Health Briefs: Board members recognized for decades of service
Board members recognized for decades of service
The Memorial Regional Health Foundation recently recognized Jeannie Thornberry and Sue Lyster for their years of service on the Foundation Board. Both served 10 years on the board and were involved with building the new hospital. The board thanks them for their volunteer work and contributions to the community.
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.
Rubber Ducky Race and celebration is Aug. 26
Northwest Colorado Health will host the Rubber Ducky Race for Hospice Aug. 26. Tickets are $10.
The race will start at 11 a.m. at the Ranney Street Bridge where Craig firefighters will dump the ducks into the Yampa River. The finish line and a post-race celebration will be at Loudy Simpson Park. There will be kids’ games, face painting, food vendors, live music and tours of a Craig Fire Rescue Truck and Classic Air Medical Helicopter. Ticket holders of the first 10 ducks that cross the finish line receive cash prizes totally $1,000. The grand prize is $500. Proceeds from ticket sales support Northwest Colorado Health’s Hospice and Palliative Care program and patients and families who benefit from end-of-life care in Moffat County. Tickets are available online at northwestcoloradohealth.org/rubber ducky or on the day of the race starting at 9 a.m. at the Ranney Street Bridge. For more information, call at 970-871-7609.
If you’ve had chickenpox, you can get shingles
Shingles is a disease that affects the nerves. It can cause burning, shooting pain, tingling, and/or itching, as well as a rash and blisters. Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. After chickenpox, the virus continues to live in some nerve cells. It is usually inactive, and most adults with the leftover virus in their bodies never get shingles. But, for about one in three adults, the virus will become active again. Instead of causing another case of chickenpox, it produces shingles. Experts do not totally understand what makes the virus go from inactive to active.
To learn more, find out about symptoms, treatments, and the shingles vaccine, visit the National Institute on Aging’s shingles webpage at: http://bit.ly/2vUYLdk
Yellow Fever Vaccine Stock-out
YF-Vax, the only yellow fever vaccine licensed in the United States, is out of stock. If you’re planning travel to Africa or Central or South America, you may need yellow fever vaccine for your trip. Sanofi Pasteur has worked with CDC and FDA to provide travelers with an alternate vaccine, Stamaril, until YF-Vax is again available. Sites offering Stamaril are limited. Prepare for your trip by finding a Stamaril clinic near you.
Measles in Europe
CDC is reminding travelers to make sure they’re protected against measles before international travel. More than 14,000 cases of measles have been reported in Europe since January 2016, and CDC has issued travel notices for 5 European countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Romania). Protect yourself and your family by getting vaccinated before international travel, including an early dose for infants 6–11 months old and two doses for kids 1 year and older.
Tips for dealing with forgetfulness
People experiencing forgetfulness can use a variety of techniques that may help them stay healthy and deal with changes in their memory and mental skills. The National Institutes on Aging suggest trying to:
• Learn a new skill.
• Stay involved in activities that can help both the mind and body.
• Volunteer in your community, at a school, or at your place of worship.
• Spend time with friends and family.
• Use memory tools such as big calendars, to-do lists, and notes to yourself.
• Put your wallet or purse, keys, and glasses in the same place each day.
• Don’t drink too much alcohol.
• Get help if you feel depressed for weeks at a time.
Visit their website for more tips and to learn about what to do if you start noticing memory problems. http://bit.ly/2x0U52M
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 northwestcoloradohealth.org/agingwell or call 970-871-7676.
Chicken veggie soup, biscuit, tossed salad, frog eye salad
Vocalist Becky Field
Pizza, salad, dessert
Fair Day. Share your crafts and creations for the Moffat County Fair.
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.