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Health news May 12

Stroke program

ROCKPORT, Maine — In recognition of National Stroke Awareness Month, the Stroke Center at Pen Bay Medical Center will present a community education program that could save your life.

“Let’s Talk About Stroke” will be held 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Picker Family Resource Center on the Pen Bay campus. Stroke Center nurse Eileen Hawkins will cover local and national stroke statistics and define stroke and the risk factors that can lead to this critical health event. Come learn about the symptoms, treatment options and what you can do to prevent a stroke. There is no cost, but space is limited. Call 596-8950 to register or for directions.

The Picker Center is located between Women’s Health Ob/Gyn and Urology on the Pen Bay Medical Center campus.

Wheelchair accessibility program

BELFAST, Maine — A program and demonstration on Wheelchair Accessibility in Belfast will be presented at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Public Library. The program is free and open to all. Local storeowners and managers especially are invited.

The program will be presented by the social justice committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, which has made ambulatory accessibility in Belfast a major project. A spokesperson for the committee said it started the project for three reasons — to support ambulatory disabled veterans; to support the local ambulatory disabled community; and to support local businesses in a way that will benefit them.

Several months ago, a committee member conducted a survey of all Belfast businesses and found that about 50 percent were accessible to those who are ambulatory disabled, meaning those who get around using a cane, walker, crutches, wheelchair or power wheelchair.

As a result of a demonstration on the use of a portable ramp conducted by the committee before the Belfast City Council, the project has received the support of the council,  according to a committee member.

At the program at the library, the committee hopes to hear stories from the ambulatory disabled regarding their experiences in getting around town and problems they may have faced in getting into stores, restaurants and other places.

As a result of the committee’s study and influence, a number of Belfast businesses which were not accessible before now are, with the use of light, portable steel ramps. A demonstration of the ramp also will be given at the program.

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