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Helen Ellis Memorial will host a meeting of the Ostomy Support Group at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the hospital at 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. This group will help people achieve a better understanding of ostomy problems and resolution and will provide additional educational resources. Call (727) 942-5035. A free seminar, Bladder and Urinary Disorders for Women and Men, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the hospital. Dr. Christopher Shiepis, urologist, will be the speaker. Reservations are necessary; call (727) 943-3600.

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The Pasco Regional Medical center offers a diabetic support group from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday at Medical Plaza I Suite 107, off State Road 52 in Dade City. This group is designed to provide tools to understand nutrition labels, including portion sizes, carbohydrate conversion and how they affect glucose management. Call Kathy Lamonda at (352) 521-1100, ext. 1423, to register.

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The Lights of Love celebration is at 7 p.m. Thursday on the front lawn of Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave. in Tarpon Springs. This free event will feature music and caroling. Santa will visit and refreshments will be served. The holiday angel greeting will be unveiled during the evening's activities. Call (727) 942-5035.

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Asbury United Methodist Church, 4204 Thys Road in New Port Richey, will host a Caregiver Support Group meeting at 2 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Parlor Room of the Fellowship Hall. The meeting is open to all who are caring for loved ones with a chronic disease or dementia. The group is led by Pat Sovonick, PhD., and Pam Healey, R.N. Call (727) 514-4770 or (727) 267-0068.

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Trees of Remembrance by Gulfside Regional Hospice will be placed in 17 locations throughout Pasco County this holiday season through Dec. 24. Prices for ornaments range from $5 to $25 and will provide a tribute to a loved one who has touched lives. Special tags will display names. This year, Gulfside will offer a special commemorative ornament for $100 celebrating the groundbreaking of Gulfside Center for Hospice Care in Zephyrhills. All proceeds help the hospice continue to provide care to patients. Call (727) 845-5707.

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Anyone working in services pertinent to elder care, health supplies and equipment, or nonprofit organizations related to the aging process is welcome to attend a marketing luncheon at noon on the third Wednesday of each month. The luncheon is at the La Casa Grande Retirement Home, 6400 Trouble Creek Road in New Port Richey. Call (727) 847-2980 for reservations.

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TOPS, a weight support group, meets from 8:30 to 10 a.m. every Tuesday at Zephyrhills Wesleyan Church, 38924 C Ave. Call (813) 780-6696.

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The annual worldwide candle-lighting ceremony to honor the memory of children who have died is set locally for 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Colonial Hills Civic Center, 3852 Prime Place in New Port Richey. This Compassionate Friends' gift to the community will include poetry readings, music, a DVD presentation and individual candles lit by participants. A buffet of desserts, fruit, cheese and beverages will be available after the ceremonies. Candles will be provided. Call (727) 376-3294.

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The Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520 will have a blood drive from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the lodge at 9135 Denton Ave. in Hudson. O-negative blood is in dire need as are other blood types. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and show a photo ID. Each donor will receive a recognition gift from Florida Blood Services and a thank-you gift from the lodge. Call (352) 686-5842.

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Community Hospital will have the meeting of Community Chatterboxes from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Community Hospital Health Care Center at 5400 School Road in New Port Richey. This is a support group to assist individuals suffering from communication deficits as a result of a cerebral vascular accident of other neurological disorders. Call (727) 845-0757.

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St. Luke's Cataract & Laser Institute in Tarpon Springs is having a Cosmetic Open House from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. See a demonstration and learn about the latest in laser technology and skin rejuvenation. There will be hors d'oeuvres and music. Seating is limited so reservations are required; call (727) 943-3357.

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The Adult Epilepsy Support Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Suncoast Epilepsy Association, 9851 State Road, New Port Richey. Call (727) 375-7774 or (727) 546-2856.

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The CARES Bill Payer Program is a program that offers free assistance to seniors who need help writing their checks, paying monthly bills, balancing checkbooks or setting up a budget. These services are available to adults 60 older who need help managing financial obligation because of visual or physical difficulties or a mild memory loss and have a low to moderate income. Volunteers are needed to help and are screened and trained in all aspects of the program. Call (727) 862-9291, ext. 224.

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SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders), a program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, will be at the CARES Elfers Center, 4136 Barker Drive in Elfers, from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 15. Counselors will provide guidance on Medicare, health insurance, prescriptions and long-term care. Bring medications list and questions and individual advice will be available. Other services provided include checking ear canal for wax blockage, free hearing screening, cleaning and service of hearing aids, free hearing aid batteries and free amplified telephones. Call (727) 847-1290.

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Gulfside Regional Hospice offers several bereavement support groups in east and west Pasco County. The hospice also offers individual counseling as well as support for children, older adults and for the newly bereaved. Call (352) 567-6100, (813) 780-1235 or (727) 844-3946 for times and dates.

