OSF upcoming classes and meetings

From press release

Mom’s Club meets at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center

New as well as experienced mothers and their babies up to 12 months of age are invited to attend the free
Mom’s Club

from 10 to 11 a.m. on Fridays, Oct. 9 and 23, in the St. Francis Room at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center.

A collaborative effort among OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, the Rockford Public Schools Early Childhood Program and the Winnebago County Health Department, the Mom’s Club is designed to help mothers expand their social network, gain information and spend time with their babies.

General topics are discussed during Mom’s Club, including breastfeeding, infant development, feeding schedules and safety concerns. Participants are welcome to attend any or all of the meetings they wish.

For more information, contact Jan Juric at the Winnebago County Health Department at (815) 720-4339.

OSF St. Anthony offers services for seniors

OSF St. Anthony Medical Center is sponsoring several events for seniors in October.

Trained by the Illinois Department of Insurance, SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) volunteers meet with senior citizens on a one-to-one basis for Medicare counseling and assistance with health insurance questions. SHIP volunteers will be available from 9 to 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 9, in the OSF St. Anthony volunteer services office. Appointments are required by calling (815) 395-5064.

A free blood pressure screening by a registered nurse will be available from 9 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the OSF St. Anthony volunteer services office. Registration is not required.

Huntington’s Disease

Support Group meets Oct. 11

The Huntington’s Disease Support Group generally meets on the second Sunday of every month at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center.

The next meeting of the Huntington’s Disease Support Group will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 11, in the St. Anthony Room at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center.

Regular meetings are open to those who suffer from Huntington’s disease, their family members, caregivers and healthcare professionals.

Huntington’s disease is a genetic disorder in which people, often in midlife, begin experiencing degeneration of the basal ganglia, paired nerve cell clusters in the brain. This degeneration leads to symptoms of rapid, involuntary, jerky movements and dementia. Symptoms generally do not develop until patients are 35 to 50 years old, often after they have passed the gene on to their children.

Today, the gene mutation that causes Huntington’s disease has been identified, and people who have a parent with the disease can find out whether they have inherited the disease. Although drugs can relieve symptoms and control behavior, there is currently no cure for Huntington’s. For information, call (815) 282-0600.

Post-Polio Support Group holds monthly meetings

The Forest City Post-Polio Support Group will hold its next monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the St. Francis Room at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center.

The purpose of the free meetings is for participants to share information, to help inform the medical community and the public about the syndrome, and to provide education about living with the disease. Members share ideas in a cheerful and upbeat atmosphere.

Meetings of the Post-Polio Support Group are generally held on the second Tuesday of each month. Speakers are frequently invited to address the group. All patients afflicted with post-polio syndrome, their families and healthcare professionals are welcome to attend.

Post-polio syndrome affects some polio survivors who, decades after first battling this devastating disease, experienced new health problems of fatigue, pain and additional weakness.

Survivors of poliomyelitis may experience increased muscle weakness, pain in their muscles and joints, decreased endurance, breathing difficulties, swallowing problems, intolerance to cold and a decline in the ability to conduct such daily activities as walking and bathing.

In the mid-1980s, health professionals recognized these new problems as post-polio syndrome, a sub-category of the late effects of polio.

For more information, call (815) 988-4093.

OSF St. Anthony Center for Life offers free Breastfeeding Class

The OSF St. Anthony Center for Life invites mothers who are breastfeeding their babies to attend a free Breastfeeding Class. Fathers are welcome to attend.

The next class will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the St. Anthony and St. Joseph Rooms in the Medical Center. The breastfeeding classes are included in the
Baby 101” Preparation for Parenthood classes.

Taught by a Board Certified Lactation Consultant, the classes are free. For information and registration, call (815) 227-2695.

From the October 7-13, 2009 issue

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