Health Briefs: Communities that Care hosting retreat Tuesday |

Health Briefs: Communities that Care hosting retreat Tuesday

Community members who are interested or involved in youth health-related work are invited to a Communities That Care retreat, noon to 4 p.m., Aug. 8 at Clarion Inn & Suites. Communities that Care (CTC) is a collaborative, community driven process that aims to strengthen and supplement existing prevention work to reduce alcohol and substance use, violence and delinquency in youth. The program is being implemented in communities throughout Colorado. The retreat will provide details about CTC and establish work groups to begin implementing the program in Moffat County. Lunch will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, contact Amanda Ott at 970-870-4101 or To learn more about CTC, visit

Medications, Diabetes and Summer Heat

Extreme temperatures can damage medications and diabetes-related equipment left out in the heat for long periods of time. To protect medications while out in the sun:

• Avoid placing insulin or diabetes equipment in direct sunlight or in a hot vehicle. Heat may cause damage or change the way medication or devices work.

• While traveling or working outdoors, keep insulin and other medications in a cooler. Do not put insulin directly on ice or on a gel pack, because it may get damaged.

• Check with health care providers to address any questions about your current medication routine and how heat may affect your diabetes.

Naloxone, reverses opioid overdose, is available over the counter in Colorado

Colorado drug overdose deaths are increasing dramatically. The life-saving drug naloxone can reverse overdoses of opioids and heroin. It’s now available at some Colorado pharmacies — including City Market pharmacies in both Steamboat and Craig — without a prescription. Costs vary.

Adults need vaccines too

Vaccines are not just for kids. The need for immunization doesn’t end for adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds adults of the importance of getting vaccinated to protect yourselves and loved ones from serious diseases. Protection from vaccines received as a child can wear off over time, and new and different diseases may require new vaccinations. The specific vaccines needed by adults are determined by age, job, lifestyle, health conditions, travel and vaccination history.

To learn more, visit:

Wellness Wednesday lunch and speaker schedule for August

Wellness Wednesday offers fitness classes, wellness checks with a nurse, activities, lunch and guest speakers for older adults. It’s held every Wednesday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. For more information visit or call 970-871-7676.

 Aug. 9

Baked Penne, salad, fresh fruit

Learn about Pickleball with Susan Eschen

 Aug. 16

Chicken pasta salad, pickled beets, roll, cookie

Lisa Brown, CEO of Northwest Colorado Health

 Aug. 23

Chicken veggie soup, biscuit, tossed salad, frog eye salad

Vocalist Becky Field

 Aug. 30

Pizza, salad, dessert

Fair Day. Share your crafts and creations for the Moffat County Fair.

Take precautions with bats, which may carry rabies

Rabies is a potentially deadly virus transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal. Some bats have tested positive for rabies in Northwest Colorado. Follow these precautions to avoid exposure to potentially infected bats or other wild animals:

Never touch a wild bat or any other wild animal.

Teach children who find a bat to leave it alone and tell an adult.

Keep your doors and windows covered with intact screens. Do not leave screenless doors or windows open in the evening.

If you have bats in your house, call a professional trapper with experience removing bats from homes.

Keep your pets up to date on rabies vaccines. Call your veterinarian if you are unsure of your pet’s vaccination status.

If you are exposed to a bat, if possible, safely collect the animal using a shovel (do not use your hands, even if you are wearing gloves) and contact Northwest Colorado Health at 970-824-8233. If you are bitten by a bat or awake to find a bat in the room where you are sleeping, contact your medical provider and Northwest Colorado Health. For more information, go to


Tickets are available for Rubber Ducky Race Aug. 26

Northwest Colorado Health will host the Rubber Ducky Race for Hospice August 26. Tickets are $10. The race will start at 11 a.m. at the Ranney Street Bridge. A celebration with children’s activities and food vendors will follow at Loudy Simpson Park. There will be $1,000 in cash prizes including a $500 grand prize. All proceeds benefit Northwest Colorado Health’s Hospice program. You don’t need to be present to win. Purchase tickets online at You also can get tickets at Northwest Colorado Health locations, Yampa Valley Bank or the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

Volunteers are needed to help with pre-event ticket sales and other aspects of the event.

Call Kyleigh Lawler for more information at 970-871-7609.

Help for when Alzheimer’s disease affects sleeping habits

Someone with Alzheimer’s may sleep a lot or not enough, and may wake up many times during the night. It may be hard to get the person to go to bed and stay there. Here are 6 tips from the National Institute on Aging that may help caregivers manage sleep problems in people with Alzheimer’s disease:

• Help the person get exercise each day, limit naps and make sure the person gets enough rest at night. Being overtired can increase late-afternoon and nighttime restlessness.

• Plan activities that use more energy early in the day. For example, try bathing in the morning or having the largest family meal in the middle of the day.

• Set a quiet, peaceful mood in the evening to help the person relax. Keep the lights low, try to reduce the noise levels, and play soothing music if he or she enjoys it.

• Try to have the person go to bed at the same time each night. A bedtime routine, such as reading out loud, also may help.

• Limit caffeine.

• Use nightlights in the bedroom, hall, and bathroom.

Learn more about sleep and Alzheimer’s disease by visiting: