Health briefs: Grief support group will begin in Hayden
Steamboat Springs — Grief support group will start in Hayden
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will host a grief education and support group 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Nov. 4 at The Haven Community Center in Hayden, 300 South Shelton Lane. The group is open to anyone coping with the loss of a friend or a loved one. For more information or to RSVP, call 970-871-7682.
Varicella vaccine will be offered at flu clinic Oct. 20
Varicella (chicken pox) immunization will be available 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Steamboat Springs High School. Flu vaccine also will be available for all ages. Colorado now requires students in kindergarten through 12th grade to have two varicella immunizations. Students do not need to get the varicella vaccine if they have evidence of having had chicken pox. Bring Medicaid, Medicare or other insurance card. Low-cost immunizations are available for individuals who don’t have insurance. Varicella, flu and other recommended vaccinations for all ages also are available at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s drop-in immunization clinics, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Steamboat Springs VNA, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Immunizations also are available by appointment, call 970-879-1632.
Blood drive planned for Nov. 3
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
Bonfils will visit Yampa Valley Medical Center for a blood drive from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3. Blood donations can be made in the conference room at YVMC, 1024 Central Park Drive. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Bonfils Appointment Center at 800-365-0006, ext. 2 or visit bonfils.org.
Parkinson’s exercise class offered twice weekly
Parkinson’s exercise classes are held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. Fridays at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, Eighth and Oak streets. The class consists of exercises developed by neuroscientist Becky Farley (pwr4life.org) and Gary Sobol (who has Parkinson’s and is the founder of GZ Sobol’s Parkinson’s Network: parkinsonsnetwork.org) to specifically address Parkinson’s symptoms, including dexterity, rigidity, balance, bradykinesia and voice softness. Class participants warm up their muscles, focus on big, powerful movements and loud voices and work together as a group to encourage one another, share tips and revel in good humor.
Classes are free. Contact Jacqueline Teuscher at 303-829-2869 or email@example.com or Eva Gibbon at 970-846-9887 for more information.
Support groups meet this week:
• A bereavement support group meets 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 is 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 meets 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Heartbeat of Steamboat support group meets 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 beforehand at 4:30 p.m. The group will explore recovery through meditation, book study and all 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 is 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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