Health briefs: Sept. 20

Social Security, Medicare tour coming

AARP Colorado is touring Colorado to discuss Social Security and Medicare, among other subjects, with the state’s senior population as part of its Legislative Update for 2011.

The tour will stop in Grand Junction from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday in a meeting room on the first floor of the Mesa County Services Building, 510 19 1/2 Road.

Those who plan to attend can register for the event by calling 1-877-926-8300. Attendees are asked to bring their AARP membership card to the meeting.

Cancer risk lecture set for St. Mary’s

The 23rd annual Saccomanno Lecture Series will present “Strategies for Healthy Living: Is the Risk of Cancer Increasing?” from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday.

During the free session, James Jett of the oncology department at National Jewish Health in Denver will discuss cancer and the possibility of developing it. The session will be offered in the south ballroom on the second floor of Colorado Mesa University’s University Center.

Jett is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.

Film about dyslexia to be shown

The Rocky Mountain Branch of the International Dyslexia Association will host an event from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Goodwill Community Room, 630 24 1/2 Road.

The branch will present “Journey into Dyslexia,” an HBO documentary that profiles children and adults with dyslexia.

The viewing is free, but donations will be accepted.

Former St. Mary’s leader gets new job

Former St. Mary’s Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Ladenburger has been hired as executive vice president of hospital operations for Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, a nonprofit health care organization.

Ladenburger will oversee the health system’s 11 hospitals and a youth residence. The campuses are in California, Colorado, Kansas and Montana.

Ladenburger’s new job is in addition to his current position as president and chief executive officer of Denver-based Exempla Healthcare, which is a member of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System.

Counseling practice open

Dulce Bell-Bulley has opened a counseling practice, Osa Transpersonal Consulting.

Bell-Bulley specializes in transpersonal counseling, which combines psychology and spiritual awareness. Transpersonal counseling methods include nature-based practices and rituals, past life exploration, astrology charts, archetypes, dream and shadow work, and body listening.

To contact Osa Transpersonal Consulting, call 464-1312 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Lynch joins Brady Chiropractic Group

Sean Lynch joined Brady Chiropractic Group, 514 28 1/4 Road, Suite 1, in July.

Lynch has more than 15 years of experience in wellness care and is a graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis.

Brady Chiropractic Group offers chiropractic care, nutritional counseling, massage therapy, physical therapy, X-rays, rehabilitation training, and Department of Transportation physicals. To schedule an appointment, call 242-8162.

Mental Illness Awareness Week slated

National Alliance on Mental Illness on the Western Slope will recognize Mental Illness Awareness Week, Oct. 2–8, with support-group and open-house events.

On Oct. 3, the alliance will host a monthly support and education session at Colorado West Mental Health, 515 28 3/4 Road, Building A. Support groups for people with a mental health diagnosis and their loved ones will take place at 6 p.m., and Rep. Laura Bradford, R-Collbran, will speak at 7 p.m.

On Oct. 8, the alliance will host an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. at St. Mary’s Family Medicine, 1160 Patterson Road. Sandra Warren will speak from 1:30 to 2 p.m., and Sonja Encke will speak from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

To learn more about the alliance, visit


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