Friday, September 21, 2018


Health Matters 06/20/18

ALZHEIMER’S AWARENESS: On Thursday, the community is invited to “Light the Night for Alzheimer’s” by turning on their porch lights and helping to raise awareness, friends and funds for the Chippewa Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s. 

In addition, the community is invited to stop by the Alzheimer’s Association booth at the Volume One Sounds like Summer Concert from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and stay after to watch the purple illumination of the Phoenix Park Bridge in honor of those touched by memory loss in the Chippewa Valley.

“Every 65 seconds someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease,” said Paula Gibson, chairwoman of the Chippewa Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s. “In the Chippewa Valley there is an estimated 4,000 people living with Alzheimer’s disease or another of the 70 different types of dementia. This means that nearly one-fifth of our community is helping to care for someone living with memory loss.”

The goal of the “Light the Night for Alzheimer’s” event is to raise awareness of the many people affected by this disease in the Chippewa Valley. 

It also aims to encourage people to participate in the Chippewa Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29 at UW-Eau Claire.

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SUMMER SAFETY: On Thursday, June 28, representatives from HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals will be at area pools to share free summer safety tips, sunscreen and sunglasses. From 1 to 2 p.m., they will be at Bernard F. Willi Pool in Chippewa Falls, and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., they will be at Fairfax Municipal Pool in Eau Claire.

As the first days of summer come to pass, these visits are designed to remind community members of the importance of sun safety during the hot summer months. 

To stay safe in the sun, the two hospitals recommend these simple tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

• Apply SPF 30+ sunscreen about 30 minutes before heading outside. (Sunscreen expires in one to two years, so check your bottle.)

• Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours or more often if you’re sweating. Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen after swimming.

• Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

• Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears and neck.

• Wear sunglasses. Sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays offer the best protection. Most sunglasses sold in the U.S. — regardless of cost — meet this standard.

• Seek shade, especially during the midday hours. You can reduce your risk of skin damage/​skin cancer by seeking shade under an umbrella, tree or other shelter before you need relief from the sun.

From staff reports

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