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North Pinellas County health notes

Workshop to help stepfamilies

According to the Stepfamily Foundation, more than half of American families are stepfamilies.

Christina Roach, a professional therapist and founder of Success for Steps, understands traditional therapeutic theories don't always apply to the unique structure of a stepfamily.

"A stepfamily is today's modern family," she said. "It's important to appreciate the unique dynamics of a stepfamily and how they differ from a first marriage family. It's not that one is better than the other, they're just different."

The holiday season is traditionally a joyous time when families come together and celebrate traditions. In a stepfamily, those much-loved traditions may be challenging to honor.

"Everyone has their own set of holiday traditions, especially around Christmas or Hanukkah," Roach said. "It's important to the individual that their traditions are honored and preserved, but it's vital to the livelihood of the partnership to also form new stepfamily traditions."

Roach is moderating a monthly open discussion on the challenges today's stepfamilies face from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Feather Sound Panera Bread, 2285 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater.

Participation is free; however Success for Steps is conducting a holiday food drive on behalf of Metropolitan Ministries and requests each attendee bring a non-perishable food item.

To RSVP, call (813) 784-8952 or visit

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Part three of the Emmy-nominated HBO documentary The Alzheimer's Project will be shown from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Regal Palms, 300 Lake Ave., Largo.

This installment documents the challenges and successes of people who experience their loved one's gradual descent into dementia.

A discussion will be on dealing with caregiver stress.

RSVP by calling (727) 578-2558.

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Medicare's regulations now make it easier for seniors and others with debilitating conditions such as arthritis, stroke, heart and breathing problems or diabetes to obtain a power wheelchair at little or no cost.

In an attempt to educate the public and increase public awareness about assistance options for seniors and the disabled, Miracle on Wheels is offering information about qualifying for a power wheelchair at no cost to those suffering from any condition that severely limits their mobility.

Call Miracle on Wheels tool-free at 1-800-400-4210.

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A Therapy Above, Centers For Natural Medicine, 1590 Seminole Blvd., Largo, offers the following free Saturday classes.

• 10 to 11 a.m., Yoga with Kris.

• 11 a.m. to noon, Breathe and Stretch with Dr. Dory.

• Noon to 1 p.m., Mixed Tai Chi and Qi Gong with Dr. Simon.

Class size limited to 20. To register, call (727) 518-2268.

North Pinellas County health notes 12/09/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 6:38pm]
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