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LIGHT UP IN TEAL: More than 375 sites in all 50 states and around the world will light up in teal Nov. 4 for Alzheimer’s awareness as part of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s Light the World in Teal campaign.

Anyone wishing to participate in the initiative can sign up by visiting www.lighttheworldinteal.com. Individuals can also participate in Light the World in Teal by wearing teal, turning their porch lights teal, turning their social media profile picture or cover photo teal.

Families looking for additional information about Alzheimer’s disease or support services can contact AFA’s Helpline at 866-232-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.

ALZHEIMER’S FALSEHOODS: With National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month kicking off Nov. 1, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is providing information to dispel common falsehoods about Alzheimer’s disease to help individuals know the warning signs, understand the importance of early detection and learn how to be proactive about reducing their risk.

Here are five common falsehoods about Alzheimer’s disease:

• Alzheimer’s is just part of getting older. Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging, but a progressive, degenerative brain disorder.

• Alzheimer’s disease only affects senior citizens. While the majority of people who develop Alzheimer’s disease are older than 65, young-onset Alzheimer’s disease can affect younger people in their 30s or 40s.

• Nothing can be done for Alzheimer’s disease. Although there is currently no cure or treatment, people diagnosed with the disease can have active lives with some medications to help manage the symptoms.

• You cannot reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. While there is no guaranteed way to prevent Alzheimer’s, lifestyle choices can help you reduce your risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.

• All memory impairments are the result of Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a cause of memory loss, but not the only one.

Anyone who has questions about Alzheimer’s disease, memory concerns, or support resources available to help can contact the AFA Helpline seven days a week at 866-232-8484, web chat at www.alzfdn.org, or text to 646-586-5283. Information is also avail able at www.alzfdn.org.

HEALTH DISTRICT VACCINES: The Warren City Health District, 258 E. Market St., is offering Walk-In Wednesdays for the public to get the COVID-19 vaccine and other immunizations, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. each week. No appointment is necessary.

The Pfizer vaccine is available for those 12 and older and the Moderna vaccine is available to those 18 and older.

For more information, contact the health district at 330-841-2596.

MEDICARE CHECKUP DAY: The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program is conducting free Medicare Checkup Day webinars around the 2022 Medicare open enrollment period through Dec. 7.

The events are meant to educate participants about Medicare basics, coverage options and financial assistance programs.

The webinars are 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 1, 15 and 29, and 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 8 and 22. Register at www.insurance.ohio.gov.

In addition to webinars, OSHIIP is holding on-site events across the state. For a full outreach schedule, visit www.insurance.ohio.gov.

OSHIIP staff is available 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1-800-686-1578 and OSHIIPmail@insurance.ohio.gov.

SUPPORT GROUP TO MEET: The Youngstown Area Scleroderma Support Group will meet virtually at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1. The meeting is open to the public and focuses on issues of people affected in all ways by scleroderma.

For more information and zoom meeting numbers contact the group leader, Leni Schulz at 330-654-2538, or email youngstown-sg@sfohio.org.

TRUMBULL COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH AND RECOVERY BOARD: The board schedule for October includes:

• Thursday — FCFC executive board meeting, 8:30 a.m., TMHA first floor conference room.

ST. JOE’S AT THE MALL: St. Joe’s at Eastwood Mall’s fall hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. All classes are open to anyone with a St. Joe’s at the Mall membership. Screenings and programs are open to the public. Some classes are by registration only due to social distancing guidelines. Call 330-652-7542 to register. For a limited time, some of the classes will be on St. Joe’s at the Mall Facebook Live page.

It is located by J.C. Penney.

St. Joe’s at the Mall is a SilverSneakers, Silver and Fit and Renew Active site. For more information, call 330-652-7542.

• Weekly exercise classes include Cardio Jam, SilverSneakers Cardio, Silver Sneakers Classic, Easy Yoga, Chair Yoga, Parkinson’s and Movement disorder Exercise Class, Zumba and Beginning and Advance Balance.

• Free blood pressure screenings, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

• Free nutritional assessment with a dietitian on Fridays by appointment only.

• Strong People gym membership monthly fees $24 by appointment initially with exercise physiologist.

• Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m. — Free notary public services and free living wills and durable power of attorney for health care. Completed this day with help from Palliative Care staff. Walk in.

• 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.

NAR-ANON MEETS: Nar-anon, a 12-step program for relatives and friends adversely affected by loved ones and friends, meets 7 p.m. Fridays at the Rust City Church, 5555 Youngstown Warren Road, Niles.

For more information, contact Merle at 330-307-7607.

ADDICTION HELP: The Trumbull County Combined Health District urges residents to help slow the increase of overdoses in the community by taking advantage of free Narcan through the Trumbull County Combined Health District.

Narcan quickly reverses the effects of opioids such as heroin and fentanyl, and anyone can be trained to administer the life-saving medication and receive a free kit containing two doses.

For a kit or more information, call the health district at 330-675-2590, Ext 3.


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