ALTOONA – Find out if you are at risk for osteoporosis on April 4, 12:30-3 p.m. An osteoporosis screening (free heel scans) will be offered by appointment only in the Kaufman Dining Room, Bon Secours Hospital Campus. This bone mineral density screen is a noninvasive, painless tool that can help determine bone health and your risk for fractures. It can also monitor your response to various osteoporosis treatments. It’s available for men and women. For an appointment, call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.
An AARP Driver Safety Program will be offered 6 to 10 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, and Wednesday, April 9, in the Logan Room, 6th floor, Outpatient Center, Altoona Hospital Campus. The fee is $10. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.
This classroom refresher course covers age-related physical changes, perceptual skills, rules of the road and more. All automobile insurance companies in Pennsylvania provide a premium discount to graduates age 55 and older. Most require both spouses insured under the same policy to take the class to receive a discount.
Plan to attend the 28th Annual Senior Health Fair sponsored by Blair Senior Services and
Altoona Regional Health System on Wednesday, April 9, at the Jaffa Shrine Facility.
While there, join Altoona Regional recreational therapists Geoff Geesey and Jennifer Helsley for a presentation entitled, “The Attitude of Fitness,” at 9:30 a.m., featuring ways to manage stress, plan time, use community resources and problem-solve to improve your well-being and satisfaction. Also get a 15- to 20-minute lesson on progressive muscle relaxation to start you on your way to a better life. No fee. Registration required for program only. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.
A Child Safety Seat Checkup Station is scheduled for Friday, April 11, 9:30-11 a.m., in the Altoona Hospital Campus parking garage, Blue level. Look for the Safe Kids van. No fee. By appointment only. Call Safe Kids Blair County at 889-7802.
Find out if your child’s safety seat is installed properly. Your child’s life may depend on it!
Getting pregnant can be as simple as withholding contraception. Yet, for some, it is an emotional, physical and financial burden. Join Dr. John Paulson, M.D., of Blair Medical Associates as he discusses prevention, diagnosis, myths and treatment options for infertility in his program, “Infertility: Are You at Risk?” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16. The program takes place in the Rotunda, 6th floor, Outpatient Center, Altoona Hospital Campus. There is no fee. Register by calling 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665. Class size is limited. Healthy refreshments will be served.
Is it a cold or allergies? Why do some people have allergies and others don’t? How can they be prevented or avoided? How are allergies treated? What are the different types of allergies? Join Dr. Rakesh Verma, allergist and immunologist, Thursday, April 24, at Bon Secours Hospital Campus Education Center, Trzeciak Conference Suite, 2621 8th Ave., as he discusses and answers these questions and more for his presentation “Wage War on Your Allergies.” Lunch is served at 11 a.m. followed by the program until 1 p.m. There is no fee. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.
Most of the 8 million to 12 million Americas who suffer from PAD (peripheral arterial disease) are unaware they have it. Join Dr. Arthur DeMarsico, board-certified vascular surgeon and medical director of Altoona Regional’s Vascular Institute, on Tuesday, April 29, as he discusses the signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of this often undiagnosed medical condition. Lunch is served at 11 a.m. followed by the program until 1 p.m. at the Bon Secours Hospital Campus Education Center, Trzeciak Conference Suite, 2621 8th Ave.
There is no fee. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665. Our last program was so popular, we decided to repeat it (please do not register if you attended in February).
In addition, if you make an appointment, Kay Adams, Vascular Institute nurse manager, will perform an ABI (ankle-brachial index) screen, a painless screening in which blood pressure is measured in legs and arms to determine blood flow. Please be prepared to remove shoes and socks. There is no fee, but space is limited. You must be registered for Dr. DeMarsico’s program. Call the Vascular Institute at 889-2005 to register for this screening.
Gail Murphy, registered instructor in Hatha yoga, leads a seven-week program, which offers mind/body exercise, breath control, stretching and strengthening to promote mental, physical and spiritual well-being. Classes run Tuesdays, April 29 through June 17 (no class June 3). Fee $35. A class for beginners is offered from 5:30-6:40 p.m., and for those at the intermediate level from 6:50-8 p.m., in the Rotunda, 6th floor, Outpatient Center, Altoona Hospital Campus. Register now as class is limited to 25. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.