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Pasco County health notes for March 29

Gulfside Regional Hospice Volunteer Orientations for April:

•8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 2-4 at Gulfside's Community Education Center, 6230 Lafayette St., New Port Richey.

•For patient care volunteers in east and central Pasco: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 10-12 at Gulfside Center for Hospice Care, 5760 Dean Dairy Road, Zephyrhills.

•For Thrift Shoppe volunteers: 4 to 7 p.m. April 18 at the Lutz Thrift Shoppe, 1930 Land O' Lakes Blvd.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Reservations are required. For east and central Pasco classes, call (813) 780-1235. For west Pasco classes, call (727) 845-5707.

Bone Marrow Donor Registry: Pasco-Hernando Community College Athletics Department hosts a registry event for people ages 18 to 44 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 to 6 p.m. April 2 in front of the Quista Cafe, building C, west campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Call Mary Manning at (727) 816-3338.

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop: Enrollment is open for the free workshop, which teaches those who have Type 2 Diabetes techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, exercises for maintaining and improving strength, healthy eating, appropriate use of medication, and effective ways to communicate with health care providers. The workshop begins on April 3, and will be offered at 2 p.m. Wednesdays for six weeks at CARES Rao Musunuru, MD Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. Reservations are required. (727) 863-6868.

A Matter of Balance Program: Enrollment is open for the free program, which is designed to help older adults learn methods to reduce falling and the fear of falling. The sessions include group discussion, problem-solving strategies, videos, and gentle physical exercise. The program begins on April 9, and will be offered at 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for four weeks at CARES Elfers Center, 4136 Barker Drive. Registration is required. Call Pat Sovonick at (727) 514-4770.

MS Support Group: Medical Center of Trinity holds an MS support group led by a speech therapist on the second Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be at 4 p.m. April 9 in Conference Room A of the hospital, 9330 State Road 54. Call (727) 834-5630 to RSVP.

Autism Family/Friends Support Group: Medical Center of Trinity is starting a support group for parents, family members, and friends impacted by autism and related neurological disorders, such as Tourette's Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, Aspergers, or other Autism Spectrum Disorders. Helping HANDs will meet on the second Wednesday of the month. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. April 10 in Conference Room B of the hospital, 9330 State Road 54. Call (727) 793-6006 for information.

Caregiver Comfort Support Groups: HPH Hospice offers two free support groups led by HPH social workers for caregivers of family members with Alzehimer's or dementia. The groups offer the opportunity to learn about these diseases, share feelings, and connect with community resources. One group will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 11 at the Edwinola Retirement Community's 6th floor chapel, 14235 Edwinola Way, Dade City. Another group will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. April 16 at HPH Hospice's Team Office, 6807 Rowan Road, New Port Richey. Pre-registration is required. (800) 486-8784.

Tools to Quit Tobacco: Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point hosts the free program from 1:30 to 4 p.m. April 11 in the Shoreline Conference Room at 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. Space is limited. Call to register, (813) 929-1000, extension 213. For additional class locations, visit

Heart Attack Seminar: Cardiologist Parag Patel, MD, will discuss topics like: how some symptoms start off mild and slow, how other symptoms are intense and sudden, the importance of early detection, and using stents to treat heart attacks. The seminar will be at noon April 15 in the Bekesh Education and Conference Center at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. A complimentary light lunch will be served. Call or visit online to pre-register. (727) 953-6877 or

The Fearless Factor: Nilesh Desai, M.D., will discuss topics like: embracing your life with bravado to do the right thing, being prepared for emergencies, and nourishing your sense of adventure so that fear does not become a factor in your health and happiness. The seminar will be at noon April 19 at Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54. A complimentary light lunch will be served. Reservations are required. Call (727) 834-5630 or email

Nutrition and Diabetes Class: A registered dietitian teaches those with diabetes how to make better food choices through meal planning, learning how food affects blood glucose, reading labels, and tips for dining out. The next class meets at 10 a.m. April 24 at Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54. Reservations are required. (727) 834-5630.

Health Care Seminars for Organizations: Trinity Hearing & Balance Center celebrates National Better Hearing Month in May by offering free health care seminars for local social clubs, community organizations, businesses, and neighborhood associations. The center's professionals are available to present educational speaking engagements on topics like how hearing works, how hearing loss occurs, tips for preventing hearing loss and maintaining better hearing, and how hearing technology can improve personal and professional relationships. To schedule a speaking engagement, call the center at (727) 372-1130.

Pasco County health notes for March 29 03/28/13 [Last modified: Thursday, March 28, 2013 7:23pm]
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