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Health briefs: Red Cross blood shortage continues; Learn about dementia care Aug. 6 in Woodbury

Red Cross blood shortage continues

Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations in early-July, though there continues to be an emergency need for donors of all blood types, especially type O, according to the American Red Cross. Red Cross blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in, and there is less than a five-day blood supply on hand. The Red Cross strives to keep a five-day supply of blood to meet the needs of patients and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood products.

"Patients don't get a summer break from the need for lifesaving treatments, so it is critical that hospitals have access to blood products each and every day," said Sue Thesenga, communications manager of the North Central Blood Services Region. "We sincerely appreciate those who have responded to the call to help save lives, but the emergency need remains. Those who haven't rolled up a sleeve to give are urged to do so today."

There is a particular need for type O blood, which plays an important role in ongoing patient care and emergencies. Type O positive is the most transfused blood type and can be given to patients with any Rh-positive blood type. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be given to any patient. It's what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations.

Those who come to donate blood or platelets through Aug. 30 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. Restrictions apply; for more information and details visit RedCrossBlood.org/Together.

To make an appointment, use the the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit www.RedCrossBlood.org or by call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).

Learn about dementia care Aug. 6 in Woodbury

Washington County Public Health and Environment and Woodbury Thrives will host a presentation on caring for a loved one with dementia 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at the Central Park Amphitheater in Woodbury. Angela Lunde, an associate of neurology from the Mayo Clinic, will present Caring for a Loved One — The Dementia Experience. Professionals and community members are encouraged to attend this free event. Lunde will identify ways care partners may invite more ease into their personal experience of caregiving and explore a perspective of understanding dementia that leads to increased wellness and wellbeing. The Central Park Amphitheater is at 8595 Central Park Place in Woodbury. There will be community resources available from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 6 p.m. To register by telephone or email, contact Beth Brisky at 651-430-6659 or beth.brisky@co.washington.mn.us. Participants may also register online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/WV9JPWD.

TRIA hosts bone knowledge seminars

A free, interactive Bone Health Seminar will be held 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 9, and 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at TRIA Orthopedic Center in Woodbury, 155 Radio Drive. All ages and fitness levels are welcome.

This class will include information on:

• Bone health at all ages

• Bone loss and osteoporosis

• Personal risk factors

• Exercises to promote bone health

• Fracture prevention, including exercise modification

Bone Health Seminars are presented by HealthPartners, Park Nicollet, Regions Hospital and TRIA Orthopedic Center.

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