Conducted annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s raises awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research for the more than 5 million Americans who are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including some 7,200 in Mahoning County.
The Mahoning Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Saturday at Youngstown State University WATTS, 651 Elm St. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and opening ceremonies are at 9:30 a.m.
Supporters compete in a 2-mile walk and learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Participants also join in a ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
The 2016 Mahoning Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s had more than 750 supporters in attendance and raised about $70,000. There is no cost to register. Attendees are encouraged to seek donations from family, friends and other contacts. Those unable to attend may make donations by contacting the chapter. For information about the walk, call Helen Paes at 330-533-3300. For information on local services and events, visit: alz.org/akroncantonyoungstown.
Self-management education on diabetes
Mercy Health Youngstown is offering self-management education sessions about diabetes and how to manage the disease. Classes are from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 10-12 at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, 1044 Belmont Ave.; 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 17-19 at St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital, 8401 Market St.; and 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24-26 at St. Elizabeth Youngstown.
Classes, taught by a registered nurse diabetes educator and registered dietitian nutritionist diabetes educator, include a series of three sessions, three days in a row on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and run for two and a half to three hours each day. Sessions include topics such as understanding diabetes, diabetes medications, monitoring your blood glucose, benefits of exercise, diet and customized meal planning. A physician referral is required to enroll. The classes are not free, but most insurance plans cover the cost. Call 330-480-2665 for help getting a referral from a physician and to register for the class.
Summer Pediatric Research Scholars
Akron Children’s Hospital is accepting applications through Nov. 10 for its 10-week 2018 Summer Pediatric Research Scholars program for college sophomores and juniors considering careers in a health care profession, including physicians, advance practice providers, pharmacy, therapy, nutrition, nursing or medical science and research.
The program begins in June, and students commit to working at least 24 hours per week at the hospital. Each student is paired with an experienced clinical investigator while conducting a specific clinical research project that may focus on ways to improve the health-care experience for patients, enhance patient safety, quality of care, or evaluate the effectiveness of a clinical intervention.
Additionally, students have opportunities to shadow clinical teams in various hospital departments, and each Wednesday they convene as a class to learn about study design, research methods, biostatistics, and pediatric healthcare career opportunities. At the end of the program, the students present their project findings to peers, mentors and family members.
A stipend for the program is given as a paid scholarship to each student’s college or university. Students are responsible for their own housing and accommodations. Applications must include two reference letters. For information and to apply, visit www.akronchildrens.org/sprs.