Health briefs

August 20, 2010

Raccoon rabies vaccination project

The county Health Department will conduct its annual raccoon oral rabies vaccination project Sept. 8-30. About 70,000 edible baits for raccoons will be distributed throughout the county. Department of Health personnel will place baits by hand in densely populated residential areas. With no serious health effects to humans or pets, each bait is marked with a toll-free number for people who come in contact with the bait and have questions. Homeowners who have seen raccoons on their property may request to have the property baited via an online request form at http://www.aahealth.org or by calling department of health at 410-222-7168 by Aug. 27.

Care for cancer patients

The Wellness House of Annapolis, an organization that offers services and programs to assist those living with cancer and their relatives, including children, has twice-a-week walk-in hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. All classes and services are free and are open to cancer patients, caregivers and families. Pre-registration is required. The Wellness House is at 2625 Mas-Que Farm Road. Appointments: 410-990-0941 or wellnesshouse@comcast.net.

Water-quality information

The county Health Department will provide water sampling results for more than 100 county beaches and waterways now through Labor Day at http://www.aahealth.org or 410-222-7999. Water samples are routinely tested for enterococci, the bacteria found in the intestines of all warm-blooded animals, including humans. Facts on water quality and health tips for natural bodies of water are available on the website.

Patient disability pamphlet

The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues offers a pamphlet, "Doctors' Offices and Patients with Disabilities Working Together." The pamphlet contains suggestions that will make the visit go more smoothly, from training staff to obtaining equipment for the disabled and welcoming service animals accompanying a disabled person. To obtain a copy, call the American with Disabilities Act office at the county's department of aging and disabilities 410-222-4464, ext. 3056 or go to http://www.aacounty.org/Aging/disabledAdults/CommDis.cfm and click on Doctors Office Brochure.

Calendar

The Baltimore Washington Medical Center sponsors the following August events:

•Safe Sitter Program for pre-teens ages 11-13. Learn babysitting skills and abilities in caring for young children in emergency and non-emergency situations. Cost $50. Pre-registration is required at mybwmc.org.

•Weight Management and Wellness Seminar Co-sponsored by The University of Maryland Center for Weight Management, the seminar will meet 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25. Information. 410-328-8940. Registration required at http://www.umm.edu/weightloss.

•Joint School All you need to know about the preparation, recovery and benefits of hip and knee surgery meetings will be held 4 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month. Information and registration: 410-553-8282.

Dance fitness classes for adults and teens presented by Bio Aerobics INC. will begin Sept 7 and 8. Sessions run seven weeks, twice a week. Cost is $68. Classes will be held at the following schools: Lindale Middle, 415 Andover Road, Linthicum 21090; High Point elementary, 924 Duvall Highway, Pasadena 21122; and Linthicum Elementary, 101 School Lane, Linthicum 21090. Information: 410-956-1084. Or go to http://www.bioaerobics.com.

Caregivers workshop series The National Family Caregiver Support program at the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities will present a series of workshops discussing the progression of dementia, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 14, 21 and 28 at the Arnold center, 44 Church Road and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 23, 30 and Oct. 7 at the Brookyn Park center, 202 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. Registration: http://www.aacounty.org/aging or 410-222-4464, ext. 3043.

Medicare reform and you, presented by the department of aging and disabilities will be discussed in Korean, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 1, Brooklyn Park Center, 202 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. Information: 410-222-4464 or register online at http://www.aacounty.org/aging.

Screenings

•The county Health Department provides free breast exams, mammograms, Pap tests and cervical cancer screenings to eligible female county residents 40 and older. Information: 410-222-6180.

•Colorectal screenings and informational kits are available through the county Health Department's Learn to Live Program. Screenings are free to county residents ages 50 to 64 who are uninsured and income-eligible. To order a free kit, Learn To Live Line, 410-222-7979, or LearnToLiveHealthy.org.

Continuing services

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers:

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