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HEALTH NOTES
MEETINGS AND EVENTS OF COMMUNITY INTEREST

Kaleida Health will sponsor a free program on menopause at 7 p.m. Thursday at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. To reserve a seat, call 568-6700. The session will focus on the latest controversies and possible health risks of hormone replacement treatment.

Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital will be the site for a free stroke awareness educational session as part of Kaleida Health's "Healthy U" series at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Webster Hall. To reserve a seat, call 887-4431.

WHYME House Foundation conducts monthly events for cancer survivors in Hope Lodge, 197 Summer St. Programs in May include drum circles, reiki, raindrop therapy, Bach remedies, art expression, yoga, a grief support group meeting and Sunday teas (except Mother's Day). For information, call Charlene at 648-0285.

Medical journalist Andrew Skolnick and Dr. Ray Greek will debate the topic "Medical Research: Is Animal Experimentation Necessary" at 3 p.m. Sunday in Knox Hall, Room 110, on the University at Buffalo North Campus. The event is free. For more information, contact John Gaeddert at 636-4869, Ext. 219.

As part of the national observance of Cover the Uninsured Week, the Catholic Health System will be offering free health checkups at 11 of its primary care centers throughout Western New York. Participants will also receive information on Family Health Plus, Child Health Plus and Medicaid programs. Checkups are offered by appointment only. For more information on dates and times of participating primary care centers, call 447-6205.

A public forum entitled "The Uninsured: Key Facts About Americans Without Health Insurance," will be held from 9 a.m. until noon Monday at the Buffalo Museum of Science. Guest speakers include local physician Dr. Myron Glick and author Dr. Rudolph Mueller.

A seven-week women's workshop on "Understanding Anger" will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning May 4 and running through June 15 at St. James United Church of Christ. For more information or to register, call Sarah Fornoff at 884-3256, Ext. 217. The event is sponsored by Preventionfocus Inc.

Alterra Wynwood of Kenmore Assistive Living Residence, 2971 Delaware Ave., will host an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday. Nurses will be on hand to answer questions, and a dessert buffet will be offered. Alterra will also present a free seminar on health care proxies and living wills at 6:30 p.m. May 11 at the residence. Call 874-3200 to register for either event.

ALS Association of Upstate New York (Lou Gehrig's Disease) will hold a volunteer's meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Amherst Public Library's Eggertsville/Snyder Branch, 4622 Main St. Please call the chapter office at (866) 499-PALS for additional information and to register.

The Erie County Department of Senior Services will present a six-week educational program for caregivers beginning at 10 a.m. May 3. Ways to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings, and locate helpful resources will be discussed. The program will be offered at Elderwood Village at Westwood, 580 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. For fee information or to register, call 858-2177 or e-mail caregiver@erie.gov

"Ovarian Cancer 101: Uncovering Risk and Protective Factors" will the subject of a talk by Roswell Park Cancer Institute's Dr. Kirsten Moysich from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Gilda's Club Western New York, 1140 Delaware Ave. There is no charge for the program. Call 332-5900 to register.

Springville Griffith High School will present a mother/daughter program entitled "Celebrating Puberty" from 9 a.m. until noon at the high school. For registration and details call 648-7022.

The American Lung Association of New York State Inc. will present a lecture on "Living with Asthma" beginning at 6 p.m. today at Niagara Falls High School.

Amherst Center for Senior Services, 370 Au dubon Parkway, will offer free hearing screening tests from 9 a.m. until noon Thursday. Tests are conducted by Buffalo Hearing & Speech Inc. Reservations are required; call 636-3055. For more information, call 636-3055, Ext. 113.

Word Tai Chi and Quigong Day will be celebrated with a morning of activities, followed by an open house, on Saturday at the new 3211 Transit Road location of Bill Adams' Martial Arts in Elma. Doors open at 8:45 a.m. for demonstrations and free classes, and the open house begins at 11:35 a.m. For more information, call 668-5004.

"After a Parent Dies," an eight-session grief support group for adults who have lost a parent within the last 18 months will beegin at 6:30 p.m. May 4 in Life Transitions Center, 3580 Harlem Road. An eight-session group for adults who have lost a sibling will begin at 6:30 p.m. May 17. The fee for each group is $75. For information and to register, call 836-6460 or visit www.lifetransitionscenter.com.

Support group meetings, with telephone numbers to call for information, include breast cancer, 7 p.m. May 4 in DeGraff Hospital Community Center, 139 Division St., North Tonawanda, Patricia Meyer, 298-2765 . . . osteoporosis, 7 p.m. May 10 in Westwood Village/Elderwood, 580 Orchard Park Road, Michele Wysocki, 862-BONE . . . Parkinson's Disease, 2 p.m. Sunday in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 754-4052 . . . eating disorders, 6 p.m. Monday at Eating Disorders Association office, 70 Barker St., 819-1338 . . . tinitus, 7 p.m. Thursday, 144 Farber Hall, University at Buffalo South Campus, 829-2001, Ext. 13.

"Stress, Humor and Massage" is the topic of a program at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Appletree Business Park, Suite 8-A, 2875 Union Road, Cheektowaga. A program on vitamins, herbs and supplements will be held at 7 p.m. May 5 at the same location. To register for either event, call the Catholic Health System Healthconnection at 447-6205.