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Health briefs: Healthcare Decisions Day held Tuesday

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 12:01 am

Plan ahead on health care

The sixth annual National Healthcare Decisions Day will take place Tuesday. Regardless of age or current health, people are reminded of the importance of making their health care wishes known to loved ones and their care providers through advance directives, a living will or health-care power of attorney.

For more information and a link to state-specific advance directives, go online to www.nhdd.org/public-resources.

Be a volunteer

National Volunteer Week will be April 21-27, and the theme is “Celebrate Service.” This is an opportunity for volunteers to inspire and encourage others to seek out and participate in activities that cause a positive change in their communities, including donating blood.

Red Cross blood drives

American Red Cross blood drives for April:

•1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Comcast Cablevision, 720 Taylor St.

•9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, University of Saint Francis, North Campus, 2702 Spring St. Donors will be entered into a drawing for a $25 shopping spree.

•7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, St. Vincent Boy Scouts, 8965 Auburn Road.

•8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 21, Fellowship Missionary Church, 2536 Tillman Road.

•3:30-7:30 p.m. April 22, Cedarville Elementary School, cafeteria, 12225 Hardisty Road. This is a Pint Size Heroes blood drive.

•9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. April 22, IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.

•1-4 p.m. April 23, Kelley Automotive, 633 Avenue of Autos

•8:30-11 a.m. April 23, Remax Results, 8101 Coldwater Road

•2-6 p.m. April 23, New Haven Police Department, training room, 815 Lincoln Highway E, New Haven

•12:30-3 p.m. April 24, Cummins Crosspoint, 3415 W. Coliseum Blvd.

•2-7 p.m. April 26, Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, meeting room, 4700 Vance Ave.

•9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., IPFW 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. Donors will be entered into a drawing for a $25 shopping spree.

•noon-4 p.m. April 27, Lucky Harley-Davidson, 6315 Illinois Road. This is a Ride for the Red blood drive. Donors will receive a T-shirt.

•8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 28, Pathway Community Church, 11910 Shearwater Run

•9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 28, Congregation Achduth Vesholom, 5200 Old Mill Road

•12:30-4:30 p.m. April 29, Arden Companies, 3510 Piper Drive. Call 747-1657 for an appointment.

•8:30-11 a.m. April 30, ENS Group, 8181 W. Jefferson Blvd.

• Fort Wayne Donor Center, 1212 E. California Road. Traditional whole-blood or double-red cell donation: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, noon-6 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

Platelet pheresis donation (call 1-800-589-8127 or 480-8299): 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, 6:30 a.m.-noon Saturday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday.

•Lutheran Hospital Donor Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 107. Traditional whole-blood or platelet pheresis donation, but no platelet pheresis on Wednesdays: noon-6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 6 a.m.-noon Thursday through Saturday, except noon-6 p.m. the second Thursday of the month.

For details or to register, call 1-800-733-2767, or go to www.redcrossblood.org.

Help for caregivers

D. O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes will host a community seminar at 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 24 at Ceruti's Summit Park, Diamond Room, 6601 Innovation Blvd. The topic will be “Exploring Ten Touchstones for the Mourner: Essential Caregiver Principles and Practices.”

Speaker will be Alan Wolfelt, author, educator and grief counselor. The program is for caregivers. Resource material to encourage continued learning will be available. The seminar will be free for persons working in Allen and DeKalb counties and $29 for those working outside those counties.

For more information and to register, go to www.mccombandsons.com or call 426-9494.