Health briefs

September 12, 2010

Mini-health fair

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities' Senior Nutrition Program will hold a Mini-Health Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at the West River Cafe Senior Nutrition Site, Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 101 Owensville Road, West River. A hot lunch will be served. Information: 410-222-4464, ext. 3006 or 1-800-492-2499, ext. 3006 to reserve a meal.

Raccoon rabies vaccination project

The county Health Department will conduct its annual raccoon oral rabies vaccination project through Sept. 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. While they pose no serious health threats 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 aahealth.org or by calling the 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.

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 Americans 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

Dementia workshop series "Living in the Land of Oz" is held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 14, 21 and 28, at the Arnold Senior Activity Center, 44 Church Road. The series will be repeated from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 23 and 30 and Oct. 7 at the Brooklyn Park Senior Activity Center, 202 Hammonds Lane. Additional workshops will be held at the other five senior activity centers through December. Learn about different types of dementia, research and treatments, behavior management, and skills to use in everyday life. Registration and information: 410-222-4464, ext. 3043, or http://www.aacounty.org/aging.

Caregivers wellness day The ninth annual Caregivers' Wellness Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave. There will be a continental breakfast, vendors will be on hand who provide services to caregivers, and there will be workshops designed to help with stresses and the challenges of caregiving. Information and registration: 410-222-4464, ext. 3043, or http://www.aacounty.org/aging. Respite care available.

The Baltimore Washington Medical Center sponsors the following events:

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

•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.

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. Tuesdays, 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 Brooklyn Park center, 202 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. Registration: http://www.aacounty.org/aging or 410-222-4464, ext. 3043.

Vision and hearing screenings: The county Health Department will offer vision and hearing screenings to preschool, kindergarten, first grade and eighth grade students at the following schools and programs:

Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 15 and 16: Benfield elementary, Marley middle.

Friday, Sept. 17: Gibson Island Country School, Open Door Christian Academy

Sept. 20: Lake Shore elementary

Sept. 20 and 21: Crofton Woods elementary

Sept. 22 and 23: Tyler Heights elementary

Sept. 23: Riviera Beach elementary

Sept. 27 and 28: Belvedere elementary, Woodside elementary

Sept. 29 and 30: Seven Oaks elementary.

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