More Staying Healthy Topics

Dental Health

It’s important to take care of your mouth and teeth starting in childhood. Follow these tips to keep your mouth and teeth healthy:

  • Brush your teeth daily with fluoride toothpaste
  • Use floss or other cleaner to clean between your teeth daily
  • Limit snacks high in sugar
  • Don’t smoke or chew tobacco
  • See your dentist regularly

Resources

Dental Health for Children

Independent Living

Age or disability may bring changes to how you manage your daily activities. These changes can be hard, but you don’t have to do it alone. Below find resources that can help.

Advance Directives
You can download this easy to read form in many languages. Complete the Advance Directive Form with your loved ones.  It will inform your doctor and family and/or friends how you want to be cared for when you no longer can make decisions for yourself.

In-Home Care
Members with Medi-Cal may be eligible for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS).  IHSS is a government-funded program.  It provides assistance to eligible aged, blind, and disabled individuals who, without this care, could not remain safely in their homes.   To apply in Alameda County, call 510-747-1900.

Support and Referrals
You can also connect to your local independent living center or the Area Agency on Aging for assistance with housing, travel training, legal referrals, assistive devices, caregiving and much more:

Center for Independent Living
Serves people with disabilities in Berkeley / Oakland
www.cilberkeley.org / Phone: 510-841-4776; TTY 510-848-3101

Community Resources for Independent Living
Serves people with disabilities in Hayward / Fremont / Livermore
www.crilhayward.org / Phone: 510-881-5743; TTY 510-881-0218

Area Agency on Aging
Information and referral for older adults
1-800-510-2020

Mental Health

Most people feel down once in a while or struggle with their emotions when life becomes stressful.  Sometimes the feelings are so strong and long-lasting that we need to seek a professional to help us cope.

If you think you need help, see your doctor soon.  Or, call your behavioral health care provider BEACON at 1-855-856-0577.

Resources

Depression

Children & Stress

Depression & Diabetes

Sexual Health

Sexuality is part of being human. Take time to learn about how to have healthy relationships. This way you can make choices that are healthy for you. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about your sexual health – he or she can provide the answers you need. The Alliance also has free handouts to help you learn more.

Resources

STDs Handout

Family Planning
The Alliance has a free booklet, What is right for you: Choosing a Birth Control Method.  Fill out the Wellness Program Request Form to request the booklet and other free materials.

Substance and Alcohol Addiction

Substance dependence or addiction is the need for alcohol or drugs. A person continues to drink or use drugs in spite of problems in his or her life.

If you are concerned that you or a loved one might have a problem with alcohol or drug use, please talk to your doctor. Members can also contact behavioral health care services provider BEACON at 1-855-856-0577.

Resources

Substance and Alcohol Addiction

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