DOCTOR LECTURES INTERNATIONALLY: Dr. Lawrence A. DiDomenico, managing partner of Ankle & Foot Care Centers, was invited to lecture at an orthopedic international foot surgeon's conference Sept. 13 and 14.
The event, the 20th Lubecker Seminar for practice in foot surgery, was held in Lubeck, Germany.
Dr. DiDomenico spoke on diabetic limb salvage, charcot joint arthropathy and the lapidus bunionectomy.
These benefits include better range of motion, less pain, quicker recovery time, limited stiffness, a smaller incision and early weight bearing.
Ankle & Foot Care Centers has physicians and surgeons serving patients at 18 offices throughout the region. For more information, visit the group's website at www.ankleandfootcare.com.
AREA AGENCY ON AGING ENCOURAGING REVIEW OF COVERAGE: Open enrollment has begun for Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans and Area Agency on Aging 11 is encouraging Medicare beneficiaries to review their coverage to meet their individual needs.
Open Enrollment runs through Dec. 7, 2013. This is the time when everyone with Medicare can join or change their health and prescription drug plans for 2014. Depending on a person's needs, you can switch coverage from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan, or vice versa. You also can switch your Part D plan, which pays for medications. Any changes you make will take effect Jan. 1.
Medicare benefits checkups are offered for free in your home by appointment with a Long Term Care Consultant from the Area Agency on Aging 11 by calling 330-505-2300. Plans also can be viewed and selected for those who are computer savvy at www.medicare.gov There also are a variety of free clinics being offered in the area or by appointment at various Senior Centers. The following events are scheduled:
Columbiana - Oct. 29, 10 a.m., Columbiana County Career and Technical Center, Computer Lab A, states Route 45
Mahoning County - Nov. 15, 10 a.m., Youngstown Senior Center, Fifth Ave.
Trumbull County - Two events: Oct. 18, 10 a.m., Shepherd of the Valley Niles by appointment, call 330-544-0771, Ext. 2817; and Dec. 2, 10 a.m., Girard Multi-Generational Center by appointment, call 330-545-6596.
People who are 65 and older already have Medicare and are protected from the mandate penalty. According to the National Council on Aging, it is illegal to sell a marketplace plan to anyone who already has Medicare Part A with no premiums and / or Part B.
VALLEYCARE HOSTS NEW HEALTH WORKSHOP: At 10 a.m. Thursday at the Liberty Township Administration Building, ValleyCare Health System of Ohio invites members of the community to learn about these new health insurance options.
Carol Snowberger, human resources generalist, will clear up confusion surrounding the Health Insurance Marketplace. This initiative is part of the Affordable Care Act, which requires most U.S. citizens to have heath insurance beginning Jan. 1.
A primary goal of the Affordable Care Act is to help uninsured, eligible Americans gain access to affordable health care. Financial help to lower costs is also available for people who qualify.
There also will be information about the enrollment process. Reservations are recommended but not required. To register, call 330-841-5727.
MENDED HEARTS TO MEET: Mended Hearts, Chapter 7, a heart support group for heart survivors and their families, will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the meeting room at Lane Funeral Home, 8387 Tod Ave., Boardman. Guest speaker will be Becky DeWitt, assistant regional director from the Mended Hearts Central Region. She will speak on chapter activities.
Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Lee Meadows, 330-793-2531.
ALZHEIMER SEMINAR: The Alzheimer Network will present a seminar on legal and financial issues regarding the long term care associated with Alzheimer's disease. The seminar will be offered from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday in the conference room of the Austintown Library, 600 S. Raccoon Road. The presenter will be Attorney Robert Rusu, a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
Handouts will be provided. It is most important for family caregivers to understand the basics of legal and financial issues as they plan for future needs of their loved one as well as for themselves. There is no charge for the session, but space is limited and reservations are required.
For further information or reservations, contact the Alzheimer Network at 330-788-9755 or 866-822-2102.
LIFE LINE AT SCOPE: Residents living in and around the Niles community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. Niles SCOPE Senior Center will host Life Line screening on Oct. 29 at 14 E. State St., Niles. This event is sponsored by Sharon Regional Health System.
Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women.
All five screenings take 60 to 90 minutes to complete. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 877-237-1287 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.
STATE SUPPORT OFFERS TRAINING: State Support Team Region 5 is offering "Families: Making a Plan for Challenging Behaviors," a training seminar designed to help parents / family members learn how to examine behavior situations in home, school and community and create proactive plans.
The seminar is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, with registration at 9 and a one-hour lunch provided by Warren City Schools. The event will be held at the Warren Board of Education.
