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Women’s survival stories being sought

Women are invited to share their stories about how they survived heart disease, stroke or cardiac arrest or how they reduced their risk of heart disease at the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Western New York casting call at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Creekside Banquet Facility, 2669 Union Road, Cheektowaga.

The casting call is a search for national spokeswomen for a variety of Go Red for Women activities during the coming year, including national media, public service announcements, website content, brochures, news features and events.

The session will be followed by a presentation from Catholic Health, “New Ways to Manage Your AFib.” To reserve a seat for the presentation, call 447-6205. To register for the casting call, visit www.heart.org/goredwny.

Alzheimer’s research topic of symposium

Family and professional caregivers can learn about the latest research into Alzheimer’s disease and how to best care for themselves and their loved ones with dementia during a daylong Dementia Care Symposium Friday in Cheektowaga.

Well-known dementia care experts Drs. Sandra Black and Amy D’Aprix will deliver the keynote addresses covering research updates and the conversations people need to have with and about their loved ones with dementia. Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, is expected to deliver opening remarks for the conference, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, WNY Chapter. Breakout sessions will cover topics geared toward those who provide care for their family members, and for professional health care providers.

Registration for the conference, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., can be made at alz.org/wny or by calling (800) 272-3900. Cost is $25 for family caregivers; $110 to $135 for health professionals.

Alcohol use may cut risk for arthritis

Looking for tips to prevent arthritis or ease the pain of flare-ups? Start off by pouring yourself a cocktail.

According to the AARP Bulletin, a recent study found that, compared with nondrinkers, women who had more than three alcoholic drinks each week for 10 years reduced their risk of getting arthritis by about half. Other recommendations include eating cherries, which contain pain-fighting antioxidants; spicing up food with anti-inflammatory turmeric; and taking up acupuncture, tai chi and yoga to manage pain. The magazine also suggests skipping sugary drinks.