Health and Wellness

HEALTH SCREENINGS: Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will offer health screenings from 10 a.m. to noon today at River Road Primary Care Center, 624 River Road, Suite 1, North Tonawanda. Tests include cardiac function, blood pressure, EKG, body mass index and carbon monoxide screenings. Information on health and wellness also will be available.

BRAIN HEALTH: Emeritus at Bassett Manor, 245 Bassett Road, Williamsville, will host a series of presentations on brain health at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Deborah Jerge, life enrichment director, will talk about “Spiritual: One of the Five Key Areas of the Brain.” For reservations or information, call 688-4011.

EPIC PROGRAM INFORMATION SESSION: A regional outreach representative for NYS Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage will help answer questions and enroll seniors who would like to join from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Jamestown Community College, 10785 Bennett Road, Dunkirk. A representative from Univera Healthcare will also be present. Please bring proof of 2012 income (including Social Security income) and Medicare ID card. For information, call 1-800-332-3742 or visit

GLOBAL HIV RESEARCH DAY: The International Pharmacotherapy Education and Research Initiative will recognize UB Global HIV Research Day with a keynote presentation from Dr. Stephen Becker, deputy director of HIV in the Global Health Department of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday in the Bruce Holm Commons at UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, 701 Ellicott St. Becker’s address, “The Bill and Melinda Gates Approach to HIV: A Global and Public Health Perspective,” is free and open to the public. For information, contact Bonnie Lesinski at or 881-1704.

EPIC PROGRAM INFORMATION SESSION: A regional outreach representative for the NYS Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage program will help answer questions and enroll seniors who would like to join from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway, Cheektowaga. Please bring proof of 2012 income (including Social Security income) and Medicare ID card. For information, call 1-800-332-3742 or visit

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT: Breast Cancer Network of Western New York will hold an educational meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in its Bella Moglie building, 3297 Walden Ave., Depew. Dr. Johnny Yap, a radiation oncologist, and Dr. Farid Berenji, a medical oncologist, will talk about “Long-Term Effects in Cancer Treatment” that include lymphedema, heart problems and other cancers. A support group will follow at 8. For reservations, call Daria at 894-8135 or email For more information, call Sharon Feraci at 759-1176.

HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS WANTED: Niagara Hospice has launched a volunteer campaign, the Power of One, designed to show how one hour a week from one volunteer can result in many lives changed, including that of the volunteer. To help grow the volunteer force, the Niagara Hospice Alliance has announced two new volunteer training sessions: the first from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Niagara Hospice administrative building, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport. Those interested in registering for the training should call 280-0780 by Monday. A second session is scheduled at the same time April 10 and 11 at the Niagara Falls Conference and Event Center, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls. Call the same number to register. Volunteers work with patients but there also are nonpatient related volunteer opportunities available with the agency’s Speakers Bureau; working with events and other fundraisers; maintaining the Memorial Gardens; and helping with mailings and office work. For more information, email or visit

THYROID HELP: The Schofield Adult Wellness Center in the Schofield Residence Nursing Facility, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda, will host a free program, “Learn About Thyroid Disorders” at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Kerri O’Connor from Mobile Pharmacy Solutions will speak about thyroid disorders and common medications used to treat them. For required reservations, call 995-3851 or visit

LUPUS ALLIANCE: The Lupus Alliance of Upstate New York will hold a new patient orientation meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in its office, 3871 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga. The event is free; family and friends welcome. For necessary reservations, call 835-7161.

CLEAR CHANGE: A seminar on the Clear Change Program that enhances the body’s natural metabolic detoxification process will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Brain and Spine Center, 400 International Drive, Amherst. It will be hosted by Jo Ann Colosimo, a nurse practitioner. For required reservations, call 631-3555, Ext. 368.

GUIDED WALK: The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and WNY will have a Be Active guided walk for older adults at 9:15 a.m. Friday in the food court at Boulevard Mall, Amherst. The event includes health education materials, health and fitness screenings, presentations, light healthy refreshments and an opportunity to socialize. Participants have a choice of short or long walks. Registration begins at 8:30. For information, call 851-4052 or email:


HEALTHY LIVING SUPPORT GROUP: 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Crossroads Christian Church, 1050 Girdle Road, Elma. Dinner from 5 to 6, vendor fair from 6 to 7:30. Please bring a dish to pass. Plant-based foods only, please – no animal products. We encourage primarily raw food: various salads, veggies and dip, fruit, healthy desserts. Call Robert Spencer at 822-3540 or Eileen LaRouech at 655-5149.

BEE WORKSHOP: Wyoming County Beekeepers meeting and workshop, 7 p.m., Monday at 401 N. Main St., Warsaw. The workshop is titled, “Beginner Beekeeping: The Basics, I want to keep honeybees, how do I start?” presented by beekeeper and instructor Tracy Taylor. The cost is $5 and includes handouts. Refreshments served. To register, contact Debra Welch at 585-786-2251 or email

GARDENING SEMINAR: The Elma Community Emergency Response Team will conduct a free Gardening Basics seminar at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Elma Senior Center, 3007 Bowen Road, Elma. To register, visit For information, call 771-0614.

Family support

HISTORY CLUB: Families looking for history-themed fun are invited to take part in a new Family History Club at the Buffalo History Museum. Sessions of the club will be offered monthly. The programs will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and will offer different themes, with activities centering on each monthly topic. Upcoming topics and dates include: today, trains; April 13, pioneer life; May 11, collections and collecting; and June 8, the Pan-Am Exposition and Buffalo in 1901. Cost is $10 per child for nonmembers, and $5 per child for members. Adults accompanying the children are free. The events will be held in the Buffalo History Museum, at Elmwood Avenue and Nottingham Terrace. For more information, email Tara Lyons at For reservations, call 873-9644, Ext. 0. Preregistration is required.

KIDS ESCAPING DRUGS BREAKFAST: The West Seneca Masonic Lodge will host the Kids Escaping Drugs Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at 647 Main St., West Seneca. The cost for adults is $8; children 3-12, $5. Children under 3 are free.

SCREENING: Buffalo Seminary, an independent all-girls high school, will host the Buffalo premiere of the new documentary “Girl Rising” for students, families, faculty and alumnae from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the school chapel, 205 Bidwell Parkway. A reception will follow.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP: Meets at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the family room of Our Lady of Peace Nursing Facility, 5285 Lewiston Road, Lewiston. Contact Phyllis Ham for information at 298-3735.

DIABETES SUPPORT: All-day education class, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Room 249, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. Preregistration is required by calling 298-2297.

Parent’s Grief Support Group: For those who have lost infants, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Room 723B, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. For information, call Anne at 282-3368.

FARM SUPPORT: New York State Dry Bean Growers will meet from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Le Roy Country Club, 7759 E. Main Road, Le Roy. Amie Hamlin, executive director for New York Coalition for Healthy School Food, will be the featured speaker. Staff from Cornell Cooperative Extension will give reports on dry bean breeding and varietal/breeding line evaluation. There also will be reports on weed control programs. The cost is $30. For information, call 585-394-3977, Ext. 406.