May 28, 2013

Health Notes: May 28, 2013


---- — Impeerium plans hike, Great Escape

PLATTSBURGH — Impeerium Peer Network will host a hike at Point au Roche State Park in Beekmantown from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, with sandwiches provided for those who register in advance (and mention dietary restrictions).

As well, the agency, which provides peer support services for people with mental-health issues, will provide transportation and a meal for a day at the Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom in Lake George on June 7. Tickets are discounted at more than 50 percent, at $25 per person. Seating is limited to 10 passengers so those who’d like to go are asked to call for a reservation as soon as possible. The van leaves Impeerium, located at Suite E, 14 Healthey Ave., Plattsburgh, at 8 a.m. and returns at 6 p.m.

To RSVP for either event or learn more about Impeerium, call 324-6250. All community events are open to the public.


FitzPatrick Cancer Center hosts Grief Support Group 

PLATTSBURGH — The Grief Support Group meets at the FitzPatrick Cancer Center waiting room at CVPH Medical Center on the first Monday of the month; the next session is June 3. 

The two-hour meetings begin at 6 p.m., and all are welcome.

The support group is designed for anyone who is grieving the death of a loved one. For more information, contact facilitator Stacey LaFave at 562-7534 or


Radio Day to raise funds for High Peaks Hospice

SARANAC LAKE — The 21st-annual High Peaks Hospice Radio Day will be held on Tuesday, June 4, featuring 14 hours of programming between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on radio stations 105.5 and 102.1 FM and 1240 and 920 AM. 

The broadcast will be streamed live online at

Pledges, with a goal this year of $55,000, support High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care, the nonprofit organization that provides end-of-life services to those who are terminally ill and to their families. And the radio-thon raises public awareness of the services offered by the agency.

Time Warner cable will provide live all-day television coverage of the event on channel 2, dividing airtime between Adirondack Health and L.P. Quinn Elementary School in Tupper Lake.

Local businesses have donated a variety of goods and services as incentives to encourage listeners to pledge. 

This year’s Radio Day is sponsored by Mountain Communications, Time Warner, Adirondack Medical Center, Shaheens Supermarket Inc., Lamb Lumber, Adirondack Bank and Gordon W. Pratt Agency.

Make on-air pledges on June 4 by calling 897-2443. 

To volunteer your time, bake for phone volunteers, share a personal story or make a pledge prior to Radio Day, contact High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care at 891-0606. Or make pre-pledges at online at


NAMI:CV offers new support group

PLATTSBURGH — The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Champlain Valley (NAMI:CV) offers a new recovery support-group program for adults living with mental-health challenges from noon to 1:30 p.m. Mondays starting June 3.

NAMI Connection, facilitated by two trained individuals who are in recovery themselves, offers a casual and relaxed approach to sharing the challenges and successes of coping with mental-health conditions. The group is free, follows a flexible structure without an educational format, does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies and is confidential. Participants can share as much or as little information as they wish.

Mandatory attendance is not required.

For more information, call 561-2685.


Scleroderma support meets monthly

PLATTSBURGH — A scleroderma support group meets from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. the first Wednesday of each month at CVPH Medical Center’s auditorium A. The next meeting is on June 5.

On June 9, the group will hold its fifth-annual Walk/Run for a Cure of Scleroderma at Beekmantown Town Hall Park, 571 Spellman Road. There will be concession stands, a bake sale, raffles, face-painting and more.

Participants can register at the event starting at 9 a.m., and the walk steps off at 10:15 a.m. Some proceeds go to the Scleroderma Foundation, and some money will help local people with medical bills and travel.

For questions, email Wendy (write “scleroderma” in the subject line) at, visit or call (800) 722-HOPE.


Congestive heart failure topic of talk in Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH — The next CVPH Community Lecture Series offering is “How to Live with Congestive Heart Failure,” set for Wednesday, June 5, in the Warren Ballrooms at Angell College Center at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Clinical nurse specialist/nurse practitioner Ann S. Laramee from Cardiology and Palliative Care Services at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington will talk about how good self care can help those with the diagnosis live better. 

“Understanding the basics of the disease and how it’s managed are some of the first steps to a better quality of life,” a press release said. 

Light refreshments and registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the free program at 6.

The Lecture Series is sponsored by the Foundation of CVPH, and the event is hosted by the EXPLORE Cardiology Committee.

For more information or to register, call 562-7320 or register on the CVPH website, in the upcoming events section.