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La Leche League, an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support and encouragement to women who want to breast-feed, meets at 10:30 a.m. the second Thursday of each month at All Children's Specialty Care of Pasco, 4443 Rowan Road, New Port Richey. Meetings and phone help are free. Call (727) 367-7218 or (813) 383-8458.

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Susie's Group Support for former smokers meets from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays at the Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road in New Port Richey. Call (727) 868-3835.

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Special Students of Hernando, a community resource and support group for any parents, guardians, caregivers, providers or educators who have or interact with children who have any disability, meet the last Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This group, which is not a disability-specific group, meets at the ARC Nature Coast Community Cafe on U.S. 19 in Spring Hill. Call Nikki Pierce at (352) 584-5512 or visit the Web site at SpecialStudentsOf Hernando.com.

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Co-Dependents Anonymous meet at 10 a.m. Mondays at the Community Congregational Church, 6533 Circle Blvd., New Port Richey. Call (727) 841-7274.

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The Birthplace at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey, offers a motivational class outlining the health benefits of breast-feeding with a focus on the fundamentals and how to access support. The next class is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Reservations are required. Call (727) 834-5630.

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The Florida Cancer Institute — New Hope with host its regular breast cancer support group meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday. This group meets every other Thursday at the New Port Richey Center, 8763 River Crossing Blvd. Anyone who has been touched by any form of cancer is encouraged to attend. Refreshments are served and reservations are advised. Call (727) 842-8411, ext. 150.

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Florida Cancer Institute — New Hope will not have meetings for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Support Group in December. Group meetings will resume on the fourth Tuesday of January from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Call (352) 688-7744.

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The Center for Independence announces a new transportation initiative for disabled adults. Funded by the DOT New Freedom program, the center offers wheelchair-accessible vans linking east and west Pasco bus lines. In addition, the center offers on-demand transportation evenings and on weekends especially geared toward employment. Disabled adults must register with the center and receive a picture ID. Call (727) 861-5600 and mention the New Freedom program.

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A Sleep Apnea and CPAP/BIPAP Clinic is offered from 1 to 3 p.m. each Wednesday at the Pasco Sleep Center, 5453 Gulf Drive, Suite 1, in New Port Richey. Sleep questions, mask fittings, pressure checks and equipment questions are offered for free. Call (727) 845-0459.

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida Inc. has added new telephones, TTYS and captioned telephones through its no-charge equipment distribution program. Amplified telephones and related equipment are offered at no cost to permanent Florida residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind or speech-impaired. Equipment is available weekdays at the office at 8610 Galen Wilson Blvd., Port Richey. The office also offers free hearing screenings by appointment. Call (727) 853-1010 or toll-free at 1-866-685-9477.

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Any adult who is trying to cope with the recent death of a loved one is invited to participate in a Hernando-Pasco Hospice ongoing grief support group at no charge. Led by counselors, a group meets from 3 to 4 p.m. each Wednesday at the hospice office, 4422 Grand Blvd., Trouble Creek Square, New Port Richey. Another group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52 in Hudson. A group meets every Monday from 2 to 3 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church Parish Center, 38710 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills and from 2 to 3 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 2348 Collier Parkway in Land O'Lakes. Call toll-free at 1-800-486-8784 or visit the Web site at hphospice.org.

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Hernando-Pasco Hospice will have holiday grief workshops Dec. 10-11 to help people during this time of year as they cope with memories and traditions. Any adult in the community is invited to the free workshops. Call (727) 863-7971 for times and locations.

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Gulfside Regional Hospice holds a worship service at 10:30 a.m. the third Tuesday of every month at Sunset Bay Assisted Living Facility, 7423 Kauai Loop, New Port Richey. This is open to the public as well as hospice patients and families. The service will be conducted by Chaplain Andy Anderson. Call (727) 845-5707 or visit the Web site at grhhospice.org.

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HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Spring Hill offers free blood pressure and diabetes screenings from noon to 1 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month at the Community Aging and Retirement Services Inc. (CARES) Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway in Hudson. Call (727) 863-6868.

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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. Call (727) 992-9653 for times, dates and locations of support groups.

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The Alzheimer's Family Organization is having a Holiday Party at noon Monday at the Golden House, 5622 U.S. 19 in New Port Richey. The party will honor volunteers. Call toll-free at 1-888-496-8004 or (727) 848-8888. Alzheimer's organization has a program to assist caregivers of dementia and Alzheimer's disease sufferers call the Wanderers Identification Program. An identifying bracelet or pendant with a code number and direct telephone number to the participating Sheriff's Office is provided to the person with the memory disorder. Call (727) 848-8888 or toll-free at 1-888-496-8004 for full details.

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

Pasco health notes 12/01/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 10:43am]

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