October 2012: Regional health screenings, education and support groups

ALZHEIMER’S

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Groups, various locations. For more information, call 330-650-0552 or 1-800-272-3900. This month’s meetings: 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Senior Center of Mahoning County, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown; 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland-Wilson Road, Howland; 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15, at Antonine Sister’s Adult Day Center, 2691 North Lipkey Road, North Jackson; 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Conference Room B, ground floor, Warren; and 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Alzheimer’s Association, Building B, Suite 301, 3695 Boardman-Canfield Road, Canfield.

BLOOD DRIVES

Blood Drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross, various branches, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County; 330-744-8636. Poland branch, 311 S. Main St., 12:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10, and Boardman branch, 7680 Glenwood, 1:30-6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29.

BLOOD-PRESSURE SCREENINGS

Blood Pressure and Health Screening by Easter Seals Private Duty, Main Library, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Easter Seals Private Duty will provide free health assessments. A nurse will be available for blood pressure screenings, pulse, oxygen saturation and weight. Easter Seals is offering this service through a grant to provide assessments to seniors in Mahoning County aged 60 plus, but participation is not limited to seniors. 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday, Oct. 25.

Blood Pressure Screenings by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross, various branches, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County; 330-744-8636. Boardman branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave., 12:30-3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 1, and Poland branch, 311. S. Main St., 1-4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Blood Pressure Screenings by the Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association, various branches, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County; 330-744-8636. Canfield branch, 43 W. Main St., 1-3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, and Sebring branch, 195 W. Ohio Ave., 1-3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Blood Pressure Screenings, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. 9 a.m.-noon, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 2-4 p.m., every Monday and Tuesday.

BRAIN INJURY

Insight Group: Brain Injury Support, Boardroom, Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital, 8747 Squires Lane NE, Howland; 330-841-3757. Support for patients with brain injury and their families. Speakers will be Dr. Joseph Pecorelli and Lynn Payne, LSW, CCM. Registration required. Meets the last Thursday. 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25.

CANCER

Breast Cancer Support Group (BEACON), St. Joseph Health Center, 667 Eastland Ave., Warren; 1-888-227-6446. BEACON (Better Emotional Awareness of Cancer and Our Needs) provides peer support and links breast-cancer survivors and other women who have had a similar diagnosis. No registration necessary. 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4.

Cancer Caregiver Support Group, Radiation Oncology Department, Northside Medical Center Regional Referral Building, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown; 330-652-0071. Meets the second Tuesday. All caregivers are welcome. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Cancer Support Group, Cancer Center Waiting Room, Trumbull Memorial Hospital Medical Professional Building, 1353 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9689. Open to all cancer patients. No registration required. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Women’s Cancer Journey Support Group, Cancer Center Waiting Room, Trumbull Memorial Hospital Medical Professional Building, 1353 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9162. Open to all cancer patients. No registration required. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10.

CARDIO-PULMONARY

Carotid Arteries or Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to schedule an appointment. For those at risk and meeting criteria. 8:30 a.m.-noon, Monday, Oct. 1.

Heart Failure Support Group, St. Elizabeth Health Center, 1044 Belmont, Youngstown; 330-480-3991. For patients and family members dealing with heart failure. 3-4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Heart Failure Support Group, St. Joseph Health Center, 667 Eastland Ave., Warren; 330-841-4327. Support group for patients and family members dealing with heart failure. Call to register. 2-3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18.

Mended Hearts Support Group, St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, 8401 Market St., Boardman; 330-702-8859. Support for those dealing with heart disease and other cardiac problems. Includes discussion about lifestyle changes, depression, recovery and treatment. 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Peripheral Vascular Disease Screening, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. A nurse will measure blood flow to the legs by doing Ankle-Brachial Index. By appointment. 1-4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25.

DEATH & DYING

HEAL Support Group, St. Elizabeth Health Center, 1044 Belmont Ave., Youngstown; 330-480-3132. Support group for those who have lost a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of a newborn. 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Ohio’s Choice Hospice Support Group, Chapel, first floor, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-980-7561. Support group for those who have lost a loved one. 10-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Walk to Remember, John Politis Auditorium, Northside Medical Center, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown; 330-884-2912. The walk is dedicated to the approximately 870,000 babies that die each year through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, prematurity, stillbirth or newborn death. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 6.

DIABETES

Diabetes Day Group Class Series, Diabetes Room 905, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9689. Call to register. Physician referral required. 2-3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15; Tuesday, Oct. 16; Monday, Oct. 29; and Tuesday, Oct. 30.  1:30-3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17; Thursday, Oct. 18; Wednesday, Oct. 31; and Thursday, Nov. 1.

