For your health: Local wellness news and events

Dr. Amy Cohen, medical director, and Dave Beijer, executive director, flank Abena Asante from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. Photo courtesy of CarePartners

CarePartners receives grant for PACE services

CarePartners, a local nonprofit and member of Mission Health, recently received a $220,000 grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and is now seeking approval to become a PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) providing. The primary purpose of PACE programming is to help elders remain living in the community, who might otherwise need to move into a nursing home. The funding is intended for therapy and social work services within the PACE program, according to a press release.

The PACE center, when approved, will be at 286 Overlook Road, Asheville, and is anticipated to open in the fall of 2014.

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Taoist Tai Chi Society holds open house event

Originally developed for self-defense, tai chi is now touted by eastern and western doctors alike as an effective method of stress relief and gentle, low-impact exercise. For newcomers to the tradition, the Taoist Tai Chi Society will hold an open house at the Center for Spiritual Living Asheville on Wednesday, July 21 at 5:30 p.m. “The 108-move set incorporates stretching and turning into a sequence of movements that improve the body, mind and spirit,” according to a press release. “The meditative movements of Tai Chi can reduce tension, increase flexibility and strength, and improve circulation and balance.”

In addition to the open house, beginner classes start Monday July 21 and Wednesday July 23 from 5:30-7 p.m. at 2 Science Mind Way in Asheville.

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Four Seasons Compassion for Life becomes national partner of ‘We Honor Veterans’

Four Seasons Compassion for Life serves increasing numbers of veterans annually during serious, life-limiting illness or at end of life, according a press release. Approximately 800,000 North Carolinians are veterans, and more than 53 percent of North Carolina men are veterans aged 55 or older, according to the State Center for Health Statistics. In response to this growing need for care, Four Seasons has become a national partner of “We Honor Veterans,” a pioneering campaign developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

“We recognize that veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness have specific needs, perhaps related to their years of service, combat experiences or other traumas,” says Jan Buchanan, a clinical specialist in spiritual care. “Four Seasons will now have the enhanced ability to accompany and guide veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending.”

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Asheville Community Yoga hosts four-week meditation series

In today’s fast-paced, hectic world, many are finding peace of mind through the centuries-old method of mediation. Asheville Community Yoga is hosting a four-week meditation series that is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced students. “Quieting the mind is not only needed to practice meditation, it is also an asset to efficiently and skillfully navigate the challenges of life,” according the event description. “Meditation has both practical and spiritual benefits.”

Yoga teacher and ordained pandit Jerome Smith will lead the series. The group will meet every Wednesday, July 23-Aug. 13, from 6-7:30 p.m. The cost for all four sessions is $40. Payment plans and financial aid are available.

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Mission Health’s Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Program first in state to receive Joint Commission Certification

Coronary Artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death in the United States for men and women, and many of those men and women in Western North Carolina living with the disease might find themselves needing surgery. “Coronary bypass surgery is among the most common operative procedures performed in the United States, and Mission Health’s Heart Center has the largest volume of coronary bypass surgery in the state of North Carolina.” said Dr. Stephen W. Ely, section chair for cardiac surgery at Mission Heart.

Mission Health’s Heart Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its CABG program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards. “We, as an institution, are very proud of the fact that Mission has been recognized by The Joint Commission for meeting the national organization’s standards for certification of its Coronary Artery Bypass Graft program, the first such program in North Carolina to receive this recognition,” says Ely.

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