Health and Wellness briefs: Oct. 11, 2016

White Cane Safety Day on Saturday

Every Oct. 15, the National Federation of the Blind celebrates National White Cane Safety Day.

To make our people more fully aware of the meaning of the white cane and of the need for motorists to exercise special care for the blind persons who carry it, Congress, by a joint resolution approved in 1964 authorized the president to proclaim Oct. 15 of each year as White Cane Safety Day.

The local organization’s chapter will be doing a white cane walk down Main Street Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The walk will start at 7th and Main, and organizers will be handing out flyers with information about the local chapter and how to get involved.

You can find out more information on white cane safety day at

Irien Syndrome Awareness next week


The third-annual International Irlen Syndrome Awareness Week will take place from Oct. 17-22 this year. Approximately 15 percent of the general population suffers from Irlen Syndrome, the brain’s inability to process visual information, affecting daily functioning. Patients of all ages and ethnicities may experience syndrome symptoms, which include light sensitivity, headaches or migraines, difficulty or discomfort when reading, eye strain, and distorted print text or environment.

Learning Associates of the Grand Valley provides services for individuals with Irlen Syndrome in western Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. The following events are planned for Grand Junction:

■ 5K Walk at Colorado Mesa University on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon.

■ Irlen Syndrome Book Group meeting at Barnes &Noble, Oct. 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ A “Turn Out the Lights” event will occur in countries around the world on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. and all businesses, schools, and public buildings are asked to turn out the fluorescent lights for one minute in support of Irlen Syndrome sufferers.

■ Out West Books, 533 Main St., on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Irlen Syndrome specialists will be on hand to provide information and pre-screening for Irlen Syndrome. All who come are entered into a raffle for free screening, a $100 value.

■ Mesa County Public Library, Downtown Branch, Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the Irlen Syndrome display, get information about the disorder and learn how it impacts affected individuals.

■ Senior Health Fair at Two Rivers Convention Center, Friday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the Learning Associates of the Grand Valley exhibit.

■ Irlen Syndrome information and mini-screenings, Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Mesa Mall.

Gold’s Gym to host Senior Fitness Fair


Would you like to see your parents or grandparents improve their fitness? Are you having trouble encouraging them to be more physically active?

Gold’s Gym will host a free to the public Senior Fitness Fair on Nov. 5, which offers Senior-friendly tests for balance, strength, agility and flexibility. Participants get instant results allowing them to compare their individual results according to age and gender groups. Ages 60 to 94 are welcome to come.

The fair will be Saturday, Nov. 5, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tests take 35 minutes to complete.

It will be held at the Clifton Gold’s Gym, 3229 Interstate 70 Business Loop.

Seniors participate in six age-appropriate tests with modifications in place for physical limitations. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear.


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