Diabetes Expo: Focus on Success, Mahoning Country Club, 710 E. Liberty St., Girard; 330-480-2676. Call by Tuesday, Oct. 23, to register. Expo features physician presenter, panel discussion, luncheon, multiple exhibits, Chinese auction and more. 9 a.m.-2:45 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26. $10.

Diabetes Support Group, Conference Room F, ground floor, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9689. No registration required. 1-2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8.

Diabetes Support Group, Mahoning County Senior Center, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown; 330-480-2676. Support group for individuals with diabetes. Family members are welcome. Meets the second Thursday. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 11.

Diabetes Wellness Connection Day, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to register. For pre-diabetics and those at risk. Requires an eight-hour fast. Free blood sugar screening (8:30-11 a.m.), support and information (9-10 a.m.), and free foot screening (9-11 a.m.). Monday, Oct. 15.

DIET & NUTRITION

Behavior Modification Class for Weight Loss, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to register. 4-5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29.

Lecture Series: Raw/Living Foods, St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, 8401 Market St., Boardman; 330-480-3151. Call to register. Dr. Kathleen S. Padigitt will speak. 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Slim Down, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-480-3151. Call to register. A six-week program taught by registered dietitians. Learn how to make lifestyle changes in the areas of food, activities and behaviors. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9. $40.

Weight Management Through Strength Training, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to register. Ongoing. Includes monthly classes on diet, nutrition and behavior modification. $20 per month.

EXERCISE & FITNESS

Easy Yoga Class, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to register. Learn simple yoga postures and breathing and relaxation techniques. 11 a.m.-noon on Mondays from Oct. 8-29. $20 for four classes, or $6 each.

Tai Chi Chih Class, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-727-4477. Call to register. Class is nine weeks with limited space. 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Mondays.

HEALTH-CARE INFORMATION

Breast Health Day, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to register. Hear from Dr. Rashid Abdu, Juliane Dulay and Jill Townsend. Find out what’s new in breast health-care and what the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center offers, how to do a correct self-exam and more. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17. $2 (includes lunch).

Know Your Numbers, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to register. Educational class. Learn about blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure from health specialist Gloria Pozega. Bring your results from cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure screenings. 1-2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Medicare Options, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to register. Informational program. 10-11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 25.

Pre-Op Hip Class, Conference Room F, ground floor, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9162. Call to register. 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3, and Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Pre-Op Knee Class, Conference Room F, ground floor, Trumbull Memorial, 1350 E. Market, Warren; 330-841-9162. Call to register. 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2; Tuesday, Oct. 16; and Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Talk with the Doc Program: Cochlear Implants, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to register. Dr. Jared Bunevich — an ear, nose and throat specialist — will speak about cochlear implants. Noon-1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12. $2 (includes light lunch).

Talk with the Doc Program: Respiratory Illnesses, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to register. Dr. Louis Valino will speak about respiratory illnesses. Noon-1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18. $2 (includes light lunch).

Understanding Medicare Enrollment Options, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to register. 1-2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9.

“We Care” Program, Conference Room B, ground floor, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-1917. Support group for family and friends. Covers various topics and needs. 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5; Friday, Oct. 12; Friday, Oct. 19; and Friday, Oct. 26.

HEALTH SCREENINGS

Blood Pressure and Health Screening by Easter Seals Private Duty, Main Library, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-744-8636. Easter Seals Private Duty will provide free health assessments. A nurse will be available for blood pressure screenings, pulse, oxygen saturation and weight. Easter Seals is offering this service through a grant to provide assessments to seniors in Mahoning County aged 60 plus, but participation is not limited to seniors. 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday, Oct. 25.

Lead Screening, St. Elizabeth Health Center, 1044 Belmont Ave., Youngstown; 330-480-6365. Call to schedule an appointment. All children under 6 years old in the Mahoning Valley are eligible for a free lead screening.

National Depression Screening Day, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Take the national screening and speak to a behavioral health specialist. Debbie Kruppa will speak at noon about how to knock depression; her presentation will be followed by the screening. A light lunch is available. Call to register for the talk. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11.

Pulse Oximetry Screening, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Simple test measures the oxygen level in your blood stream. 9 a.m.-noon, Friday, Oct. 5.

IMMUNIZATIONS

Flu and Pneumonia Immunizations by the Youngstown City Health District, Main Library, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, 305 Wick Ave., 330-744-8636. Medicare and Medicaid participants must bring their card. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 1. $20 for flu shot, $45 for pneumonia shot.

