Health briefs: Walk to end Alzheimer’s meet and greet planned |

Health briefs: Walk to end Alzheimer’s meet and greet planned

Walk to end Alzheimer’s volunteer info sessions planned

Casey’s Pond Distinctive Senior Living and the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado invites residents of Northwest Colorado to participate in the community-wide Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Steamboat Springs on Sept. 3 at Caseys’ Pond. Learn more about how to volunteer or start a team at one of the volunteer mixers April 1 and 2.

Those who are unable to attend one of the mixers are asked to visit to pre-register. Businesses and individuals are encouraged to sign up early.

The information sessions are from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 1 and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2 at Casey’s Pond, 2855 Owl Hoot Trail. For more information, call 970-879-8855 or email

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association has mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Lyme disease support group meeting

Lyme disease has been a topic of conversation, both nationally and internationally, in the past few months. Though Lyme disease is less common in Colorado, people still suffer from the sometimes debilitating disease of chronic lyme. A new support group in Steamboat Springs has been created to allow individuals and families to rally together to find solutions for the illness. The group will meet the first Sunday of each month to offer support and love to those who are suffering. For more information, visit

VNA offers free drop in diabetes screenings March 22

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will recognize Diabetes Alert! Day with free, drop-in diabetes screenings from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 at the Steamboat Springs VNA, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Screenings help gauge risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Screenings include blood glucose test, cholesterol panel, blood pressure, body mass index and personalized education. For more information, call 970-871-7634. Information about diabetes prevention can be found at

Hepatitis A vaccination recommended for travel

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association recommends people planning travel to international destinations, including Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, receive a Hepatitis A vaccination. Hepatitis A can be spread by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the virus. Other vaccinations may be recommended, depending on the destination. Individuals planning to travel abroad should receive any needed vaccinations at least one month prior to travel. Travel and routine immunizations are available by appointment. Call 970-879-1632.

Variety of support groups meeting 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 970-871-7629 prior to attending the first meeting.

• A domestic violence support group for women is from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays 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 is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. For the meeting location, contact 970-879-0518 or

• The Heartbeat of Steamboat support group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays 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. Thursdays 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.

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