Monthly Blood Pressure Checks
Each month the Staunton-Augusta Health Department offers free blood pressure checks to our members and other older adults in the community. These are normally held the second Tuesday of each month. Please check the current monthly calendar for details.
Annual Flu Shots
For the convenience of members, staff, and volunteers, we offer a flu shot clinic each year at the Center.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services provide the following guidance regarding flu vaccinations. Protect yourself from the flu by getting your flu vaccination early, before flu season ramps up. Medicare clients can get the flu vaccine at no cost. The flu vaccine can prevent the flu; it does not give people the flu. Getting a flu vaccine is the best thing you can do to keep you from getting sick this flu season. Additionally, by protecting yourself, you are also protecting those you care about from getting the flu from you. All adults age 65 years and older, and people who are under 65 who have chronic illness, including heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or end-stage renal disease should get a flu vaccine.
The 2010 vaccination clinic was held in October.
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
- Summer 2011 Session: To Be Determined – class minimum is 10 participants
- Where: SSC Conference Room
- Description: This six-week workshop is designed to lower the stress associated with chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, etc. Participants will learn a variety of necessary day-to-day management skills needed to maintain and/or increase life’s activities.Pre-registration is required. The deadline is Oct 25 (or until the class is full).
- Call 886-4634 to register your interest in participating. Final dates will be determined when the minimum number of participants is reached. You will be contacted at that time.
National Memory Screening Day
National Memory Screening Day is an initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. It is part of their ongoing national effort to promote early detection of memory problems, including Alzheimer’s disease, and to encourage appropriate intervention, including medical treatments, social services and other resources. AFA believes that memory screenings are a significant first step toward early diagnosis. AFA carries out this event in collaboration with organizations and healthcare professionals across the U.S. — bringing them together for care. Participating sites offer free, confidential memory screenings, as well as follow-up resources and educational materials to those concerned about memory loss.
Staunton Senior Center will participate in the National Memory Screening Day on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. Call 886-4634 to register after Oct. 1, 2011.
Keys to Brain Fitness
This all-day seminar provides an overview of the Keys to Brain Fitness as revealed in research studies. The sessions include both educational speakers and experiential learning. It was designed and presented as a partnership between the Center and the local Alzheimer’s Association with funding from a grant from the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge. It was offered in May 2010 and in September 2010. Attendees gave very positive feedback in both sessions and have requested that it be offered on an annual basis. We will explore funding options to be able to bring this program back in 2011.
The Community Wellness department at Augusta Health has partnered with the Center for many years to conduct free, confidential glucose screenings each spring to SSC members and other older adults in the community. This event is normally scheduled in April. Screenings are done on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no appointments taken.
*You will get the most accurate results if you are fasting when you take the test.
The Community Wellness department at Augusta Health has partnered with the Center for many years to conduct free, confidential cholesterol screenings each fall to SSC members and other older adults in the community. This event is normally scheduled in September. Screenings are done on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no appointments taken.
*This device that tests for cholesterol also tests for glucose levels. You will get the most accurate glucose results if you are fasting when you take the test.
Each month, we have talks on various health topics, including:
- how to stay healthy and active for a long life, lived well
- how to reduce risk factors for disease
- how to manage existing chronic diseases
Please consult the current monthly calendar for details about this month’s offerings.
Lions Club Hearing and Sight Bus
Hearing and sight checks are available to seniors for free at the Lions Club Hearing and Sight Bus. About once per year, one of the three SAW region Centers will schedule the bus and all members are welcome, as well as persons from the community.
Please consult the monthly calendar to see when the next screening will take place.