Z world according to Zoe | July 14

Two weeks ago, I introduced Generation Z, explaining what defines the youngest generation. I determined that those of us in Gen Z, we Boomlets, are in fact not addicted to our phones. This week, I will talk about the ways we get our news. It is a strong belief among older generations that the Boomlets…

The inner turmoil of adventure

Last week, I wrote about the unique vernacular of Spain and how it contrasts with the Spanish my family speaks at home. This week, I look back to my journey from California to Valencia and the thoughts that accompanied me. We soared through the sky. Thousands of miles in the air, caught between an endless…

Z world according to Zoe | June 30

As a rule, humans are attracted to labels– labels on sexuality, labels on ethnicity, labels on clothing style and labels on when we are born, or generations. We use generations to fit swaths of people into a single definition: the Baby Boomers, the Lost Generation, the Millennials. The newest generation is Generation Z, which has…

How Medicare works with other insurance

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If your family is anything like mine, everyone has a certain specialty or role in keeping the household running. Since I wash dishes faster than anyone, I’m the family dishwashing expert. I’m also the point man for paying medical bills. My wife and I have separate health coverage, so I have to make sure our…

Ticket to Work program puts people back in the driver’s seat

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Social Security encourages people to rejoin the workforce when they are able. Ticket to Work is our free and voluntary program that helps people get vocational rehabilitation, training, job referrals and other employment support services. This program is for people ages 18 to 64 who are receiving disability benefits and need support re-entering the workforce…

Keeping graduations– and the summer– safe for kids

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With Long Beach high school graduation ceremonies taking place this week, and Thursday, June 15 being the last day of school for all LBUSD schools on the traditional calendar, the Long Beach Police Department would like to congratulate graduates and parents, yet remind them about the dangers associated with celebrating irresponsibly and to follow some…

When a parent has cancer: tips for talking to kids

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Almost 3 million children and adolescents in the U.S. have a parent who has or once had cancer. Among newly diagnosed adults, 1 in 5 has children under 18. Cancer causes emotional strain in a family. Children of parents with cancer are more likely to have emotional problems, difficulty sleeping, increased fights with siblings, crying…

Make your lifestyle heart-healthy

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women, killing nearly 600,000 people each year. The MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Long Beach Memorial knows that taking the steps to living a heart healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk for heart disease. Reduce stress Too much stress can lead to heart…

Stand up for mental health, and save a life

When I was a kid, people would whisper the word “cancer.” Now, professional football players are wearing pink cleats on national television in support of finding a cure. We all know someone who has been affected by cancer. We cry with them, walk for a cure and share their stories with anyone who will listen.…

Taking steps to prevent burglaries – Commentary

The North Division of the Long Beach Police Department wants to remind residents about the facts regarding recent residential burglaries: Most occurred on a weekday. Most occurred between the hours of 7am and 5pm. Nearly half of the people arrested for residential burglary have been juveniles. Burglars often work in teams of two or three,…

Medicare can help people with chronic illness

If you have Medicare, there’s a good chance you have two or more chronic conditions such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease or dementia. Two-thirds of the 57 million Americans with Medicare have two or more chronic illnesses. Having multiple chronic conditions increases the risk of death and functional limitations, decreases quality of life, and…