Notices of health-related events that are open to the public should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or Leader-Telegram, 701 S. Farwell St., Eau Claire, WI 54701.
• “ABC’s and D’s of Medicare,” 11 a.m. Thursday, L.E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger St. The one-hour free seminar is for people turning 65 soon, those having questions about what is included in Medicare and the children of parents aging in. Information: Jeff Sauter, 715-577-2641.
• Friends and Family CPR, 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar in Menomonie, 2321 Stout Road. Free. Information and location: 715-233-7464.
• Foot and nail clinic, Thursday, April 23, Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar in Elmwood, 236 E. Springer Ave. The clinic is for people who have trouble caring for their feet. They can get their toenails clipped and feet examined. Cost: $20. Appointment: 715-639-4151.
• Stepping Stones Through Grief, a new ongoing grief support group for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one through death, 10:30 a.m. or 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month, The Healing Place, 1010 Oakridge Drive. Upcoming dates and topics are: April 23, “Ten Steps for Surviving Grief by Living in the NOW;” May 28, “Embracing Uncertainty;” and June 25, “Things I Want You to Know About My Grief.” Free.
• “Medicare and You,” 10 a.m. Friday, April 24, Eau Claire County Courthouse, Room 1277, 721 Oxford Ave. The free seminar, offered by the Aging & Disability Resource Center, is open to anyone new to Medicare, on Medicare, caregivers and families. Registration: adrcevents.org, 715-839-4735 or 888-338-4636.
• Ken Ross, the fifith person to present as the annual Monsignor Klimek Healing Presence Endowment lecturer, 6 p.m. Sunday, April 26, The Florian Gardens, 2340 Lorch Ave. Ross is the son of the late Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, a pioneering legend in hospice and bereavement education in the United States. Free. Registration: 715-717-6028.
• “Move, Munch, Motivate,” 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, Mayo Clinic Health System-Northland in Rice Lake, Conference Room 1, 331 S. Main St., Suite H. Whether you want to prevent diabetes or have had diabetes for years, this class can help you get on track to better health. Mini-sessions include topics on motivation, carbohydrates and snacks, and being active . Family members and friends of those living with diabetes are encouraged to attend to learn how they can provide support.
• First aid class, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar in Menomonie, 2321 Stout Road. Cost: $30. Information and location: 715-233-7464.
• “Keeping Your Heart Upbeat,” 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, McDonald Hall, 2661 Highway I, Chippewa Falls. Dr. Mahmoud Sharaf, hospital medical director of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, will provide the latest medical information about risk factors for heart disease and give prevention tips. Free blood pressure, body mass index, or BMI, and body fat screenings will be available. Free. Registration: 715-717-7554 or tinyurl.com/pbhfwaw.
• “Final Affairs: A Guide to Arranging Your Personal and Legal Affairs,” 9 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, Augusta Senior & Community Center, 601 Main St. Topics to be addressed include do-not-resuscitate decisions, power of attorney, palliative and hospice care, legal concerns, financial matters, organ donation and funeral planning. Free and includes lunch, refreshments and a final affairs guide. Registration: adrcevents.org, 715-839-4735 or 888-338-4636 by Thursday, April 23.
• “Smart Shopping: Grocery Store Tour,” 10 to 11 a.m. or 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 30, Menomonie Market Foods Co-op, 521 Second St. E. Dietitians and health educators will show how to navigate the aisles of food products to help make healthy food choices, understand food labels and find affordable on-the-go options. Free. Registration: 715-233-7464 or tinyurl.com/94t6qrw.
• Barron County: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Blue Hills Masonic Center, 225 W. South St., Rice Lake.
• Buffalo County: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday, April 27, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 709 S. Second St., Alma.
• Chippewa County: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 24, Chippewa Valley Bible Church, 531 E. South Ave., Chippewa Falls; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 30, McDonell Central Catholic High School, 1316 Bel Air Blvd., Chippewa Falls.
• Dunn County: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 1, Boyceville Middle School, 1003 Tiffany St.
• Eau Claire County: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, April 27, UW-Eau Claire, Davies Center, 77 Roosevelt Ave.
• Pierce County: Noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23, St. John’s Lutheran Church, S520 Church Ave., Spring Valley; and 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, First Covenant Church, 1374 N. Main St., River Falls.
