October 9, 2012

Health Notes: Oct. 9, 2012


---- — Blood drives set

PLATTSBURGH — There are many opportunities to give blood in October through the North Country Regional Blood Donor Program.

Here’s the schedule: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, Chazy High School; 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, Peru Fire Department; 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, Brushton-Moira American Legion Post 939; 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, Clinton County Government Center; 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, AuSable Forks Ambulance Service; 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, Alice Hyde Medical Center, Malone; 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, Keeseville Fire Department; 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, Bangor Fire Department; 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, Angell College Center at SUNY Plattsburgh (health fair and marrow registry); 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 25, Ward Lumber, Jay; 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, Wilmington Fire Department; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, Peru High School; 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, Elizabethtown-Lewis EMS; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, North Country Community College Malone campus; and 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, Morrisonville Ambulance Service.

The Blood Donor Center, 85 Plaza Blvd., is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Walk-in donors are encouraged. To learn how to host a drive, call 562-7406.

Chronic Illness Support Group meets today

PLATTSBURGH — The Coping With Chronic Illness Support Group meets 4:30 to 6 p.m. today at Blessed John XXIII Newman Center, 90 Broad St.

This group, which meets the second Tuesday of every month, is for people whose lives have been affected by any chronic illness and who wish to find support and information on how to live well despite the many changes that can occur.

It is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Samaritan Family Counseling Center at 643-6894 or email

Living Healthy workshops offered

PERU — A six-week Living Healthy workshop is planned from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting Oct. 9 in the Community Room at Apple Valley Senior Housing, 1 Apple Valley Drive.

The free six-session education program for people with any type of ongoing health condition helps enhance one’s skills and ability to manage their health and maintain an active and fulfilling lifestyle. Participants must attend week one or two to complete weeks three through six.

The registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 15. For more information, call 314-3682.

The workshop is sponsored by Eastern Adirondack Health Care Network and Northern Adirondack Medical Home.

Health center grand opening Wednesday

MALONE — The Community Health Center of the North Country and Cerebral Palsy Association of the North Country are celebrating the opening of their new building at 380 Route 51 on Wednesday.

The grand opening event will begin at 11 a.m., and tours will be given from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is welcome to attend, and refreshments will be provided.

This event will allow the community to not only see the new building, but to meet staff and become acquainted with the services offered.

The Community Health Center of the North Country is a federally qualified health center that provides quality, affordable health-care services, regardless of a person’s health-insurance status or their ability to pay. The health center currently offers primary care, psychiatry and counseling services. A sliding-fee scale, based on patients’ family size and income, is also available.

The Cerebral Palsy Association of the North Country serves families and individuals with developmental disabilities through the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities services. Services include case management, day and community habilitation, respite, assistive technology and New York State Elks Home Service Program.

For questions, contact Makenzie Taylor at (315) 386-1156 or

Neurosurgeon to discuss options for back pain

PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh neurosurgeon will present “Oh My Aching Back! The Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment of Back Pain” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Westside Ballroom, 253 New York Road.

Sooner or later, eight out of every 10 adults will have back pain, and a number of treatments are available. Dr. Joseph Arguelles will discuss those options as well as common causes of back pain and how it’s diagnosed.

To register, call the CVPH Public Relations Office at 562-7320 or go to and register in the Upcoming Events section. The free program is part of the CVPH Community Lecture Series sponsored by the Foundation of CVPH.

Impeerium looking for board members

PLATTSBURGH — Impeerium, Peer Recovery Center/National Alliance on Mental Illness: Champlain Valley, is looking for a diverse group of individuals who are open-minded, positive and are current or former recipients of mental-health services to serve on its Peer Advisory Board.

A board member’s responsibilities include: monthly board meeting attendance, assisting with the hiring of additional initial staff members, providing advice on program direction, sharing feedback from peers on local services and sharing the viewpoint of community peers with the board. A Peer Advisory Board member cannot be a staff member at Impeerium.

For more information, call the center at 565-6373 or email

Library System earns consumer health grant

PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System has received a $10,000 grant from the Northern New York Library Network in Potsdam to provide consumer health information for all area residents in collaboration with local human-service agency partners.

System director Ewa Jankowska said the initiative will improve access to authoritative health information and resources in a variety of formats through member public libraries in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties and the library system’s website.

Partnerships are already under way with the CVPH Foundation and the Clinton County Health Department.

The project, which will be rolled out in early 2013, will focus on eight consumer health topics.

“With project funds, we’ll be subscribing to a plan that delivers about 1,700 streaming video titles on related health topics, and we’ll also be able to purchase more electronic books to keep up with demand,” Elizabeth Rogers, head of Collection Development at the system, said in a news release.

More than 500 current titles for readers of all ages are currently available for loan to anyone with a library card on the system’s website: