Briefs: Local Health December 16, 2008

Women & Wine promotion raises $3,495

• The Women & Wine program at Two Rivers Winery raised $3,495 for St. Mary’s Breast Cancer Prevention Fund.
During the month of October, the winery donated $1 from every bottle of wine sold from its tasting room and participating restaurants.
The Breast Cancer Prevention Fund helps women who cannot afford procedures such as mammograms and promotes early detection and prevention of breast cancer.
The winery will present a check today to the St. Mary’s Foundation for the fund.

Group helps those with hepatitis C

• Hep C Connection is a support group for people with hepatitis C or people who know someone with hepatitis C.
The free, confidential group is led by a professional facilitator and meets from 5:15 p.m.–6:45 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month in the Community Services Building, 510 29 1/2 Road, Room 1060.
To learn more about this support group or for information regarding hepatitis C support and services, call 800-522-HEPC (4372).

Health care licensing rules addressed

• The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies’ Division of Registrations is holding two informational sessions to address changes in licensing and registration requirements, responsibilities and deadlines for people in certain health care fields, as well as other professionals.
There will be two sessions on Thursday , both at City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. Fifth St.
The first session, for athlete agents, massage therapists and physicians, is at 9 a.m.
The second session, for accountants, architects, occupational therapists and anyone who prescribes controlled substances, begins at 12:30 p.m.
To register for these sessions, go to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
The informational meetings will cover new registration and licensing rules, educational requirements and important deadlines.

Comfort Keepers offers holidays tips

With the holiday season approaching, Comfort Keepers, an in-home care services provider in Grand Junction, has tips for family members with aging relatives to help everyone have a happy and healthy holiday season.

• Find a senior citizen group to help a aging relative get out of the house and meet people with similar interests.

•  Send holiday cards to elderly relatives to encourage communication among family.

•  Give the gift of brain teasers, memory games and mathematical puzzles to stimulate the brain.

•  Give an aging relative a Christmas gift list for other relatives or shop with the relative if that’s possible.

•  Consider hiring an in-home companion to ensure your relative has a companion and social interaction.

Car club gives toys to hospital

• On Saturday , the Just for Fun Car Club dropped off dozens of new stuffed toys at Community Hospital so that physicians and nurses have something to give young patients in the emergency department this holiday season.
This is the ninth year the Just for Fun Car Club has done its toy drive.
“The cold and flu and accident season hit hard after Thanksgiving, and we see many children during the holidays,” said Tami Roberts, a nurse in Community’s emergency department. “We have so much fun looking for that ‘special’ stuffed animal that will match each child’s personality. These donations really brighten the holiday season for the children.”


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