Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Q. A friend of mine said his doctor told him he has “hemochromatosis.” He didn’t seem worried. I didn’t want to ask, but is it serious?

Every once in a while I get a question that surprises me completely. Hemochromatosis? I thought it sounded like a rare condition in a small subculture. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Hemochromatosis (HE-mo-kro-ma-TO-sis) is an inherited disease that makes your body build up too much iron, a mineral in many of the foods we eat.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Cholesterol, a fatlike substance found in body cells, actually serves to make hormones and vitamin D and other substances to help with food digestion.

Since the body manufactures the cholesterol needed, some foods contain the fatlike substance which raise the levels.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Heritage Hill Senior Community will be holding a “CarFit” event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 8 to ensure that your car is safe on the road.

Representatives from The North Central Highway Safety Program will be at Heritage Hill Senior Community, 800 Sixth St., Weatherly, to examine your car for free.

Examinations are by appointment only. Schedule your appointment by calling Rachael Kapes or Toni Englehart at 570-365-3077.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Alzheimer Association Caregiver Support Group at Blue Mountain Health System meets monthly at 5:30 p.m. in the third-floor conference room at the Palmerton campus at 135 Lafayette Ave. in Palmerton. The next meeting will be Monday.

Donna Kravelk, a registered nurse on the Older Adult Behavioral Health Unit at BMHS, will facilitate the group, which is intended to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
The further your head is sitting on your spine, the more weight the spine has to bear. PHOTO COURTESY OF METROGRAPHICS

We often hear about how technology has impacted younger generations, and with the increased time spent on phones and computers, playing video games and watching television, it is their posture that is increasingly suffering.

According to a physical therapist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, maintaining your posture should begin at an early age.

“Children will start having posture problems if they do not work on it sooner rather than later,” said Melanie McNeal, a certified physical therapist and orthopedic clinical specialist with Baylor.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Panther Valley Senior Center, 90 E Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, will be holding a two-day AARP Safe Driver’s Initial Course from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 5-6. Upon completion, those taking the course may be eligible for a discount on their car insurance. Consult your agent for details.

The course is available to drivers 50 years and older, who have not yet completed the initial course or who have let three years pass since taking it.

All participants must bring their AARP card and driver’s license. There is a fee.

Lunch is available with preregistration.

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua, is offering a new learning experience, aimed at teaching people how to paint with acrylics, step by step.

Classes will be taught by Amy Joanne Mogish and will begin on Sept. 13.

There will be a total of five classes and the theme will be “Merry and Bright.”

Theclass fee will include instruction, paint, a wooden box and pattern. Additional supplies will be required and a list will be provided when you register.

To register, email amy4keepsake@hotmail.com or visit her Facebook page at Classic Amy Joanne.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Everyone who joins the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation this month with a $10 donation will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees or 10 white flowering dogwood trees through the foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

The trees will be shipped postpaid between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10, depending on the right time for planting in each member’s area. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or will be replaced free of charge.

Monday, August 21, 2017
This 2016 photo provided by Writopia Lab shows Harry Tarses, left, and Simon Lee taking part in a Writopia Lab in Los Angeles. Writopia’s mission is to use creative writing to foster “joy, literacy, and critical thinking in children and teens of all backgrounds.” WRITOPIA LAB VIA AP

Whether you’re writing an email or a novel, it’s vital these days to understand the craft of telling a story and telling it well. For kids, writing well helps not only at school but with many off-the-page skills, from confidence to creative problem solving.

What children may not understand is that writing can also be fun. Educators say there are many things parents can do at home to get kids excited about writing.

Here are seven:

Use what they love

Monday, August 21, 2017

Blue Mountain Hospital & Arden Courts Memory Care Community will co-sponsor a Lunch & Learn Seminar on Senior Bullying from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Bowmanstown Medical Plaza at 512 Bank St. in Bowmanstown.

The guest speaker will be Janene M. Holter, a senior supervisory special agent from the Bureau of Special Investigations at the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General.