Health briefs: Free medicare workshop planned |

Health briefs: Free medicare workshop planned

Free Intro to Medicare workshop at the library

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free Intro to Medicare workshop with Betsy Packer, a licensed SHIP counselor, Medicare navigator and Medicare fraud counselor, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in Library Hall. This talk is part of the library’s Health Perspectives Series, designed for those who are new to Medicare or need a refresher. With so many seniors across the country turning 65 (nearly 10,000 per day) and with increasing confusion about health care, Packer offers an overview of Medicare, including Part A, Hospital; Part B, Medical; and Part D, Prescription Drugs. The evening includes a Q&A session, during which Packer will be available to help answer all your questions regarding the navigation of Medicare. For more information, visit

New psychology practice opening Oct. 1

The new private psychology practice of Dr. Laurie Crider, PsyD, PLLC, will open Oct. 1 in Steamboat Springs.

Crider is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in treatment of individual therapy for adolescents and adults, with expertise in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, eating disorders, stress management, ADHD, bereavement and relationship issues. She recently moved to Steamboat Springs after working 15 years in her New Hampshire private practice. She has also worked at specialized treatment centers for sexual and physical abuse survivors and individuals with eating disorders in both Florida and Vermont.

Crider enjoys working with clients who want to reach their full potential and are motivated for change; individuals, who are interested in gaining insight into why they feel the way they do and are open to trying new behaviors that lead to a greater sense of well being and inner peace. Her treatment approach involves taking an in-depth life history to arrive at a greater understanding of what is currently causing her client’s problems and relational patterns. Crider frequently teaches her clients mindfulness/meditation techniques in order to increase emotional awareness and regulate feelings.

Crider earned her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in 1999 and completed her clinical internship at the University of New Hampshire college counseling center. She is an active member of the American Psychological Association.

Crider is passionate about watching her clients develop a balanced lifestyle and achieve their personal treatment goals.

Her practice is located at 2145 Resort Drive, Suite 210. Parking is available outside the front door of her private office space. Appointments are being accepted at 970-875-4755.

Support groups meeting this week:

• A bereavement support group will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at Rollingstone Respite House. The group is open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Call 970-871-7628 before attending your first meeting.

• A domestic violence support group for women will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Advocates Building Peaceful Communities. Call Diane at 970-879-2034 before attending.

• A Heartbeat Suicide Survivor support group meeting is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Yampa Valley Medical Center’s Integrated Health campus, 3001 S. Lincoln Ave. The group is for survivors to learn skills to help manage grief. Enroll by calling 970-846-8182.

• A depression, anxiety and bipolar support group will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Conference Room 2 at Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive. The group provides support, education and tools to help with everyday life. Family and friends are welcome. Call 970-819-2232 for more information.

• A Parkinson’s care partners meeting for those who care for people with Parkinson’s disease is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. For the meeting location, contact 970-879-0518 or

• The Heartbeat of Steamboat support group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Rollingstone Respite House, 480 Rollingstone Drive. The group is for those who have lost a loved one or friend.

• The Steamboat Meditation Recovery Group meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs, 2250 Copper Frontage Road, No. 202. The group also has a recovery-based yoga before at 4:30 p.m. The group will explore recovery through meditation, book study and open discussion. Meetings are open to all faiths and addictions. For more information, call 720-670-8642.

• A cancer support group to help cancer patients deal with pain, nausea, fatigue and side effects will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Integrated Health, 3001 S. Lincoln Ave., Suite A. For more information, call 970-846-4717.

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