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Health notes

ADDICTION HELP: Addiction help is available through Coleman Access Center, 552 N. Park Ave., Warren. For more information, call 330-392-1100 or 211.

For more information about program sponsor, Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board, visit www.trumbullmhrb.org or call 330-675-2765.

PEER-TO-PEER SUPPORT: Domestic abuse support groups are available for all types of abusive relationships — emotional, verbal or physical.

For more information, contact 330-856-3463.

ST. JOE’S AT THE MALL: St. Joe’s at the Mall in the Eastwood Mall is closed and is waiting for orders from Gov. Mike DeWine on when to reopen based on the situation with the novel coronavirus outbreak.

For information, call 330-652-7542.

VALLEY COUNSELING OPERATING: Valley Counseling Services continues to provide mental health services to residents of the Mahoning Valley throughout the state’s stay-at-home order. Necessary precautions will be taken to keep clients and staff safe.

Most services will be phone-based or video-based. Clients do not need to cancel their appointment. Instead they will receive therapy, case management, nursing and psychiatry services in the safety of their home.

Visit the website at vcs.fcs serves.org or call 330-399-6451 for more information.

SUPPORT GROUP: For information about the Circle of Hope, a support group for those with mental health diagnosis, call 330-502-8103.

HELP GROUP: For information about Lighthouse, a group for recovering addicts and anyone struggling mentally, physically, spiritually or emotionally for any reason, call 330-898-4295.

LUPUS SUPPORT: For information about the Trumbull Mahoning Lupus Support Group, call 330-978-3749.

ADDICTION SCREENINGS: Narconon can help families take steps to help someone overcome addiction. Call 800-431-1754 for free screenings or referrals.

For more information, visit www.narcononnewliferetreat.org/blog/intervention-101.

ADDICTION THERAPY AVAILABLE: PsyCare Inc., 2980 Belmont Ave., Liberty, offers a clinical therapy program to treat individuals suffering with substance abuse and drug addiction issues. Family members also are welcome.

Assessments can be scheduled by calling 330-759-2310.

ONE HEALTH OFFERS TELEHEALTH: ONE Health Ohio offers telehealth appointments to patients for medical, behavioral health, chronic care management, dietetics and medication-assisted treatment services. Call 877-722-3303 or visit www.onehealthohio.org.

Telehealth appointments for medication-assisted treatment and counseling are available through RISE Recovery by contacting 844-652-8219. RISE Recovery also remains open for in-office visits, dependent on appointment type.

ALZHEIMER’S GROUPS: The Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter makes Alzheimer’s caregiver support groups available free to all caregivers, family members and friends with a loved one affected by the disease or another form of dementia.

For people living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, routines and reminders can be critical for helping them to live their best life possible.

Because of COVID-19, unpaid caregivers are spending more time with their loved ones and possibly more time doing direct care. Creating a daily care plan for someone with Alzheimer’s disease can provide needed structure and allow more time to spend on satisfying activities for both.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter, a daily plan could consist of:

• Social time, such as having tea together or watching the person’s favorite old shows together;

• Cognitive engagement, such as word search, puzzles or anything that keeps the mind busy;

• Physical activity, based on ability, like taking walks or senior sittercise activities;

• Hobby time, which depends on the person’s direct interests (remember they may need to be modified based on abilities);

• Meal time, which can be important markers in a person’s day;

• Nap time because it is important to give them time to relax.

Caregivers should also remember what times of day the person functions best, to leave ample times for meals, bathing and dressing and regular times for waking up and going to bed.

During this pandemic, written or verbal reminders about things like the need to wash your hands thoroughly and why social distancing is important could help everyone in the household stay healthy. The National Institute on Aging suggests the best way to help someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia take their medicine safely and correctly is to understand the medicines they take, track the amounts, watch for side effects and use pillboxes with alarms that remind a person to take the medication.

For more information about how to write a plan, go to www.alz.org/help-support/caregiving/daily-care/daily-care-plan. Help is always available 24/7 at the helpline 800-272-3900.

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