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Health notes: Seminars, screenings and lectures

Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital is having a Healthy Heart Day Expo. Several screenings and cardiovascular health information will be available from 9 a.m. to noon today at the hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

Healthy Heart screenings include blood pressure, cholesterol, lipid profile, peripheral artery disease test, screening EKG, body fat and blood sugar.

The cost is $15.

An appointment is required and can be made by calling (727) 943-3600.

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Richard F. Groves, co-author of The American Book of Living and Dying, will offer a free caregiving seminar and book signing from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m. today at Arden Courts of Largo, 300 Highland Ave. NE.

A chaplain for 25 years, Groves speaks nine languages and has earned graduate degrees in theology, ethics, world religions and law. Groves and his wife, Mary, are the founders of the Sacred Art of Living Center in Bend, Ore. His latest book has been widely compared to the work of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

During this seminar, Groves will discuss how caregivers can utilize spirituality and humor to help renew hope and heal the spirit to find inner peace.

There will be two sessions, so please indicate which seating you are reserving. Qualified staff will provide adult day care. Please ask for this service when making your reservation.

To reserve your seat, call Arden Courts of Largo at (727) 559-8411 or e-mail

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Morton Plant Mease's Memory Disorders Clinic will offer a five-week memory training course that teaches practical techniques for enhancing memory. The course begins Friday and will meet at 10 a.m. at PTAK Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, 430 Morton Plant St., Clearwater.

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

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.

Registration is $50 for the five-week course.

To register, call (727) 953-6877.

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Dr. Peter Blumencranz, breast surgical oncologist, will speak on the latest advances in the fight against breast cancer at noon Tuesday at Bardmoor Medical Arsts Building, Conference Center, Room 120, 8839 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo.

The newest prospects for receiving personalized treatments, minimally invasive surgery, minimal radiation treatments and the latest research for treatment options will be discussed.

For reservations, call (727) 940-2776.

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To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a Victorian-style Tea will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

Dr. Douglas S. Reintgen, surgical oncologist and professor of surgery at the University of South Florida, will lead a panel of experts in discussing the current medical science related to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. The panel will include surgeons, medical oncologist, radiologist and a reconstructive surgical specialist.

This is a free women's health event. Reservations are required. Call (727) 943-3600.

Seminars, classes and support groups

the mid-pinellas brain trauma SUPPORT GROUP: 6:30 p.m. today (meets the first and third Thursday of every month), St. Paul United Methodist Church, Christian Life Enrichment Center, Room 201, Second Floor, 1498 Rosary Road, Largo. Call Kathy Kiley at (727) 442-1819, e-mail, or visit midpinellasbraintraumasupport

take off pounds sensibly (tops): Weight-loss group meetings are 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Thursdays at First Baptist Church of Ozona-Palm Harbor, 610 Pennsylvania Ave., Ozona. The group meets in the building in the back. Call (727) 786-1484 or (727) 785-9564.

take off pounds sensibly (tops): Meets from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays at Heritage United Methodist Church, Room 11, 2680 Landmark Drive, Clearwater. The first meeting is free. Call (727) 726-2681.

Recovery International: Abraham Low Self-Help System, a weekly support group for people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and symptoms caused by fear and anger, meets at these times and locations: 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Lakeview Community Church, 475 East Lake Road N, East Lake, (727) 942-4095; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 942-9008; and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 586-2585, or leave a message at (727) 525-1749. Free, but offerings are appreciated.

Alzheimer's caregivers support group: Meets weekly at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St. (727) 787-1837.

NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP: Meeting are 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays, except holidays, at Crystal Beach Community Center, 517 Crystal Beach Ave., Crystal Beach; 8 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church, Educational Building, 421 Main St., Dunedin; and 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Paul's Methodist Church, Room 102, 1199 Highland Ave., Largo. E-mail naranon or visit

Food addicts in recovery anonymous: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, (727) 501-2125, and 8:30 a.m. Saturdays, (727) 786-3113. Both at Clearwater Community Church, Room 103, 2897 Belcher Road, Dunedin. Visit

Health news should be mailed to Nova Beall at 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756, faxed to (727) 445-4119 or e-mailed to

Health notes: Seminars, screenings and lectures 10/19/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 5:30pm]
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