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Health notes and events in Pasco County

Community Aging and Retirements Services Inc. recognizes the problem of uninsured seniors. Located at the Claude Pepper Senior Center, 6640 Van Buren St. in New Port Richey, it provides low-income and uninsured seniors 55 years and older with limited medical care such as general physical exams, limited primary treatment, monitoring of chronic illnesses, counseling and referrals. Some donated medications, lab services and other special services are offered. Care is provided through active and retired health professionals. Call (727) 844-3077.

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Gulfside Regional Hospice, in partnership with Trinity Funeral Home, hosts a Pet Loss Support Group from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at 12609 Memorial Drive, New Port Richey. Peggy Hess, MSW, facilitates the meeting every other Wednesday.

This is for anyone who has lost a pet. Grief and coping skills will be learned, and an opportunity to share stories with others who have lost pets will be provided. Future meetings are Aug. 6 and Aug. 20. Call (727) 845-5707, ext. 1035.

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness Pasco will have Robert Runnels, director of Comfort Keepers of New Port Richey, as the guest speaker for the 7:30 p.m. Monday meeting in Conference Room C at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. The support group meeting will follow his talk on the services his agency provides, ranging from extensive individual care to respite care for family members who are caregivers. Call (727) 847-2973.

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Community Hospital will hold a carbohydrate counting class at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Bridget Shapiro, registered dietitian, will present the class the fourth Wednesday of each month. Participants will learn about the myths surrounding the diabetic diet, sources of carbohydrates in the diet, and why carbohydrates are so important. The hospital also offers a community education class called Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.

The next class is at 10 a.m. today and will continue on the fourth Tuesday each month. Allison Pernecky, registered dietitian will conduct the class. Participants will learn about high blood pressure, how to control their blood pressure and eating plans to reduce sodium intake. Seating is limited for both classes and reservations are required by calling (727) 834-5630.

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The Florida Cancer Institute will host its regular breast cancer support group at 6 p.m. Thursday at the New Port Richey center at 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey. The group meets every other Thursday at 6 p.m. and is conducted by a licensed clinical social worker.

Sessions cover a variety of topics including pain control, body image and how to communicate with others about their condition. Call toll-free at 1-888-206-0054 or visit the Web site at

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The Florida Cancer Institute - New Hope will not hold its Leukemia/Lymphoma Support Group in July and August. Meetings will resume in September. Call (352) 688-7744.

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Hernando-Pasco Hospice (HPH) will host eight-week community bereavement support groups for any adult who has recently experienced the death of a family member or close friend. Individuals are welcome regardless of whether their loved one was under hospice care. An HPH bereavement counselor will facilitate the group, which is designed to help individuals better understand and cope with the grieving process. Groups will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning this Wednesday at Community Congregation Church, 6533 Circle Blvd., New Port Richey, and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Mondays, beginning Monday at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52 in Hudson. Call (727) 863-7971.

Ongoing bereavement support groups are offered from 2 to 3 p.m. every Monday in the Lab Conference Room of Florida Hospital, 7050 Gall Blvd., 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, Land O'Lakes. Call toll-free at 1-800-486-8784.

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The Telephone Reassurance Program at the CARES Elfers Center, 4136 Barkers Drive in Elfers, need volunteers.

The volunteers make weekday telephone calls to designated individuals to monitor their safety and to provide social and psychological support.

Training is provided and volunteers usually volunteer one day a week making 30 calls from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Call (727) 847-1290.

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Pasco County Health Department officials encourage families to be prepared for the next school year by getting required immunizations. These are free for children up to age 18 at the department. Call for immunization times or to schedule an appointment for a school physical. Dade City, (352) 521-1450; Zephyrhills, (813) 782-1740; Hudson, (727) 863-2444; Main Street, (727) 841-4425; New Port Richey, (727) 861-5260; and Land O'Lakes, (813) 558-5173.

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St. Luke's Cataract and Laser Institute, 43309 U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs, is offering a lecture and complimentary luncheon series called Lunch & Learn from noon to 1 p.m. Friday.

Robert L. Solomon, a licensed hearing aid specialist, will host a hearing seminar. Seating is limited, so call (727) 943-3111, ext. 2475, to reserve a place.

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Community Aging and Retirement Services Inc. offers free assistance to seniors age 60 and older who need help writing their checks, paying their monthly bills, balancing their checkbook and/or setting up a budget because of a visual or physical impairment or mild memory loss. The program is available to elders regardless of their income and the volunteer bill payers are screened and trained in all aspects of the program. Call (352) 518-9300 and ask for Sharon.

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Weekend Volunteer Training from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 2 for adults and teens, ages 14 and older, is scheduled at Hernando-Pasco Hospice Marliere Hospice Care Center, 6801 Rowan Road in New Port Richey. Individuals who would enjoy being a weekly visitor to hospice patients who live in private residences, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, or at one of the agency's facilities are welcome. Opportunities are also available for those who have organization, computer, phone, special events and videography skills. Pre-registration is required. Call Cynthia Ineson at (727) 849-2629.

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Operation Veteran and Family Support Network provide emotional support and assistance to members of the military, military veterans and their families.

The free support groups led by mental health counselors with the Harbor, offers assistance for those experiencing the effects of present military deployment and reintegration into home life following military deployment.

The groups meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday at the following locations: 14527 Seventh St. Dade City; 7074 Grove Road, Brooksville; and 8002 King Hellie Blvd., New Port Richey. Call (727) 420-7943 or (352) 232-4770.

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The Alzheimer's Family Organization offers three support groups this week.

One group meets at 2 p.m. Friday at the Cottages, 5005 Pinehill Road, Port Richey. Call (727) 845-0527. On Sunday, a group meets at 2 p.m. at Heritage Park, 37135 Coleman Ave., Dade City. Call (352) 567-8615. Monday, a group meets at 3 p.m. at Zephyr Haven Health and Rehab Center, 38250 Avenue A in Zephyrhills. Call (813) 782-5508.

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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 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.

Support groups are available for individuals, for children and adolescents, for adults and for family members. Call (727) 992-9653 for times, dates and locations of support groups.

Send any health related items to Michelle Jones at, 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.

Health notes and events in Pasco County 07/21/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 4:34pm]
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