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What’s new for 2017 Medicare Part D prescription drug plans? Find out at enrollment events

Medicare Part D Open Enrollment begins October 15 and ends December 7.  The Active Aging Resource Center will host an enrollment event at the Pattonsburg Multi-Purpose Center on November 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additional enrollment events will be held at the Jamesport AE Spillman Center on November 17 from 10-1 and most weekdays at the Active Aging Resource Center at 109 S Main Street in Gallatin.

For

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Letter to the editor

Dear Editor:

It’s that time of the year — Medicare Open Enrollment. Now is the time for Medicare beneficiaries to compare their current Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) Plan to the plans available for 2017.

The open enrollment period is October 15 through December 7, 2016, and any changes will take place January 1, 2017. There are 23 Part D plans available to Missouri residents for 2017. The lowest monthly

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Matter of Balance Class Offered to Prevent Falls

by Janet Hackert, Regional Nutrition and Health Education Specialist

September is National Falls Prevention Month. Do you know someone who thinks falling, or thinking more about falling, is a necessary part of growing older? For those who are concerned about falling, University of Missouri Extension has classes starting on October 24, 2016, in Gallatin and Trenton that can help them stay independent longer. It does not have to be a

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Health Department preparing for flu season: flu shots available

The Daviess County Health Department will begin flu shots in the Gallatin office on Sept. 20, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be offering clinics throughout the county, and every Tuesday in the DCHD office while supplies last. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, Sept. 26: Jamesport City Hall, 9-10 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 13: Winston Post Office, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and Pattonsburg Senior Center 11 a.m. to 12 noon

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Family connections at work and home

correctionJuly Employee of the Month at North Kansas City Hospital was Anita Vanderheyden, BSN, BC, a staff nurse in Pain Management. Anita is the daughter of Eugene and Millie McNeely of Gallatin.

Anita talks about her coworkers as if they are family, and actually, one of them is…her husband, Paul, and X-ray technician. They met working in the department and married in 2009. Together they have a daughter, Lily, 7,

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Cholesterol screenings in September for Daviess County residents

September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month and the Daviess County Health Department is offering a Lipid Panel for FREE for Daviess County residents only on the following dates in September from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 6; Tuesday, Sept. 13; Tuesday, Sept. 20.

This is a fasting test and you must not eat or drink after midnight the night prior to the tests.

Because this is a screening,

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DCHD is offering cholesterol screenings in September

September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month and the Daviess County Health Department is offering a Lipid Panel for FREE on the following dates in September from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Tuesday, Sept. 6; Tuesday, Sept. 13; Tuesday, Sept. 20.

This is a fasting test and you must not eat or drink after midnight the night prior to the tests.

Because this is a screening, you will not need to

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When God grabs your heart…Shelly Sims makes 17 trips to Haiti

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Shelly Sims consulting with patients in an outdoor clinic in Haiti

After Shelly Sims of Gallatin returned from her first mission trip to Haiti in the year 2000 — after dealing with rats and voodoo, after living in tents with no drinking water, no electricity, no plumbing — she never thought she’d ever go again.

“But when God grabs your heart, you just can’t quit,” she said.

Shelly has gone

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Tests confirm two travelers infected with Zika virus

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services confirmed two additional cases of Zika virus. One case is a male Missouri resident who had travelled to the Dominican Republic. Another is a male Massachusetts resident visiting Missouri who sought assistance from a health care provider. The Massachusetts resident had travelled to Puerto Rico.

Officials from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services have been in contact with their counterparts

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