Wisconsin woman living a healthy life after four kidney transplants

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – A Middleton woman is living a healthy life after 50 years of battling kidney diseases.

Mary Baliker is on kidney transplant number four and has been contending with kidney problems since the age of nine.

“So they finally sent me to the children’s hospital in madison and diagnosed me with kidney disease, at that time though, they didn’t really dialyze children, and they didn’t really transplant them, it was back in the early 70′s so I’m fortunate to be here today,” said Baliker.

Her first kidney transplant came from her brother, but it, unfortunately, did not last.

“I got the reoccurring kidney disease, so I needed another transplant after four years,” said Baliker. “It’s not uncommon to have reoccurrence of disease or to have rejections or infections that damage the kidneys.”

But her fourth transplant has held up for 22 years. She says all the extended

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Heart-healthy living keeps tickers ticking

Every February, the American Heart Association promotes heart health in the hopes we will take an active approach to heart-healthy living year-round.

Did you know adults 65 and older are more likely than younger people to suffer from cardiovascular disease? Aging can cause changes in the heart and blood vessels that may increase a person’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The Heart Truth was created in 2002 and is a federally sponsored national health education program designed to raise awareness about heart disease as the leading cause of death in women.

There are several things you can do to keep your heart healthy, including eating a heart-healthy diet, increasing physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, knowing and controlling your heart-healthy numbers, getting quality sleep, not smoking, reducing stress and

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Mainers invited to join Healthy Living for ME’s March workshops

This March, Healthy Living for ME will be offering workshops focused on helping Mainers who are living with diabetes, other conditions, as well as a workshop focused on helping people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities or acquired brain injuries live a healthy lifestyle. Available across the state, with in-person, virtual, and telephonic options, these workshops are provided to the public through Healthy Living for ME’s partnerships with local organizations and health systems.

“We’re grateful for the partnerships that allow us to continue to bring workshops to Mainers. These workshops offer education and guidance for managing conditions and improving health while importantly providing a supportive space for participants,” said Maija Dyke, contract and business manager of Healthy Living for ME. “We invite any Mainer who is interested in joining these workshops to reach out to us for more information or to register.” 

Many of Healthy Living for ME’s workshops are free

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6 Ways a Living Benefit Rider Can Make You Healthier and Happier

Young man and woman sitting at table eating dinner and laughing.

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A living benefit rider can help you maintain control when your health fails you.

Key points

  • Most living benefit riders are designed to pay out death benefits before you die.
  • The accelerated death benefit is the most common type of living benefit.

To better understand how living benefits work, it helps to understand what a rider is. A life insurance rider is an optional piece of coverage or a feature added to your life insurance policy. Each rider adds something extra to the policy, allowing you to customize your coverage with the type of protection you desire. One of those riders is referred to as a “living benefit.”

Read more: Life Insurance Riders: Which Are Right for You?

Types of living benefit riders

To be clear, there’s more than one type of living benefit rider, and depending on the life insurance company, you may see the

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Saturday February 19, 2022