Health Notes

FIRST AWARENESS DAY MARKED: Today marks the first-ever Apraxia Awareness Day. Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a speech disorder that seriously interferes with a child’s ability to develop clear speech. CAS makes it difficult or impossible for an affected child to plan the movements of the lips, tongue, jaw, etc. that are needed for speech. Children with CAS generally have a good understanding of language; they know what they want to say, but have difficulty learning or carrying out the complex movements that underlie speech. Apraxia is one of the most severe of childhood speech and communication disorders. Learn more about apraxia at

BOARD MEETING: The regular meeting of the Girard City Board of Health will be held 7 p.m. today in council chambers, upstairs at the city building, 100 W. Main St., Girard.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS: The Alzheimer’s Association will be holding their monthly Caregiver Support Groups on the following dates:

Today at 7 p.m. at Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland Wilson Road N.E., Howland Township.

Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Conference Room F, Warren.

Sessions are offered free of charge and are open to all caregivers, family members and friends with a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. For more information, call the Greater East Ohio Area Alzheimer’s Association at 330-650-0552 or 800-272-3900.

OSTOMY GROUP HOSTS PRODUCT FAIR: A product fair featuring companies that specialize in medical supplies for ostomy patients is slated for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at HM Home Care, 979 Tibbetts Wick Road, Girard, which takes place during the monthly meeting of the Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group.

The Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group provides ostomy patients and their families and friends the opportunity to share experiences while receiving ongoing education and information.

Meetings of the Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group take place the second Tuesday of each month with meeting places alternating between Humility of Mary Health Partners’ HM Home Care office in Girard and St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center. Meetings are open to the public, refreshments are provided and parking is free. For information, call 330-480-3440.

LIFELINE SCREENING: Lifeline screening will be offered at First United Methodist Church, 309 N. Park Ave., Warren, on Wednesday, providing screening to people wishing to determine their risk of stroke. Appointments begin at 9 a.m. and each screening will require 10 minutes or less to complete. A complete vascular screening package, including the stroke / carotid artery, abdominal aortic aneurysm and ankle brachial index screening is available. To schedule an appointment, call 877-237-1287 or visit

CENTER HOSTS HOLISTIC SPA NIGHT: DC Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 1219 Niles Cortland Road S.E., Howland, is offered a relaxing evening out with the girls from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Dannielle MacDuff, a practitioner of holistic health, is organizing a holistic spa night event that offers, massage, acupressure, mini facials, information on beauty products, refreshments and appetizers.

For more information, call 330-505-3515 or visit

RECOVERY INT. TO MEET: Recovery Int., a self-help mental health group, will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Christ Church Presbyterian Church, 1933 Canfield Road. For more information, call 330-747-1176.

SENIOR AND DISABILITY HEALTH EXPO: A Senior and Disability Health Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, at the center court of the Eastwood Mall in Niles. Come and learn about all the great services and resources in our area. It is hosted by the following agencies: Western Reserve Independent Living Center, Trumbull County Office of Elderly Affairs, and the Trumbull County Senior Services Unit.

SUICIDE AWARENESS WALK PLANNED: Help Hotline Crisis Center, Loving Outreach Surviving Suicide (LOSS) and Survivors of Suicide (SOS) will hold the sixth-annual Survivors of Suicide Awareness Walk in remembrance of loved ones who died by suicide, from 2 to 4 p.m. May 18 at the Trumbull County Courthouse Gazebo, Courthouse Square, Warren.

Families, friends and the public are invited to attend and urged to bring photos or signs to highlight the loss of a loved one to suicide. A part of the program will be to read names of those who died by suicide. Submit names to

For more information, call Help Hotline at 800-427-3606.

MEETINGS SET: Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board meetings have been scheduled as follows:

Today at 8:30 a.m.: TAPN clinical committee meeting, TMHA first floor Conference Room A.

Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Operation: Empty Medicine Cabinet, Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District.

Thursday at 2:30 p.m.: Early childhood coordinating committee meeting, Board Conference Room.

Friday at 8 a.m.: Legislative breakfast, TMHA first floor Conference Room A and B.

May 21 at 8:30 a.m.: County-wide orientation, TMHA first floor Conference Room B.

May 21 at 9 a.m.: ASAP Opiate Task Force meeting, TMHA first floor Conference Room A.

May 21 at 4:30 p.m.: Board of directors meeting / board training, TMHA first floor conference room.

May 22 at 3 p.m.: Crisis Intervention Team Training steering committee meeting, Board Conference Room.

May 23 at12:30 p.m.: Adult Continuous Quality Improvement Committee meeting, Board Conference Room (HIPAA restrictions apply).

May 27: Memorial Day. Office closed.

MS SUPPORT GROUP: MS Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Knights of Columbus Warren Council, 1947 E. Market St., Warren. The mission is to provide an upbeat atmosphere and share information and resources that enhance the quality of life for people with MS.

CENTER OFFERS EXAMS: The Mahoning Valley Hope Center, 3217 Surrey Road, will offer screenings for vision, dental and health exams. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 330-369-3010.

NILES OFFERS IMMUNIZATIONS: Niles City Health Department, 34 W. State St., is offering an immunization clinic from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Child’s immunization records are needed and the child should be feeling well, with no illness, fever or rash. Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

BRIDGES GROUP TO MEET: Bridges, a free mental health educational 10-week course, will meet 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren. Call Nancy at 330-747-5111 to sign up.

