Animals to help trauma victims
Shared Hope for Healing is a nonprofit located in Rickreall that helps clients restore their sense of wellbeing through use of horses to aid in recovery from depression, abuse, and other mental health issues.

On October 17 through 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, the organization will host a workshop called Healing Trauma with Horses.  This interactive experience is meant to help therapists, teachers and counselors understand trauma from a historical perspective, discover the healing nature of horses through relationships, and become aware of this alternative treatment.  You do not have to have horse experience to engage in the process.  

Participants will understand how traumatic experiences are encoded into memory and why the trauma survivor handles stress in different ways.  Throughout the workshop horses will join in and teach through the power of relationship where true healing can begin.

A fee of $295 is required for the weekend workshop. Those interested can register by phone (503) 779-4786.

Caregiver class offered
Catholic Community Service’s Lifespan Respite Care presents a six-week educational class series called “Powerful Tools for Caregivers.” This is an opportunity for caregivers to learn the tools needed for self-care.

The class is aimed at helping family caregivers improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, reduce stress, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.
Two experienced class leaders will instruct the courses. They are caregivers who have successfully applied the techniques they teach. Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming sessions help participants apply the learning tools in daily life.

“The Caregiver Helpbook,” developed specifically for the class, will be provided to each participant. A $25 donation is requested to help offset the cost of the book, but it’s not required to attend the class.

Classes will be held in Newberg at Astor House at Springbrook Oaks until October 28,  and in McMinnville at Mid-Valley Rehabilitation until October 29. Sessions are held every Tuesday in Newberg and every Wednesday in McMinnville. Both sessions will run from 6-8:30 p.m. every week. For more information or to register, contact Stephanie Hollis or Janele Walker at 1-888-393-0657. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.

Preventative health measures taken this Fall
School is now in session and winter is on the horizon; colds and flu are surely not far behind.

In fact, in Marion County, whooping cough is already on the rise. Five infants were reported to have a case of pertussis this summer.  On September 10, Marion County Health Department held a free vaccination clinic at the Oregon State Fairgrounds to raise awareness. Tdap vaccine, along with numerous others, are required for children entering childcare or school.

According to the Oregon Department of Human Services Web site, Oregon Law requires the following shots for school and child care attendance: diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis (DTaP), polio, varicella (chickenpox),  measles,  mumps, rubella,  hepatitis B, hepatitis A, and Tdap (tetanus/diptheria/pertussis). The last two listed are new requirements in the state of Oregon.  As of the 2008-2009 school year, two doses of hepatitis A vaccine are required for all children entering kindergarten and one dose of Tdap must be administered to children entering seventh grade.

Due to rising concern surrounding the use of mercury as a filler in vaccines, it was removed as an ingredient in early childhood vaccinations after 2001, with the exception of influenza vaccines. According to the CDC, mercury is added to some vaccines for its effectiveness in killing bacteria and in preventing bacterial contamination. The FDA cites the same information but also states: “Preservatives cannot completely eliminate the risk of contamination of vaccines.”
Parents can now rest assured that mercury-free flu vaccines are available by request. For those adults who have or work around children it’s also important to take preventative health measures, including more natural means to stay healthy heading into the fall and winter months.

Experts recommend 6-8 hours of sleep per night for adults. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Headaches are common in those who don’t. Drink hot liquids, as well. Tea is shown to be especially beneficial to health with its supply of antioxidants which can fend off free radicals. More obviously, vitamins naturally boost the immune system; vitamin C is especially useful for this means. Echinacea and other herbal supplements also boost the immune system to try and fight infection. Eliminating stress with meditation, exercise, or another activity is an important component to healthy living.