Memory course scheduled for next five fridays
A five-week course designed to help people improve or maintain their memories will begin at 10 a.m. Friday and continue weekly throughout June at the Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion at Morton Plant Hospital, 430 Morton Plant St., Clearwater.
The month-long memory training course offered by Morton Plant Mease's Memory Disorders Clinic is specifically designed for people with age-related memory concerns and is not intended for those diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia.
Cost is $50. To register, call (727) 953-6877, or visit mpmhealth.com.
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Writing a personal journal can be a powerful tool for sorting out thoughts and feelings, coping with daily changes and gaining a greater understanding of the journey through caregiving.
A free, hands-on journaling workshop, presented by author and caregiver advocate Linda Burhans, will be noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Pacifica Senior Living Belleair, 620 Belleair Road, Clearwater.
Refreshments will be provided. Space is limited. To register, call (727) 467-9464.
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With the start and finish lines near the Sponge Docks this year, the 33rd Annual Beach to Bayou 5K Run is a flat, fast, out and back course that includes scenic and historic areas around Spring Bayou where the Greek Orthodox Epiphany cross dive takes place. The race begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at 20 Dodecanese Blvd., along the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. Net proceeds go to the Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital Foundation for support of patient care services at Florida Hospital North Pinellas. $20; $25 day of race. Call (727) 942-5048. www.active.com
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Hear about the latest research from scientific grant recipients, attend educational sessions featuring breast cancer experts, researchers and advocates, and browse community resource display tables at West Central Florida Education/Advocacy Day beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater Beach. Admission is free. (305) 631-2134. sheratonsandkey.com
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Slow-movement tai chi, while listed as a martial art, is an ancient integrated body and mind exercise directed more at improving fitness levels and is beneficial to all age groups. The gentle movements are particularly well suited for older muscles and joints.
Classes are available at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Monday at the Aging Well Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater. Cost is $3 with a Clearwater Parks & Recreation Play Pass; $5 without. Call (727) 724-3070. www.myclearwater.com/agingwell
Seminars, classes and support groups
ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Palm Harbor Community Center, 1500 16th St. (727) 787-1837.
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. For details, visit foodaddicts.com.
CELIAC SUPPORT GROUP: Celiac disease, an intestinal disorder, affects one out of every 133 people. Although there is no cure, it can be controlled by following a gluten-free diet. Some find that going gluten-free is not as easy as it sounds. A support group can help. Meetings are at 10 a.m. the third Saturday of every month at Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1, 2 and 3, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor. Call (727) 734-0561 or email bkelly1@ tampabay.rr.com.
MID-PINELLAS BRAIN TRAUMA SUPPORT GROUP: Meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Christian Life Enrichment Center, Room 201, second floor, 1498 Rosery Road, Largo. Call (727) 442-1819 or visit midpinellas braintraumasupportgroup.com.
RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL: Abraham Low Self-Help System, a support group designed for people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and symptoms caused by fear and anger, meets at these upcoming 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, 1812 N Highland Ave., Clearwater. (727) 942-9008.
• 10 a.m. Saturdays, St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 586-2585, or leave a message at (727) 525-1749.
The support group is free, but offerings are appreciated.
NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP: Meetings are at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays, except holidays, at Crystal Beach Community Center, 517 Crystal Beach Ave.; 8 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church, Educational Building, second floor in "the Parlor," 421 Main St., Dunedin; and 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Paul's United Methodist Church Annex, Open Arms Resource Center, 1897 Highland Ave., Largo. For more information, call toll-free 1-888-947-8885 or visit naranonfl.org.
TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY (TOPS):
• 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays at Heritage United Methodist Church, Room 11, 2680 Landmark Dr., Clearwater. The first meeting is free. (727) 726-2681.
• 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays at Union Street United Methodist Church, Choir Room, 1625 Union St., Clearwater. Call (727) 461-7101 or you may email boots@tampa bay.rr.com.
• 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.
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Arthritis water class starts Tuesday
The aquatics division of the City of Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts Department is offering an arthritis water exercise class at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Imperial Palms Apartments East Clubhouse Pool, 101 Imperial Palm Dr., Largo. The class is taught by Arthritis Foundation certified instructors and is conducted in shallow water. No swimming skills are required. A city lifeguard will be on duty during all classes. Cost is $20-$25 per month and each participant must have a Largo Recreation Card, which can be purchased at the Largo Community Center or Highland Recreation Complex. Call (727) 518-3126.