Free lecture on hip and knee arthritis
The Center for Workforce Transition at GateWay Community College presents “Arthritis – Diagnosis, Treatment and the Millennium Patient,” with guest lecturer Dr. Jimmy Chow of the Arizona Center for Bone and Joint Disorders from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 29, in GateWay’s Center for Health Careers Education Auditorium, 108 N. 40th St., Room 1106. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Chow will discuss possible causes and factors affecting arthritis in the hip and knee. His presentation will include clinical and radiographic diagnostic signs and a full spectrum of treatment options from homeopathic remedies to cutting-edge technological advances in operative and non-operative management.
To register, call (602) 286-8158.
21 days to a leaner, healthier you
Paula’s 21 Day Transformation Program starts July 5 and offers three challenging calorie-burning exercise programs; photos of all exercises; a detailed teleconference with a step-by-step explanation of the exercise program; and all the exercises, daily educational e-mails for 21 days on Winning Formula diet and nutritional strategies, sample diet and menu, recipes, recovery tips, injury prevention and healthy lifestyle tips to motivate and inspire you to the next level.
For more information or to sign up, visit www.PaulaOwens.com.
Complimentary home safety inspections
Preferred Care at Home has dedicated the month of June as “Home Safety Month” to educate and empower both seniors and their families to take actions to better enjoy the comfort and security of their home.
Throughout Home Safety Month, Preferred Care at Home encourages the senior community to consider their home’s danger areas and take simple steps to minimize their risk from potential injuries or even death. Local Preferred Care at Home offices across the nation will personally walk homeowners through a home safety checklist to safeguard against injury, with a focus on preventing falls.
Call (480) 699-0203 for your complimentary home safety inspection checklist and additional tips from senior health experts.
Healing Emphasis Yoga classes offered
Inner Vision Yoga at 725 E. Guadalupe Road in Tempe is hosting a new series of yoga classes called Healing Emphasis Yoga at 5 p.m. Mondays. The class is taught by master level certified instructor Donna DiNunzio and is designed to rehabilitate the lower back using strengthening and flexibility techniques.
For more information, call the studio at (480) 839-1006, Donna at (480) 330-2015 or visit innervisionyoga.com.
Chandler girl receives life-saving transplant
With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant patients are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure. The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-needy patients. In Chandler, volunteers are raising funds for transplant patients like local girl Alissa Cassidy.
Born March 11, 2007, Cassidy was diagnosed with Short Bowel Syndrome and severe dysmotility with liver failure, and doctors at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA performed a life-saving multivisceral transplant on Dec. 14, 2009. An estimated $80,000 is being raised by Chandler volunteers.
Volunteers are needed to assist with fundraising activities. Individuals and groups interested in more information may contact Sandra Cassidy at (480) 635-0777 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations may be made in person at any Wells Fargo Bank branch location using account number 352356163 or mailed to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, 2501 W. COTA Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403. Checks or money orders should be made payable to COTA, with “In Honor of Alissa C.” written on the memo line of the check. Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at www.COTAforAlissaC.com.
Poison and Drug Information Center issues statewide alert
Medical toxicologists at Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center are reaching out to physicians statewide to warn about an increase in a deadly trend that can easily be missed.
The new concerns is over levamisole, a drug no longer used in humans, but which is a deworming agent used in animals. The drug is increasingly showing up as an adulterant in cocaine - adding new concerns for those who may be using the illicit drug - and for doctors who may not know what to look for.
Dr. Steven Curry, a medical toxicologist with the Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center, says cocaine laced with levamisole can cause persons to develop agranulocytosis, which means that a person’s white blood cell count becomes dangerously low, compromising the ability to fight infection. If doctors confronted with a patient suffering from low white blood cell counts do not know to look for levamisole exposure as the cause, they may perform unneeded diagnostic tests and treatments.
The Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center may be reached at (800) 222-1222. The center provides a free, 24-hour emergency telephone service for both residents and medical professionals of Maricopa County.
Fitzgerald and Friends Celebrity Waiter Night Returns Aug. 30
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and friends will don their aprons and serve a hungry crowd during the second annual Larry Fitzgerald and Friends Celebrity Waiter Night at Morton’s, set for Aug. 30 at Morton’s The Steakhouse at The Shops at the Esplanade, 2501 E. Camelback Road.
The intimate gala will benefit the Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund. Guests will enjoy a lavish dinner served by Fitzgerald and his teammates while participating in silent and live auctions benefitting the fund. The fund was set up in memory of Larry’s mother, who throughout her career as a state worker in Minnesota helped victims of AIDS, breast cancer and other diseases. This fund’s proceeds continue her work, and the Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Foundation also supports the education of urban youth.
