Health Briefs For June 26
CountyCare Enrollment Fairs: Cook County residents who are uninsured or underinsured may be eligible to receive no-cost health insurance through CountyCare. Once enrolled in the program, people will receive primary care service, hospitalization, prescription drugs, labs, X-rays, mammograms, mental health and substance abuse programs. CountyCare enrollment fairs will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 26 at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 27 at Prairie State Community College, 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights. Information: (708) 389-2125.
Diabetic Foot Ulcer Treatment: A podiatrist and general surgeon will discuss diabetic foot ulcers at 6 p.m. June 26 at the South Holland Recreation Center, 501 E. 170th St. Reservations: (708) 915-2273 or www.Ingalls.org.
Diabetes Education: A free diabetes educational seminar will be presented 6 to 7 p.m. June 26 at the Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center, 8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park. Information: (800) 221-2199.
Breastfeeding Class: A certified lactation consultant will teach the basics of breastfeeding including establishing a milk supply, breast pumps and avoiding difficulties from 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 5 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Cost is $15. Information: (888) 660-4325.
Prenatal Class: Silver Cross Hospital will offer a free prenatal childbirth class for expectant mothers with Medicaid or no insurance from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 7 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Led by a registered labor and delivery nurse, participants will learn about labor, delivery, recovery, post partum and other birthing issues. Registration: (888) 660-4325.
Dementia Caregivers Support Group: Residents of Chicago’s Beverly community who have family members or friends living with cognitive loss can join others who have the same concerns at a free meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 9 at Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Place, Chicago. Smith Village’s memory support coordinator will focus on communication skills with people who are cognitively impaired. She also will address how you are presenting yourself, trying a calm manner and things to think about when you speak. Reservations: (773) 474-7300.
Bipolar Disease Support Group: Silver Cross Hospital will host a free bipolar disease support group for people and their families coping with bipolar disease at 6:30 p.m. July 9 and July 23 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Stroke Support Group: Stroke survivors and their caregivers can attend Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute’s stroke support group meeting 4 to 5 p.m. July 10 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Total Lipid Testing: Orland Township is hosting total lipid profile testing from 8:30 to 11 a.m. July 18 at 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Residents can have total cholesterol levels read as well as triglycerides, LDL and HDL cholesterol. A 9- to 12-hour fast is required, however participants should drink water prior to the lipid test. The cost is $25 for residents and $30 for non-residents. Appointments: (708) 403-4222.
Buncolicious: Franciscan St. James Health will host Buncolicious at 5:30 p.m. July 19 at the Glenwoodie Golf Course clubhouse, 19301 S. State St., Glenwood. Hundreds of enthusiastic bunco players dressed in pink, breast cancer-themed attire will help raise money to promote greater awareness of the advantages of early breast cancer detection. Buncolicious will include a cash bar, featuring the “bunco-tini,” a cash raffle and basket auctions. The $25 registration fee includes hors d’oeuvres, gourmet desserts, four games of play and a chance to win cash prizes. Information: (707) 747-4000, Ext. 85470 or email Joanna.Voorhees@FranciscanAlliance.org.
Dementia Sensitivity Training: Dementia sensitivity training is being offered to nursing-home staff, public-safety and law-enforcement officers and anyone caring for an elderly dementia patient by Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. Caregivers will learn behavioral and care interventions that may be used to prevent, reduce or eliminate difficult care situations. Various challenges related to caregiver stress will be discussed and stress reduction techniques will be provided. Caregivers will learn appropriate communication techniques when caring for patients and will participate in exercises that simulate the symptoms someone with dementia experiences. Information: (708) 974-5735.
Heart Screenings: MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island is offering a heart and circulation screening for $40. The “Healthy Heart Exam includes an EKG-monitored exercise test, blood pressure, body mass index and laboratory tests that include total, HDL and LDL cholesterol levels, triglycerides and glucose levels. Participants will receive a 12-page report including an analysis of their cardiac risk factors. Appointments: (708) 597-2000, Ext. 5615.
Better Breathers Support Group: The Ingalls Better Breathers Club is a free support group that offers education on a wide variety of topics relating to lung disease and lung health. The group is intended for patients and their families. Better Breathers meets the second Tuesday of the month at the Ingalls Family Care Center, 19550 Governors Highway, Flossmoor. Information: (708) 915-8850.
Cardiac Risk Assessment: Baseline cardiac risk assessments are available at Silver Cross Hospital, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd.; and Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., both in New Lenox. The $40 screening includes measurements of total cholesterol including HDL and LDL levels, blood glucose level, triglyceride level, blood pressure and body fat; 12-lead EKG, health and lifestyle evaluation and a personal phone consultation with a registered cardiac nurse to review results. Appointments: (815) 300-7076.
Blood Pressure Check: Silver Cross offers free blood pressure checks 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily at the Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen. Information: (708) 364-6337.
Calcium Artery Scoring: Silver Cross Hospital offers a test using a high-speed CT scanner that can measure calcium deposits in the coronary arteries to determine risk of having a heart attack. Calcium artery scoring is for men 45 and older and women 55 and older who smoke, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or a family history of premature coronary artery disease. Cost is $200. Information: (815) 300-7076.
Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric bypass surgeons present a free seminar “Obesity and Your Health: Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for You?” at 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.