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September 06, 2010

Diabetes, prediabetes management

The Washington County Health Department will offer a program for people who are at high-risk of developing Type 2 diabetes or people who have diabetes. The program will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 28 through Oct. 26. Class will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Randolph Ave., Hagerstown. The five-week program costs $25.

The program is designed to assist people with prediabetes and diabetes in making important lifestyle changes. For information or to register, call Lisa McCoy at 240-313-3360.

Course about dementia

The Alzheimer's Association will offer a half-day course titled "Approaching Persons with Dementia - Make your first response the right response" from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at the Merle S. Elliott Continuing Educaiton and Conference Center Career Programs Building at Hagerstown Community College east of Hagerstown. The course content is designed to help first responders better prepare for responding to community needs with the increasing number of people with dementia living at home.


Course content will help law enforcement officers, paramedics, fire fighters, disaster relief personnel, health care providers and community members who may be first responders, to effectively communicate with cognitively impaired people and reach the most positive outcome. The course will provide practical applications using a variety of teaching techniques. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for several disciplines.

For information on registering for the course, call the Alzheimer's Association at 301-797-4892 or the Hagerstown Community College at 301-790-2800, ext. 236.

Program about eye health

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -Lutheran Home Care and Hospice is giving a Health and Wellness talk Thursday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m. at The Fleck Center at Luther Ridge Retirement Community, 2998 Luther Drive, Chambersburg. The program is free. No registration is required.

The topic of discussion will be "I Can See Clearly Now - A Review of Eye Health, Cataracts and Glaucoma." Cataracts are painless, cloudy areas in the lens of the eye. Causes such as aging, sun exposure, eye injury and diabetes, and risk factors, symptoms and non-surgical treatments will be discussed. Glaucoma is a group of diseases affecting the optic nerve. The two common types, why people older than 70 are especially at risk, vision aids and ways to preserve remaining vision will be discussed. Call 717-264-8178.

Volunteers needed for fall management

The Washington County Health Department is looking for volunteers to help provide "A Matter of Balance" program. The program is designed to help people manage concerns about falls and increase physical activity. The classes are held two hours twice a week, for four weeks.

Coaches help participants become more confident about managing falls, help to identify ways to reduce falls and lead exercises to help increase strength and balance. Volunteer coaches need to have good communication and interpersonal skills, have enthusiasm, be dependable, be willing to lead small groups of older adults and have the ability to lead low to moderate level exercise.

A volunteer coach class will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, and Thursday, Oct. 14. To register or for information, call 240-313-3360.

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