What is an IPA? Who is Allied Physicians of California IPA?

Depending on your health plan, you may have the option to select an IPA (Independent Physicians Association). An IPA organizes the delivery of care. IPAs do many things including negotiate contracts with health plans, credential and inspect member physicians, and oversee the authorization and referral processes. The larger an IPA’s network of doctors, clinics, and hospitals, the more options you have when it comes to your medical needs. Remember to re-select an IPA if you made changes to your health plan.

At Allied Physicians of California IPA (APC), our excellent team of service-oriented staff and our comprehensive network of primary care physicians, specialists, hospitals, and ancillary partners coordinate an effective health care delivery system to the community. We are one of the largest networks of doctors and medical professionals in the San Gabriel Valley. In order to provide quality health care to our culturally diverse neighborhood communities, we have multilingual customer service representatives to help you.

For more information on APC, visit www.AlliedIPA.com.

Volunteering is good for you!

Over 60 million Americans volunteer every year. Nearly 25% of volunteers in 2012 were age 65 or over, performing general labor, food services, administrative work, and other tasks. People often enjoy helping others because while they may not receive financial compensation, their donation of time and energy results in other gains.

Research indicates there are many benefits to volunteering, including increased sense of accomplishment, improved stress management, and lower rates of depression and other diseases. Moreover, regular participation in volunteer activities can result in a greater sense of life satisfaction, widen social networks, and help maintain functional ability for a longer period of time.

The APC Wellness Center provides many volunteering opportunities. In 2013, we had over 50 volunteers perform a total of 3,888 hours of service! With their help, we are able to provide high quality programs to all of our members.

Whether you are a member or a friend of the center, we welcome you to join our team. Depending on your availability, interests, experience, and expertise, we will match you to tasks throughout our center. Even a few hours of service a month can make a big difference. Together, we can help everyone lead better and healthier lives! Please contact Margarita Chung, our Assistant Program Director for information on how you can get involved today.

(Excerpted from the March/April 2014 Insight newsletter)

The Benefits of Safe Exercise

 

 

Exercise and physical activity are among the most important things you can do to live well and stay healthy. They are fundamental to the physical and mental health of almost everyone, especially older adults. Scientists have found that staying physically active and exercising regularly can delay and even prevent many diseases related to aging.

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) staying physically active and exercising regularly can produce long-term health benefits and even improve the health of some older adults who already have diseases and disabilities. Exercise is often an effective treatment for many chronic conditions. Studies have shown that people with arthritis, heart disease, or diabetes benefit from regular physical activity. Exercise also helps people with high blood pressure, balance problems, or difficulty walking. That is why many health experts say older adults should be as active as possible.

To get the benefits of physical activity try a variety of exercise type including endurance, strength, balance and flexibility. Regular physical activity for older adults should include both moderate intensity aerobic activity, and muscle strengthening activities, for a minimum of 2 hours and 30 minutes each week. To avoid injury, warm up with low-intensity exercises; wear appropriate shoes; and drink water before, during and after your exercise session. Stop exercising if you have pain, feel dizzy or sick to your stomach or have muscle cramps. Pain is your body’s way of telling you to take a break.

Remember, safety first! When starting a new exercise program, begin with low-intensity exercises and consult with your physician to make sure the exercises and activities you have chosen are safe, and will enhance your lifestyle.

(Excerpted from the March/April 2013 Insight Newsletter)

The Nutrition Consultant is IN

 

As you age, it is important to eat healthy.  A balanced diet can give you more energy, sharpen your mind, increase your resistance to illness and disease, and help you manage chronic health problems. Eating well can also be the key to a positive outlook and staying emotionally balanced.  It’s all connected—when your body feels good you feel happier inside and out.

Many people believe they must choose between good taste and good for you, but that is not true.  It is not always easy to make the right food choices, and that is why Registered Dietician Hazel Ng is on the Wellness Center Team.  Hazel graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics.  She has earned several certifications in weight management, treatment of obesity, and diabetes.  In addition, she is the founder of SmartEater.net, which provides free English and Chinese nutrition information to the public.  She is very active at our center, presenting several educational seminars throughout the year and providing one-on-one nutrition consultations monthly. Take advantage of this delicious benefit and sign up to discuss your personal nutritional needs with Hazel!

(Excerpted from the September/October 2013 Insight Newsletter)