November 5, 2013

Health Notes: Nov. 5, 2013


---- — Support group addresses struggles with dementia 

PLATTSBURGH — The Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center is offering a caregiver support group at 10 a.m. today in the HRT Conference Room at Sibley Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh.

Those who are not able to attend may participate in the center’s telephone support group, which begins at 9 a.m. The number is 1 (866) 940-5310, and the guest code is 2322#.

Both of these groups are free and open to anyone caring for someone with dementia.

For more information or to ask about respite for a loved one during the time of the group, call the group coordinator at 564-3368.


Immunization clinics planned in Franklin County

MALONE — Franklin County Public Health will hold two immunization clinics.

They are scheduled for 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 125 Catherine St., Malone; and 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 136 Broadway, Saranac Lake.

A parent with current immunization records must accompany all children. Vaccines will also be available for children and young adults.

Call 481-1105 for an appointment, although walk-ins are welcome.


Free testing available for STIsat Ti health center

TICONDEROGA — Essex County residents can get free testing for sexually transmitted infections on Wednesdays, Nov. 6 and 20, at Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson, 171 Lake George Ave.

The health center is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and you do not have to be a Planned Parenthood patient to get tested.

Walk-ins are welcome, however the reservations are encouraged by calling 792-0994.


Blood drive set in Black Brook on Thursday

AUSABLE FORKS — The Black Brook Town Hall is hosting a blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7.

The drive will be held in memory of Leota Perkins, mother of Deanna Santor, a longtime supporter of the blood drives. There will be a drawing for multiple door prizes.

Call Linda Dubay at 647-5302 for questions. The event is sponsored by Friends of the Community.


Pankcake breakfastto raise funds for Kiwanis project

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh Kiwanis Breakfast Club will be hosting a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Nov. 10, at Seton Academy on St. Charles Place. 

The event is open to the public, and there is no cost; however donations will be accepted to help fund the Kiwanis International Elimination Project. 

The Eliminate Project is a global campaign to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus, which will save or protect millions of mothers and babies worldwide.

Tetanus can infect newborns, spreading quickly, causing terrible pain and killing within days. The disease is easily preventable by giving women of childbearing age a series of three vaccine doses, which costs roughly $1.80 in U.S. funds. This cost includes vaccinations, syringes, safe storage, transportation and more.

Kiwanis International is raising $110 million in U.S. funds by 2015, which will ultimately protect at least 61 million women and their babies.