February 5, 2014

Senior Briefs: Feb. 5, 2014

Mercy Care plans Friendship Volunteer Training

LAKE PLACID — Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is recruiting new volunteers and has scheduled a Friendship Volunteer Training Program in Tupper Lake on Feb. 18 and Feb. 25.

The training sessions will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Both mornings are required to complete the training.

Anyone in the Tri-Lakes, Keene, Keene Valley, Wilmington or other surrounding communities who is interested in becoming a Mercy Care friendship volunteer is invited to take the training. New volunteers will join Mercy Care’s friendship volunteers from Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake and Lake Placid who are helping elders stay connected to their communities.

Mercy Care’s Friendship Volunteer Training Program is free of charge but pre-registration is required. To request registration information, contact Sheila Schneck at Mercy Care at 523-5583. Volunteers of all faiths are encouraged and invited to participate.

Contact Mercy Care at: 185 Old Military Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946; by calling Donna Beal, executive director, at 523-5581; or by email at For more information, visit Mercy Care’s website at

Health experts warn of dangers of snow shoveling

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Health experts at the University of Kansas Hospital are warning people to avoid overtaxing their hearts while shoveling snow.

With a winter storm bearing down on the region, the hospital said in a statement Monday that people clearing snow should be alert to dizziness, extreme fatigue, faintness and chest pains. Cardiologists say that even people in relatively good physical shape can be at risk during cold winter days.

Cardiologists say the dangers for the elderly can be especially high. They urged people to work up to outdoor chores, such as snow shoveling. And health experts said that people with known heart disease should exercise only as part of a health program overseen by their physician.

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