Health Briefs, Oct. 20, 2009

Fundraiser aids Rusty Without Wheels

Rusty Leech traveled to India three times to regain mobility, but all you need to do to get mobile is walk, run or roll in a 5K (3.1 miles).

The Race for Mobility fundraiser to benefit Leech starts at 10 a.m. Sunday at Canyon View Park. A prize giveaway begins at 11 a.m. A Bump ‘n’ Jump will be available for children.

Registration is $30 for adults and $15 for children younger than 12 with a participating adult. Race morning registration starts at 9 a.m. The race benefits Rusty Without Wheels.

Leech was paralyzed from the middle of his back down in 1998. Stem cell treatments helped him gain some nerve sensation and feeling in parts of his body that were paralyzed. For more information about Leech, visit his Web site at http://www.rustywithoutwheels.com.

Health fair for seniors to be Friday

If you are a senior citizen, you might not want to miss Friday’s health fair. The event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Two Rivers Convention Center hosts a number of vendors and wide range of topics at numerous seminars. Some seminar topics include advice for women on managing money, information on minimally invasive joint replacement surgery, how to navigate the Medicare system and information on protecting personal identity.

Local entertainment includes the Bookcliff Barbershop Harmony Chorus, Chuck & Jeanie, the Young Chautauquans, Mesa County Spellbinders and others. A full schedule of events will be printed in Wednesday’s edition of The Daily Sentinel.

Sleep apnea topic of monthly seminar

A free seminar on sleep apnea awareness is offered the third Monday of every month.

The next seminar will be 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Preferred Homecare, 529 25 1/2 Road, Suite B107. For more information call 257-1565.

VA’s ‘Agent Orange’ benefits extended

Veterans Affairs extended its “Agent Orange” benefits to more veterans including Vietnam War veterans with illnesses related to B cell leukemias, such as hairy-cell leukemia, Parkinson’s disease and ischemic heart disease.

Veterans Affairs already lists 12 diseases caused by Agent Orange, an herbicide used in the Vietnam War to defoliate trees and reveal the enemy. Between January 1965 and April 1970, an estimated 2.6 million military personnel were potentially exposed to Agent Orange.

To learn more about benefits for veterans under the program, visit http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange.

Book deals with childhood depression

Although the winter holidays are just around the corner, parents are advised to keep an eye on their children for potential signs of depression.

A new book, “The Secret Strength of Depression” by Dr. Frederic Flach from Hatherleigh Books, encourages parents to be especially mindful of children who have had a major depressive episode.

A major depressive episode is defined as at least a two-week period during which a person experiences decreased moods or loss of pleasure in daily living along with four other symptoms of depression.

In 2007, 8 percent of children aged 12 to 17 experienced one of these episodes a year, according to the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. Flach’s book outlines options to consider when dealing with a child who is depressed, according to a media release for the book.

Hospice plans for volunteer training

Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado will host a training session for potential volunteers.

The training is three consecutive nights from 5:15 to 9:15 starting Oct. 27. Dinner will be provided. Volunteer positions are available in patient and family support, bereavement, spiritual care, special events, child & teen, administrative support, Cups Coffee House, Spoons Bistro and Bakery and the Heirlooms for Hospice resale store.

For more information on becoming a volunteer, call Diane Dickey at 257-2378.


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