Zumbathon to raise funds
PALMETTO -- Want to Zumba till you drop? Go for it at the Crunch Kidz Homelessness Zumbathon 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 18 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center.
The event is a fundraiser to help homeless children in Manatee County and will be donated to Turning Points, the nonprofit community organization in Bradenton that provides services for the homeless.
Shapes Fitness for Women and Crunch Fitness are sponsoring the Zumbathon. Up to 60 instructors from as far away as Orlando will be rotating on stage to lead the non-stop Zumba class.
"We're going to turn it into a big party," said Lisea Julien, a Zumba instructor and organizer of the event.
Tickets are $10 in advance or $20 at the door. To register and purchase advance tickets, go to www.zumbanation.org.
The Bradenton Area Convention Center is at One Haben Blvd., Palmetto.
Free skin cancer screenings offered
SARASOTA -- May is Melanoma Month and doctors at Dermatology Specialists will offer free skin cancer screenings 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 18 in their Sarasota office, 3325 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 200.
To add a little fun, there will be entertainment, light refreshments, prizes and giveaways. Local radio personality Lulu from 106.5 WCTQ will be broadcasting live.
"We live in the Sunshine State, everyone needs a skin examination. Children, adults and seniors are all welcome," said Emily Arsenault, lead physician at Dermatology Specialists.
Private rooms will be provided where physicians will examine skin with a dermatoscope, a hand-held lighted device used for close inspection.
Dermascopy greatly improves the accuracy of diagnosis compared to inspection by the naked eye, said Arsenault.
"It is helpful in finding skin cancers, including malignant melanoma, while avoiding unnecessary biopsies," she said.
Advance appointments are requested but walk-ins will be welcomed. To make an appointment, call 941-907-0222.
Medicare savings plan discussed at Braden River library
MANATEE -- Learn more about the Medicare Savings Plan and Low Income Subsidy at a presentation from 1 to 3 p.m. May 7 at the Braden River Branch Library, 4915 53rd Ave. E, Bradenton.
The two programs are designed to give low-income seniors a break on premiums and co-pays for Medicare Part B, which covers doctor's visits and other outpatient care, and Medicare Part D for prescription drugs.
Subsidies are provided based on a sliding scales for incomes at or near the federal poverty level.
SHINE has a tough time reaching people who qualify for these programs," said Ben Jordan, a SHINE volunteer in Manatee.
Many who might be helped are unaware of the programs or don't sign up, said Jordan.
Currently, Medicare Part B premiums are $104 per month; costs for Medicare Part D vary depending on the prescription drug plan.
A volunteer from SHINE, the organization that provides information and assists with problems related to Medicare, will be leading the seminar. Information: 941-727-6079.
Presentation on achy shoulders, knees and hips
SARASOTA -- Physical therapist Dave Ochsendorf will give a free presentation from 5 to 7 p.m. May 14 at Siesta Key Sports and Physical Therapy on how to reduce pain and avoid surgery for achy shoulders, knees and hips.
"In physical therapy, you see a lot of people with shoulder, knee and hip problems," said Ochsendorf.
Often the root of the problem is patterns of bad posture and muscle imbalances, he said.
For instance, mostly sitting throughout the day, in front of the computer, in the car and on the couch, contributes to a habitual stance of rounded shoulders and posture.
Some muscles get tight and others weaken, eventually causing painful problems in the major joints.
Ochsendorf will talk about exercises that can be done at home to improve muscle strength where it's needed.
The exercises are gentle and can be done in bed, he said.
Siesta Key Sports and Physical Therapy is at 5147 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key. RSVP by calling 941-870-5811.
Susan Hemmingway, Herald health correspondent, can be reached at email@example.com.