Sunday, June 24, 2018
Health

North Pinellas health notes: Silver Alert Program, learn more about diabetes

Registration for those with mental health disorders

The provider of the National Silver Alert Program, a free national online registration program for people with cognitive disorders, will be hosting its first onsite registration event 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Fountains Plaza, 34824 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor.

The National Silver Alert Program is an online registration program that allows caregivers to store personal, medical, health and caregiver information that can be easily accessed in the event of an emergency.

"Wandering is the major reason for missing person alerts, particularly in persons with cognitive disorders," said Neil Arfmann, CEO of National Silver Alert said. "Having this information available to law enforcement officers, hospitals and emergency responders minimizes the time in which a person is missing and reduces the potential health risks. The goal is to register as many of these people in the event they become lost or missing. This program speaks for them in the event they cannot."

Recurring

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.

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 midpinellasbrain traumasupportgroup.com.

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 Hall, 517 Crystal Beach Ave.; 8 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church of Dunedin (behind church in fellowship hall), 411 Wood St.; 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Largo Alliance Church, 1633 Lake Ave., Largo; and 10 a.m. Saturdays at United Methodist Church, Manahan Hall, 207 Buckingham Ave., Oldsmar. Call toll-free at 1-888-947-8885. Visit naranonfl.org.

Caregiver Support Groups: Local author and senior advocate Linda S. Burhans facilitates caregiver support groups at the following times and locations: 3 p.m. every Tuesday at Harmony Home Health, 13787 Belcher Road S, Suite 220, Largo; 1:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at Grand Villa of Largo, 750 Starkey Road; 10 a.m. the last Thursday of every month at Barrington Terrace, 333 16th Ave., Largo. Burhans presents a journaling workshop for caregivers at 10 a.m. the first Saturday of every month at Pacifica Senior Living, 620 Belleair Road, Clearwater.

Co-dependents Anonymous: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Union Street United Methodist Church, 1625 Union St., Clearwater. This 12 Step meeting welcomes both men and women. Call (727) 798-7069.

Mail health news to Tampa Bay Times, 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756; fax to (727) 441-4119; or email [email protected]

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes affects an estimated 25.8 million Americans.

Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body's ability to produce and use insulin.

Dr. Valerie Perruci will discuss what the risks are for developing diabetes and how positive lifestyle changes and a healthy diet can reduce the risk for diabetes at a noon seminar in the Grand Room of the Aging Well Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater.

To register, call (727) 953-6877 or visit BayCareEvents.org.

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