Health briefs: Casey’s Pond holds Winter Preparedness Seminar Series |

Health briefs: Casey’s Pond holds Winter Preparedness Seminar Series

Yampa Valley Health

Casey’s Pond holds winter preparedness seminar series

Casey’s Pond Distinctive Senior Living is holding a seminar series to help local residents prepare for the winter season. All events take place at Casey’s Pond, 2855 Owl Hoot Trail. The community will hold flu shot clinics from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3. A Medicare open enrollment discussion and assistance is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday Nov. 10. A joint protection, balance and fall precaution seminar is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. A seminar on taking care of ones body for winter activities is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30.

People can also make an appointment with a Casey’s Pond team member to help establish a winter preparation plan.

For more information, email or call 970-879-8855.

Help is available for insurance enrollment

Individuals who need health insurance or need to renew their plans must do so by Jan. 31, 2017.

There are new plans and prices every year, and financial help is available to lower monthly costs. Free in-person assistance is available to help consumers find the right plan. Those who are already enrolled need to renew plans to retain coverage. Be sure to review options.

There are tax penalties for not having health insurance. Deadlines for enrolling in or renewing insurance plans are as follows.

• Dec. 15, 2016 for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2017

• Jan. 15, 2017 for coverage beginning Feb. 1, 2017

• Jan. 31, 2017 for coverage beginning March 1, 2017

For free assistance, contact a health coverage guide at Northwest Colorado Health, 970-871-7330, or Yampa Valley Medical Center, 970-879-1322. Drop in open enrollment assistance also is available from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays Nov. 2 through Jan. 25 at Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive. For more information and resources, visit

Program for moms now using eWIC card

The Colorado Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children has switched from paper checks to a debit-style eWIC card. WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support and supplemental nutritious foods to pregnant women, mothers and children who qualify. Allocations for WIC-approved foods are added to participants’ eWIC cards. The card eliminates confusion and check out time in the grocery store. Research has found WIC increases duration of pregnancies, reduces infant mortality and low birthweight and helps prevent nutrition deficiencies in children. Woman and children in WIC also are more likely to receive prenatal care and/or have a regular source of medical care. WIC is offered at Northwest Colorado Health in Steamboat Springs and Craig. For more information, visit or call 970-871-7677.

Support group for grieving parents to meet

A support group for parents grieving the loss of a child will be held 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Rollingstone Respite House, 480 Rollingstone Drive. The group is intended to help parents who have lost children of any age find support among other parents experiencing similar loss. For more information, call Dr. Jo Anne Grace at 970-846-8319.

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