People new to Medicare, care givers and others who help senior citizens with their Medicare insurance should consider attending this free, informative class. Sponsored by the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) of Henderson County and the Buncombe County Council on Aging, this program explains the sections of Medicare, when to sign up, how to avoid penalties and how to make the most cost-effective choices. The information presented is unbiased as no products are sold or endorsed.
This class will be held at the Pardee Signature Care Center, located in the Blue Ridge Mall, on Thursday, April 9 from 3 – 5 pm. To register, please call (828) 692-4600 or go to coabc.org/events.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Four Seasons is holding an educational presentation series during 2015 at the Pardee Signature Care Center that will focus on various mental health topics. The first of the presentations will be held on Tuesday, April 14 at 6 pm, with Psychologist Dr. M Jean Parks, PhD. of Fletcher presenting on understanding and managing panic disorder, an uncontrollable and terrifying response to ordinary, nonthreatening situations. While many people experience a panic attack at least once in their lives, recurrent panic attacks might be a sign of panic disorder.
Also as part of the series, speaker Sherry A. McKisson, MA, NCC, LPC, and Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, will present “Understanding and Managing Anger” on Tuesday, April 28, at 6 pm. Anger is a natural, adaptive response to threats; it inspires powerful and aggressive feelings and behaviors, which allow us to fight and to defend ourselves when we are attacked. In this presentation, three main approaches to learning how to manage anger will be discussed in order to improve your overall health and well-being. To register for a presentation, visit pardeesignaturecare.org or call (828) 692-4600.
All children can learn to sing in tune, move in rhythm, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture. Asheville Area Music Together, which has been providing a rich, fun musical learning environment for young children and their families since 2006, is offering a 10-week series of classes at the Pardee Signature Care Center located in the Blue Ridge Mall on Tuesdays from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. beginning April 7, 2015.
Children from birth to five years of age attend classes with their parents or other caregivers. This mixed-age approach, recommended by child development researchers, supports natural family-style learning where younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones and older children learn by leading the younger ones. Each child participates at his or her own developmental level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, observing, or exploring musical instruments. The whole family is welcome to join in this important family music experience. For pricing information or to register, please call (828) 692-4600.
April 12-18, 2015 is Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week and health care providers across the country will be offering free screenings to the public to promote awareness. More than 35,000 Americans were diagnosed with cancers of the head and neck last year. Because many do not recognize the symptoms of these life-threatening diseases, the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee will be sponsoring a presentation at the Signature Care Center on Thursday, April 9 from 6 -7 p.m. Mark McCollough, MD, with Mountain Radiation Oncology, will discuss the signs and symptoms associated with oral, head and neck cancers and the importance of early detection and treatment.
Following the informational presentation, there will be two head and neck cancer screening opportunities on Tuesday, April 14 from 2 – 6 p.m. at Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center and Thursday, April 23 from 2 – 6 p.m. at Mission Pardee Health Campus, in Fletcher. Every adult is encouraged to get tested. If diagnosed early, oral, head and neck cancers can be more easily treated without significant complications and the chances of survival greatly increases. These 10-minute screenings will be preformed by physicians specializing in otolaryngology.
To register for the presentation or make an appointment for a free screening, please call (828) 692-4600.
Pardee will host a blood drive for the Blood Connection on Wednesday, April 8, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. The blood drive will be held in the Jamison Conference Room at Pardee Hospital, located at 800 N. Justice Street in Hendersonville.