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CARES East Pasco Adult Day Services offers an alternative for working caregivers or caregivers who need time off for themselves. CARES operates an Adult Day Health Service Center at the CARES Crescent Center, 13906 Fifth St. in Dade City. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and charges are based on the level of care. Financial assistance may be available. Call Sharon Proue at (352) 518-9300 for an appointment or for a visit to try the program.

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Fibromyalgia support group meets 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Conference Center of the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road in Hudson. The topic is sleep apnea and other disorders. Call (727) 863-4738 or (727) 378-4852.

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Prenatal yoga classes are from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Mondays at the Birthplace at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway in New Port Richey. Registration is required, and the cost is $50 for four sessions. Call (727) 834-5630.

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The Aging Assistance sponsored caregivers support group meets at 10 a.m. today at the administrative offices of Gulfside Regional Hospice, 6117 Trouble Creek Road in New Port Richey. Marilynn DeChant will speak on baby boomers as caregivers. This free program is focused on reaching caregivers who provide assistance to those with any long- or short-term debilitating diseases. Call (727) 847-1857.

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CARES offers a program for individuals who are experiencing early memory losses and needs a proactive day program to provide social support and memory retraining skills. Sessions are offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday at the CARES Phil Mishkin Administrative Center, 7505 Rottingham Road in Port Richey. An introductory class is at 11 a.m. June 11 and there is a six-week commitment of being in the program. Call Christine Powers at (727) 862-9291, ext. 244, for reservations or information.

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Brown Bag Day at CARES Crescent Center is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 19 at the center at 13906 Fifth St. in Dade City. A CVS pharmacist will be available to evaluate all medications taken by individuals. Many times, medications prescribed by different physicians should not be taken together and can cause problems. Call (352) 518-9300 for reservations.

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Dos and don'ts of diabetic foot care is at 11 a.m. June 10 at the CARES Hudson Bayonet Point Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway in Hudson. Dr. Nimesh Patel will present the program that is sponsored by Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. This is free, but seating is limited so reservations are required by calling (727) 869-5498 or toll-free 1-888-741-5119.

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Pasco County Tobacco Prevention Program meets from 1 to 2 p.m. every Monday at 10841 Little Road in New Port Richey. This quit smoking support group, sponsored by the Pasco County Health Department, provides free nicotine patches and the American Lung Association Freedom from Smoking course. Cost is $30 with materials. Call (727) 861-5250, ext. 161.

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The Birthplace at Community Hospital will offer scheduled tours through its Family Education Program. The tours are offered by a registered nurse educator who will meet with small groups and guide them through the Birthplace. For available dates and times, call (727) 834-5630. The hospital is at 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey.

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Epilepsy adult support group meets at 1:30 p.m. June 10 at the Suncoast Epilepsy Association, 9851 State Road 54 in New Port Richey. Call (727) 375-7774.

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The Florida Cancer Institute will hold its regular breast cancer support group meeting at 6 p.m. June 12 at 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey. Anyone who has been touched by breast cancer is invited to attend and family members are encouraged to attend. Reservations are advised by calling (727) 842- 8411, ext. 150. The group meets every other Thursday.

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Hospice 101 training will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 11 at Hernando-Pasco Hospice, 6807 Rowan Road, New Port Richey. The training is for adults and teens age 14 and older who would like to volunteer in nonpatient roles by helping in the team office at the thrift shop or at special events. Those who can knit, crochet or sew items for patients are welcome. Preregistration is required by calling Sheena Thompson at (727) 847-5647.

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A pet loss support group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. June 11 at Gulfside Regional Hospice in Partnership with Trinity Funeral Home. The group meets at 12609 Memorial Drive in New Port Richey. Call Nancy Terkeurst at (727) 845-5707.

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The Alzheimer's Family Organization will present a charity luncheon fashion show at noon June 16 at the Living Word Church, 5151 Rowan Road in New Port Richey. Fashions will be from Bealls department store and lunch will be catered by Carrabba's Italian Grill. There will be door prizes, auctions and raffles. Cost is $25 per person. Call (727) 848-8888 or (888) 496-8004.

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Premier's staff provides diabetic collaborative days at the Dade City and Zephyrhills sites from 8 a.m. to noon on specific dates through the rest of 2008. Call (352) 518-2000 for times and dates.

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Hernando-Pasco Hospice will offer a bereavement support group for any grieving adult from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday and June 19 at our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 2348 Collier Parkway in Land O'Lakes. A group meets from 2 to 3 p.m. Mondays at Florida Hospital of Zephyrhills, 7050 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. Call (813) 780-6797. Another group, for adults, meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays through June 30 at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52 in Hudson. This is free and preregistration is requested by calling (727) 863-7971.

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Helping the Elderly with Legal Problems (HELP) offers free 30-minute consultations beginning at 1 p.m. June 12 and June 26 at the CARES, Claude Pepper Senior Center, New Port Richey. Call (727) 844-3077 for appointment. Appointments are also available today and June 17 at the CARES Phil Mishkin Center in Port Richey. Call (727) 862-9291.

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The Alzheimer's Family Organization offers three support groups this week. There is one at 10 a.m. today in the Clubhouse at Atria Baypoint Village, 7927 State Road 52 in Hudson. Call (727) 856-2196. Two groups meet Wednesday. One meets at 2 p.m. at CARES Service Center, 7505 Rottingham Road, Port Richey. Call (727) 856-6147. Another group meets at 6 p.m. at La Casa Grande, 6400 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey. Call (727) 847-2980.

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Co-Dependent Anonymous: Freedom CoDA, meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Community Congregational UCC, 6533 Circle Blvd., New Port Richey. Call (727) 844-5525.

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers several support group meetings for family and friends of those with mental illness and consumers (those with mental illness). This includes all brain disorders, including but not limited to OCD, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia and multiple personalities. Support groups are available for individuals, children and adolescents, adults and family members. Call (727) 992-9653 for times, dates and locations of support groups.

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Bausch and Lomb Surgical has recognized Dr. Ahad Mahootchi and the Eye Clinic of Florida in Zephyrhills as a "Crystalens Center of Excellence." This distinction was given to only 100 eye surgeons across the country. Crystalens is a lens implant used at the time of cataract surgery that enables the patient to see well at a distance, up close and at all distances in between without glasses. It is the only lens available that uses the eyes natural focusing ability. To learn more, call (813) 779-3338 or visit

www.SeeBetterFlorida.com.

Send any health related items to Michelle Jones at mjones721@tampabay.rr.com, or fax to: (813) 684-2457 or mail to PO.. Box 558, Valrico, FL 33595. Call (813) 685-2200 with any questions. Please send information at least 10 days prior to event.

List of health news and happenings you can use 06/02/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 9:23am]
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