Health Briefs, June 12, 2012

Massage fundraiser to aid cancer patient

A fundraiser to help local Leukemia patient Zachariah Walker pay his medical expenses will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. today at Yoga West Collective, 1025 Main St.

The “Bucks for Bowen” event will offer participants a Bowen therapy massage from a local certified therapist for a donation of $20 or more. All proceeds will go to Walker’s treatment. A Bowen therapy massage involves a therapist using his or her thumbs and fingers to gently relax the body.

Call 270-6750 for information.

Men’s grief group offered for 8 weeks


Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado will offer a grief group called “Just for Men” for men who have had a loved one pass away.

The group will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays for eight weeks beginning today. Each meeting will take place at the Miller Homestead, 3090 N. 12th St., Unit A.

Go to for more information.

June Adult Protection Awareness Month


The cities of Grand Junction and Fruita, town of Palisade and Mesa County all plan to declare June National Adult Protection Awareness Month in order to draw attention to abuse of adults.

Mesa County Department of Human Services personnel receive 50 adult protection referrals each month, on average. Anyone over the age of 17 who is unable to protect themselves due to their age or a physical or mental disability who is abused or neglected can seek an adult protection referral or someone may make that referral for the person.

Go to or call the Adult Protection Hotline at 248-2888 to get more information about adult abuse or neglect. Anyone who wants to report adult abuse or neglect can call the hotline anonymously.

Caregiver conference next week


The 11th Annual Caregiver’s Toolbox Conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 20 at Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main St.

Registration is $10 per person and includes lunch, sessions and materials. All caregivers, including family members, professionals and volunteers, are invited to the conference, which will feature sessions about legal issues for caregivers, financial resources for caregiving, advance care planning and more. Jane W. Barton will offer the keynote speech, “The Destabilizing Nature of Illness and Disability and Ritual: Integration of Mind, Body and Spirit.”

Call Western Colorado 211 or 244-8400 to register or call Dave Norman, director of the Area Agency on Aging, at 248-2717. Caregivers worried about having someone to care for the person they serve during the conference qualify for free respite care of anyone 60 and up during the conference time.

New skin tightening procedure offered


The “Lunch Lift” skin-tightening procedure, more formally known as the Pelleve Treatment, is now available at Le MedSpa, 2530 N. Eighth St., Suite 203.

The procedure involves a dermatologist applying a constant radiofrequency energy into the skin, which heats the space where fat and skin meet and stimulates collagen growth over the six months following the procedure. The collagen growth helps tighten skin and reduce wrinkles.

For more information contact the spa at 256-7546.

Vein procedure available at GJ Vascular


The varicose vein treatment surgery known as Venefit is being offered at Grand Junction Vascular, 1050 Wellington Ave.

The Venefit procedure involves inserting a catheter into a patient’s leg and heating a varicose vein until it collapses and seals off, sending blood through healthier veins. An article on last Tuesday’s health page said Surgical Associates of Western Colorado is the only place approved by Rocky Mountain HMO to perform Venefit procedures, but the insurance coverage also applies to Venefit procedures at Grand Junction Vascular.

Care center welcomes new physician


Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Mary Clark recently became an on-site physician at Heritage Park Care Center at 1200 Village Road in Carbondale.

Clark, who lives in Grand Junction, will work with a range of patients at the nursing home and help with transitions between hospitals and the facility, pharmacy communications, and response to medical emergencies.


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