DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

June 6, 2013

HEALTH BRIEFS


Derry News

---- — Support Relay for Life benefit raffle

DERRY — Want to win tickets to a Heart concert, or to a Bare Naked Ladies concert? How about a Google Chromebook by Samsung or a Zorvinos wine tasting party for 20? These are just a few of the items available from the DMC Cancer Kickers’ fundraising raffles to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Leading up to the June 21 Relay for Life at Pinkerton Academy is a final fundraising event. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the party Saturday or at the front desk of Derry Medical Center, Overlook Medical Park, 6 Tsienneto Road, Derry.

A Little Black Dress party is set for Saturday, June 8 at the American Legion Hall, 5 Riverside St., Hooksett, from 6 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Every woman is encouraged to wear a little black dress, a la Audrey Hepburn, with a prize for the most fabulous shoes. No black dress? Wear anything that isn’t jeans— and bring your friends and significant other for dancing, door prizes, raffles and fun.

Last year, this Derry Medical Center staff team raised $12,000. Donate online at relayforlife.org and designate the team as Cancer Kickers of DMC or contact Erin Murphy, team captain, at emurphy@derrymedicalcenter.com for more information.

Blood donors needed throughout June

Three American Red Cross blood drives are scheduled in Londonderry and Derry this month.

The first is Tuesday, June 11, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Londonderry Lions Hall, 256 Mamoth Road.

That’s followed June 14 at St. Mark’s Church, 1 South Road in Londonderry. That drive also runs from 1 to 6 p.m.

Finally, on June 26, there will be a drive at Promises to Keep, 199 Rockingham Road in Derry from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All eligible and new blood donors are encouraged to give blood. Blood donors are needed every day to ensure an adequate blood supply for patients in need.

In June, all donors will receive a coupon for a free day pass to a New Hampshire State Park.

Donors also can enter to win a complete family camping package from Eureka and free week of camping. Donate in June and you are also eligible to win a $200 gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane.

To make an appointment to donate blood, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

Take steps to avoid heat exhaustion

Summer-like conditions smother the area last week. It’s a good time to review the symptoms of heat exhaustion and take steps to avoid it.

Signs of heat exhaustion include cool, moist, pale or flushed skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea; dizziness; weakness; and exhaustion.

If you or another person start to develop these symptoms, move to a cooler place. Remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Remember to continue drinking plenty of fluids.

Help for families dealing with Alzheimer’s

BEDFORD — The Alzheimer’s Association is offering a workshop with elder law attorney David Craig Thursday, June 20, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Alzheimer’s Association, 5 Bedford Farms Drive, Suite 201.

The event is free and open to the public.

The program, “Legal and Financial Answers for Families Coping with Alzheimer’s,” will cover durable power of attorney, wills, and what Medicare and Medicaid do and do not cover.

The Alzheimer’s Association, with headquarters in Watertown, has regional offices in Springfield, Raynham and Worcester, Mass., and Bedford and Lebanon, N.H. The Alzheimer’s Association provides services and programs for those with Alzheimer’s, family and professional caregivers in the form of support groups, a 24/7 Helpline, care consultation, advocacy efforts, research funding and education programs.

For more information about Alzheimer’s programs, visit alz.org/MANH or call 606-6590.