Diabetes classes begin Jan. 22

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health’s six-week comprehensive Diabetes Self-Management Education Program will run Wednesdays, Jan. 22 through Feb. 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Redfield Board Room at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.

All aspects of diabetic care will be covered ,from nutrition, exercise and medication to prevention of chronic and acute complications.

Learn about following a healthy meal plan, how to monitor blood glucose levels and the importance of maintaining a physically active lifestyle. Taught by an interdisciplinary team of four physicians, registered nurses, a dietitian/certified diabetes educator, physical therapist, registered nurse/certified diabetes educator and a pharmacist, each two-hour session is designed to provide the latest information along with the tools and support needed to manage diabetes. 

A physician referral is needed for insurance and Medicare or Medicaid coverage. Scholarships are available through the Adirondack Health Foundation.

For more information or to register, call the Diabetes Education Department at 897-2611.

This program is accredited by the American Diabetes Association and sponsored by the Adirondack Health Foundation. 

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Dental Society offers dental-hygiene scholarship

CHAMPLAIN — The Adirondack Dental Society, in partnership with the Fourth District Dental Society of New York, will be sponsoring scholarships to assist local students who are interested in a dental-hygiene career.

The dental-hygiene curriculum is a two-year program, which includes a strong physical science background integrated with direct patient treatment. At completion, the dental hygienist will earn a professional state license and can work in a private office or in a variety of public-health settings.

The deadline for submitting an application is May 1. The award will be given June 1 and will be paid directly to the institution.

Any resident of Clinton, Franklin or Essex counties is eligible to apply.

The selection will be made by the admissions department at the hygiene school of choice, in conjunction with the Adirondack Dental Society and local high school councilors.

Applications can be requested by emailing AdirondackDentalSociety@gmail.com or call Dr. Morris Feinberg at 825-0025.

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Mood and Memory Clinic opens in West Bay Plaza

PLATTSBURGH — Dr. Taher Zandi, clinical neuropsychologist and founder of the Northeastern New York Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center, has opened a new Mood and Memory Clinic at 110 West Bay Plaza.

In addition to diagnosis and management of dementia disorders, the clinic will offer these services:

• Neuropsychological assessments of memory and cognitive disorders.

• Diagnosis of cognitive deficit and cognitive rehabilitation services.

• Individuals and group counseling and support.

• Long-term care placement and management services.

• Dementia preventive services, including baseline assessment, cognitive flexibility exercises and nutritional managements.

• Capacity and competency assessment pre- and post-POA or other legal issues.

• Behavioral management of dementia patients at home or in long-term care settings

All insurances are accepted.

Call 561-3707 or fax referrals to 825-3707.

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American Red Cross offers steps to prevent flu

ALBANY — The number of people who have contracted the flu is increasing across the country, and the American Red Cross is urging people to get vaccinated.

The Centers for Disease Control reports there was widespread flu activity the last full week of December in 25 states — up from 10 a week earlier. These states are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming.

The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older as the most important step in protecting someone against flu viruses.

To further help prevent the flu, the Red Cross offers these tips:

• Stay home if you are sick.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing, and throw the tissue away after use. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.

• Wash hands often, especially after coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand-rub.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.