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Understanding the Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” requires most people to have health insurance starting 2014. So you’re probably asking, “What do I need to know? What do I have to do?” The good news is there’s nothing for you to do right now but to get informed.
So take a deep breath. Roll your shoulders. Then click through to find out what health care reform means for you.
Dementia caregivers: Learn about resources
If you are caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s, the San Francisco Medical Center is hosting a resource fair on Monday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be held in the lobby at 2238 Geary Blvd.
The Resource Fair is an opportunity to learn about valuable community resources that can help those caring for loved ones with dementia. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Melissa Buhbe, MSW, 415-833-5025 or Melissa.X.Buhbe@kp.org.
Learn more about demetia in our health encyclopedia
Rapid Treatment Helps Stroke Patients
Every minute you wait can mean more damage to the brain
May is Stroke Awareness Month and it’s important to know the signs of a stroke—it could save a life.
If you suspect you are having a stroke, or someone else is, don’t wait to get help. Medications known as clot-busters can decrease the damage from certain types of strokes if they’re given within three hours of the onset of symptoms. Every minute you wait can mean more damage to the brain.
Recognition of Our Care
If a stroke does occur, you’re in good hands. Our San Francisco medical center has been designated an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, an independent organization that accredits and certifies health care organizations (jointcommission.org). In 2012, our facility received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s “Get With the Guidelines” Gold Plus award.
The award acknowledges Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to and success in following the guidelines to improve the quality of stroke care (heart.org/getwiththeguidelines).
Act Fast if Warning Signs Persist
Learn the warning signs of a stroke. Act FAST and call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.
- F – FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop?
- A – ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- S – SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
- T – TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.
Learn more about strokes in our health encyclopedia.
Cooking healthy at Macy’s Union Square
Hungry for ways to eat well and stay healthy? Join us at Macy’s Union Square for a free monthly cooking demonstration. The event takes place one Saturday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. It pairs a demonstration by a top Bay Area chef with commentary from a Kaiser Permanente nutrition or health expert about the benefits of the featured dishes. Participants even have a chance to sample the mouth-watering results.
Previous programs have included demonstrations by 2010 Iron Chef Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn and Executive Chef Chris Borges of Taste Catering. Preston Maring, MD, the founder of Kaiser Permanente’s farmers’ markets, has shared his passion for cooking with seasonal produce, and Heather D’Eliso-Gordon, KPSF health coach and registered dietitian, has offered tips on eating well without overindulging.
To find out about upcoming demonstrations, visit Macys.com/events or go to twitter.com/#!/KPSanFrancisco to follow us on Twitter. Visit kp.org/farmersmarketrecipes to read Dr. Maring’s blog and get great recipes.
The Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Certified Farmers' Market is your best source for fresh-from-the-farm, seasonal fruits, vegetables, greens and nuts. Make a visit to the market a part of your weekly routine!
Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Year-round
2425 Geary Blvd. at St. Josephs Avenue., San Francisco