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Health & Fitness

July 11, 2012

HEALTH BRIEFLY: July 11, 2012

TERRE HAUTE —

Workshop on Alzheimer’s planned

“Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics” — a free workshop on Alzheimer’s disease — will be offered from 2 to 3 p.m. July 24 at the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.

The session, which is free to the public, but requires registration by contacting the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900. The library is at 1 Library Square.

This program is designed to provide the basic information about memory loss issues and what they mean. 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.

Yard sale to benefit Hoosier Burn Camp

The Terre Haute Fire Fighters Bowling Association will be staging its annual yard sale benefiting the Hoosier Burn Camp on Sept. 7-8 at 711 Windsor.

Last year the association raised $972 for the Burn Camp. To donate items for the sale, contact Jim Matherly at (812) 841-9189 or David McCarty (812) 208-3350.

Also, the 4th Annual Strike Out the Burn Bowling Tournament will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 13.

The WILL Center receives $10K grant

The WILL Center has received a $10,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

The award was one of 69 grants totaling almost $425,000 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that aid in providing more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers. Created by the late Dana Reeve, the program has awarded 2,055 grants totaling more than $15.6 million since 1999.

The WILL Center, in partnership with “Servants At Work, Inc.” will use the grant for the purpose of buying materials — lumber, hardware and materials — to build wheelchair ramps for consumers who need these valuable home modifications. These ramps provide consumers with greater access to their community, increasing their independence.

“This very generous grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation allows us and our partners at ‘Servants At Work, Inc.’ to buy materials that will go toward building more than a dozen wheelchair ramps,” said Peter C. Ciancone, executive director of The WILL Center. “We are honored to have such a well-known organization recognize our work.”

Quality of Life grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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