Health notes for Pinellas

Memory training course runs 5 weeks

Morton Plant Mease's Memory Disorders Clinic is offering a five-week memory training course that teaches practical techniques for enhancing memory ability 1 to 3 p.m. every Friday for five weeks beginning April 1 at the Aging Well Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater.

Memory training provides an interactive educational program for people with age-related memory concerns. The course is designed to help participants acquire general strategies to improve memory, remember names and faces, develop techniques to recall numbers and learn about factors that affect memory.

This training is based upon research conducted by Dr. Gary Small at the UCLA Center on Aging.

The interactive training is for those wishing to take a proactive role in their memory health and not intended for people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia.

Cost is $50 for the course. To register, call (727) 953-6877.

A free seminar on the relationship of diabetes and your feet is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Friday at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

A basic foot and ankle screening will also be offered for those interested.

Dr. Salvatore DeLellis, a specialist in podiatric medicine and surgery, will discuss proactive steps to prevent foot problems, as well as the latest medical and surgical intervention.

Questions from the audience are encouraged.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (727) 943-3600, anytime.

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A free seminar on the subject of total hip or knee replacement to stop the pain will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

The guest speaker for the seminar will be Dr. Vincent Kiesel, orthopedic surgeon, as well as staff physical therapists from the Helen Ellis Rehab Center.

Dr. Kiesel will discuss the newest medical and surgical treatments to bring pain relief and restoration of function including joint replacement. Physical therapy after joint replacement surgery will be detailed to provide a road map to recovery and renewed joint function.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (727) 943-3600, anytime.

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The 31st annual Beach to Bayou 5K Run is set to begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Fred Howard Park Beach. The park is at 1700 Sunset Drive, Tarpon Springs.

"The Beach to Bayou Run is an amazing race with an over 30-year tradition, benefiting Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital Foundation," said race coordinator, Dean Cosgrove. "The event location is fabulous, with the starting and finishing lines right on the beach and the race course through the scenic tree-lined Fred Howard Park trails. You couldn't ask for a more beautiful setting."

Registration is $20 per person and available prior to the event at several Tarpon Springs locations including Bank on Fitness, 116 S Pinellas Ave.; Total Fitness, 1888 S Alt. U.S. 19; Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital Foundation office, 245 Curlew Place E; and online at Active.com. Day of race registration is $25.

Call (727) 942-5048, weekdays.

Net proceeds from the race go to the Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital Foundation for support of patient care services at the local hospital.

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The North Pinellas MS Self Help Group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Suncoast Hospice, 2675 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor.

Doris Lill, associate director of community development with the Mid-Florida Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, will address the special nature of MS-related fatigue.

To reserve a seat, call Bud Llewellen at (727) 698-4346 or Eileen Smith at (727) 365-0987.

Health notes for Pinellas 03/30/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 5:48pm]

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