Health Briefs: Wellness Wednesday lunch and speaker schedule for September
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 northwestcoloradohealth.org/agingwell or call 970-871-7676.
Turkey goulash, seasoned carrots, green salad, fruit cup
Amy Haskins, Memorial Regional Health
Sloppy Joe, seasoned mixed veggies, green salad, cake
Janet Sheridan will speak about creative writing
Ham and beans, cornbread, green salad, frog-eye salad
Liane Davis-Kling will speak about book club
Grief support group will start Sept. 12
Northwest Colorado Health will host Facing the Mourning, a grief education and support group 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 12 through Oct. 17 at the Northwest Colorado Health Yampa Avenue office, 485 Yampa Ave. The group is open to anyone coping with the loss of a friend or a loved one. For more information, please call Sandy Beran at 970-871-7682.
Meeting about grief support will be held in Hayden Sept. 13
Northwest Colorado Health is gauging interest for a grief support group in Hayden. Individuals who are experiencing a difficult life transition or loss are invited to have tea and learn more about grief education and support during times of change. The tea will be 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Hayden Congregational Church. An ongoing monthly support group will be established if there is sufficient interest. For more information, call Dr. Jo Anne Grace at 970-846-8319 or Pastor Jane Kramer at 970-276-3510.
How is the Affordable Care Act working in Northwest Colorado?
Be among the first to know how the Affordable Care Act is working in Northwest Colorado at the release of the 2017 Colorado Health Access Survey. The 10,000-person survey measures insurance coverage and access to care in the Centennial State. The Colorado Health Institute event will held in both Steamboat Springs and Craig.
When: 3:15 p.m. on Sept. 19
Where: Olympian Hall, 845 Howelsen Pkwy, Steamboat Springs
When: 9:15 am on Sept. 20
Where: The Memorial Hospital, Conference Rooms A/B, 750 Hospital Loop, Craig
Admission is free. Refreshments will be provided.
Diabetics are urged to keep vaccines up to date to stay healthy
People with diabetes—type 1 or type 2—are at higher risk for serious problems from certain diseases that can be prevented with a vaccine. Talk to your health care professional about getting your vaccines up to date. Make a plan to get your vaccines today.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following vaccines for adults with diabetes:
• Influenza: This vaccine protects against the seasonal flu and is recommended to be taken every year.
• Pneumococcal: These vaccines protect against pneumococcal disease, including serious complications like pneumonia or meningitis.
• Hepatitis B: This vaccine series protects against hepatitis B, a serious liver infection.
•Tdap: This vaccine protects against tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough).
• Zoster: This vaccine protects against shingles.
• All of these vaccines are important especially for people with chronic health conditions including diabetes to get the influenza, pneumococcal, and hepatitis vaccines.
For information on how to take care of your diabetes and stay healthy, visit the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) at the CDC website.
Sign up to get more information about diabetes from CDC and NDEP. Select “Diabetes Education Materials” from the subscription options.
Choose When Helps pay for LARCS
Assistance is now available for women who would like long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCS). If you want the most effective form of birth control but can’t afford it, Choose When can help. Choose When is a community funded project that is helping women in our area get IUDs and hormonal implants at low or no cost. IUDs and implants are long-acting, reversible and safe. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Northwest Colorado Health at 970-824-8233.
Northwest Colorado Health is seeking new board members
Northwest Colorado Health, a nonprofit organization based in Routt and Moffat counties, is accepting applications for new board members. Northwest Colorado Health delivers health and wellness services to residents through three program areas: Primary care (including dental and behavioral health services), public health and home health and hospice. The organization also operates The Haven Assisted Living Center in Hayden. Northwest Colorado Health serves all residents, regardless of their ability to pay. Board members attend one, two-hour meeting per month and choose to serve on at least one committee. Individuals with experience in finance, human resources, community outreach, policy development or quality assurance are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Lisa Brown, CEO, at 970-871-7620.
Epilepsy and seizures in older adults
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epilepsy Program has determined that seizures are more likely to develop in older adults.
Epilepsy is a broad term used for a brain disorder that causes seizures. In the United States, 2.4 million adults aged 18 years or older have active epilepsy. About 1 percent of adults 65 years of age and older have active epilepsy, which is about 447,000 people. That’s about the size of Corpus Christi, Texas. With the aging of the population, we can expect to see greater numbers of people with epilepsy.
Epilepsy is more likely to develop in older adults rather than younger adults because as people age, the risk of seizures and epilepsy rises. Some older adults may have lived with epilepsy throughout their lives, but others might develop epilepsy later in life. It isn’t always easy to tell when you, a friend or family member, or someone you care for develops epilepsy later in life.
That’s because seizures are harder to recognize in older adults, and many go unnoticed. For example, memory problems, confusion, falls, dizziness, or sensory changes like numbness are often blamed on “getting older.” However, these can actually be signs of seizures.
It is important to recognize and report these signs and symptoms to a health care provider so they can determine the cause and recommend the right treatment.
Learn to recognize the signs of seizures and how you can find help by visiting: https://www.cdc.gov/features/epilepsy-older-adults/index.html.
One doesn’t necessarily need to know Beka Warren personally to recognize her name as one of Northwest Colorado’s biggest champions of health equality for underserved populations and a tireless advocate for ensuring local resources exist for victims of crime and trauma.