Wellness / Outreach

Our St. Luke Family of Caring is committed to helping those in our area stay healthy and informed. To accomplish this, we routinely provide free health screenings in various location throughout Oswego County. We also host or sponsor educational programs that help make our community a healthier place for everyone, no matter your age.   

Free Bone Density/Wellness Screenings 2017:

Our team of nurses regularly provides bone density screenings that can help identify people who may be at risk for bone loss (osteoporosis) and who are most likely to benefit from further bone density testing. Our nurses can discuss your screening results and provide education about the factors that can contribute to maintaining healthy bones. The following bone density screenings are free of charge and open to the public - no appointment is necessary.

  • Monday, June 26 - First United Methodist Church, 4372 Church St, Mexico, NY   11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 1 - State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State St, Fulton, NY   10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  •  Thursday, October 26 - Oswego County Senior Health and Wellness Fair
    Oswego County Highway Department Facility
    31 Schaad Drive, Oswego NY   11:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.

Next "Stepping On" Workshop Starts September 18 - Improve Balance and Reduce Falls

“Stepping On,” a workshop designed to help participants improve their balance and avoid falls is now accepting registrations. "Stepping On” is an evidence-based program proven to reduce falls in older adults.

The program is designed specifically for anyone who is 60 years or older, has had a fall in the past year or is fearful of falling, lives at home and does not have significant memory issues. Classes will cover simple and fun strength and balance exercises, the role vision plays in keeping balance, how medications can contribute to falls, and much more.

The workshop will be presented for two hours, once a week, for seven weeks at Simeon Dewitt apartments in Oswego. It is free of charge and registration is open to the public.

Certified instructors from the Oswego County Health Department, Oswego Health Home Care and Bishop’s Commons will lead the workshop and be joined by expert guest speakers throughout the program. Classes will be held weekly beginning September 18 through November 6. Classes run from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The class will not be held on Columbus Day, October 9.

Participants are expected to attend all sessions. The Oswego County Falls Prevention Coalition will make this seven-session workshop and accompanying instructional material available free of charge to all class participants. 

Registration is required and space is limited. To register for the workshop or for more information about the “Stepping On” program, please call the Office for the Aging at 315-349-3484. Registrations will be accepted until September 13. Simeon Dewitt apartments is located at 150 E. First St., in Oswego.

The Oswego County Falls Prevention Coalition is a multi-agency initiative committed to working together to measurably reduce the instances of falls and falls-related injuries in Oswego County residents.

“Entering Their World - Living with Dementia the Easy Way” Workshop at St. Francis Commons on November 1

St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence in Oswego will host a workshop that is open to the public entitled, “Entering Their World-Living with Dementia the Easy Way” on Wednesday, November 1 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The workshop is for family members, loved ones, or caregivers who are on the journey of a Dementia diagnosis of a loved one. The one-hour program will focus on ideas and approaches that will make the journey easier on everyone involved. Interventions, conversation tips, and “do’s and don’ts”, will be presented by Julie Chetney, Director of St Francis and Kelley Greene, Case Manager.

Hear about strategies that have proven to be effective from professionals who oversees Oswego County’s only dedicated special care residential program that served individuals with a dementia-related illness like Alzheimer’s disease. 

No reservations are necessary to attend the workshop. For more information, please contact St. Francis Commons at 315-326-0870. 

Be sure to check back periodically as we add dates on a regular basis. If you are interested in arranging screenings for your club or organization, please contact our Community Relations Department at (315) 342-3166.