Why you need
WRITTEN BY AMY SAWCHENKO
When you’re on vacation, you want tolounge on a pristine beach, not pay forunexpected medical bills.
“Travel insurance is financial
protection against high or potentially
exorbitant medical costs around
the world,” says Pam Murray, sales
manager of travel insurance for the
Alberta Motor Association. It can pay
the difference between what the Alberta
Health Care Insurance Plan covers, and
the actual cost of unexpected medical
issues. Murray recommends these tips
for buying travel insurance:
• Consider costs and coverage. For
example, a policy may pay $5,000
for an air ambulance, but the actual
cost could be upwards of $100,000
• Know how claims are paid. Some
companies pay upfront on your
behalf and others reimburse you
• Look for clauses that may exclude
covering pre-existing medical
• Ask about extras, including trip
cancellation, flight interruption, lost
baggage and more
• Buy travel insurance whenever you
leave the province. Healthcare costs
vary from province to province and
around the world.
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Avoid the acheof mumpsMumps are a pain. Just ask the morethan 70 Albertans who had the viralinfection in 2017.
Mumps cause fever, headachesand swelling in the glands, especiallyaround the jaw. Most people recoverwith no complications, but some canhave permanent swelling in the brain,testicles, ovaries and pancreas.
You can avoid the ache and swellingof mumps with routine immunization.
In Alberta, the measles, mumps andrubella (MMR) vaccine is given free tochildren starting at 12 months old (asecond dose is given later). Adults canget the vaccine at any time, again forfree.
Visit the public health centre inyour community for details––and yourimmunization.
WRITTEN BYJANINE POERSCH
As we age, our desire for sex andintimacy continues. The same can’talways be said for safe sex practices.
This has made sexually transmittedinfections (STIs) in older adults increaseover the years. The reasons vary:
Older adults may be less versed orcomfortable talking about safe sexpractices; or they have a new partnerafter separation from or loss of a lovedone.
Whether you’re 26 or 86, practisingsafe sex is essential. Talking about andlearning more about practising safe sexwith your partner can lead to a healthierrelationship. It’s a good opportunityto learn together, and get STI testingtogether, says Roseline Carter, adirector of programs with the CalgarySexual Health Centre.
For more information on sexuality andaging, visit calgarysexualhealth.ca. Formore information on practising safe sex,talk with your healthcare provider.