GIRARD OFFERS FLU SHOT: The Girard City Health Department will offer flu vaccines between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, by appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the health department at 330-545-6048.

FLU CLINIC TO BE 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. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 330-373-0222.

PROGRAM OFFERED FOR DEALING WITH ISSUES: An eight-step Christian program based on the Beatitudes is open to anyone dealing with a life-controlling habit or issue. It meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Bloomfield Recovery Center, 10113 Creaser Ashtabula Road, Bloomfield. For more details, call 330-599-2402.

MOCK EXERCISE TO TEST HOSPITALS: On April 25, Northside Medical Center and Trumbull Memorial Hospital, affiliates of ValleyCare Health System of Ohio, in conjunction with the Northeast Central Ohio Regional Disaster Planning Consortium (NECO) and a number of emergency management agencies, held a mock disaster exercise to test the hospitals’ abilities to respond to a devastating ice storm which swept through the region resulting in numerous simulated casualties and fatalities.

All 50 participating agencies among 13 counties were given the same scenario in order to assess their collaborative efforts in planning and responding, communicating with each other and sharing supplies, equipment or staff when possible. Functional exercises and mock disaster drills such as this one serve the purpose of testing each hospital or agency’s internal disaster and crisis communication plans.

ST. JOE’S AT THE MALL – Open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Located next to Sears at the Eastwood Mall. For registration or more information, call 330-652-7542.

Free blood pressure screenings from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 1 to 3 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Strong Bones – Strong People program – This is a free, 12-week program of personalized strength training for those who have osteoporosis, low bone density or at risk to improve muscle strength and nutrition. Call for an appointment.

St. Joe’s at the Mall is a SilverSneakers site. Those with the Medicare Part C plan may be eligible. Call 330-652-7542 or stop in for more information.

MONTHLY EXERCISE CLASSES: Exercise Time with Lana – Mondays at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 and 10 a.m. A weekly group aerobic exercise class with our Personal Fitness Trainer. Silver Slippers Low Impact Exercise (chair and standing) Mondays at 10 a.m. and Thursday at 10 a.m. Zumba Gold classes weekly on Tuesday at 8:45 a.m. and Thursday at 8:45 a.m. Cost is $3 for non-SilverSneakers.

TALK WITH THE DOC PROGRAM: noon to 1 p.m. May 15. “Your Risk For Diabetes” presented by Dr. Molly Howsare. Call to register.

FREE BONE DENSITY SCREENING: 9 a.m. to noon May 17. We will be at Center Court today at the Health Fair. Come in and have an ultrasound of the heel bone to screen for Osteoporosis. No appointment. necessary.

FREE BLOOD SUGAR SCREENINGS: 9 to 11 a.m. May 20. 8-hour fast. Free foot screening for those at risk with a podiatrist.

FOOD ADDICTIONS/COMPULSIVE EATING GROUP: 4 to 5 p.m. May 20. Facilitator- Madelyn Martin, LISW- call to register 330-652-7542.

SPECIAL LAB EXPRESS, 9 to 11 a.m. May 22. Get a Complete Blood Count (CBC) and/or Chemistry Panel (GHP) for reduced fee. Chemistry panel requires an 8-hour fast, it tests 14 different chemistries. Only labs available this day. Walk in.


PRE-OP KNEE CLASS, 10:30 a.m. today, The Education Room, eighth floor. Call Julia at 330-841-9162 to register.

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION MEETING, 10 2 p.m. Wednesday, Conference Room F, Ground floor. For more information, call Erin at 330-533-3300.

PRE-OP HIP CLASS, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, The Education Room, eighth floor. Call Julia at 330-841-9162 to register.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. TMH Medical Professional Building

1353 East Market Street – Warren. Cancer Center Waiting Room. Open to all cancer patients. No registration required.

BREASTFEEDING BASICS, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Call Educational Services at 330-841-9880 to register.

DIABETES EVENING GROUP CLASS SERIES, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesday, in Conference Room B, Ground floor. Call Diabetes Department at 330-841-9689 to register. Physician referral required.

OHIO’S CHOICE HOSPICE SUPPORT GROUP, 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 21, Chapel at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1st floor. Support group for those who have lost a loved one. Call 330-980-7561 for additional information.

PRE-OP KNEE CLASS, 10:30 a.m. May 28, The Education Room, eighth floor. Call Julia at 330-841-9162 to register.


BREASTFEEDING CLASS, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today. This class provides parents with up-to-date information to help them make the best, informed choice when it comes to breastfeeding a new baby. This class meets the second Tuesday of every month. To register for Northside Medical Center classes, call 330-884-2912.

CANCER CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today. The group meets the second Tuesday of the month at Northside Medical Center, Building B, Radiation/Oncology Department. All caregivers are welcome. Call Joyce at 330-652-0071 for more information.

THE INSIGHT GROUP, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. A survivor and family education/intervention program and a support group that serves patients who have had a brain injury and their families. Topic for the May meeting is: “Coping with loss and change: socialization, self care.” The group meets in the Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital Boardroom. For more information call Hillside Hospital at 330-841-3893.”

MYELOMA FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP, 5:30 p.m. May 20. Serves adults, their adult friends and family members that have been diagnosed with the disease. Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month at Denny’s restaurant 4020 Belmont Ave. For more information, call 330-770-0808 or by email to