Health Briefs, Oct. 6, 2009

ArtAbility class part of awareness week

Many activities are scheduled for Assistive Technology Awareness Week on the Western Slope and Disability Awareness Month during October.

Activities are as follows:

An ArtAbility Class will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. today at the Art Center, 1803 North Seventh St. Call Mark Saro, 245-1098, for more information.

Free extreme sports movies about people with disabilities will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 16 at the Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave. The movies are “Wheels of Fire” and “Beyond Barriers.” Call Cathy Johnson, 241-0315, for more information.

White Cane Safety seminar is next week

White Cane Safety Day will be celebrated Oct. 14 with a seminar. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave. Sponsors include the Center for Independence, Insight Low Vision Educational Group and the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. The event will include speakers, guide dogs, a local eye doctor and representatives from Low Vision. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Linda Taylor at the Center for Independence, 241-0315.

Veterans can still get flu shots til Oct. 15

Veterans who missed the drive-through clinics can still get free flu shots at the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 6 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 15. Clinic hours will be reduced after that date. Veterans who live near Craig can call 824-6721, while those who live near Montrose can call 249-7791 for information on flu shots at the community clinics. A special veterans flu shot clinic will also be at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Garfield County commissioners room in Glenwood Springs.

A special veterans flu shot clinic will be 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Oct. 14 in Moab at 267 North Main.

The Grand Junction VA Medical Center has not yet received its shipment of the H1N1 vaccine.

Support groups for meth users’ families

A support groups for family members of methamphetamine users meets from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 4 at the First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1⁄2 Road. The purpose of this group is to support and educate family members of meth addicts about the drug’s impact. Topics of discussion include setting boundaries, detachment, hidden anger, guilt, manipulation and forgiveness. For more information about to can join the fight against meth in Mesa County, go to

Montrose Fire Dept. hosts health clinic

Why go to the doctor’s office for services when you can go to the fire department? A free health care clinic will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Montrose Fire Department, 441 South Uncompahgre Ave. The clinic offers flu shots for $25, or free for those with Rocky Mountain Health Plan insurance, and blood pressure screens, foot scans, lung functioning tests, massage therapy and skin screens. Door prizes will be given away and local businesses will provide information about services they offer. For more information about the clinic, call Lindsay Wiley at the Montrose Fire Protection District, 249-9181.

PTSD workshop to help people cope

A workshop Oct. 24 and 25 in Glenwood Springs is designed to help participants handle symptoms related to post-traumatic stress disorder.

The cost for two-day workshop is $259. Contact Jaclyn or Jan for more information at 384-2880 or go to

Low-risk flu sufferers don’t need to see doc

An increasing number of people with flu-like symptoms are showing up at emergency rooms and doctors offices across the state, but many of those people don’t need to be there, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The department says many who go to the hospital with moderate flu-like symptoms often wait for several hours to be seen, then may be sent home without treatment.

Treatment is not recommended for most people with influenza-like illness. Instead, officials recommend that people care for themselves and to stay home for 24 hours after a fever has subsided.

However, those at high risk for complications from the swine flu should see their physician. High-risk groups include infants, children, people older than 65 years and those with weakened immune systems, and those with chronic diseases.

Those at high risk may also exhibit various symptoms such as difficulty breathing, bluish or gray skin, and vomiting.


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