Craig health briefs for May 2, 2015: VNA to host documentary “Cyber-Seniors” Wednesday | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig health briefs for May 2, 2015: VNA to host documentary “Cyber-Seniors” Wednesday

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will host a screening of the documentary "Cyber-Seniors" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Moffat County High School. Doors open at 5 pm. Tickets are $15. Proceeds will benefit the VNA's Aging Well program.

The film is about a group of seniors taking their first steps into cyberspace with the help of teenage mentors. The screening kicks off a joint project with the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, which will match youth mentors with seniors interested in learning internet and social media skills.

Tickets for the screening are available at the VNA in Craig, 745 Russell Street, and at the door. For more information, call 970-871-7696. For information about the film, go to http://www.cyberseniorsdocumentary.com.

VNA welcomes new provider

Cinde Porter, PA-C, has joined the medical team at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Community Health Center in Craig. Cinde has been a practicing physician's assistant for 25 years and has provided care in many areas, including family medicine, urgent care and emergency medicine. She has lived in Craig six years and previously worked at The Memorial Hospital Clinic.

Hickenlooper declares May Mental Health Month

Gov. John Hickenlooper joined Reggie Bicha, executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services, as well as industry partners and advocacy leaders Friday to proclaim May as Mental Health Month and recognize Colorado Crisis Services, Colorado's statewide mental health resource.

TMH offers childbirth class

The Memorial Hospital will offer a childbirth class at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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The class is taught by retired nurse Jan Schroeder, and will cover exercises and proper care for expecting mothers and what to expect at the hospital from start to finish. It will include a tour of the OB department at TMH.

The class is open to women from pre-pregnancy to delivery. The cost is $40. To register or for more information, call the TMH OB department at 970-824-9411.

The class is offered every other month on the second Saturday of the month.

VNA offers free cardiovascular screenings

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association provides cardiovascular screenings, including blood pressure, Body Mass Index, cholesterol panel, glucose screening and personalized education regarding a person's risk for heart disease.

There is no charge for the service. For more information or to make an appointment, call 970-871-7696.

VNA reminds residents to protect themselves from Hantavirus

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association advises precautions when cleaning areas inhabited by rodents. Hantavirus is a serious, potentially fatal respiratory illness carried primarily by deer mice. People can be infected by breathing in dirt and dust contaminated with deer mouse urine and feces. Most cases occur in the spring and summer.

The illness can begin one to six weeks after exposure. Early symptoms are fatigue, fever and muscle aches and may also include headaches, dizziness, chills and abdominal problems. If a person experiences these symptoms and has potentially been exposed to rodents, they should seek medical attention immediately.

Hantavirus can be prevented by cleaning up possible rodent food sources and nesting sites around the home, work area or campsite. For information about safely cleaning rodent areas, go to http://www.cdc.gov/rodents/cleaning/.