News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 24, 2013

Health briefs: April 24, 2013

Tribune-Star staff report
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TERRE HAUTE — Terre Haute

‘Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Late Stage’ presentation set for May

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana chapter will host a free two-part series, “Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Late-Stage” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on May 22 and May 29  at Union Hospital, l1606 N. Seventh St.

The course will cover the concept of self in the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Caregivers will also learn effective ways to communicate with individuals with the disease and how to provide daily care. The program will cover late-stage care options and explain how to access and evaluate them.

The sessions are free, but registration is requested by calling 800-272-3900.

Terre Haute

Kid Fit 2013 coming up at Washington Community Center

Kid Fit 2013 on Saturday in Terre Haute will offer several free activities, healthy snacks and prizes, courtesy of Wabash Valley Chapter of the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children and local businesses.

Tricycle races, Zumba, art projects, an obstacle course, Mother Goose on the Loose, and a car seat safety check are scheduled 1 to 3 p.m. in the Booker T. Washington Community Center at 1101 S. 13th St.

Sponsors include Union Hospital, Walmart, Baesler’s, Kroger, and Chances and Services for Youth.

Terre Haute

Dining with Diabetes Cooking School registration approaches

Union Hospital and Purdue Extension-Vigo County are teaming up to offer “Dining with Diabetes Cooking School.”

Sessions will provide educational information from Certified Diabetes Educators, and cooking demonstrations that fit into a diabetic eating plan. Participants will have an opportunity to taste the dishes demonstrated. Each participant will receive recipes at each session and a program notebook.

The series will be offered from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on May 7, 14, 21 and 28 at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds, 4-H meeting room. The cost of the class series is $30 for an individual or $45 per couple. The deadline for registration and payment is April 30.

For more information, contact 812-462-3371 or


Prescription Drug Take Back initiative slated for Saturday

The Drug Enforcement Administration is sponsoring the sixth nationwide “Prescription Drug Take Back” initiative on Saturday.

The initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft. Collection sites will be set up nationwide for expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs to be disposed of for destruction. This service is free and anonymous.The program is intended for liquid and pill medications, and new or used needles will not be accepted.

Prescription drugs can be disposed from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday at any Indiana State Police post.

Paris, Ill.

Acclaimed yslexia documentary showing at library

The Rotary Club of Paris, Ill., is providing a free showing of the acclaimed documentary, “Journey into Dyslexia,” at 6:30 p.m. on April 25 in the Paris Public Library.

The documentary profiles students and adults with dyslexia — difficulty with language skills, especially reading and spelling — who share their experiences of struggling in school and then succeeding in life.

Academy Award-winning filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond use the film to examine dyslexics’ differently structured brains and to debunk myths and misperceptions about dyslexia.

Among the adults with dyslexia featured in this film are consumer advocate Erin Brockovich (the subject of a movie starring Julie Roberts); Ben Foss, inventor of the Intel Reader; Steve Walker, New England Pellet founder and CEO; and Dr. Carol Greider, 2009 Nobel Laureate in physiology and medicine.

This free showing of “Journey into Dyslexia” was made possible through the joint efforts of area Rotarians and Rotary District 6490.

Terre Haute

Senior Education Ministries hosting fraud seminar

Terre Haute-based Senior Education Ministries, Inc. is hosting the annual “Fraud and Scam Awareness Seminar for Seniors” to educate and empower senior citizens in recognizing and avoiding scams, as “Scam-A-Lot” is presented on May 21 at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds.

The Investor Protection Trust estimated that more than 7.3 million seniors (about 20 percent of all Americans 65 and older) have been victimized by a scam. Met Life, Inc. estimated the annual loss by elderly victims of scams at $2.9 billion dollars. Medicare and Medicaid estimate a combined total of more than $23 billion improperly billed and collected as a result of scams and frauds, according to a report from the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud.

Last year’s awareness event featured more than 200 vendors from around the state who offered seniors information on products and services. Vendors do not have to be scam or fraud related to attend the seminar.

The seminar will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 877-223-6109 or visit


Alzheimer’s basics workshop scheduled May 16

St. Vincent Clay Hospital is hosting “Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease: The Basics,” a free workshop on Alzheimer’s disease, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on May 16 at 1206 E. National Ave. in Brazil.

This program is designed to provide basic information about memory loss issues. Typical aging versus problematic memory changes will be covered, as well as descriptions of the various causes of dementia. An overview of how Alzheimer’s affects the brain, causes and risk factors, and information on obtaining a diagnosis will also be covered.

The workshop is free, but registration is requested by phone at 800-272-3900.