The fundraiser opens with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner from 6:30 to 7:30, the program and live auction.
Tickets for this exclusive event start at $300. VIP packages featuring a special pre-event reception start at $400 and corporate sponsorship packages are also available.
For more information, call (602) 955-9577.
Send in your bra for a worthy cause
Help Athena’s Home Novelties build a bra chain and raise money for breast cancer awareness. The national campaign, called Athena’s Cup, aims to collect and hook together 169,000 donated bras, which would break the current bra-chain Guinness world record. Athena’s Cup will collect a $5 donation with each bra in an effort to raise half a million dollars. Donors are encouraged to write the names of a loved one or other meaningful inscriptions on the bras prior to sending them in. Gently worn bras will be donated to battered women shelters following the campaign, which will run through October.
Send bras, with a $5 donation, to Athena’s Home Novelties, attn: Katherine Newiger, 7541 E. Toronto St., Tucson, AZ 85730. To donate online, visit www.athenascup.org.
For more information, call Newiger at (520) 272-9706.
ASU, Triple R collaborate to offer program on schizophrenia
Arizona State University and Triple R Behavioral Health, an organization dedicated to the recovery of individuals with serious mental illness, are collaborating to offer training in the Hearing Voices that are Distressing program. The program offers an opportunity to walk a mile in someone’s shoes and experience what life is like with schizophrenia.
Triple R realizes the importance of educating the community and decreasing stigma – encouraging people seek help and assuring services are available. If you or your group (churches, schools, workplaces, foundations, etc.) would like to participate in this special training, call Alicia at (602) 995-7474.
Learn how to “Connect Memories through Music” in the GPS for Memory Lectures Series
GPS for Memory (Giving People Strategies for Memory) is a program offered by Banner Alzheimer’s Institute on the second Friday of each month. Participants are invited to attend a free 60-minute lecture on various aspects of dementia, caregiving and brain health.
July’s lecture brings Robin Rio, a Board Certified Music Therapist and Professor at Arizona State University, to speak on Connecting Memories through Music. Her discussion will be from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, July 9, in the Webster Auditorium at the Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway.
Rio has been working with people with dementia since the late 1980’s. Her book, Connecting through Music with People with Dementia: A Guide for Caregivers, helps caregivers to learn simple and effective ways to use music as a form of communication and social interaction.
Following the lecture, participants are welcome to enjoy the lovely surroundings of the Desert Botanical Gardens free of charge.
The lecture is free, but registration is required by calling (602) 839-6850.
Tracheostomy Education and Vendor Fair coming up
Phoenix Children’s Hospital Trach and Airway team will present a Tracheostomy Education and Vendor Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s main campus, Rosenberg Children’s Medical Plaza (Building E), Melvin Cohen Conference Center, 1920 E. Cambridge Ave. The fair is free and open to the public, and free parking is available in the visitors garage.
This family friendly event is aimed at educating the community about health and safety issues related to tracheostomies. Information for families, caregivers, students and health care professionals will be provided by the hospital’s special Tracheotomy and Airway Program.
For more information, contact Kristen Meliska at (602) 546-0913.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group
Sunrise of Chandler Assisted Living, 5757 W. Chandler Blvd., hosts an Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group from 6 to 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month. Representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association lead the meetings along with Sunrise of Chandler coordinators. Food and beverages will be provided.
Meeting dates and topics: July 13 (Research and Treatment), Aug. 10 (general discussion), Sept. 14 (general discussion), Oct. 12 (When is the right time for hospice?), Nov. 9 (general discussion) and Dec. 14 (general discussion).
For more information or to RSVP, call (480) 786-4998
Juvenile Arthritis Conference
The Greater Southwest Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation will host its first local Juvenile Arthritis Conference from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at the National Bank of Arizona Conference Center, 6001 N. 24th St.
The program features inspirational speaker Andrea Decker, a tenth grade teacher at Phoenix Country Day School, who was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis when she was 12 years old. A number of educational and activity tracks are also available based on attendees’ ages.
The conference promotes a sense of community among families, allowing them to see that they are not in this alone; there is support, advice and programs available to help them adjust to the challenges of life with juvenile arthritis.
The cost is $2 per child ages 3 to 17 and $10 per adult 18 and up. The fee includes lunch.
For more information or to register, call the Arthritis Foundation at (602) 212-9905 or go to www.arthritis.org.
Grills, Guys and Good Health
Medical experts will present a free seminar on men’s health issues from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 24, in the Saguaro Auditorium - Rosati Education Center, Banner Desert Medical Center, 1400 S. Dobson Road, Mesa, as part of the Banner Ask the Expert seminar series.
