Health resources in the Wichita area

03/01/2014 10:45 AM

03/02/2014 8:01 AM

KU Med Center

Free programs are held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at KU School of Medicine, Wichita, 1010 N. Kansas. Participants are invited to bring a sack lunch. Replays are available at Click on “Lunch and Learn.”

March 11 — “Stroke: Signs, Symptoms and Insights” by Douglas C. Woolley, professor of community geriatrics

April 8 — “Suicide Prevention: Signs, Symptoms and Solutions” by Susan Carr, psychiatry and behavioral sciences clinical associate professor

May 13 — “Aging Gracefully” by Connie Marsh, psychiatry and behavioral sciences clinical associate professor

June 10 — “Vitamin D: Should I Take It?” by Sheryl Beard, senior associate program director, Via Christi Family Medicine

Via Christi

50+ Lunch and Learn:

All programs are 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Reservations required. Register by calling 316-689-5700. Cost is $5, free to Via Christi 50 + members.

March 19 — “The confusion around dementia” by Matthew Macaluso, medical director of Via Christi Psychiatric Clinic, East Heights United Methodist Church, 4407 E. Douglas

April 16 — “Arthritis: Oh my aching knees and hips” by Christopher Anderson, orthopedic surgeon, First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway

May 21 — “Keeping an eye on your vision” by Lisa D. Sandell, OD, Optometry, Via Christi Clinic, Sedgwick County Extension Office, 7001 W. 21st St.

Women’s connection:

Women’s Connection offers networking, lunch and a health lecture. Programs are at 11:30 a.m. Register at Cost is $5.

March 11 — “Women and heart disease” by Somsupha Kanjanauthai, Via Christi Clinic interventional cardiologist, Old Cowtown Visitors Center, 1865 W. Museum Blvd.

April 8 — “Advance in depression treatment” by Matthew Macaluso, medical director of Via Christi Psychiatric Clinic, Church of the Magdalen, 12626 E. 21st St.

For more about classes and lectures available from Via Christi, go to

Wesley Medical Center

Free Lunch and Learn Lectures are from noon to 1 p.m. at Corporate Caterers, 2929 N. Rock Road. Lunch is available for $5. For reservations, call Wesley at 316-962-6000.

March 28 — “Preventative care” by James Smith, M.D., Kansas Physician Group

April 25 — “Thinking about orthopedic surgery,” Orthopedic Navigator Paula Hopkins and Tim Barker from Wesley Physical Therapy

Other programs:

Knee and hip replacement seminar: What to expect during and after knee and hip surgery, 10-11 a.m. March 4, Wesley Medical Center’s Cessna Conference Room, 550 N. Hillside, and 4-5 p.m. April 8, Galichia Heart Hospital, 2610 N. Woodlawn. To register, call 316-962-6000.

Child safety seat check: Get an infant or child safety seat checked for proper installation and safety for free. No appoinment needed.

Wesley BirthCare Center parking lot, Hillside and Murdock, 3-5 p.m. on March 4 and 18 and April 1,15 and 29.

Wesley West parking lot, 13th Street and Tyler, 10 a.m.-noon on March 14 and 28 and April 11 and 25.

For more classes offered by Wesley, go to and click on classes and events.

For those 55 and older

Wesley Friends — Open to those 50 and older, Wesley Friends offers discounts on travel, prescriptions and services, hosts social events and provides educational opportunities. Annual fee: $15 or $25 for two people in the same household. 316-962-8400.

Via Christi 50+ — Health-education luncheons, social events, trips and discounts on health screening for those 50 and older. Annual fee: $25 per person or $40 per couple. 316-719-3354.

Senior Wednesdays — Ten local institutions including the Wichita Art Museum, Exploration Place and the Sedgwick County Zoo offer free or low-cost programming for those 55 and older every Wednesday. For information, go to


The Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Kansas has just expanded its services. It now offers:

• A free one-on-one consultation after a dementia diagnosis.
• An early-stage support group to connect newly diagnosed individuals with others living in the early stage of the disease. The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the Alzheimer’s Association, 1820 E. Douglas, Wichita.
• JW & Reola Stark Arts & Inspiration Center: Those with early stages meet the second Thursday of each month at area attractions for a day of socialization and artistic expression.
• Peer-to-Peer: A one-on-one meeting by phone or in person with someone who has dementia for those who just received a diagnosis of dementia. To request a peer-to-peer visit, call Jenna at 316-267-7333.
• Free ongoing classes for caregivers or those with the disease.

For information about any services, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900 or e-mail

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