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MENTAL HEALTH IS VITAL: With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, Mental Health is Vital, a multifaceted public awareness campaign organized by Alta Care Group, is seeking input from local mental health providers in the development of an online community resource.

Mental Health is Vital is expanding is developing a website that will feature an interactive map and quiz to connect individuals with mental health providers in the Mahoning Valley not only by location, but also by types of therapy and the various populations they serve or specialize in. Mental health counselors, providers and agencies can contact Alta to be included. The campaign is looking for providers in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

Contact Vince Paolucci from Alta Behavioral Healthcare at VinceP@altacaregroup.org.

LGBT DEMENTIA FORUM: The Alzheimer’s Association will host a statewide virtual LGBT Dementia Forum about the obstacles, health disparities, and inequities LGBT elders and their care partners face when navigating a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The forum, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today, is free. To register, visit http://alz.org/lgbtforum or call 800-272-3900.

The forum is being presented with seven state and locally based organizations that serve the LGBT community.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive, fatal brain disease that kills nerve cells and tissues in the brain, affecting an individual’s ability to remember, think, plan, speak, walk.

The LGBT dementia forum will be moderated by Amanda Cole, executive director of Plexus LGBT + Allied Chamber of Commerce.

Individuals needing immediate assistance can call the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

GREAT STRIDES WALK: The Northern Ohio District of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will host the 23rd annual Mahoning / Trumbull Great Strides walk as part of the largest national event to raise funds and awareness for cystic fibrosis, a rare, genetic disease that progressively limits the ability to breathe and ultimately causes premature death.

The walk will kick off at 2 p.m. Sunday at Boardman Park Masters Pavilion. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. Walkers will enjoy food, entertainment and a post-walk victory party. Admission is free. Donations welcome.

The CF Foundation is a donor-supported nonprofit organization. For more information, visit www.CFF.org.

AVOIDING FALLS: Youngstown Trauma Services will offer a free, seven-week Stepping On Workshop at Mercy Health-St. Joe’s at the Mall in Niles to help participants learn how to avoid costly falls. The program will be 1 to 3 p.m. every Tuesday through June 21.

The workshop will cover strategies to keep those who are at risk of experiencing dangerous falls independent, upright and as active as possible.

Mercy Health-Youngstown Trauma Services was awarded a grant from the Ohio Department of Health to have team members become trainers and to offer the Stepping On Program in the tri-county area.

To register for this program, call Mercy Health Trauma services at 330-480-3907 or email Renee Kegg at Renee-Kegg@mercy.com.

For more information on the Stepping On program, visit http://www.steppingon.com.

LEGAL / FINANCIAL CONCERNS SEMINAR: The Alzheimer Network will hold an in-person seminar on legal and financial concerns important to Alzheimer parents and their families. The session will be 6 p.m. Wednesday at Girard Presbyterian Church, 890 Churchill Hubbard Road.

The presenting elder law attorney and the Network will provide handouts. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 330-788-9755 to attend this free seminar.

MAMMOGRAPHY MOBILE: The Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center Mobile Mammography Unit will travel around northeast Ohio throughout the month of May. Mercy Health-Youngstown announced the following mobile mammography screening dates:

•Today — 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., North Lima Primary Care, 9471 Market St., N. Lima;

• Wednesday — 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., Canfield Primary Care, 3660 Stutz Drive, Canfield;

• Thursday — 8 to 11:30 a.m., St. Joe’s @ the Eastwood Mall, Niles; 12:30 to 2:15 p.m., Niles Primary Care @ Niles Wellness Center, 213 Sharkey Drive, Niles;

• Friday — 8 to 11:30 a.m., Champion Primary Care, 5901 Mahoning Ave., Champion; 12:30 to 2:15 p.m., Warren Primary Care, 1296 Tod Place NW, Warren;

• May 23 — 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., Stutz Primary Care, 3685 Stutz Drive, Canfield;

For more information or to schedule a mammogram, call 330-480-2654.

TCCHD HOST SHOT CLINIC: Trumbull County Combined Health District will host a Mespo-Farmington childhood immunization clinic 9:30 a.m. to noon today, July 19, Sept. 20 and Nov. 15 at the West Farmington fire station.

All clinics are walk-in clinics. All childhood vaccines will be available for any individual younger than 19.

For more information, call 330-675-2489.

ALZHEIMER’S ON FACEBOOK: The Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter’s next Caregiver Corner will be noon Thursday.

The Facebook Caregiver Corner Series includes question-and-answer periods on topics ranging from how to care for oneself as a caregiver, how to address eating and nutrition issues for your loved one and traveling with the loved one. The sessions, which are free, are broadcast on the association’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/alzgeoac.

Caregivers can contact the Greater East Ohio Area Chapter during office hours at 330-650-0552 or through the 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900, which provides around-the-clock care.

TCMHRB SCHEDULE: Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board, 4076 Youngstown Road SE, Suite 201, Warren, has announced the following May schedule. For more information or registrations, call 330-675-2765.

•Today: ASAP Coalition meeting, 9:30 a.m. Join by Zoom;

• Today: TCMHR Board Of Directors meeting, 4:30 p.m., TMHA First Floor Conference Room or by Zoom;

• Thursday: Early Childhood Coordinating Committee meeting, 2 p.m. Join through GoToMeeting;

• Friday: ASAP Drug Summit, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kent State University at Trumbull;

•May 26: FCFC Executive Board Meeting, 8:30 a.m., TMHA First Floor Conference Room or by GoToMeeting;

•May 30: Office Closed In Observance of Memorial Day.

