Briefs: Local Health October 07, 2008

Pain sufferers support group begins

• The Counseling and Education Center is offering a 10-week educational and support group to teach participants how to take control of chronic pain.
The sessions are open to adults older than 18 and run from 5:30–7 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Oct. 14 and continuing through Dec. 16.
Cost is $10 per session.
For additional information and to register and learn more about classes, call the center at 243-9539.

Health fair, screenings planned

• The Montrose Health Fair is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Montrose Fire Department, 441 S. Uncompahgre Ave.
Admission is free, and it’s open to the public.
The health fair is for Montrose area residents to learn more about their health from screenings and distributed information.
Health services offered Saturday are: flu shots ($25 for anyone without Rocky Mountain Health Plans’ health insurance), lung function tests, blood pressure screenings, prescription medication reviews, chiropractor assessments, massage therapy sessions, bone density screenings and oxygen blood level testing.

Workshop on care choices offered

• Mary Ellen Ireland, Marge Keely and Kermit Turley will facilitate a workshop titled “Advanced Directives” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Two Rivers Center for Spiritual Healing’s Lakeside Recreation Room.
The workshop focuses on health care choices and planning for quality of life in later years as well as dignity in the dying process.
The workshop is free but donations will be accepted.

Radon poster contest open to kids

 The National Safety Council and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring a radon poster contest for children ages 9–14.
There is no entry fee, but only one entry per student is allowed. The deadline is Oct. 15.

The poster must include one of the following topics:

•  What is radon?

•  Where does radon come from?

•  How does radon get into our homes?

•  Radon can cause lung cancer.

•  Test your home for radon.

Winners and runners-up from each category and state will be entered in a national contest. The winning poster will be unveiled in January.

For more information about contest entries, including specific artwork requirements, visit

Seniors, disabled can get help

• Assistive Technology Partners is hosting an open house from 3–6 p.m. Oct. 14 at 2897 North Ave., Modular 3A.
Assistive Technology Partners offers services and devices for individuals with disabilities and senior citizens who want their independence at home or work.
To attend the event, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 303-315-1280 or 1-800-255-3477.


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