NorthCare run benefits children
Bust out your silly socks and join the Reindeer Run on Dec. 1 to support NorthCare's crisis counseling services.
This year marks the fourth annual Reindeer Run, which includes three options: a 10k, a 5k and a shorter Reindeer Dash for children. The theme is “Crazy Socks!” Participants are asked to wear their “most interesting, craziest socks” to the events. Prizes will be given to those whose socks wow the judges.
The Oklahoma City Running Club has selected the run as part of its 10k race series.
“All proceeds from the race will benefit crisis counseling for children,” said Lisa Macias, chief reindeer officer (no, that's a not a misprint), in a news release. “Each year NorthCare works with over 2,000 children impacted by child abuse, neglect and mental illness. This race is the only event NorthCare has to support these services.”
NorthCare helps 13,000 Oklahomans each year who are dealing with emotional crises or substance abuse issues. It provides outpatient mental health services to children, adolescents and families who have been affected by trauma.
The 5k and 10k races begin at 9:30 a.m. at NorthCare's south parking lot, 4436 NW 50. Once those races have started, the Reindeer Dash will begin.
Registration for the 5k or 10k is $20. The dash is free.
To register or for more information, go to www.northcare.com/inline/reindeer.html.
Caregiver volunteers are needed
Hospice of Oklahoma County Inc. will begin training volunteer end-of-life caregivers on Nov. 20.
The hospice provides care for the dying and their families in nine central Oklahoma counties, including Oklahoma City and surrounding areas, according to a news release. A skilled team of nurses, home health aides, social workers, chaplains and trained community volunteers provides physical, spiritual and emotional support.
“Volunteers provide a special type of care and concern hospice patients and their families find so meaningful,” Ruth Ann Frick, volunteer coordinator, said in the release. “They make such a difference at the end of someone's life.”
Full-time caregivers devote their time to making patients comfortable. Volunteers allow them to take short breaks. Volunteers also assist at the Integris Hospice House, run errands for caregivers or become companions to patients who are living alone or in nursing homes.
Hospice of Oklahoma County is a nonprofit, Medicare-certified hospice program.
For more information or to enroll in the free training class, call 848-8884.
Integris provides amplifiers
Hard of hearing? Don't miss out on a word your doctor says.
Hearing loss patients at Integris Baptist Medical Center now have access to Williams Sound Pocketalkers — simple, compact personal amplifiers. The devices may be used throughout a hospital stay.
The Pocketalker “amplifies sound clearly and easily for better understanding,” according to a news release. “It is ideal for one-on-one conversations, TV listening and for visiting with small groups such as care team and family members. It features an external microphone that boosts only the closest immediate sound source in the room. This eliminates unwanted background noise.”
The device works with a variety of earphones and headphones. It can be used with a neck loop and a telecoil-equipped hearing aid. The volume is adjustable.
The amplifiers are available for patient use thanks to Integris Health employees who donated to the “Passion for Hearing” campaign.
For more information or to schedule a hearing evaluation, call the Integris Cochlear Implant Clinic at 947-6030.
Spanish seminar for women is set
Integris Health is hosting its second annual Women of Success seminar on Friday night.
The seminar, sponsored by the Integris Health Hispanic Initiative, will be presented in Spanish.
“The emotional health of women is essential in maintaining a healthy and happy home,” a news release states, “especially her children, husband and in some cases her immediate and extended family. If we have healthy women who can support and build integrated homes, we have a better opportunity to have healthy children with good self-esteem and (the) desire to have a better life and serve their community.”
The seminar is dedicated, the release states, “to promoting women and providing them with tools to make strategic decisions” and look and feel better about themselves.
It will be from 5 to 9 p.m. in the cancer center conference room at Integris Southwest Medical Center, 4301 S Western.
Highlights will include:
“Dress for success,” a talk and demonstration by Byron Dickens, an image consultant.
“Strategies to achieve your goals in 30 days,” a presentation by Lisset Guevara, author and motivational speaker.
“Makeup for every occasion,” presented by Pam Hilliard, beauty consultant.
A free dinner and door prizes.
For more information, call 951-2277 and press 2 for Spanish.
Compiled by Ken Raymond, staff writer