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Health Notes

October 25, 2011
Tribune Chronicle |
ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS: The Alzheimer’s Association will hold its monthly Caregiver Support Groups on the following dates: • Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. at the Senior Center of Mahoning County, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. • Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland Wilson Road N.E., Howland Township. • Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Conference Room F, Warren. For more information, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 330-650-0552 or 800-272-3900. DISPOSAL OF MEDICATIONS OFFERED: The Humility of Mary Health Partners Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Medications can be brought for disposal to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown (Belmont Avenue entrance) or St. Joseph Health Center (main entrance). The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Note that liquid medications, intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards. Local law enforcement agencies like HMHP Police and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months. DOCTORS BUY BACK CANDY: The office of Drs. Martuccio and Bauer is participating in a Halloween candy buy-back from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 1. The office will buy back Halloween candy from its patients and neighborhood children at $1 per pound. The candy is then sent to troops overseas as part of Operation Gratitude. The event will take place at 8096 E. Market St., Howland. There also will be treat bags and raffles. FLU AND PNEUMONIA SHOTS OFFERED: The Youngstown City Health District will offer flu and pneumonia vaccinations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the meeting room of Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown. This flu shot will be $15. The pneumonia vaccine is also available for $45. The clinic is open to the public. Medicare and Medicaid participants are eligible and must bring their cards. YMCA OFFERS WEIGHT LOSS SEMINAR: The downtown Warren YMCA, 210 High St. N.W., Warren, will host a free weight-loss seminar at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. To reserve a seat, contact the YMCA at 330-394-1565. MENDED HEARTS TO MEET: Mended Hearts, Chapter 7, a heart support group for heart survivors and their families, will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Michael Church Hall on North Broad Street, Canfield. The public is invited. For more information, contact Joe Clark at 702-8859. A speakers bureau is available for local organizations at no charge. For available dates, contact Lee Meadows at 330-793-2531. FLU CLINIC FOR ADULTS: The Trumbull County Health Department is offering a community flu clinic for adults 19 years and older. It will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday. Cost for adult flu vaccine is $20. Cash, check or charge will be accepted. The following insurances can be billed: Aetna, Anthem BCBS, Caresource, Cigna, Humana, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Medicare B, Medicare Railroad, Ohio Health Choice, Summacare, the Health Plan, UMWA and United Health Care (not UHC Community Plan). Visit SHEPHERD OFFERS FLU SHOT: Shepherd of the Valley Home Health Care is hosting a flu shot clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Lordstown Lutheran Church, 5616 Palmyra Road, S.W., Warren. Participants must be age 18 or older. The following insurance plans are accepted for payment: Humana, Anthem, Aetna, United Health Care, and traditional Medicare (bring card). If paying privately, the cost is $25, cash or check. Note that they are unable to accept Medicaid or Medicare HMO/PPO/managed care except as listed above. For more information, call Shepherd of the Valley Home Health at 330-530-4041. IMMUNIZATION CLINICS OFFERED: Warren City Health Department is offering a children’s immunization clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at the Warren City Health Department, 418 Main Ave. S.W., Warren. There is a $10 administration fee or Medicaid is accepted. No appointment is necessary. Bring current shot record. A parent must accompany the child. For more information, call 330-841-2596. • In conjunction with Warren Rotary Club, the department is offering a special free evening clinic, “Shots for Tots,” from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday. All clinics are walk-in. A parent or guardian must accompany anyone younger than 18 and have the youth’s current shot record. Call the Health Department at 330-841-2596 for more information. NAMI FAMILY TO FAMILY SERIES PLANNED: NAMI Mahoning Valley is offering its free Family to Family education series in the Mahoning Valley / Youngstown area. Trumbull County — 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 27 at Central Christian Church, 2051 E. Market St., Warren. Mahoning County — 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Nov. 28 at The Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown. Classes and all materials are free. Class size is limited. Advance registration is required. Facilitators are Dianna R. Mason and Bob Green. Register by contacting Dianna at 330-540-8583 any time or Bob from 7 to 10 p.m. at 330-980-3539. OHIO PREMIER HEALTH SOLUTIONS PRESENTS MEDICARE EDUCATION: Ohio Premier Health Solutions will present Medicare education at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday and third Thursday of every month at Ohio Premier Health Solutions, 458 High St., Warren. Admission is free. For more information, call 330-394-7400. MS SUPPORT GROUP TO MEET: The MS Support Group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Knights of Columbus Warren Council, 1947 E. Market St., Warren. The group will provide information and resources that enhance the quality of life for people with multiple sclerosis and their families. There is no cost to attend, and refreshments will be served. For information, call Kevin at 330-306-8399. FLU CLINIC HELD: A flu clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. daily at Warren West Community Health Center, 716 Tod Ave., Warren. Medicaid and Medicare will be accepted. All others are $20 each. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 330-373-0222. NAMI PLANS MEETING: The NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Mahoning Valley daytime support group meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at the Girard Free Library, corner of North Avenue and Broadway. The NAMI Mahoning Valley evening support group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at D&E Center, 142 Javit Court, Austintown. For more information, call Dianna at 330-540-8583. POSTPARTUM SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL TO MEET: The group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at the D&E Counseling Center, 142 Javit Court, Austintown. For more information, contact Jodi at 330-207-1385 or ST. JOE’S AT THE MALL: Open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, located next to Sears at the Eastwood Mall. Call 330-652-7542 to register. The schedule includes: • St. Joe’s at the Mall are now offering flu and pneumonia vaccines. Cost is $25 for flu and $48 for pneumonia vaccination. Medicare, Medicaid and Medicare HMO will be billed. Call 330-652-7542 to make appointment or stop in. • Free blood pressure screenings: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 2 to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. • Strong Bones, Strong People program, a free, 12-week program for people with osteoporosis, low bone density or at high risk. It offers personalized strength training by a fitness trainer and nutritional education to improve muscle strength and nutrition. Call to register. • Weight management strength-training program for $20 a month. Nutrition classes will be once a month on diet and behavior modification. Call to register. Silver Sneakers available. • St. Joe’s At The Mall is now a Silver Sneakers site. Call for more information. • Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m.: Talk With The Doc Program — “Dizziness.” Dr. Jared Bunevich, ear nose and throat specialist, will speak. Call to register, 330-652-7542. Cost is $2, includes lunch. • Thursday, noon to 1 p.m.: Special program on gluten-free eating — Cindy Heslop, registered dietitian from HMHP, will be teach this class. Call to register. Gluten-free lunch served for $4. • Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m.: Free peripheral vascular disease screening. Nurse will measure blood flow to the legs by doing ankle brachial Index. By appointment only. Call 330-652-7542. • Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m.: Free notary public services and free living wills and durable power of attorney for healthcare. NORTHSIDE MEDICAL CENTER • Today, Wednesday and Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m.: Diabetes HELP (Health Education and Lifestyle Program) is an education program for people with diabetes and their families. Classes will be held at Northside Medical Center, second floor, Medical Education Building. A physician referral is required. For more information or to register, call 330-884-3115. • Thursday, 6:30 p.m.: The Insight Group is a support group that serves patients who have had a brain injury and their families. The group meets the last Thursday of the month at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital in the board room. Registration is required and can be made by calling 330-841-3757.


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