Topics will include prostate screening, voiding problems, testosterone evaluation and erectile dysfunction. The seminar is designed to allow men to ask questions about health issues without having to make a doctor’s appointment. Men and women are invited to attend.
Looking for a new outdoor grill? A demonstration on how to buy the best grill for your summertime backyard barbecues will also take place.
Parking is available in the garage next to the Dobson Road entrance.
The seminar is free, but registration is required to (602) 230-CARE (2273).
ada Gala 20th Anniversary
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has transformed our culture and opened doors for millions of Americans with disabilities. Community members are invited to help celebrate 20 years of disability civil rights from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at the Tempe Mission Palms Resort, 60 E. Fifth St., Tempe. A cocktail hour with cash bar starts at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, ADA awards and live music by “The Instant Classics.”
Real-time captioning and American Sign Language interpreters will be on site. Alternate formats or vegetarian meals will be provided upon request. No fragrances please. To accommodate those with allergies, breathing conditions or multiple chemical sensitivities, please do not smoke or wear scented products when attending this event.
Tickets, $35 each or $280 for a table of eight, are available at www.azdac.org/gala or by calling (602) 503-6593 (V) or (602) 364-0990 (TTY).
“Out Drive Autism” golf tourney benefits autism student scholarships
Umbrella NPO is sponsoring an “Out Drive Autism” golf tournament beginning with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun Saturday, July 31, at Legacy Golf Resort, 6808 S. 32nd St. The entry fee is $100 through June ($125 after) and includes range balls, lunch buffet, in-tournament contests and a raffle afterward.
Umbrella NPO is an Arizona-based non-profit giving higher education scholarships to students with an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Currently, Umbrella NPO is the only non-profit in the nation providing such a scholarship. Umbrella NPO's sole source of income is through donations and money raised by events.
Teen cancer survivors exhibit art showcase
The “Great Expectations and Dreams: Arizona Youth Speak Up For Our Eyes” exhibition will showcase art selections designed by Center for Cancer and Blood Disorder patients. Eight teens have been selected to showcase their creative designs through The Art Project at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
One-of-a-kind art creations from the art project will be on display through Aug. 30 at Arizona State University Downtown, University Center Building, Main Lobby, 411 N. Central Ave. Viewing hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. An artist reception and free public event will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20.
For more information, contact Elaine Falkner at (602) 546-2659.
Bedmart Charity Cares Program selects Phoenix Children’s Hospital as beneficiary
Bedmart Cares Charity Foundation has announced Phoenix Children's Hospital as a beneficiary. Through Dec. 31, Bedmart will donate five percent of the purchase price of any Tempur-Pedic or ComforPedic mattress set for any customer that mentions Phoenix Children's Hospital at purchase.
Funds raised through the Bedmart Cares Charity Foundation will support charitable healthcare at Phoenix Children’s. Approximately half of the patients treated at Phoenix Children's have little or no private medical insurance. Each year, Phoenix Children's provides tens of millions of dollars in uncompensated care to Arizona's most vulnerable children. PCH relies on community to provide the very best medical care to all patients, regardless of a family's ability to pay.
The nearest Bedmart store is at 4902 E. Ray Road, Suite G-1.
New monthly support group offered for adult children caring for a parent with dementia
Banner Alzheimer’s Institute has created a new caregivers support group for adult children which will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month in the first floor conference room at the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, 901 E. Willetta St.
The group will be facilitated by a social worker who specializes in Alzheimer’s disease and will provide an opportunity for adult children to network and problem-solve with others who face similar challenges.
Participation is free, and registration is not required. For more information, call (602) 839-6850.
Urgent Care Center uses iTriage to connect with Mobile users
Desert Valley Urgent Care in Chandler has partnered with Healthagen to put medical and facility information into the hands of smartphone users with iTriage. Smartphone users may download iTriage applications at no cost for their iPhone, iPod Touch or Android smartphones through the app stores, or log onto www.iTriageHealth.com from any Internet-enabled device to access healthcare information.
Built by emergency room physicians, iTriage aggregates healthcare information in a structured and actionable way and closes the information gap between doctors and patients. As the healthcare landscape changes, iTriage continues to provide technology to empower healthcare consumers. With this addition, the Chandler community and the surrounding Phoenix metropolitan area now has on-the-go access to Desert Valley Urgent Care details like contact information, mapping, quality reports and facility capabilities.
St. Joseph’s needs volunteers
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, 350 W. Thomas Road, is looking for people interested in volunteering. Volunteers work side by side with hospital staff, develop camaraderie with other volunteers and have a sense of pride as donate their time to help others. Several opportunities are available.
For more information, call (602) 406-3020.
