Medicare informational session in Eau Claire: Learn the ABC’s and D’s of Medicare at an upcoming educational seminar, Wednesday, Sept. 9 at noon at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger St., Eau Claire.

The one-hour educational seminar is appropriate for people turning 65 soon and having questions on what is included in Medicare and the options one would have. Contact Jeff Sauter at 715-577-2641 with questions.

Urgent Care at Mayo Clinic Health System—Northland in Barron transitions to Family Medicine: Mayo Clinic Health System ― Northland in Barron has transitioned Urgent Care to its Family Medicine Department. The change will provide patients with same-day care on weekdays, including evening hours, according to a Mayo Clinic Health System news release. Appointments are necessary.

Patients who require a visit during evening or weekend hours can continue to use Urgent Care services at a Mayo Clinic Health System location in Bloomer, Eau Claire, Menomonie or Osseo. Current patients also have access daily to Express Care Online, which offers care for 20 common conditions.

Urgent Care staff in Barron will continue to work for Mayo Clinic Health System. To make an appointment for same-day care, call Mayo Clinic Health System at 715-537-6747.

Prevea Health offering free, online Symptom Navigator to differentiate between allergies, cold, flu, COVID-19 in children: Prevea Health is now offering the Symptom Navigator, a free resource available at prevea.com to help parents differentiate between allergy, cold, flu and COVID-19 symptoms, and offer guidance for what to do in each situation. The Symptom Navigator also offers guidance on COVID-19 testing and when to seek emergency medical attention.

“The Symptom Navigator does not replace a medical diagnosis, and parents should always feel comfortable consulting with their child’s doctor if they are uncertain,” said Dr. Allison Schneider, pediatrician at the Prevea Altoona Medical Office Building. “However, this can be a great tool for families to keep close at hand for when they simply need a place to start.”

To view and download the Symptom Navigator, visit prevea.com/SymptomNavigator.

Chippewa Valley residents invited to join Walk to End Alzheimer’s Sept. 26: The Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s is still taking place on Sept. 26. Instead of hosting a large gathering, the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging participants to walk as individuals or in small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails across the Chippewa Valley. The Walk is chaired by Melissa Seyffer, Account Manager at M3 Insurance, and Cherylin Yealey, Director of Community Relations at Heritage Senior Living.

On Walk day, an Opening Ceremony beginning at 9 a.m., will feature local speakers and a presentation of Promise Flowers to honor the personal reasons participants join together to fight Alzheimer’s and all other dementia, all delivered to participants’ smartphones, tablets and computers. A small group of Alzheimer’s Association staff and volunteers will create the iconic Promise Garden in a “view only” format on Walk day at Carson Park’s Oak Pavilion, 100 Carson Park Dr., Eau Claire, to honor all those impacted by Alzheimer’s. The garden will be on display from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New features are being added to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s mobile app to create an opportunity for the community to connect. Participants can use the app and new “Walk Mainstage’’ to track their steps and distance, follow a virtual Walk path, manage their Facebook fundraisers, and access information and resources from the Association and Walk sponsors to help individuals and families affected by the disease.

National Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 6-12: HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals say that if you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, you should call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), text HELLO to 741741, which is the Crisis Text Line or dial 911. All of these resources are free, confidential and available 24/7. The hospitals also recommend programming the Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number and Text Line into your cell phone so it’s easy to find should you need it.

Alyssa Van Duyse, an HSHS colleague and suicide prevention instructor certified by the national QPR Institute, said it’s important to not only take note of your own feelings during this uncertain time, but also of those around you: “The word ‘suicide’ is still thought of as taboo – especially in the Midwest because we’re not so great at talking about our feelings,” Van Duyse said. “That’s why it’s important to recognize the clues a person may be contemplating suicide.”

From staff reports