Health Briefs: Wellness Wednesday lunch and speaker schedule for December
Wellness Wednesday offers fitness classes, wellness checks with a nurse, activities, lunch and guest speakers for older adults. The event is held every Wednesday at The Journey Church. For a full schedule, visit northwestcoloradohealth.org/agingwell or call 970-871-7676.
Dec. 21: No Wellness Wednesday
Dec. 28: Pizza, salad and dessert and New Year’s party
Advocates Crisis Support Services hotline
One in 15 children is exposed to domestic violence, which places such children at risk for serious physical, emotional and behavioral issues. Advocates Crisis Support Services wishes everyone a safe and peaceful holiday and reminds the community if a crisis strikes, call the 24-hour local hotline at 970-824-2400.
Program helps people at risk for type 2 diabetes
Northwest Colorado Health will host a lifestyle change program for individuals who have pre-diabetes or are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Program participants will meet from 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays beginning Jan. 12 at Northwest Colorado Health, 745 Russell St. Participants will work with a lifestyle coach in a group environment, learning how to set realistic, achievable goals focused on nutrition, exercise and stress management to prevent or delay diabetes and complications. To learn more about the program, visit cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention. For more information or to sign up, call 970-870-4118.
Help is available for insurance enrollment
Individuals who need health insurance or need to renew their plans must do so by Jan. 31. There are new plans and prices every year. Financial help is available to lower monthly costs. Freem in-person assistance is available to help find the right plan. Those who are already enrolled need to renew their plans to retain coverage.
There are tax penalties for not having health insurance. Enrollments must be completed by the following deadlines.
• Jan. 15 for coverage beginning Feb. 1
• Jan. 31 for coverage beginning March 1
For free assistance, contact a Health Coverage Guide at Northwest Colorado Health at 970-871-7324. Drop-in open enrollment assistance also is available from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at YampaCare Family Medicine, 595 Russell St. For more information and resources, visit northwestcoloradohealth.org/healthinsurance.
New Grand Junction assisted living 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, 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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