Catholic Health Sponsors Free Health Education Programs

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August 28, 2009

Catholic Health’s Community Education Department is sponsoring a series of health education programs during the month of September covering a variety of healthcare topics. All programs are free and held at the Catholic Health Education Center, located at the Appletree Business Park, Suite 8A, 2875 Union Road in Cheektowaga.

On Tuesday, September 8, at 6:30 p.m., Paul Anain, M.D., will present an “Update on Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).” PAD affects approximately 8 million Americans, but many people are unaware they have the disease because they have few, if any, symptoms. Dr. Anain will discuss the signs and symptoms of PAD, along with risk factors, medical management, and traditional and non-invasive treatment options.

On Tuesday, September 8, at 7 p.m., Catholic Health Partners In Rehab and AthletiCare will present “Is Total Knee or Hip Replacement in Your Future?” According to the National Institute of Health, arthritis is responsible for more trouble walking and climbing stairs, and is the most common indicator for joint replacement surgery. This program will cover everything you always wanted to know about total knee or hip replacement surgery, what to expect during the recovery phase, and the rehabilitation process.

On Monday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m., Dorothy Levitt, with the Erie County Department of Senior Services, will present “Sharing Your Wishes About Health Decisions.” If you are unable, even temporarily, to make healthcare decisions, someone else must decide for you. Learn why it is important to appoint someone to make these decisions and how you can ensure your wishes are followed by using advance directives for healthcare, including a living will, healthcare power of attorney, medical orders for life sustaining treatment (MOLST), and healthcare proxy.

On Wednesday, September 16, at 7 p.m., Daniel Patterson, M.D., will present, “Colorectal Cancer Awareness.” During the program, Dr. Patterson will discuss signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer, diagnosis and treatment options, and the importance of early detection and screening programs.

All programs are free and open to all. Registration is required. For registration information, call Catholic Health's HealthConnection at 706-2112.