Health Notes: DECC conference looks at aging, disabilitiesMore than a thousand professionals who work with the aging and disabled are expected to attend a conference next week at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.
By: Compiled by John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
More than a thousand professionals who work with the aging and disabled are expected to attend a conference next week at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.
The 2013 Age & Disabilities Odyssey also includes sessions that are open to the public with no registration required, said a news release from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, which sponsors the conference along with the Minnesota Board of Aging.
The public preconference intensive sessions will be offered from
8-11 a.m. Monday, the first day of the two-day event. Included among more than a dozen choices are “Family Memory Care” and “HIV and Aging.” Most require no prerequisites.
To learn more, go to www.mnodyssey.org.
Nordic walking, take two
You know it was a bad April when even Nordic walking was snowed out.
The Duluth Y Taste of Nordic Walking event was rescheduled for this Friday and will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, the nonprofit said in a news release.
Nordic walking is a fitness activity that involves walking with a pair of poles. Linda Lemke, known as the “Nordic Walking Queen,” will be featured at Friday’s workshop, and poles will be provided. Drop-ins are welcome any time during the event at the Y, 302 W. First St.
For more information, call the Y at (218) 722-4745, ext. 133.
The how-to on Medicare
If you’re new to Medicare, a local agency has a presentation for you.
The Senior LinkAge Line through the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission’s Area Agency on Aging will offer the “New to Medicare” presentation from 9-11 a.m. June 27 at the commission’s offices, 221 W. First St.
Topics will include Medicare parts A through D, Medicare insurance options, supplemental insurance, help paying for prescription drugs and the Medicare Savings Program.
To register and learn more, call the Senior LinkAge Line at (800) 333-2433. Registration is required.
Stamp of approval for weight-loss surgery
The weight-loss surgery program at St. Luke’s hospital has been reaccredited.
The level 2 accreditation comes from the American College of Surgeons’ Bariatric Surgery Center Network, which originally accredited the program in 2010, a St. Luke’s news release said.
Level 2 accreditation means the hospital performed at least 25 but fewer than 125 bariatric procedures, said St. Luke’s spokeswoman Louise Ernewein.
Dr. Jay Lenz is medical director of the program. It offers three types of procedures: gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric banding.
Weight-loss surgery, aka bariatric surgery, is used in cases of severe obesity. The American College of Surgeons says more than 15 million Americans suffer from severe obesity, which increases the risk of type II diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
Blood drive includes extra incentive
People in need of blood and people with multiple sclerosis both will benefit from a blood drive Saturday at a local automobile dealer.
The blood drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kolar Toyota, 4781 Miller Trunk Highway. For each person who donates during the drive, Kolar Toyota will donate $30 to the MS Society-Upper Midwest Chapter, according to a news release from Memorial Blood Centers.
You can schedule an appointment online at www.mbc.org using sponsor code 2296, or contact Katie Foley at (218) 740-1546.
Play focuses on health care
“Mercy Killers,” billed as a one-person play about the U.S. health-care crisis, will be shown at 7:30 tonight at the Duluth Playhouse Underground in the Depot.
The one-hour play is written and performed by Michael Milligan, a Broadway actor and writer.
Admission is $10.
The performance will be followed by audience discussion led by Milligan, Dr. Faris Keeling of Duluth and Buddy Robinson of the Minnesota Citizens Federation-Northeast.