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Find out about motorized wheelchair eligibility

Medicare's regulations make it easy for seniors and others with debilitating conditions such as arthritis, stroke, heart and breathing problems, or diabetes to obtain a power wheelchair at little or no cost.

That may change in the future, because Medicare may cut the amount allowed for power chairs by 10 percent next year.

Miracle on Wheels provides assistance options to seniors or disabled people experiencing problems getting around at home or those in danger of falling because of their medical condition.

To see if you qualify for a power wheelchair, call (866) 200-6924.

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Applications are being accepted through Friday from cancer survivors 18 years or older to attend a free, three-day retreat Oct. 10-12 at Camp Living Springs, at the 100-acre DaySpring Conference Center in Ellenton.

All transportation, food, and camp accommodations are provided. To request an application, call Morton Plant Caring Partners at (727) 461-8080.

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Dr. David Minkoff will discuss the role of deficiencies as causes of illness and describe a set of unique steps individuals can take to optimize their body systems and return to health naturally at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at LifeWorks Wellness Center, 301 Turner St., Clearwater.

Seating is limited. Register by calling (727) 466-6789.

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How is it possible to eat more and lose weight? Dr. Mark Carlo, D.C., will discuss how to stimulate metabolism and increase muscle mass without starvation diets at 6 p.m. Thursday at Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Free. Call (727) 443-6703.

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Dunedin's Edinborough HealthCare has been selected to accept donations on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Make checks payable to MDA and mail to: Edinborough HealthCare, 1061 Virginia St., Dunedin, FL 34698. If donating at the facility, please see Stephanie, the director of community development, or Rachel in admissions to obtain a donation receipt.

Seminars/ support groups

(Free unless otherwise noted.)

T.O.P.S (Take off pounds sensibly): 8-10 a.m. every Wednesday at the Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St., Largo, (727) 538-2361. Fee.

Overeaters Anonymous: 7:30 p.m. every Thursday and 10 a.m. every Saturday in the library of Palm Harbor Presbyterian Church, 2021 Nebraska Ave., call Maryl (727) 772-7043.

Codependents Anonymous (central Pinellas): 7:30 p.m. every Thursday at Bible Fellowship Church, 4670 East Bay Drive, Largo. Call (727) 365-4896.

Strong for life fitness (senior exercise for 50-plus): noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at the Oldsmar Senior Center, 127 State St., Oldsmar, (813) 749-1195. Fee for nonmembers.

cancer support group (young women): 6:30 p.m. today (second Tuesday of every month), Family Resource Room, fourth floor, Mease Countryside Hospital, Shaffer Tower, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor, (727) 462-7500.

cancer support group (women): 6 p.m. Monday (first and third Mondays of every month), Powell Cancer Center, 303 Pinellas St., Clearwater, (727) 462-7500.

Cancer patients and caregivers hope group: 6 p.m. Wednesday (second Wednesday of every month) Powell Cancer Center, 303 Pinellas St., Clearwater, (727) 462-7500.

Multiple Myeloma support group: 10:30 a.m. Saturday (third Saturday of every month), Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Room 5, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor, (727) 462-7500.

Prostate cancer support group: 2 p.m. Wednesday (second Wednesday of every month), Family Resource Room, fourth floor, Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor, (727) 462-7500.

cpap/bi-pap clinic: 10 a.m. today, Aug. 19 and 26 (every Tuesday), Mease Countryside Hospital Medical Arts Building, 1840 Mease Drive, Safety Harbor, (727) 462-7500.

cpap/bi-pap clinic: 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20 and 27 (third Saturday of the month), Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, Suite 210, 2239 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo, (727) 462-7500.

Find out about motorized wheelchair eligibility 08/11/08 [Last modified: Monday, August 11, 2008 6:31pm]
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