Alzheimer's Family Organization: Caregiver support groups — 1 p.m. today, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105, Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill; Pam Penna, (352) 688-1262. 1 p.m. Tuesday, Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd.; John Winans, (352) 232-0081. Weekly: 1 p.m. Mondays, Brooksville Regional Hospital, Medical Arts Building, Suite 120, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville; John Winans, (352) 232-0081.
Caregiver Support Group: 1 to 2 p.m. Thursdays, starting June 13, the Grande, 725 Desoto Ave. Provided by HPH Hospice, the program is designed to assist caregivers with their daily tasks. Facilitated by a hospice social worker. No registration required. (352) 597-1882.
Hernando County Ostomy Association: Annual picnic, noon to 2 p.m. June 20, Brooksville Regional Hospital, first-floor Conference Room 2, 17249 Cortez Blvd. Bob Barnard, (352) 442-9787, or Carol Krause, (352) 683-5586.
Diabetic education series presents 'Questions and Answers': 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Access Healthcare, 4270 Lake in the Woods Drive. The speaker will be Verna Pedersen Runyan, a nurse practitioner. Free, but reservations required. RSVP to Arlene, (352) 597-7249.
Moving On: 12:15 p.m. Thursdays, Perkins Family Restaurant, 4685 Commercial Way. This is a self-help support group for seniors who have difficulty dealing with the loss of a loved one. Marilyn, (352) 593-4736, or Rita, (352) 684-3916.
Quit Smoking Now program: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, today through July 17, Hernando County Health Department, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd. This is a free six-week program provided by the Florida Department of Health and the Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center. Participants are guided through the quitting process by setting a quit date, establishing goals and receiving support after quitting. The program provides optional free nicotine replacement therapy, including patches, lozenges or gum. To register, call (813) 929-1000, ext. 213. gnahec.org.
Send information for the Health and Support column to Phyllis Day, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613; fax to (352) 754-6133; or email [email protected] 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. For information, call (352) 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
Hernando Gift Room
This free service, provided by the American Cancer Society, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays at 14540 Cortez Blvd., Suite 203, in the PineBrook Regional Medical Center, west of Brooksville. The Gift Room provides uninsured and under-insured patients with free wigs, hats and head coverings, prosthesis and mastectomy bras, as well as emotional support for people going through chemotherapy. To learn more, call the cancer society toll-free 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.