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Vision expo

  OASIS for the Visually Impaired will sponsor its annual Vision Dynamiacs Resource & Products Expo this Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Orland Park Christian Reformed Church, 7500 W. Sycamore Drive.
  The Expo will provide an opportunity for those who are visually impaired, and their families, to sample a wide variety of specialized products designed to help with work, school and daily living. All are invited to attend two informative workshops at the Expo: The Guide Dog Lifestyle will be held at 10:30 a.m., and and a macular degeneration update at 2 p.m.
  Attendance is free. Reservations are not required for workshop participation. (

Smith CCRCs support groups for caregiver families

  Residents who have family members or friends living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia are invited to join others who have the same concerns at free meetings either May 2 at Smith Crossing in Orland Park or May 7 at Smith Village in Beverly.
  At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, Smith Crossing’s social service director and resident services director will facilitate a Q&A session at 10501 Emilie Lane in Orland Park (enter at 104th Avenue and 183rd Street). To reserve a place, call 326-2300.
  At 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, at 2320 W. 113th Place in Chicago, Smith Village’s memory support coordinator Diane Morgan will start the meeting with a short film, “Bathing Without a Battle.” The film covers person-centered techniques, such as using no-rinse soap or a bed bath to help dementia sufferers enjoy bathing. To reserve a seat, please call (773) 474-7300.
  Before ending, light refreshments will be served at the hour-long gatherings.


  MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island is offering a heart and circulation screening that includes an EKG-monitored exercise test, blood pressure, body mass index and laboratory tests that include total, HDL and LDL cholesterol levels, triglycerides and glucose levels.
  Cost is $40. All participants will receive a 12-page report that includes an analysis of their cardiac risk factors. Participants are requested to fast for at least 10 hours prior to the exam.
  The MetroSouth Fitness and Lifestyle Center, meanwhile, is offering memberships for $25 a month and a reduced initiation fee. To make an appointment for a the heart exam call 597-2000, Ext. 5615.
  MetroSouth is nationally recognized for cardiac care with cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology labs that feature technology for all interventional procedures. The medical staff is experienced in cardiac procedures including open heart surgery and angioplasty procedures.