Health and Wellness Briefs, April 29, 2013

Brain injuries conference in Junction

The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado will sponsor a regional conference from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Two Rivers Convention Center.

Speakers will include Nadine Lund, who will discuss the impact of brain injuries on families; Peter Burg, who will discuss legal actions that can be taken for brain injury survivors; Pat Schniederjan, who will talk about concussions; Edith Johnson, who will discuss returning to work after a brain injury; and Kara and Alice Brouhard, who will discuss assistive technologies.

It costs $49 per person to attend the conference. Visit BIA to register.

St. Mary’s dance to aid senior programs


The St. Mary’s Senior Companion and Foster Grandparent Programs will sponsor a Dancing Under the Stars fundraiser from 6 to 10:30 p.m. May 11 at St. Mary’s Hospital.

The event will begin with dance showcases presented by professionals from La Puerta Dance Studio, followed by open dancing for attendees, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a silent auction.

Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance by calling 263-9091. Proceeds will benefit the Senior Companion and Foster Grandparent programs at the hospital. .

Gluten Free Grand Valley to meet


Gluten Free Grand Valley, a support and resource group for people living gluten-free or who are considering living gluten-free for health or other reasons, will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Masonic Center, 2400 Consistory Court.

May’s meeting will celebrate National Celiac Awareness Month and feature guest speaker Laura Hansen, who will discuss how to read labels and recognize food additives and chemicals. The group also will sample gluten-free treats from Hey Sweet Cakes!

Pre-register to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or connect to the group on Facebook.

Hepatitis C testing free on May 17


To mark May as National Hepatitis Awareness Month, Hep C Connection will offer free hepatitis C testing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 17 at Western Colorado AIDS Project, 805 Main St.

The test will consist of a simple blood screening, and confidential results will be available within 20 minutes of testing. This year’s emphasis for testing is on people born between 1945 and 1965, especially if they have had sexual contact or shared tattoo or hypodermic needles with people infected with hepatitis C or received blood products before 1992.

Hearing loss group to celebrate


The Western Colorado Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America will celebrate May being Better Speech and Hearing Month at its monthly meeting from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave.

Professional adviser Denice Roberts will provide information about assistive devices for people with hearing loss. The devices will be available for meeting attendees to inspect after the presentation, as well as computers equipped with speech reading and auditory rehabilitation software and a computer people can use to register for Walk4Hearing, a fundraising 5K walk to benefit programs and services for people with hearing loss that will take place June 1 in Littleton. Meeting participants will have a chance to assemble materials for community outreach projects.

The meeting is free and pizza will be served. Contact Amy Becktell at 241-2592 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.


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