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AARP Driver Safety Class Offered in May
(April 22, 2014) -- Alton area seniors are invited to attend the next AARP’s Smart Driver Course, Wednesday, May 14 and Thursday, May 15. The class meets each day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Saint Clare’s Professional Building Auditorium at 815 E. Fifth Street.
Free Hernia Screenings at Saint Anthony's Health Center
(April 16, 2014) – Could that lump be a hernia? Nearly five million Americans suffer from hernias, yet many do not seek treatment. Today, hernia patients can be treated with an effective, minimally invasive procedure.
Choosing Shoes for Sports, Exercise
(April 9, 2014) There was a time midway through the last century when one pair of generic “tennis shoes” or “sneakers” for each athlete in the family might have sufficed. Not so today, and for good reasons. Every sport or activity has its own moves, requirements and challenges. The surface – hard wood, clay, grass, concrete or asphalt – also presents special needs.
Saint Anthony's Cancer Specialist Explains Breast Cancer and Smoking Link
(April 7, 2014) – Researchers are starting to build a solid link between smoking and an increased risk for breast cancer in women. Historically, the medical and oncology communities have not been able to solidify the correlation between smoking and breast cancer. Due to numerous variables and complex ethical issues, researchers have been reluctant to draw such conclusions. But despite the difficulties, studies are beginning to find links between the two.
Understanding Adult Day Services

(April 2, 2014) –  If you or someone you know is the caregiver of an aging person, you understand the challenges – striving to meet their needs, yet having less time to accomplish your own daily tasks. “Caregivers can often experience guilt over juggling a quality life for their loved one and maintaining the needs of their household,” says Grace Curry, LPN with Adult Day Services located on the campus of Saint Clare’s Hospital. 

Calendar of Upcoming Events
Calendar of Saint Anthony's Upcoming Health Education and Community Events | For information, call 618-465-2264
Support Group Looks at How a Positive Outlook Affects Health

 (March 26, 2014) – The Caring Circle Cancer Education & Support Group for women with cancer is meeting Saturday, April 19 at 10 a.m. in the Saint Clare’s Professional Building, Suite 303.  A continental breakfast will be served. 

Saint Anthony’s Offers Cassella Hospice Volunteer Training
(March 26, 2014) – Area residents interested in becoming a Hospice volunteer are invited to a special training program sponsored by Saint Anthony’s Hospice, on April 21 and 22, from 5 to 9 p.m. each evening in the Auditorium of Saint Clare’s Professional Building, 815 E. Fifth Street.
Saint Anthony's Health System Signs Letter of Intent to Join OSF Healthcare System
(March 17, 2014) -- Saint Anthony’s Health System (SAHS) in Alton has signed a Letter of Intent to affiliate with OSF Healthcare System (OSF), one of the largest integrated health care systems in Illinois.  The affiliation with OSF would give Saint Anthony’s and the surrounding communities access to enhanced high-quality health care, close to home.
You Can Have Freedom From Smoking
If you have a friend or loved one and they have expressed an interest in quitting or you would like to see them quit, you need to be aware that a smoker has to overcome both mental and physical dependency in order to quit.
Saint Anthony’s Sleep Center Offers Advice for the Time Change

 (March 10, 2014) – Spring forward, fall backward. It is that time of year again - Daylight Savings. Like the tax man, it comes around this time every year placing on us its spring tariff. Debbie Farmer, Manager of Saint Anthony's Sleep Center, believes we should not look at it as a loss of sleep, but a reminder to examine our sleep behaviors. 

Colorectal Health Update from Saint Anthony's Specialists
(March 5, 2014) – In recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Mark Klucka, a board-certified Gastroenterologist with Saint Anthony’s Physician Group, and Ginger Becker, Saint Anthony’s Chief Clinical Dietician, are sharing information about the importance of colonoscopies, as well as the impact of a fiber-rich diet on an individual’s colon health.
Emergency Room Improvements Help Patient Flow, Save Lives
(February 28, 2014) – Over 300 area residents, Mission Partners and supporters of Saint Anthony’s Health Center previewed its renovated Emergency Center at a special ribbon cutting and open house.
The Link Between Atrial Fibrillation and Sleep Apnea
Heart Tip of the Week...Atrial Fibrillation and Sleep Apnea
Saint Anthony's Lymphedema Specialists Explain Condition
(February 25, 2014) –Lymphedema is a condition that involves a buildup of fluid in the body – “lymph” is a nearly colorless fluid; “edema” means a buildup of fluid in body tissues. When a person’s lymphatic system is impaired, the lymph nodes do not remove the excess fluid. This results in swelling of the affected area, loss of motor skills, pain and possible infections. Lymphedema can be caused by a variety of conditions including surgical removal of lymph nodes, radiation, injury or infection.
Taking Steps for a Healthy Heart
With everything “heart” in February, it’s important to be aware of steps for a healthy heart and risk factors we can control:
Avoiding the Riverbend Hibernation
(February 19, 2014) - The Riverbend area offers numerous outdoor activities during the warmer months. We are blessed with beautiful parks for walking, numerous pools to get in a few laps and some excellent golf courses, just to name a few options. However, when winter is here, the conditions can be less than favorable for seniors to stay active – even dangerous. The good news, the Riverbend does not leave seniors out in the cold, and there are plenty of ways to stay active indoors.
Participants Enjoy Activities at Adult Day Services
(February 20, 2014) -- Bingo, music, arts and crafts, movies and special guest speakers are just a few of the many structured activities at Saint Anthony’s Adult Day Services, located on the campus of Saint Clare’s Hospital at 915 East Fifth Street. Throughout each month, participants in the program enjoy visits from community volunteers who provide musical entertainment or bring in their pets for pet therapy.
A Heart Smart Valentine's Day
Going out with the sweetheart on Valentine's Day? Try these simple heart healthy ideas from Ginger Becker, R.D.
Exercise More, Sit Less
(February 5, 2014) - A recent study published by the American Heart Association found that heart health required a two-part behavioral approach: high levels of physical activity and low levels of sedentary time. The eight year study, focusing on men, found that sitting for long periods of time will increase your chance of experiencing heart problems no matter how much you exercise.
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