Flu Shots, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to schedule an appointment. Medicare, Medicaid and Medicare HMO will be billed. $25.

Pneumonia Vaccines, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to schedule an appointment. Medicare, Medicaid and Medicare HMO will be billed. $72.

Well Child Immunization Clinic by the Trumbull County Health Department, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4.

MYELOMA

Myeloma Family Support Group, Denny’s, 4020 Belmont Ave., Liberty; call 330-770-0808 or email donnadet2000@yahoo.com. Serves adults, their adult friends and family members who have been diagnosed with the disease. Meets the third Monday. 5:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15.

OSTEOPOROSIS

Bone Density Screening, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Have an ultrasound of the heel bone to screen for osteoporosis. No appointment necessary. 9 a.m.-noon, Friday, Oct. 19.

Strong Bones, Strong People, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to schedule an appointment. A 12-week program of personalized strength training and nutritional education for those who have osteoporosis, low bone density or are at risk. Program seeks to improve muscle strength and nutrition.

OSTOMY

Ostomy Support Group, Cedar Room, St. Elizabeth Health Center, 1044 Belmont Ave., Youngstown; 330-480-3440. Provides opportunity for ostomy patients and their families and friends to network while receiving ongoing education and information. Dr. Gregory S. Huang, a trauma surgeon at St. Elizabeth Health Center, will be the featured speaker. Refreshments are provided, and parking is free. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9. Free.

PREGNANCY & CHILDBIRTH

Breastfeeding Basics, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9880. Call to register. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Breastfeeding Class, Northside Medical Center, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown; 330-884-2912. Call to register. Provides up-to-date information on breastfeeding. Taught by a lactation consultant. Meets the second Tuesday. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9. $10. Free if enrolled in Childbirth Class.

Mom and Me: Breastfeeding Support Tea, St. Joseph Health Center, 667 Eastland, Warren; 330-841-4590. Call to register. A monthly breastfeeding support group for moms and babies. Meets the second Wednesday. 1-3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10.

One Day Childbirth Class, Northside Medical Center, 500 Gypsy, Youngstown; 330-884-2912. Call to register. Designed to accommodate parents whose busy schedules may make it difficult to attend a two-week series. Valley Care can bill Medicaid, Caresource or Unison for registration fee. Bring card to the class. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13. $50.

Saturday Lamaze in a Day, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9880. Call to register. Prepares women and their partners for a shared learning experience. Includes Lamaze techniques and information about pregnancy, labor and delivery. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13.

Sibling Class, Northside Medical Center, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown; 330-884-2912. Call to register. Open to parents with children between the ages of 4 and 10. Parents and children will tour the Childbirth Center and learn about the role the siblings will play. Meet in the lobby. 4-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3.

SENIOR HEALTH/WELLNESS

Falling Prevention Program, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to register. Prevent yourself or a loved one from a fall by attending this class. Free balance testing by physical therapy and beginning Tai Chi Chih instruction. Noon-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Free Notary Public Services, Free Living Wills and Durable Power of Attorney for Health-care, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. If you need anything notarized, bring it in. Completed with help from palliative care staff. 9 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, Oct. 10, and 1-4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25.

SPECIAL-NEEDS CHILDREN

Operation Search and Help Program, Easter Seals and Youngstown Hearing and Speech Center; 330-599-5536. Assists families of special-needs children (birth to age 21) with medications, equipment, medical supplies, specialized formulas and transportation assistance to out-of-town medical appointments. Call Mary Ann Schaper for information.

SPINAL CORD INJURY

Mahoning Valley Spinal Cord Injury Support Group, Occupational Therapy Department, Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital, 8747 Squires Lane NE, Howland; 330-544-1411. All spinal cord injury patients and their family and friends are welcome. Assists disabled people in finding programs and agencies. Call or email at dtmurdock@aol.com. Meets the second Monday. 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8.

STROKE

Living with Stroke Support Group, Boardroom, Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital, 8747 Squires Lane NE, Howland; 330-841-3891. All stroke survivors and their families are welcome to attend. Meets the first Thursday. 2:30-4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4.

Stroke Survivors’ Support Group, Humility of Mary Home Care Office, 979 Tibbetts-Wick Road, Girard; 330-480-2876. Call to register. Support group for stroke survivors, along with family and friends. Open to the public. 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2.

© 2012 The Metro Monthly. All rights reserved. Compiled and edited by Emmalee C. Torisk.

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