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North Pinellas health news: Free emergency cellphones for seniors

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Free Emergency Cellphones offered for Seniors

The Senior Victim Advocate Program provides free cellphones to seniors for use in emergency situations. The phones are distributed at Senior Citizens Services of Clearwater, 1204 Rogers St.

Situations where a 911 emergency call could be needed include fire or smoke in a building, car accidents, trespassers, imminent medical need, downed power lines and other situations that require immediate help.

All details will be explained to assure that seniors understand how the program works and how to use the free emergency phone.

The center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (727) 442-8104.

Today

Swim, Run, Hurdle Triathlon: For added safety, this introductory triathlon eliminated the bicycle leg, but still takes participants on a swim in the Long Center pool, a run on the Ream Wilson Trail and finishes with a muddy obstacle course. Includes a postrace breakfast and medals for finishers. Cost is $25. Start is at 7:30 a.m. at the Long Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater. (727) 580-1278.

Sunday

Cycle the Pinellas Trail: Join the Tampa Bay Sunday Riders for a 25-mile ride on the Pinellas Trail. Riders must wear helmets and maintain a speed of no less than 12 mph. Free. Starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Old Train Depot parking lot, 349 Main St., Dunedin. (813) 236-8119. tampabaysundaybicycle.blogspot.com

Monday

Itty Bitty Splashtime: Parents and caregivers can enjoy the companionship of other parents and caregivers while their children ages 5 and younger enjoy the cool waters of the pool's splash area. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. $1.50. 9:45 a.m., Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016.

Tuesday

Tai Chi: An exercise class consisting of slow, graceful movements that strengthen both mind and body. $4, $3 with rec card. 9:30 a.m., Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 298-3299.

Wednesday

Itty Bitty Splashtime: Parents and caregivers can enjoy the companionship of other parents and caregivers while their children ages 5 and younger enjoy the cool waters of the pool's splash area. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. $1.50. 9:45 a.m., Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016.

Anti-Aging Nutrition: Learn ways to slow aging with healthy lifestyle and diet choices in this presentation from Bee Well Nutrition. Free. 6:30 p.m., Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 443-6703. naturesfoodpatch.com.

Laughter Yoga: Laughter Yoga combines laughter exercises with yoga breathing to destress and energize your life. $5, $4 residents. 6:30 p.m., Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road. (727) 733-7296.

Recurring

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.

Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group: 9:30 a.m. Mondays, the Centre, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. Free. (727) 787-1837.

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. Call toll-free at 1-888-947-8885. 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. 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. Email boots@tampabay.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.

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. Donations accepted. 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 easy. A support group can help. 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: 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Christian Life Enrichment Center, Room 201, second floor, 1498 Rosery Road, Largo. Call (727) 442-1819. Visit midpinellasbraintraumasupportgroup.com.

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North Pinellas health news: Free emergency cellphones for seniors 08/01/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 6:54pm]

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