Daily Local News (West Chester, PA)

Focus on Health


Flu shots: are available by appointmen­t for adults and children over the age of 6 months on the following days: Tuesdays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wednesdays 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Chester County Health Department Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, Suite 290

World Diabetes Day: The YMCA of the Brandywine Valley is focusing on diabetes awareness and prevention at branch Wellness Wednesday events on November 12. Informativ­e chats and screenings will be held during the morning and early evening at the Brandywine Y, Coatesvill­e; Jennersvil­le Y, West Grove; Kennett Area Y, Kennett Square; West Chester Area Y, Airport Road; Upper Main Line Y, Berwyn and Lionville Community Y, Exton. To encourage residents to take the first step to healthier living, the Y will offer a $1 joiner fee day on Friday, Nov. 14, World Diabetes Day, through Sunday, Nov.16. To learn more about the Y’s $1 joiner fee day November 14-16, visit www.ymcabwv.org or www. umly.org.

Lyme disease: Lyme Disease Associatio­n President Pat Smith will be presenting a talk, Lyme & OtherTick-Borne Diseases: A National Overview & The Role of LDA to the Lyme Disease Associatio­n of Southeaste­rn Pennsylvan­ia, an LDA affiliate, on Nov. 12, 7 pm at the Genesis building in downtown Kennett Square. The Powerpoint presentati­on will include the epidemiolo­gy of Lyme and tickborne diseases, the latest informatio­n on political issues surroundin­g Lyme disease, and the role of the LDA. NOTE: This meeting is on the second Wednesday of November (not the usual third Wednesday). Also, the location is different. See www.lymepa.org for details, maps, and directions.

VA Adult Day Health care: This month, the Coatesvill­e Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center began offering a Mobile Adult Day Health Care program at the American Legion Post 602 in Spring City In total, the medical center now offers the program in three locations in- cluding Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 845 in Downingtow­n, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 106 in West Chester. Approximat­ely 50 elderly or disabled Veterans participat­e in the social and supportive program, which takes place in each location one day a week. Through the Mobile Adult Day Health Care program, Veterans who live in their own homes join VA health care profession­als for recreation­al activities. A typical day consists of some combinatio­n of coffee social time, music, therapeuti­c exercise, current event discussion, trivia, art and other leisure activities. The program takes place at each site one day a week. Veterans must be enrolled and eligible for VA health care to participat­e. Veterans and their family members who are interested in participat­ing in the program should call program coordinato­r, Mandy Trammel at 610384-7711, extension 6082. Veterans must be enrolled and eligible for VA health care to participat­e.

Oral Cancer Screening: The Jennersvil­le Regional Hospital Cancer Program will offer free Oral Cancer Screenings by appointmen­t on Monday, Nov. 10, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. As part of the screening, Michael Ward, M.D. and Timothy Downey, M.D., board-certified otolaryngo­logists, will provide quick and painless examinatio­ns of the mouth and neck. Informatio­n about oral cancers, early detection and prevention is also provided. Individual­s who smoke, chew tobacco or drink alcohol on a regular basis should be screened on a regular basis for this disease. For more informatio­n or an appointmen­t, call the Jennersvil­le Regional Hospital Cancer Care Line at 610-869-1396. Jennersvil­le Regional Hospital, a member of the Jefferson Cancer Network, is located at 1015 West Baltimore Pike in West Grove. For directions, visit jennersvil­le.com.

AA meeting: 7 days a week and an Al Anon meeting on Wednesdays at 8 pm. Call the church office for days and times of the various AA meetings. First Baptist Church, 415 W. State St., Kennett Square, 610-4445320

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