• St. Croix County: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Baldwin Area Medical Center, 730 10th Ave.; noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, American Legion Butler-Harmon Post 80, 1260 Wall St., New Richmond; noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdy, April 22, Luther Chevrolet GMC, 1220 Crest View Drive, Hudson; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25, St. Croix Masonic Lodge 56, 209 Locust St., Hudson.
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HEALTHY KIDS DAY: The Eau Claire YMCA, in partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System, is presenting Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 25, at the YMCA, 700 Graham Ave.
The event, which begins at 9 a.m., will feature a bike rodeo and helmet fittings, Zumba, yoga, nutrition activities and much more.
For more information, call the YMCA at 715-836-8460.
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PSYCHIC & WELLNESS FAIR: Angel Care Healing Touch is hosting its annual Spring Psychic & Wellness Fairat 29 Pines Conference Center, 5872 33rd Ave.
The event, co-hosted with Maple House Arts, will feature 30 vendors representing a wide spectrum of wellness and holistic health practices. In addition, there will be free workshops throughout the day ranging in topics from crystal healing to essential oils and from near-death experiences to tarot and psychic development.
For more information about the free event, call Judy or Terry Meinen at 715-832-7250, send an email to email@example.com or go to AngelCareHealingTouch.com.
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DEMENTIA-RELATED EVENTS: The following events related to dementia are planned in Eau Claire:
• a film that documents music legend Glen Campbell’s journey as he and his family attempt to navigate Alzheimer’s disease, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 30, and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 2, Micon Cinemas, 3109 Mall Drive. There will be a reception from 6 to 7 p.m. April 30, and Mayo Clinic Health System and Aging & Disability Resource Center staff will be on hand to discuss resources for people with memory issues and their families. Following that showing, there will be a short discussion with Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades. Tickets cost $7, and all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association. Information: 715-838-6033 or 715-839-4735.“I’ll Be Me,”Screening of
• “The Basics: Memory Loss, Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia,” sponsored by the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1804 Highland Ave. Light refreshments will be provided. Free. Registration: 715-834-9571 by Saturday, May 2.
• “Memory, Myths and Magic: Dementia Unveiled,” sponsored by Azura Memory Care, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 14, The Florian Gardens, 2340 Lorch Ave. Cost: $55; if you’re in need of 6.5 hours of continuing education, add $10. Register online and save $5. Proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association and the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Registration: tinyurl.com/l7qkek2.
• A research pilot project conducted by the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County and UW-Eau Claire, where participants with dementia will listen to their favorite type of music for at least 30 minutes per day for three months. Project officials are looking for 25 participants who live in their own home or apartment or home of a caregiver. They will be given a free iPod, charger, headphones and a $50 iTunes gift care. Information: Lisa Riley, 715-839-4735, 888-338-4636 or Lisa.Riley@co.eau-claire.wi.us.
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ORAL CANCER SCREENINGS: Dr. Robert DeFatta, a fellow of the American Head and Neck Cancer Society, will offer free oral cancer screenings from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday, April 27, at DeFatta ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery, 1490 Rivers Edge Trail, Altoona, in observance of the 18th annual Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week.
The screening is painless and only takes about 10 minutes, and early diagnosis and treatment improves outcomes and chances of survival.
DeFatta recommends every adult be screened for oral cancer. Its signs and symptoms, including white or red patches inside the mouth or a sore in the mouth that doesn’t heal or grows in size, often go unnoticed.
Tobacco and alcohol users traditionally have been considered the populations at greatest risk for these cancers. However, oral cancer cases are on the rise in younger adults who do not smoke, and recent research indicates this development is due partly to the increase in the HPV virus, a cancer-causing infection that can be transmitted by oral sex.
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HEALTHY COMMUNITIES CELEBRATION: The second annual Healthy Communities Celebration event — from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at the Chippewa Valley Technical College’s Business Education Center — will celebrate this communitywide effort and provide attendees with a new tool to communicate why health issues are an important focus.
The evening, which includes a light meal, will begin with community members discovering what Eau Claire Healthy Communities, a local coalition made up of about 200 volunteers from the community, is working on to create action around health priorities that have been identified by the community.
The night will continue with the presentation of the Eau Claire Healthy Communities’ Champion Awards. One award will be presented to an individual and one to an organization who exemplifies the promotion of healthy living in the community.
New to the event this year, will be training on the 27-9-3 method to develop persuasive messages around health priorities.
If you are interested in attending the celebration, you can register in advance at tinyurl.com/mkjmum7. Find more information about Eau Claire Healthy Communities, go to echealthycommunities.org.
From staff reports