Health Briefs, Sept. 11, 2012

Flu shots offered to veterans

The Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center began its annual flu shot clinic last Wednesday and will continue to host a walk-in clinic from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. on weekdays throughout influenza season at the medical center, 2121 North Ave.

Drive-through clinics will also be available from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 18 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 30. Drive-through clinics allow veterans with limited mobility to get flu shots while remaining in their cars. Veterans need only proof of military service to receive a flu shot at the walk-in or drive-through clinic.

As of last week, VA Medical Center satellite clinics in Montrose, Glenwood Springs, Craig and Moab, Utah, had not yet received flu shot shipments.

Scleroderma support group to meet


The Western Slope Scleroderma Support Group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 29 in the conference room at The Artful Cup, a coffee shop in the historic Miller Homestead on the Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado campus at 3090A North 12th St.

This is the first meeting of the Western Slope Scleroderma Support Group. Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease that affects connective tissue and can harden skin. The meeting will include introductions, refreshments, discussion of how participants would like the meetings to run,and suggestions for speakers at future meetings.

Call 303-806-6686 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

Motherhood transition focus of meeting


The September meeting of BellyTalk will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 22 at Hampton Inn, 205 Main St.

The talk, titled, “The Art of Pregnancy and Honoring Transitions,” will focus on the journey of pregnancy and how women transition emotionally in different ways into motherhood. Maternity, birth photography, journaling and “blessingways” will be discussed.

Reserve a seat at Tickets are $10 per person or $15 per couple.

‘Apptivities’ workshop Oct. 2 at MDS


“Way Cool ‘Apptivities:’ There’s an App for That!,” a workshop about using the iPad and iPod to assist people with disabilities, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 2 at Mesa Developmental Services, 950 Grand Ave.

The workshop is designed to teach people with a basic understanding of iPad tablets about different applications and delve into more ways to use the tablet. Apps for speech therapy, behavior, math, memory enhancement and other uses will be demonstrated. Maureen Melonis, director of Assistive Technology Partners at the University of Colorado at Denver, will lead the workshop.

Registration is $80 before the end of the day today and $120 for those who register between this Wednesday and Sept. 25. A registration form and more information are available at

Women’s cleansing retreat in October


A women’s cleansing retreat will take place Oct. 4-7 at Stone Forest Retreat Center in Cedaredge.

The four-day retreat will offer yoga; supported self-expression; guided meditations; time for self-exploration; cleansing breath work; and organic meals of fruits, vegetables, salads and juices. Meals, lodging, gift bags and use of the center’s steam room are included in the $360 fee for the retreat. Massages and private healing sessions will be available for an additional fee.

Reserve a space by paying the full amount for the retreat by Sept. 27. Payment can be sent to Cindy Schmidt, 524 Gunnison Ave., Grand Junction, CO 81501. Call Cindy at 985-2416 or Paule Stiefler at 261-4664.


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