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Health briefs for events, classes pertaining to preventive care

Free Vision Care Services Offered in Tarpon Springs

The Shepherd Center, 101 W Court St., Tarpon Springs, is now able to offer free vision care services to those in need through the generous donation of Dr. Ed Huggett, who has provided and set up at all the equipment needed to perform a complete eye exam.

The doctor has also been on the staff at St. Luke's Cataract & Laser Institute in Tarpon Springs for the past 20 years and has established access to many resources for donated eye care treatment and supplies. He participates in a program with JVC Vision Quest Lab of Orange City that provides free eyeglasses to those younger than 18 years. Free prescription medication for glaucoma is donated by Alcon Pharmaceuticals in Texas. After refurbishing, donated prescription glasses are provided to Dr. Huggett by the Lions Club.

The doctor will be on site at the Shepherd Center the second Monday of each month. Sandra Rogers of the Lions Club of Tarpon Springs will be on site every Thursday to prepare clients and schedule them for a full eye exam.

The center's executive director Wanda Weber says she's thrilled to add vision care services to the existing free health care services that are already available. Nurse Susan Traylor is on site every Monday to provide blood pressure screenings, review medical history, and assist with medications and referrals. The Pinellas County Mobile Health Unit is on site on the fourth Wednesday of each month and provides prescriptions and referrals to the homeless clients of the center.

The Shepherd Center has served those in need in the community since 1974. For more information, call Wanda Weber at (727) 939-1400, ext. 15.

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A five-week memory training class that teaches practical techniques for enhancing memory ability will be offered by Morton Plant Mease 10 a.m. to noon every Friday beginning July 30 at the Long Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater.

The course provides an innovative educational program for people with age-related memory concerns who wish to maintain or improve their memory ability. It is not intended for people with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia.

Course cost is $25. Registration is required. Call (727) 953-6877.

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Cancer survivors participate in canoeing, fishing, nature walks, meditation, line dancing, arts and crafts, campfires and other fun opportunities during this three-day retreat, Oct. 15 through 17 at DaySpring Conference Center, Ellenton.

A memorial wreath is also created by the campers to remember former campers who lost their battle with cancer.

The camp is offered to cancer survivors 18 years and older. The entire retreat is free to survivors, including transportation, food and accommodations.

Applications are being accepted through Sept. 10. For more information and to request an application, call Morton Plant Caring Partners at (727) 953-6957.

Seminars, classes, support groups

NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP MEETINGS: Nar-Anon is a fellowship of people who gather to share their experiences, strength and hope for recovery from a loved one's drug addiction. For information, meeting locations and times, call the Nar-Anon Help Line toll-free at 1-888-947-8885 or visit

RECOVERY INC., SUPPORT GROUP FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 N Highland Ave., Clearwater; and 1 p.m. Mondays at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 813 Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 525-1749.

WALKING CLUB: 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Annual fee $5 with ID card, $8 without; (727) 298-3299.

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: 9:30 a.m. Monday (meets weekly), Palm Harbor Community Center, 1500 16th St. Visitors are welcome. Call (727) 787-1837.

Health briefs for events, classes pertaining to preventive care 07/28/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 6:52pm]
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