Lake Placid Masons to hold blood drive

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid Masonic Lodge 834, in conjunction with the CVPH North Country Regional Blood Center, will conduct a blood drive from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at the lodge home, 219 Station Street across from the train depot.

“Blood donations are an easy and affordable way to contribute to the relief of the sick, the injured and those affected by natural disasters,” a press release said.

You may donate if you are generally healthy, not currently sick, have a cold sore or other viral infections, and weigh at least 110 pounds and are older than 18 years of age. 

Drink plenty of liquids and eat a hearty meal at least four hours before donating, the center advises, and also to drink lots of water or liquids immediately after donating.


Buy butterflies now for hospice event

MALONE — The Hospice of the North Country Memorial Butterfly Release-Malone is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at the State Street Pavilion in Malone Recreational Park.

To buy a Monarch butterfly to be released in memory or honor of a loved one, call 483-3200. Each butterfly is $20, and quantities are limited, so pre-purchase is encouraged.


Bone Builders class aims to improve bone strength

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health’s Bone Builders class is accepting participants.

The 12-week class is designed to improve muscular strength, improve the strength of bones and reduce the risk of injury due to osteoporosis, a press release said. “Bone Builders” will include exercises that involve strength and balance training designed by physical therapists and exercise specialists.

Participants will learn about osteoporosis, nutrition, and activities to improve quality of life through improved strength. The program will be held twice per week for 60 minutes in Saranac Lake at Adirondack Health’s Fit for Life location. The fee is $45 per month. To register, contact Andrea Chamberlain at 897-2271 or email


Wellness Expo planned at Adirondack Carousel

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Wellness Network, a group of practitioners in a variety of healing modalities, is

sponsoring a Wellness Expo at the Adirondack Carousel from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8.

A series of 20-minute presentations on alternative and integrative therapies will take place throughout the day: “Nourishing our Children” by Cathy Hohmeyer at 10 a.m.; “Physical Vascular Therapy” by Lynn Cameron at 10:30 a.m.; “Somatics and Self-care” by Johnna and Dave MacDougal at 11 a.m.; “Medicinal Uses of Culinary Herbs” by Amy Kohanski at 11:30 a.m.; “Electro Dermal Screening” by Deanna Courtney at noon; “Meditation for Everyone — Reclaim your Power” by Mary Bartel at 12:30 p.m.; “Repurpose Those Household Items as Massage Tools” by Kelly Hass at 1 p.m.; and “Adirondack Rocking Festival” by Dan Sullivan at 1:30 p.m.

Exhibitors will offer food and door prizes.

Learn more at:


Prostate Cancer group changes meeting time

PLATTSBURGH — The Man to Man Prostate Cancer Education and Support Program meets the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the FitzPatrick Cancer Center. 

The meeting start time has changed from 7 to 6 p.m. to better meet the needs of members; the next session is June 10.

Anyone with concerns about prostate cancer is encouraged to attend. Meetings feature different speakers presenting on various topics. The group is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the FitzPatrick Cancer Center. 

Facilitator is Stacey LaFave of the Cancer Center.

For more information, contact her at 562-7534 or


Alzheimer’s Fun Run planned for June 15

SARANAC LAKE — The Alzheimer’s Walk and 5K Cross-Country Fun Run 2013 will be held at Saranac Lake High School on Saturday, June 15, with registration at 10 a.m. and the walk/run at 10:30.

Participants can register as an individual or as a team. For the Fun Run, costumes are admired but not required. Any person raising $500 or more will be entered to win a grand prize. Every $500 raised means another chance to win. 

There will be refreshments, prizes and DJ Overneath Productions with Josh and Holly Clement.

Funds raised by the Saranac Lake event will help the Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center raise awareness and funds for the Third Age Adult Day Center. 

Request a walk brochure or team packet by calling 564-3370, by email at or online at 

Participants may also create a personal page on


Macular degeneration focus of upcoming talk

PLATTSBURGH — The June 11 CVPH Community Lecture Series offering is “Macular Degeneration: An Update.”

The free talk, set for 6 p.m. in the West Side Ballroom, 253 New York Road, features Robert Raut, MD, an ophthalmologist at Eye Care for the Adirondacks, who will discuss macular degeneration, the No. 1 cause of vision loss in Americans age 60 and older. 

Offering an overview of the disease, he will also provide the latest updates on diagnosis and treatment options. 

For more information or to register, call 562-7320 or register on the CVPH website, in the upcoming events section.

The Lecture Series is sponsored by the Foundation of CVPH.