Health and wellness briefs

Help for families of mentally ill

A free, 12-week class for family members and caregivers of a loved one living with mental illness takes place from 6:30 to 
8:30 p.m. on consecutive Wednesdays starting March 12.

Learn about symptoms and clinical treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and co-occurring brain disorder and addictive disorder.

The class is designed to provide students with empathy for their loved ones through understanding the subjective, real-life experience of a person with mental illness. Learn problem-solving, listening, and communication techniques and acquire strategies for handling crisis and relapse. Learn how to cope with worry, stress and emotional overload and improve communication with loved ones.

For information and to register, call 462-3989 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Please specify if you are wanting to sign up for the military families class.

Registration is required by March 1.

Free workshop on elder depression


Attend a free educational seminar about depression among people 65 years of age and older starting at 10 a.m. Feb. 26 in the lower level of the US Bank Building, 422 White Ave.

While people 65 and older account for 12 percent of the population, they represent 16 to 25 percent of the suicides, according to a recent New York Times article.  “Detecting suicidal impulses in older people often depended on the ability of family members and friends to recognize warning signs and act on them,” said Dr. Gary Kennedy, director of geriatric psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center.

On Feb. 26, Karen Levad, executive director of the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation, will talk about some of the contributing factors that increase the potential of suicide in the elderly and provide training to help caregivers know how to recognize and intervene when they fear that someone is potentially suicidal.

The workshop, sponsored by RSVP, takes place in the lower level of US Bank, 422 White Ave. from 10 a.m. to noon. 

Seating is limited. Call (970) 243-9839 for reservations.

Hilltop recognizes outstanding employee


Hilltop Community Resources recently recognized Meghan Nedveki as Hilltop’s 2013 Mission Award Winner. 

Every year, 12 employees nominated by co-workers or supervisors compete for the Mission Award. The award goes to the employee who best represents Hilltop’s mission: “Leading through action to make a difference for people of all ages.”

Nedveki received the honor at Hilltop’s annual Employee Recognition Banquet on Jan. 24.

“Meghan has done a masterful job at living the mission of Hilltop throughout the year at an extremely high level,”  Hilltop CEO Mike Stahl said in a news release. “She started at Hilltop in 2003 at an entry level position while attending college. She is a quick learner, a doer not a talker, has excellent follow through and is the first to take responsibility for her actions. Hired as a line cook, she became a supervisor three years later and within a year took over as the kitchen manager at The Commons of Hilltop.”

The Commons is an assisted living and independent living community where “seniors embrace life to the fullest in a community filled with things to do, places to go and people to see,” Stahl said.

Call for exhibitors at health expo


Exhibitor and sponsorship applications are being accepted for the third annual Health & Wellness Expo in Glenwood Springs. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 at Ramada Inn & Suites.

The exposition is being produced locally in hopes of providing information and education about integrative health and preventative wellness solutions that are available throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.

The event will feature more than 30 educational vendor booths, informative speakers and interactive activities for all ages.

For information and to apply, visit http://www.healthandwellness

Free classes, radon kits available


Montrose County Health and Human Services hosts several radon classes to increase public awareness about the health risks of radon and will provide free radon test kits to homeowners. 

Approximately 50 percent of the homes in Colorado have radon levels in excess of the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended action level.

Radon is estimated to cause 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year, according to the U.S. surgeon general. It is a naturally occurring radioactive gas and has no color, odor or taste. 

Radon enters a housing structure by moving from uranium-bearing granite deposits in the soil to the atmosphere because there is a lower concentration of radon in the atmosphere than in the soil.

The most common routes include: spaces between basement walls and slab, cracks in foundations and walls, openings around sump pumps and drains, construction joints and plumbing penetrations, crawl spaces and well-water with high radon concentrations.

“Long-term exposure to elevated radon levels can pose a serious health risk and affects many homes in Colorado,” Environmental Health Manager Jim Austin said in a news release.

Classes take place at the Montrose County Health and Human Services Board Room, 1845 S. Townsend Ave., Montrose.

Classes are scheduled in Montrose at:

■ 2 to 3 p.m. and 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Thursday

■ 2 to 3 p.m. and 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Feb. 18

■ 2 to 3 p.m. and 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Feb. 29

Radon education courses will also be offered in Delta, Ouray, San Miguel, Gunnison and Hinsdale counties.

For information, call 252-5067.


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