Facilitator is Wendy Szakacs, OCAI regional consultant, and Denise Sawan Caruso, OCALI consultant.
For reservations, call Brenda Lawrence at 1-800-776-2898.
FLU SHOTS OFFERED AT MYCAP: The Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership and the Walgreens at the corner of Gypsy Lane and Belmont Avenue in Youngstown are providing flu shots from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday and Nov. 7 and 21. Shots will take place at the MYCAP office, located at 1325 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.
Individuals who live in Mahoning County and who are 14 years of age and older are eligible to receive their shot. Each person should bring valid identification, private insurance card and, if applicable, the correct co-payment; and a public insurance card, such as the Ohio Medicaid or Medicare card. Vouchers to offset the cost of the flu shot are available to the first 100 people who do not have any medical health insurance coverage.
People do not need to make an appointment ahead of time, but they should bring the necessary documentation so they may move through the process quicker.
For more information about the flu shots, call MYCAP in Youngstown at 330-747-7921, or the Walgreens on Belmont Avenue at 330-746-4814.
WARREN IMMUNIZATION CLINIC: The Warren City Health Department will hold a childhood immunization clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. today at the Health Department, 418 Main Ave. S.W.
All clinics are walk-in, no appointment necessary. The child should be well, free of fever, rash or illness. An administration fee is charged or Medicaid cards are accepted.
For more information, call 330-841-2596.
CELEBRATE RECOVERY CLASS PLANNED: A class using "Celebrate Recovery" material is open to all and will be held 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Thursday at the Warren Revival Center Fellowship hall, 4000 W. Market St., Leavittsburg.
For more information, call 330-898-4295.
ACCESS HEALTH HELPS UNINSURED: Access Health Mahoning Valley matches uninsured adults aged 19 to 64 who have household incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines and don't qualify for Medicaid, Medicare or other programs with no cost volunteer doctors in Trumbull and Mahoning counties.
To apply, call 330-373-0703.
FREE LUNG SCREENINGS: Sharon Regional Health System is offering free lung cancer screenings as part of an ongoing community effort to aid in the early detection of lung cancer. The screenings are for individuals who meet criteria for being at high risk for developing lung cancer and include a chest CT study.
For information or to register for the free screening, call 724-983-5518 or 800-346-7997.
CENTER OFFERS EXAMS: The Mahoning Valley Hope Center, 3217 Surrey Road, Warren, offers screenings for vision, dental and health exams. Appointments are required. Call 330-369-3010.
BRIDGES GROUP TO MEET: Bridges, a free mental health educational 10-week course, will meet 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren. Call Nancy at 330-747-5111 to sign up.
GIRARD OFFERS FLU SHOT: The Girard City Health Department will offer flu vaccines between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the health department at 330-545-6048.
FLU CLINIC TO BE HELD: A flu clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. daily at Warren West Community Health Center, 716 Tod Ave., Warren. Walk-ins are welcome.
For more information, call 330-373-0222.
PROGRAM OFFERED FOR DEALING WITH ISSUES: An eight-step Christian program based on the Beatitudes is open to anyone dealing with a life-controlling habit or issue. It meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Bloomfield Recovery Center, 10113 Creaser Ashtabula Road, Bloomfield.
For more details, call 330-599-2402.
MS GROUP MEETS: The MS Support Group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at the Knights of Columbus Warren Council, 1947 E. Market St., Warren.
For more information and to confirm meeting, contact Kevin at 330-306-8399 or email Kevincode7@aol.com.
CANCER SUPPORT GROUP TO MEET: A cancer support group meets 7 p.m. every third Thursday at Calvary Bible Church, 2878 Warren Meadville Road, Cortland.
For more information, call Tom at 330-772-3652.
ST. JOE'S AT THE MALL: Open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays next to Sears at the Eastwood Mall. For registration or more information, call 330-652-7542.
Free blood pressure screenings from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 1 to 3 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Flu shots are now available. Call for an appointment.
STRONG BONES, STRONG PEOPLE: Free, 12-week program of personalized strength training for those who have osteoporosis, low bone density or at-risk to improve muscle strength and nutrition. Call for an appointment.
St. Joe's at the Mall is a SilverSneakers site. Those with the Medicare Part C plan may be eligible. Call 330-652-7542 or stop in for more information.
MONTHLY EXERCISE CLASSES: Exercise time with Lana - Mondays at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 and 10 a.m. This is a weekly group aerobic exercise class with a personal fitness trainer. Silver Slippers low impact exercise (chair and standing) takes place on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Thursday at 10 a.m. Zumba Gold classes are weekly at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
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