Health Briefs: Sunset Meadows prepares Nifty 90s celebration |

Health Briefs: Sunset Meadows prepares Nifty 90s celebration

Staff members at Sunset Meadows are preparing the annual Nifty 90s Birthday Celebration for residents who are 90 years old and older. This year’s celebration is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 10.

Myranda Marshall, office assistant at Sunset Meadows, said the celebration includes dinner, desert, prizes, songs and other activities. The theme, she said, will revolve around superheroes.

“They love it,” Marshall said of the residents. “They’re usually excited for the parties.”

Marshall said that the whole community is invited, but that people should call 970-824-3660 in advance. She said people can also make financial donations for the celebration, or donate gift cards and other small gifts.

NRCS provides additional funding to address energy conservation

DENVER — Agricultural producers in Colorado who are interested in identifying ways to conserve energy on their farm, or who want to implement conservation practices recommended in an energy audit such as irrigation water management, lighting system improvements, or residue and tillage management are encouraged to apply for the second round of 2016 funding available thru USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) on-farm energy initiative.

Applications must be received by Friday, July 15.

The NRCS on-farm energy initiative provides eligible landowners technical information and financial assistance that identifies how energy can be used more efficiently to reduce input costs, increases productivity per unit of energy consumed by equipment and lighting, and reduces air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions caused when energy is generated for agricultural use.

New member named to Connect for Health Colorado Board of Directors

DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper has named Kyle M. Brown, the governor’s Senior Health Policy Advisor, to the Connect for Health Colorado® Board of Directors to serve in an ex-officio capacity.

The Connect for Health Colorado board has nine voting members and three ex-officio (non-voting) members. They are appointed by Republican and Democratic leaders in the state Legislature and by the governor.

As the senior health policy advisor, Brown advises the governor on legislation, regulations and agency actions related to health and human services. Previously, he was the special projects coordinator at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, where he focused on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and connecting criminal justice involved populations with healthcare.

Avoid mosquito bites and West Nile virus

Northwest Colorado Health (formerly Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association) advises precautions against mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile virus.

· Drain standing water where mosquitoes lay eggs. Empty old tires, cans, flower pots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels and toys where puddles occur.

· Limit outdoor activities or take precautions during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

· Dress in long sleeves and pants in active mosquito areas.

· Insect repellents containing DEET are effective in repelling mosquitoes. Always follow label instructions and precautions. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not using insect repellent on children younger than two months old and not using repellents containing more than 30 percent DEET on children. For tips on safely using insect repellents on children, go to (type “insect repellent” in the search box).

West Nile virus is rare, but if you have symptoms including high fever, severe headache and stiff neck, contact your health care provider immediately. For more information, go to Travel to some international destinations may put you at risk for Zika virus, which also is carried by mosquitoes. For more information, go to

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 (formerly Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association) 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

New Grand Junction Assisted Living/Memory Support Community scheduled to open spring 2017

Cappella of Grand Junction, a new assisted living and memory support community, has celebrated the start of construction. The senior living community will feature 40 assisted living and 26 memory support apartment homes and is scheduled to open spring of 2017.

Cappella Living Services (CLS), a Colorado-based senior living organization partnered with Confluent Development, LLC for the development of Cappella of Grand Junction. The community was designed by Rosemann and Associates, LLC Architectural Firm and will be built by Bradbury Stamm Construction.

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