Health & Support, Jan. 27-Feb. 3

Coast2Coast RX Cards: Hernando County and Financial Marketing Concepts are launching this prescription drug discount program, available to all county residents regardless of age, income or health status. Pets are also covered. Visit coast2coastrx.com to print out a free discount prescription card. (352) 540-4338.

Florida Rx Card: This is a free statewide initiative for all Floridians; there are no program restrictions or refusals. It includes discounts for all medications, including brand, generic and open formulary medications. There are no enrollment or application, age or income requirements, waiting periods, eligibility required, claim forms, annual or lifetime limits. "At once" pre-activated cards can be generated electronically on floridarxcard.com website, sent as e-mail cards, or by using hard cards provided. The Florida RX Card program is accepted at more than 50,000 major pharmacies nationwide. Visit the website above, or call (850) 501-3305.

National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando: NAMI Hernando offers the following at the Beautiful Mind Outreach Center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive (Brothers I and II Plaza), Spring Hill:

• Family Support Group, 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. This group is for families to meet and talk with others who understand adult mental illness.

• Consumer support group, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Beautiful Mind. The group is for adults who have been diagnosed with a mental illness who are interested in speaking with others who share similar problems.

Call the Beautiful Mind at (352) 684-0004. Visit namihernando.org or NAMI.org.

SHINE Program Assists Seniors with Health Insurance: The Florida Department of Elder Affairs will offer the free SHINE program (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) at the following locations in Hernando County, effective Tuesday:

• 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120 of the Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd. Call (352) 544-6022.

• Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. Call (352) 754-4443.

• 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays at Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105 of the Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 684-7568.

SHINE counselors offer information and assistance with Medicare (figuring out paperwork, bills and filing appeals), Medicare supplemental insurance, Medicare prescription drug coverage, long-term care planning and pharmaceutical assistance programs.

No appointments necessary. For counseling locations outside Hernando County, call the Elder Hotline toll-free at 1-800-262-2243.

Brooksville

CAUSE (Community for Autism to Understand, Support and Educate) Support Group: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Baycare Behavioral Health, 7074 Grove Road. causegroup@yahoo.com.

Celebration of Health Day: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Easy Street Home Decor, 100 N Brooksville Ave. Local vendors/entrepreneurs will be available, including party and event planner, chair massage, Reiki energy healing and aromatherapy. A healthy lunch will be served. Reservations appreciated. Sally, (352) 650-8948, or Maria, (352) 238-2998.

CoDA (Co-Dependents Anonymous): Words of Wisdom group, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Salvation Army Fellowship Hall, 15464 Cortez Blvd. This program helps develop healthy relationships and build self-esteem. Val, (352) 596-2492.

Spring Hill

Al-Anon: Adult children focused step meeting, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind Oak Hill Hospital). Meetings are open to all Al-Anon members and anyone suffering from the confusion of being raised in a home where alcohol was a problem. Toll-free 1-888-4AL-ANON (425-2666).

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Offers Free Hearing Screenings and Wax Removal: Tuesday and Feb. 8, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind Oak Hill Hospital). By appointment only. Also, amplified and text telephones, and ring signaling devices are available through Florida Telecommunications Relay Inc. To qualify, individuals must be older than 3 and certified as being deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind or speech impaired. (727) 853-1010 or toll-free 1-866-685-9477. Web: ftri.org/ptrichey.

Women's Breast Cancer Support Group: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 7154 Medical Center Drive. Tambra Randazzo, (352) 592-8128.

Weeki Wachee

Divorce Care: 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Feb. 2, Christian Church in the Wildwood, Building B, Room 102, 10051 Country Road. For those who are divorced or are going through a divorce. The cost is $13 for the workbook. Free child care available for infants and children through eighth grade. Dinner is offered before the class from 5 to 6:15 p.m.; first-time guests eat free. (352) 596-1388, ext, 224.

Citrus County/Inverness

Charcot-Marie-Tooth Support Group: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Citrus Memorial Hospital, 502 W Highland Blvd. (in the Gulf Room of the historical school building, just north of the main hospital building on Citrus Avenue). The speaker is John Spang, director/owner of Visiting Angels. He will discuss home-care options available. Light refreshments will be served. Ronnie Plageman, (352) 860-1578 or rplageman@tampabay.rr.com.

Pasco County New Port Richey

Community Chatterboxes: 3 to 4 p.m. today, Community Hospital Health Care Center, 5400 School Road. For those with communication deficits as a result of a cerebral vascular accident or other neurological disorders. (727) 845-0757.

Send information to Phyllis Day, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613; fax to (352) 754-6133; or e-mail pday@sptimes.com. Deadline for this news is two weeks before event or reservation deadline. Information cannot be published if the time, date, place, ticket price (if applicable) or contact person and phone number are missing. Call (352) 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Health & Support, Jan. 27-Feb. 3 01/26/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 5:04pm]

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