OSF Saint Anthony Programs Support Seniors' Needs
Feb 20, 2012, 1:54 p.m.
OSF Saint Anthony Medical center, located at 5666 E. State Street in Rockford, sponsors a multitude of senior activities ranging from health services to support groups throughout the month of February. For more information visit the medical center’s website at www.osfsaintanthony.org.
One-on-one Medicare counseling and assistance with health insurance questions with Senior Health Insurance Program trained volunteers will be provided from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 10 in the OSF Saint Anthony volunteer services office. Appointments are required by calling 815-395-5064.
A free blood pressure screening by a registered nurse will be available from 9 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 15, in the OSF Saint Anthony volunteer services office. Registration is not required.
Alpha Group Potluck
The monthly Alpha potluck will be held beginning with a social hour at 6 p.m. on Feb. 25 in the Foundation Room at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. Gentlemen are requested to bring drinks or snacks for the potluck. Ladies are asked to bring a dish to pass that will serve six to eight people. Alpha membership is not required to attend the potluck.
Alpha is a free social group for widowed persons who have advanced beyond their grieving. There are no dues for Alpha membership, and all widowed persons are invited to join this social group. For more information, call 815-633-9530.
Diabetes Support Group
The next OSF Diabetes Support Group meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 8 in the Saint Francis Room at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. The free informal meeting will offer an open discussion led by a certified diabetes educator and the public is welcome. Reservations are not required.
For more information, call the OSF Saint Anthony Diabetes Education Center at 815-395-5159.
Stepping Forward Program
Cancer patients and their families are invited to free Stepping Forward support group meetings to be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 9 and 23 in the OSF Saint Anthony Center for Cancer Care library.
If you are or a family member is diagnosed with cancer, you are probably dealing with fear, anger and anxiety. You are also asking yourself a multitude of questions, including options in treatment and what to expect in the future. Cancer patients and their families often feel as though they need a time and place to share their experiences and express their fears in a safe, confidential atmosphere.
Stepping Forward is designed to provide an informal exchange of information and feelings. Various topics dealing with cancer are explored during the meetings, although formal educational programs are not offered.
Meetings are free, and registration is not necessary. For more information, call 815-227-2223.
Woman to Woman Support Group
The Woman to Woman breast cancer support group will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 15 in the OSF Center for Cancer Care Library.
Woman to Woman aims to help women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer to navigate through the complex and sometimes frightening journey of contending with their diagnosis.
Participants are welcome to bring questions, as well as their concerns, strength, hope and encouragement to help other women in the process of healing. The meetings are intended to provide a safe place for breast cancer patients “to let their hair down” and to share information, experiences and camaraderie.