COVID-19 CLINICS: The Warren City Health Department holds a walk-in COVID-19 clinic for youths 12 and older 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. every Wednesday. No appointment is necessary.

The health department will attend the Trumbull Community Action Partnership Health Fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

SUPPORT GROUPS LOCAL: The Alzheimer’s Network Family Support Groups offer seven local meeting sites. For directions, registration and general information, call 330-788-9755. Some sites may be full, but all are provided free of charge.

WELLNESS CENTER PROGRAMS: The Niles Wellness Center is open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. To register for any program or for more information, call the center at 330-349-9355 or email Chelsey Christie at cchristie@thecityofniles.com.

The center is a family membership facility and welcomes all SilverSneakers, Silver and Fit and Renew Active participants. Also offered is a fully equipped weight room, four-lane indoor track, basketball court and a soccer field.

Through a partnership with Mercy Health and its Stepping Out Program, the center offers the following classes:

Zumba, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays;

Line dancing, 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays;

SilverSneakers endurance class, 10 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays;

Pickleball, 7 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday.

ST. JOE’S AT THE MALL: St. Joe’s at Eastwood Mall’s hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, located next to JCPenney and Kay Jewelers. 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. St. Joe’s at the Mall is a SilverSneakers, Silver and Fit and Renew Active site. For more information or to make an appointment, call 330-652-7542.

Strong People Gym membership is $24 monthly, with appointment initially with exercise physiologist.

Weekly exercise classes include Cardio Jam, SilverSneaker Classic and Cardio, Cardio Jam, Cardio Combo, Zumba, chair yoga, floor yoga, beginning and advanced balance classes, 60-up balance class, and Parkinson’s and movement disorder exercise classes.

There will be no Lab Express screenings this month. Labs will resume in July.

∫ 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;

∫ Free bone density screening, 9 a.m. to noon today. No appointment necessary;

∫ Free Stepping On! workshop for balance, 1 to 3 p.m. today for seven weeks, taught by Mercy Health trauma nurses. To register, call St. Joe’s at the Mall or Renee Kegg at 330-480-3907;

∫ Talk With A Doc, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, with Lacey Rosati speaking about “Osteoporosis and the Spine.” Call to register. FreelLunch;

∫ Mercy Health Mobile Mammography bus will be at St. Joe’s at the Mall parking area on Thursday. Also available is 3D mammography. This screening is covered by most health plans. Call to schedule a visit;

∫ The American Heart Walk, 9 a.m. Saturday at Wean Park. If you would like to be a part of St. Joe’s at the Mall team call to register;

∫ Crib and Car Seat Class, 2 to 3 p.m. May 24, with the Trumbull County Health District. Call 330-675-2489 to register and for further information;

∫ Free notary public services and free living wills and durable power of attorney for health care, 1 to4 p.m. May 26;

∫ Free peripheral vascular disease screening, 1 to 4 p.m. May 26.By appointment only.

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 district.

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

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

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

Howland — 7 p.m. second Tuesday, Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland Wilson Road NE.

Warren — 10 a.m. third Wednesday, Trumbull Regional Medical Center, 1350 E. Market St., conference room F, Warren.

Groups meet monthly. For more information or to confirm, please contact the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

NAR-ANON MEETS: Nar-anon meets 7 p.m. Fridays at the Rust City Church, 5555 Youngstown Warren Road, Niles.

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

WATER BOTTLE FITNESS: SCOPE Senior Services now offers a free water bottle fitness class with Jim Marlowe 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays at the YWCA, 375 N. Park Ave., Warren. Call 330-399-8846 to reserve a seat in the class.

Call 330-399-8846 for more details.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT VACCINATIONS: The Trumbull County Combined Health District offers vaccinations to children and adults. For information, call 330-675-2590, Ext. 3. Adult TB testing is available by appointment.

LIVE WELL TRUMBULL: Trumbull County companies and organizations are launching “Live Well Trumbull” to help residents achieve optimal well-being. Founding partners include the Trumbull County Combined Health District, Warren City Health District, Mercy Health, Steward Health, Kent State University at Trumbull, Directions Home of Eastern Ohio, SCOPE, Trumbull Community Action Program, Trumbull County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board, YMCA of Youngstown, We Thrive Together and hChoices, a Youngstown Business Incubator portfolio company.

The Live Well Trumbull website — https://livewelltrumbull.com — provides education, information and resources, wellness challenges, programming and events and virtual exercise classes, cooking demonstrations, art classes and games. Live Well Trumbull is accessible from any internet-ready device.

For more information, email info@livewelltrumbull.com.

ALZHEIMER’S OFFERS IN PERSON GROUPS: The Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater East Ohio Area Chapter will offer educational programs and support groups in-person starting this month while continuing virtual options.

The chapter will continue to follow all state and local health guidelines regarding masks, social distancing and meeting size. Volunteers and event participants are encouraged to be vaccinated, but it is not required. While masks are optional (unless required by the venue site), unvaccinated and compromised participants should consider wearing masks when attending programs and other meetings.

The Greater East Ohio Area Alzheimer’s staff will continue to work remotely. Members of the community can call the association’s 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900 or visit alz.org/crf to learn more about education programs.


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