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UPCOMING DECEMBER ALZHEIMER EVENTS

Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers – Late Stages

In the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the disease. Join us and hear about resources, monitoring care and providing a meaningful connection for the person with late-stage Alzheimer’s or dementia and their families. Continue reading UPCOMING DECEMBER ALZHEIMER EVENTS

UPCOMING DECEMBER ALZHEIMER EVENTS

PROGRAM BY PHONE: DIAGNOSING ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMEN

If you or someone you know is experiencing changes in memory and cognition, how can you tell if it’s normal aging or something more serious? What is the difference between mild cognitive impairment, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease? Join us as we speak to board-certified neurologist Dr. Gregory Cooper to learn about the diagnostic process when cognitive issues arise. Continue reading UPCOMING DECEMBER ALZHEIMER EVENTS

KSP Encourages Drivers to Prepare for Winter Driving

With the possibility of wintery weather moving into the Commonwealth this week, the Kentucky State Police (KSP) is cautioning motorists to be prepared for hazardous driving conditions.

“Winter driving can present formidable challenges including sleet, snow, slick roads, freezing temperatures and reduced visibility,” says KSP spokesman Sergeant Josh Lawson. “It can be a deadly combination if you’re not prepared.”

KSP reported that slippery roads were the contributing factor in 12,772 crashes and 69 highway deaths in 2017. Continue reading KSP Encourages Drivers to Prepare for Winter Driving

Beshear: Christmas Shopping Scammers Posing as Your Favorite Retailers

Kentuckians shopping online this Christmas season should be on the lookout for scam emails, Attorney General Andy Beshear warned today.

With Christmas shopping in full swing, and the National Retail Federation predicting spending to increase by more than 4 percent this season, Kentuckians say they are receiving what appear to be legitimate emails from popular retailers that are actually scams. Continue reading Beshear: Christmas Shopping Scammers Posing as Your Favorite Retailers

KSP Post 7 to Conduct Traffic Safety Checkpoint

The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post, which provides coverage for Madison, Clark, Estill, Lee, Owsley, Jackson, Mercer, Boyle, Lincoln, Garrard and Jessamine counties, will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints at locations approved by the Kentucky State Police Policy and Procedures Manual.  These checkpoints will be conducted in an effort to enforce the traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Special attention will be paid to occupant protection (seatbelt adherence), sobriety, insurance, and registration violations.  A complete list of traffic safety checkpoint locations can be found at http://kentuckystatepolice.org/post-locations/post-7/post-7-checkpoints/ .

Beshear Files Lawsuit against Indiana Web-based Health Records Company for Alleged Data Breach Affecting 69,000 Kentuckians

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear is suing a Fort Wayne, Indiana web-based health records company that allegedly sustained a data breach compromising the data of 69,000 Kentuckians, including more than 33,000 Social Security numbers.

The lawsuit alleges that Medical Informatics Engineering Inc. and NoMoreClipboard LLC –collectively “MIE” – violated provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA and state consumer protection laws.

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Beshear Joins Bipartisan Coalition to Protect States’ Ability to Sue Pharmaceutical Companies over Potential Drug Side Effects

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear has joined with a bipartisan group of attorneys general in asking the nation’s highest court to uphold the ability of states, like Kentucky, to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable when they mislead the public on the potential side effects of their drugs.

Beshear has signed on to an amicus or “friend of the court” brief filed in the United States Supreme Court case Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v. Albrecht.

The AGs argue that pharmaceutical company Merck can be held liable under state law for misleading and misrepresenting the side effects of its osteoporosis preventive drug Fosamax even if the company is not liable under federal law. Continue reading Beshear Joins Bipartisan Coalition to Protect States’ Ability to Sue Pharmaceutical Companies over Potential Drug Side Effects

Annual Lights for Life Fundraiser at Saint Joseph Berea to Provide Assistance to Families in Need

The Saint Joseph Berea Foundation is planning its annual holiday fundraiser, Lights for Life, to help families in need in the Berea community. Now in its 32nd year, Lights for Life provides a tribute to loved ones and also raises funds to provide emergency assistance and medications year-round for underinsured and low-income patients in the Saint Joseph Berea service area.

With a $10 donation, a light can be purchased on the Lights for Life Christmas tree in honor or in memory of a friend or loved one. The names of those individuals will be read and honored during a special Christmas tree lighting on the front lawn of Saint Joseph Berea on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided for community members in attendance.

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Saint Joseph Berea Celebrates 120th Anniversary

Saint Joseph Berea is celebrating 120 years in the community, serving residents of Madison, Estill, Garrard, Jackson and Rockcastle counties. Founded in 1898, the facility has grown over the years to offer services, resources and health care expertise in more than 200 locations across the state.

  Saint Joseph Berea was first named Berea College Hospital. Today, the facility is a 25-bed critical care access hospital that offers a full array of inpatient and outpatient services.

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UPCOMING NOVEMBER ALZHEIMER EVENT

WEBINAR: THE ART & SCIENCE OF MUSIC & DEMENTIA
Music has been shown to improve mood, behaviors and quality of life for people at all stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Log in to learn from a board certified music therapist about the science behind music therapy, and how you can employ music to help your loved one with dementia. Presented by board certified music therapist Rebecca Froman-Freiman. This webinar will be held on November 29th from 2pm-3pm EST. Registration is required by visiting ALZWebinars.org. Program provided by the Alzheimer’s Association.

BBB advice for Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping; avoid holiday scams

The holiday season is upon us, and your Better Business Bureau® serving Central & Eastern Kentucky offers tips to help you avoid scams, and make the gift shopping process go a little more smoothly!

“BLACK FRIDAY” – In 2017, shoppers spent a record $5 billion on Black Friday, a 17% increase from 2016. The print and email ads have been circulating already as retailers and shoppers gear up for this year’s Black Friday shopping. Better Business Bureau offers these tips to make your Black Friday shopping experience productive: Continue reading BBB advice for Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping; avoid holiday scams

UPCOMING NOVEMBER ALZHEIMER EVENTS

WEBINAR: THE ART & SCIENCE OF MUSIC & DEMENTIA
Music has been shown to improve mood, behaviors and quality of life for people at all stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Log in to learn from a board certified music therapist about the science behind music therapy, and how you can employ music to help your loved one with dementia. Presented by board certified music therapist Rebecca Froman-Freiman. This webinar will be held on November 29th from 2pm-3pm EST. Registration is required by visiting ALZWebinars.org. Program provided by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Reps. Hatton and Goforth pre-file bill to repeal section of workers’ comp law harmful to those with black lung

In a bipartisan move designed to help more coal miners suffering from black lung, state Reps. Angie Hatton and Robert Goforth pre-filed legislation today to roll back the sections of a new law that significantly limit the number of state-certified doctors eligible to diagnose the debilitating disease.

“At a time when we’re seeing a spike in black lung, especially in Eastern Kentucky, many legislators unfortunately decided to make it much tougher for miners in these cases to qualify for the workers’ comp benefits they deserve,” said Rep. Hatton, a Democrat from Letcher County. “I’m proud to reach across the aisle and work with Robert as we try to remove this punitive measure. I’ve seen first-hand what these miners have to live with; they need our help.” Continue reading Reps. Hatton and Goforth pre-file bill to repeal section of workers’ comp law harmful to those with black lung

First 72 On You – Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Cold Temps

As part of the year-long First 72 On You campaign, the Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is spotlighting cold weather preparedness efforts to remind Kentuckians of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, hypothermia and foodborne illness from possible power outages and cold weather conditions.

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