Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Health Matters 08/29/18

BOOK COLLECTION & SALE: The Partners of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital will collect new and used books and sell them to raise money for the group’s scholarship fund.

To donate, drop off new and used books from Sept. 1 to 30 at the information desk at the main lobby of the hospital, 2661 Highway I, Chippewa Falls. Donors are asked not donate text books, dictionaries or encyclopedias, as those are difficult to sell.

To purchase, visit McDonald Hall at the hospital from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1 and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Book prices will start at 25 cents. A $2 bag sale starts at 10 a.m. on Oct. 2.

For more information, call 715-717-7439.

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IMAGINE LECTURE: Join Mayo Clinic Health System at the Imagine Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, in the Auditorium at 1221 Whipple St., as internationally known physician Timothy J. Nelson  presents “New Hearts for Old Problems.”

The presentation will focus on Nelson’s research on cardiovascular regeneration using bioengineered stem cells. He and his team’s work is directed at improving scientists’ ability to discover, diagnose and, ultimately, treat mechanisms of degenerative diseases, such as cardiomyopathy, that weaken the heart muscle and lead to progressive heart failure. Nelson will provide examples of patients who have had successful outcomes based on this research.

Nelson, an Osseo native and UW-Eau Claire alumnus, serves as director of the Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, is the director of Research and Innovation for Mayo Clinic Health System in Northwest Wisconsin and is an associate professor of medicine and pharmacology for the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Rochester, Minn. He also is a grant application reviewer with the National Institutes of Health. His work has been highlighted in numerous publications, including a 2013 episode of ABC’s “Nightline.”

To register, call 866-375-7464 or search for “Imagine Lecture” in Classes & Events at mayoclinichealthsystem.org.

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SEPTEMBER PROGRAMS: The Healing Place, a community outreach service of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, is offering the following programs and sessions in September. 

All sessions will take place at The Healing Place, 2125 Heights Drive, Eau Claire, unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 715-717-6028.

• 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 4, 11, 18 and 25, Tuesday evening meditation group. Free. No registration needed.

• 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26, Wednesday morning meditation group. Free. No registration needed.

• 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 6 and 20, suicide survivor group. Free. No registration needed.

• 11 a.m. or 5 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 10, 17 and 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, and Nov. 5, 12, 19 and 26, 12-week Living Mindfully meditation and prayer education series. Free. Call 715-717-6028 to register by Thursday, Sept. 6. 

• 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 11, 18 and 25, and Oct. 2, 9 and 16, six-week spouse loss support group. Call 715-717-6028 to register by Thursday, Sept. 6. 

• 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 11, 18 and 25, and Oct. 2 and 9, “No Regrets: Living from the Inside Out,” a five-week course that offers tools for making the most of life. Free. Call to register by September 6, 715-717-6028.

• 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept 17, parent grief support group. Free. 

• 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m., “Joyful Noise,” part of The Healing Place’s Movies With a Message series, at Micon Downtown Cinema, 315 S. Barstow St. Free. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

• 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, Stepping Stones Through Grief, an ongoing grief support group for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. Free. 

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GROUP EXERCISE PROGRAM: Brain and Body Fitness, a group exercise program for people living with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their care partners, meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 10 to Nov. 28, at Chippewa Valley Museum. 1204 E. Half Moon Drive, Carson Park.

Participants must be able to perform simple exercises, be able to follow verbal directions, and participate in conversation. 

The no-cost exercise program is taught by qualified and trained YMCA staff. A free one-year YMCA membership is included to participants and their care partners. 

For more information and to register, contact Lisa Wells at the Aging & Disability Resource Center, 715-839-4735, 888-338-4636 or adrc@co.eau-claire.wi.us.

From staff reports

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