Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers has announced its schedule of educational events and sessions for December, according to news releases from the hospital.
• A Winter Diabetes Fair will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 12 in Whitman Assembly Room 1 at Morris Hospital, 150 W. High St., Morris. Registration is not required for diabetes programs at Morris Hospital. All programs are free. For information, call 815-705-7367.
The Winter Diabetes Fair will feature vendor exhibits, raffles, diabetes informational sessions, resources for people with diabetes and more. The open house style fair is for anyone with diabetes and their family members.
• On Dec. 17, Morris Hospital will offer a free program on “Medications, Monitoring and Foot Care” from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at the hospital, featuring guest speaker Dr. Robert MacNab, a podiatrist with Rezin Orthopedics. This class provides an overview of diabetic medications, tips for monitoring blood sugar, how to get the most out of office visits, labs with goals in mind, and prevention of complications and foot care.
• The Diabetes Support Group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Morris Hospital. This interactive support group is intended to provide a relaxed environment where people with diabetes can learn from others who understand the unique challenges of living day-to-day life with diabetes.
Stroke support group
A Stroke Support Group will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 12 in Education Rooms 2 & 3 on the lower level of Morris Hospital, 150 W. High St. in Morris.
The Stroke Support Group is intended for individuals who have experienced loss of physical function or communication due to a stroke or other neurological event, along with their loved ones. The purpose of the Stroke Support Group is to bring together people who are facing similar issues so they can share their experiences and advice.
People who attend support groups tend to feel less isolated and better able to cope.
The December meeting will feature special guest Dr. James Dyers, psychiatrist, who will offer suggestions for managing depression and anxiety that sometimes occurs after a stroke. Morris Hospital Speech Pathologist Ali Bute will facilitate the support group.
Reservations are not required.
Morris Hospital is hosting a blood drive in cooperation with Heartland Blood Centers from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 17 in Education Rooms 2 and 3 on the lower level of Morris Hospital, 150 W. High St. in Morris.
In order to donate blood, potential donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health and feeling well on the day of donation, and be at least 17 years old. In Illinois, 16-year-olds may donate with written approval from a parent or guardian.
The entire process for donating blood takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Donors should bring a photo ID with proof of age. Those planning to donate should eat within four hours preceding the donation.
Appointments are recommended by calling Morris Hospital at 815-364-8915. Walk-ins also are welcome.