyone with Medicare to review their current health and prescription drug coverage.

Open enrollment began October 15 and runs through December 7, 2014. If you want to change your Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plan, this is the time of year to do it. Any new coverage you select will take effect January 1, 2015.

If you have Original (traditional) Medicare and you're satisfied with it, you don't need to do anything during open enrollment.

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Free Flu Vaccine Clinics Offered Through November 25, 2014

African American news from Pasadena - Health - Free flu shotsPasadena, CA — Fight the flu by getting a free vaccine offered by the Public Health Department through Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. The vaccine will be provided at various Pasadena locations, listed below, on a first-come, first-served basis.

The free vaccine will be available to everyone ages six months and older at no cost, while supplies last. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Be sure to wear short sleeves.

For more details on the clinics, call (626) 744-6000 or visit www.cityofpasadena.net/publichealth.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Avenue.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly Street. 
Pre-registration required. Call (626) 795-4331.

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The Power of Pink: Raising Awareness for Breast Cancer

Posted by Valerie Jarrett
October 15, 2014 at 08:21 PM EDT

African American news from Pasadena - Health - Breast Cancer Awareness month - White House in pink

The North Portico exterior of the White House is illuminated pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October 15, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy.)

The painful reality is that whether it's our mothers, sisters, aunts, daughters or friends, breast cancer will touch the vast majority of our lives in some way, and it is up to each of us to make sure that we, and our loved ones, remain vigilant about scheduling regular breast exams. Early detection can help save lives, which is why President Obama ensured that the Affordable Care Act provides preventive care for women without a co-pays, and why the White House is making a point again this Breast Cancer Awareness Month to elevate this issue.

Today, Dr. Jill Biden hosted a conference call with women from around the country on how the Affordable Care Act is helping to combat breast cancer. And tonight, in keeping with an annual tradition to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the North Portico of the White House, as well as the Vice President's residence at the Naval Observatory, are lit pink to honor those battling the disease, those we've lost, their families, and the survivors who are often the first to remind us that survival is not only possible, but highly probable for most women when the disease is detected early and addressed with proper care. Every woman is different, so it's important to speak with your health care provider about the breast cancer screening schedule and tools that are most appropriate.

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Preparing for Holiday Travel

Pet Etiquette for Hotel Stays

With the holiday season fast approaching, many families are planning their travels . . . and bringing along Fido and Fluffy to stay with them at pet friendly hotels! Be sure to plan ahead and take all the necessary precautions to ensure that your pets' travels during the holidays is a happy and safe one.

For many, holiday travel means staying at a pet friendly hotel. It's important to make sure that you and your pet are prepared. Following some simple tips will help to ensure that your hotel stay with your pet is an enjoyable one.

  • It's recommended to book a room on the ground floor and by an exit. This will make it much easier for you to take your pet out for bathroom breaks. 
  • Make sure to always clean up after your pet as well. 
  • Be sure to exercise your pet . . . this means walks. Ask hotel personnel about the best places to walk your pet. 
  • Treat the hotel room with respect . . . this means covering any furniture and beds that your pet may be allowed on. 
  • If traveling with a cat, place their litter boxes in the bathroom. This will make clean-up much easier.

It's recommended to not leave your pet unattended in your hotel room. Even the best behaved pets can bark and become destructive when in new surroundings. If you must leave your pet alone, be sure that it's for a very short time. Alert the front desk that your pet is alone in the room and try putting on the TV or a radio to make your pet more comfortable. If your pet travels with a crate or kennel, place them in it when leaving the room. In addition, place a note on the hotel door indicating that your pet is in the room.

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