Here’s a dose of health news from WellCommons, around town and elsewhere:
As Kevin Bacon’s character said in Footloose, “Let’s dance!”
Trinity-In Home Care is having a benefit “Dancing through the Decades” on Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Eldridge Hotel, 701 Mass.
They will be featuring music hits from the past eight decades:
• 7 p.m.-8 p.m. — 30s and 40s.
• 8 p.m.-9 p.m. — 50s and 60s.
• 9 p.m.-10 p.m. — 70s and 80s (my personal favorite).
• 10 p.m.-11 p.m. — 90s through today.
Tickets are $20 each, and a cash bar will be available. Decade-appropriate dress is optional. For ideas, check out the clever YouTube video that features community residents and was produced by Free State High School students.
So are you ready to get your groove on? Call 842-3159 for tickets.
Trinity provides nonmedical supportive services to individuals of all ages as well as child care services at Imagine Drop-In Childcare.
The Kaw Valley Chapter of the Older Women’s League will have a panel discussion about age discrimination from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, in the Lawrence Public Library auditorium, 707 Vt.
Up for discussion:
• Does it exist?
• Have you experienced it?
• Where are the effects?
• How can it be acknowledged and changed?
There will be refreshments and a social from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, contact president Donna Swall at 843-6319.
Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has seen a steady decline in the number of seasonal flu vaccines it provides.
So far, it has provided 2,312 vaccines, a 44 percent decrease since the 2007-2008 season. Here’s a look at the numbers:
• 2007-2008 — 4,125.
• 2008-2009 — 3,055.
• 2009-2010 — 2,643.
The majority of this year’s clients — 87 percent — have received them at the department’s clinic, 200 Maine, or during the community’s first drive-through clinic. Director Dan Partridge questions whether the area clinics are worth the time, effort and money.
Here’s a breakdown of where people are getting their shots:
• Lecompton (Oct. 6) — 73.
• Eudora (Oct. 12) — 33.
• Drive-through clinic (Oct. 16) — 388.
• Stull (Oct. 19) — 19.
• Baldwin City (Oct. 20) — 42.
• First Step House (Oct. 21) — 17.
• Lawrence Public Library (Dec. 7) — 4.
• Health department clinic (all season) — 1,627.
With so many pharmacies, stores and doctors providing seasonal flu vaccine, board members thought it would be good idea to target low-income residents and the uninsured.
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