Free depression screening available
TRAVERSE CITY — In recognition of National Depression Screening day today, Oct. 7, Munson Medical Center's Partial Hospitalization Program reminds area residents of the free online mental-health assessment offered year-round.
Area residents are invited to take the anonymous and confidential survey at www.munsonhealthcare.org/behavioralhealth. The assessment offers screenings for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. It also includes an adolescent depression screening for parents.
Participants can choose a screening or answer a simple question to determine which screening is right for them. After completing the assessment, participants automatically will receive a recommendation based on answers to the questions.
Five weeks to a healthier brain
TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College is offering a program designed to engage participants in learning and implementing healthy brain strategies that may help delay or prevent cognitive decline.
The "Mind and Memory" brain fitness program will meet from 2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. five Thursdays, Oct. 14 to Nov. 11, at NMC's Oleson Center. Guest speakers will explore brain health including fitness, brain food, mental workouts and restoration.
The cost is $145; or $123 with the Life Discount for Grand Traverse County residents 62 and older. For details or to enroll, call 995-1700 or toll-free (800) 748-0566, ext. 1700. Information also is available at www.nmc.edu/ees.
Gluten-free dinner outing and meeting
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Area Gluten Free Support Group is planning a dinner outing and also its next meeting. Dinner reservations are required today, Oct. 7.
The group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, for dinner from the gluten-free menu at TraVino Wine & Grille, 4341 M-72, Williamsburg. Guests and anyone following a gluten-free diet is welcome. For details or reservations, call 275-6410 or 943-9285.
Registered Dietitian Laura McCain will be the guest speaker at the support group's Thursday, Oct. 21, meeting. McCain will discuss how to eat nutritionally on a gluten-free diet at the 7 p.m. meeting, which will be held at the First Christian Church, 3686 S. Airport Road. For details, call 943-9285, 946-1687 or visit www.traverseareaglutenfree.org.
MS support group plans meeting
TRAVERSE CITY — The Multiple Sclerosis Support Group will meet Wednesday, Oct. 13.
The meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Room A&B at Munson Community Health Center, 550 Munson Ave. Call Karen Bailey, 947-0244, for details.
Seasonal flu clinic dates in Gaylord
Gaylord — Otsego Memorial Hospital Medical Group and MedCare Walk-In Clinic will offer seasonal flu clinics during October.
Clinics at the MedCare Walk-In Clinic, 1996 Walden Drive, are open to the public and no appointment is necessary. Clinic hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today, Oct. 7, 14 and 21.
Established patients with the OMH Medical Group should call their primary-care provider to set up an appointment for clinics that will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, and Oct. 15 and 22, at the OMH Professional Medical Building, 928 N. Center Ave.
The cost for vaccinations at both locations is $27 and may be covered by insurance plans.
Compassionate Friends will meet
TRAVERSE CITY — Lynette Knapp, LMSW, will facilitate the next meeting of the Grand Traverse Area Chapter of the Compassionate Friends.
The Compassionate Friends is a nonprofit, self-help support organization for families grieving the death of a child of any age.
Knapp will discuss how melodies and harmonies often speak to the soul, especially in times of grief and loss. Her program, "Songs for Our Souls," will start at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at Munson Community Health Center, 550 Munson Ave. For details, contact Karen Strom, 946-9306 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Depression, bipolar support group
Williamsburg — The Depression Bipolar Support Alliance of Northwest Michigan meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month.
The support group meets from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at New Hope Community Church, 5169 Bethesda Court. The next meeting will be Monday, Oct. 11. For more information, call 675-3196.
Program addresses coping with pain
TRAVERSE CITY — The Pine Rest Traverse City Clinic Community Education series will continue with a program on "Mindfully Coping with Pain."
The free program will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the Pine Rest Clinic, 1050 Silver Drive. Kym Hansen, SCSW, LMSW, will share skills designed to reduce stress and symptoms of physical and emotional pain. The program is geared toward adults and young adults.
Reservations are required. For details or reservations, call 947-2255.
NMC offers survival skills short course
TRAVERSE CITY — Professional pilot and survival expert Mike Stock will teach an emergency survival skills class through Northwestern Michigan College's Extended Education program.
Stock is a graduate of five Navy survival schools. He has taught survival courses for Purdue University and a Saudi Arabian oil company, plus numerous adult-education classes.
The class will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 12 through 28. Participants will learn the basic necessities to sustain life, advance preparation, equipment, signaling, first aid, and cold weather and water survival.
The cost is $89, and advance registration is required. Contact NMC Extended Education, 995-1700 or www.nmc.edu/ees, for details or to register.
Meeting for nurses, nursing students
TRAVERSE CITY — Michael Collins, MD, will discuss health care reform implementation in Michigan at the next meeting of the Registered Nurses Association in Michigan.
All nurses and nursing students are invited to the meeting from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in Conference Room 1 at Munson Medical Center, 1105 Sixth St. Pizza and salad will be available for $5, and registration is required.
Contact Jane Miller, 649-3730 or email@example.com.
Organ transplant group will meet
Gaylord — Skip Hampton from the Gift of Life Michigan will speak at the next meeting of the Organ Transplant Support Group of Northern Michigan.
Hampton is a tissue procurement specialist and perfusionist with Gift of Life Michigan. He will address the group at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at the Professional Building, 829 N. Center St., behind Otsego Memorial Hospital.
For details, contact Bev Cherwinski, (989) 983-4188 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pregnancy Resource Center banquet
Ellsworth — The Moms & Tots Pregnancy Resource Center's 10th annual benefit banquet will be held Saturday, Oct. 16.
The center serves the needs of pregnant girls and single mothers in southern Charlevoix and northern Antrim counties. It is a ministry of the Good Samaritan Family Services of Ellsworth.
The free meal will start at 6 p.m. at Ellsworth Elementary School. There also will be a program, a silent auction and an opportunity to make a donation. For details or reservations, call 588-2200.
Help with Medicare premiums available
Grayling — The Crawford County Commission on Aging will provide free screening and application assistance during October for Crawford County residents who need help paying their Medicare premiums.
Individuals and couples may be eligible for assistance if monthly income is below $1,353 for an individual or $1,821 for a married couple, and current assets are below $12,510 for an individual or $25,010 for a married couple.
For a screening or for help applying for the programs, call Sandy Russell at the Commission on Aging, (989) 348-7123.
Osteoporosis and stroke screenings
TRAVERSE CITY — The Salvation Army will host Life Line Screenings on Oct. 26 by appointment.
Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs. A bone-density screening to assess osteoporosis risk also is offered.
Appointments will begin at 11 a.m. at the Salvation Army, 1239 Barlow St., and all five screenings take 60 to 90 minutes to complete. Screening packages start at $139. For details or an appointment, call (877) 237-1287 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com.
Flu shots available at Rite Aid stores
TRAVERSE CITY — Flu and pneumonia vaccines are available at all Traverse City Rite Aid stores.
Flu shots are $24.99 and billable to Medicare and many private insurance carriers. Pneumonia shots are $50 and billable to Medicare.
For times and days, call the following Rite Aid locations: Chum's Corner, 943-9288; 14th and Division Street, 929-0526; West Bay, 946-7400; and East Eighth Street, 941-5332.