DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

June 13, 2013

HEALTH BRIEFS


Derry News

---- — Take steps to avoid heat exhaustion

Summer-like conditions smothered the area recently and more is bound to come. 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.

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.

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 programs, visit alz.org/MANH or call 606.6590.