Lower West Band offers free album downloads to benefit PCH
Members of Lower West, a new low-fi folk pop band out of New York with roots in the west, recently completed their debut album, Only the Dead Know Brooklyn.
The band wanted something good to come out of their music and decided to give away the record for free to anyone who will donate the cost of an album to charity.
From now through Dec. 31, music lovers may visit http://thelowerwest.com, donate $10 to Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) and download Lower West Band’s unveiling album for free. Funds raised will help provide vital services and programs for children facing serious illness or injury at the hospital.
Band members explain their plan is simple, but the goal is lofty: donate $10,000 to charity in 2010. Each month for 10 months the band will announce another charity that it supports.
For more information, visit the Web site above or call Leah Fischer at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation at (602) 546-2650.
Grief and Divorce Support Groups
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 W. Erie St., Chandler, is hosting Divorce Care and Divorce Care for Kids and Grief Share support groups.
For more information, call (480) 963-4127 or visit www.htlutheran.com.
Women invited to retreats at Camelback Mountain
Women are invited to reflect, engage and connect in the intimate setting of one of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s private mountainside estates during a series of destination weekend retreats. The retreats will be led by Dena Patton, CEO of the award-winning events and inspiration company, Chat, Chew & Chocolate, and remaining retreats are planned for the weekends of Aug. 20 and Oct. 1.
Celebrity speakers include Ali Vincent, first female winner of NBC’s The Biggest Loser, and Martha Beck, The New York Times best-selling author, life coach and columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine. The retreats vary in theme designed for today’s busy “Superwoman,” addressing Health and Wellness, Business Boot Camp, Glam in the City and Mind, Body, Spirit. The retreats include pampering and spa time, along with inspirational sessions.
For details visit www.CCCretreats.com.
Band offers free downloads to make a difference at PCH
Lower West is a new low-fi folk pop band out of Brooklyn, NY, with roots in the west that recently completed their debut album, Only the Dead Know Brooklyn.
Band members wanted to do something good with their music and decided to give away the record for free to anyone who will donate the cost of an album to charity.
From now through Dec. 31, music lovers are invited to visit http://thelowerwest.com, donate $10 to Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) and download Lower West Band’s unveiling album for free. Funds raised will help provide vital services and programs for children facing serious illness or injury at PCH.
For more information, visit the Web site above or call Leah Fischer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation, at (602) 546-2650.
Racing for Recovery offers support
A Racing for Recovery support group meets 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Spinergy Cycling Studio, 12020 S. Warner-Elliot Loop, Suite 111.
Racing for Recovery offers support to anyone who has been affected by addiction – addict, family member or friend – and promotes health and fitness as a component of recovery.
24-hour help hotline
The bilingual Helpline services are free of charge and are available 24 hours a day, everyday, including holidays by calling (602) 263-8856.
Specialists respond to calls from individuals seeking information or referrals to health care programs; emergency food, housing and clothing resources; drug or alcohol treatment programs; adult/child protective services; and marital and family counseling. All calls are confidential.
More information is available online at www.cir.org.
Massage Envy hosting ‘Massage for the Cure’ event
Massage Envy will host its sixth annual fundraiser event, Massage for the Cure, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14. The event offers one-hour therapeutic massages for $49 to raise funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Of that, $15 from each massage will be donated to the Phoenix and Southern Arizona Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to be used for breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs.
The event is open to the public and appointments are recommended. Reservations for appointments will be accepted by phone or in person beginning Aug. 14. You do not have to be a Massage Envy member to make an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.
The nearest location is at 3820 E. Ray Road, Suite 16.
For more information, visit MassageEnvy.com.
La Leche League meets 1st Thursdays
Join like mothers from around the Valley at La Leche League, an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. All women, especially pregnant and nursing mothers, are welcome to attend the meetings from 11 a.m. to noon on the first Thursday of each month at The Center for True Harmony Wellness and Medicine, 2152 S. Vineyard, Suite 138, Mesa.
Children are always welcome. Space is limited, and RSVPs are requested to (480) 539-6646.
Group offers support for depression, anxiety
Sun Lakes resident Deb Ralston has formed a new Peer Support Group offering support for men and women experiencing symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety. The group meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Mondays (except first Mondays) in the Phoenix Room at the Cottonwood Clubhouse in Sun Lakes. Meetings are earmarked by confidentiality and respect for the participants’ integrity and privacy.
Ralston has worked as the clinical director of a shelter for abused children and is presently coordinator of volunteers with Neighbors Who Care, a nonprofit agency that assists the home-bound elderly. She offers her guidance to the Monday support group at no cost.
For further information, call Ralston at (480) 334-8671 or Allan at (480) 895-8671.