Mostly Cloudy69° WeatherMostly Cloudy69° Weather

Pasco health and support notes for April 29 and beyond

Vaccines

H1N1: The Pasco County Health Department is offering free swine flu vaccinations to anyone who wants them. Vaccinations are available on a walk-in basis from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at the following clinics:

• 13941 15th St., Dade City

• 11511 Denton Ave., Hudson

• 4135 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes

• 4717 Airport Road, Zephyrhills

• 5640 Main St., New Port Richey

• 10841 Little Road, New Port Richey (vaccines also provided Fridays here)

For information call the health department at (727) 861-5250.

Babies

Immunizations: The Pasco County Health Department offers free immunizations for children through age 18 by appointment. For Dade City, call (352) 521-1450; Zephyrhills, (813) 780-0740; Hudson, (727) 861-5661; New Port Richey, (727) 861-5260; and Land O'Lakes, (813) 588-5173.

La Leche League breast-feeding support: 10:30 a.m. second Thursday of each month. All Children's Specialty Care of Pasco, 4443 Rowan Road, New Port Richey. Free. Call (727) 367-7218 or (813) 383-8458.

Pediatric CPR: 9 to 11 a.m. fourth Saturday of each month. Birthplace at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. $15 for one person, $25 for two. Visit www.communityhospitalnpr.com.

Blood drives

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. Call toll-free 1-800-682-5663.

Hearing assistance

Clinics: St. John's Hearing Institute hosts ear wax checks and removal, hearing screenings and hearing aid checks. Participants who wear hearing aids receive one free package of batteries.

• 9 to 11 a.m. the second Monday of each month. CARES Musunuru Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. (727) 863-6868.

• 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. CARES Elfers Senior Center, Grey and Barker Streets, Elfers, (727) 847-1290.

Hearing loss enrichment program: 2 to 4 p.m. two Thursdays per month at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida, 8600 Galen Wilson Blvd., Port Richey. Features guest speakers, social time and more. Call for dates. (727) 853-1010.

Specialized telephones: Florida residents with difficulties using the telephone because of a hearing loss or speech disability may qualify for free specialized phone equipment. Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services at Bentley Commons, 38130 Pretty Pond Road, Zephyrhills, provides amplified telephones, text telephones, captioned telephones and ring signaling devices. Free hearing screenings by appointment. Call toll free 1-866-685-9477.

Seminars/workshops

Balance: Learn to manage concerns about falls and increase physical activity at A Matter of Balance at 10 a.m. Mondays for eight weeks starting May 2 at First United Methodist Church, 13123 U.S. 19, Hudson. Registration required. (727) 868-6178.

Better breathers: 2 p.m. the last Thursday of each month. Bayonet Point Conference Center, behind Regional Medical Center, 14000 Fivay Road. Call (727) 869-5566.

Body/Mind X-Press for caregivers: 9 a.m. the second Thursday of the month at Westwind ALF, 37411 Eiland Blvd., Zephyrhills; 10:30 a.m. the third Thursday of each month at Pasco Regional Medical Center, 13100 Fort King Road, Dade City; 2 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at Florida Hospital Wellness Center, 7050 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills; and 10 a.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at Westwind ALF, 37411 Eiland Blvd., Zephyrhills. Caregivers can learn about nutrition and relaxation to reduce stress. Reservations required. Call Nancy Finck at (727) 643-7159.

Caregiver seminars: Help and resources for caregivers once a month in two different locations. To RSVP for each, call (813) 245-2372.

• 2 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. Pasco Regional Medical Center, Medical Plaza I, Suite 108, 13100 Fort King Road, Dade City. Reservations required.

• 2 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month. Long Term Acute Care Hospital — At Connerton, 9441 Health Center Drive, Land O'Lakes. Reservations required.

DASH diet class: 10 a.m. the fourth Tuesday every other month. Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Learn dietary approaches to stop hypertension. Call for next date. (727) 514-2652.

Diabetes: English and Spanish diabetes education classes meet at the Dade City Health Department, 13941 15th St.; at the Land O'Lakes Health Department, 4135 Land O'Lakes Blvd.; and at the New Port Richey Health Department, 10841 Little Road. For dates and information, call (727) 861-5250, ext. 162.

Easy dieting for diabetics: 9:30 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month. Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Taught by registered dietitian Bridget Shapiro. For reservations, call (727) 834-5630.

Eat right/Move right: A nutrition and gentle movement class for seniors and caregivers meets at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays in classroom B at Pasco Regional Medical Center, 13100 Fort King Road, Dade City. Registration required. (727) 643-7159.

Elder abuse prevention: Senior victim advocates from the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas Inc. host a seminar on preventing elder abuse at 9 a.m. Tuesday at CARES Musunuru, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. (727) 863-6868.

Health Fairs

• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 at Winn-Dixie Pharmacy, 1640 U.S. 19, Holiday. Includes free cholesterol and diabetes screenings. Call toll-free 1-800-713-3301.

• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Winn-Dixie Pharmacy, 12649 U.S. 301, Dade City. Includes free cholesterol and diabetes screenings. Call toll-free 1-800-713-3301.

Healthy Legs Walking Group: Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point hosts the Healthy Legs Walking Group from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Veteran's Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson. The program is designed for people who have peripheral arterial disease. Participants must be able to walk independently. Dress in walking attire and shoes and bring a water bottle and a towel. (727) 869-5498.

Lap-Band weight loss: 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at Pasco Regional Medical Center, 13100 Fort King Road, Dade City. (352) 518-1090.

Making the most of your medical appointments: Dr. David McGrew, medical director at HPH Hospice, hosts a seminar called Voice Your Choice: Making the Most of Your Health Care Appointments at 10 a.m. May 18 at the Alice Hall Community Center, 38116 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills, and at 10 a.m. May 19 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4651 Little Road, New Port Richey. Free. Registration required. (727) 705-0107.

Medication management: 1 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month in the senior health clinic at the CARES Claude Pepper Senior Center, 6640 Van Buren St., New Port Richey, and 1 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Hudson Pharmacy, 8117 SR 52, Hudson. For reservations at either location, call (727) 844-3077.

Memory loss:

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at CARES Crescent, 13906 Fifth St., Dade City. The program is called Senior Moments and is for people with early memory loss. (727) 862-9291 or 1-888-718-2110.

• 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays at CARES Musunuru, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. The program is called Strengthen Your Mind and is for people with early memory loss. (727) 863-6868 or (352) 518-9300.

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays at CARES Claude Pepper, 6640 Van Buren St., New Port Richey. The program is called Senior Moments and is for people with early memory loss.

NAMI program: The Pasco County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness hosts a presentation at 7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in the cafeteria annex at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Each presentation features a guest speaker who covers various aspects of mental illness. Free. Call (727) 992-9653.

Reiki: 3 p.m. Saturdays at CARES Musunuru, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. $10 per half hour. (727) 863-6868.

Relaxation: 9 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Westwinds Assisted Living, 37411 Eiland Blvd., Zephyrhills. The class is open to caregivers who are interested in learning the quigong relaxation technique. Reservations required. (813) 245-2372.

Sleep apnea clinic: 1 p.m. Mondays. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. Information on continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, and bi-level positive airway pressure, or BIPAP, treatments. (727) 462-7500.

Staying Fit: Wellness and fitness seminars are at 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at CARES Musunuru, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. A participant's first session is free and each subsequent session is $3. Registration required. (727) 863-6868.

Strokes

• Learn how to improve upper extremity function after a stroke at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the conference center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. Registration required. (727) 869-5498.

• A neurosurgeon named Wayne Wittenberg discusses types of strokes and treatment options at 3 p.m. May 12 in the conference center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. Registration required. (727) 869-5498.

Weight control and stress management hypnosis: Groups are now forming for weight management and stress management hypnotherapy at Vanessa Dazio's office, 9330 Regency Park Blvd., Port Richey. Dazio is a doctor of occupational therapy and a board certified clinical hypnotherapist. For information, call (727) 848-1535.

Testing/screenings

Blood pressure screenings:

• 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month in the library at the Jewish Community Center, 9841 Scenic Drive, Port Richey. (727) 847-3814.

• 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Free. 1-877-422-3627.

Blood pressure/diabetes screenings: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Spring Hill offers free screenings noon to 1 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month. CARES Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. Call (727) 863-6868.

Breast and cervical cancer screenings: The Healthy Woman Today program provides screenings for women older than 50 who are low income and uninsured. Women ages 40 to 49 may also qualify for breast cancer screening services, as well as younger people with breast abnormalities. For information, call Billie Pryce at (727) 816-1100.

Health screenings: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays. CARES Musunuru Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. No fee. Call (727) 863-6868.

Hearing screenings: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. the fourth Monday of each month at CARES Musunuru, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. The free services include clearing wax buildup, hearing screenings and cleaning hearing aids. No appointment necessary. (727) 863-6868.

Mammography screening: Screenings and radiologist readings by appointment. Community Hospital in New Port Richey. $60. Call (727) 834-5636. Not eligible for insurance reimbursements. Some restrictions apply.

Orthodontic exams: Dr. Myron S. Graff offers a free screening to patients of all ages, by appointment, at 5522 Gulf Drive in New Port Richey or 1822 Health Care Drive in Trinity. Call (727) 848-5525.

Osteoporosis screenings:

• 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 11 at CARES Musunuru, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. (727) 863-6868.

• 2 to 3 p.m. May 12 at CARES Claude Pepper, 6640 Van Buren St., New Port Richey. (727) 844-3077.

• 4 to 5 p.m. May 20 at CARES Elfers, 4136 Barker Drive, Elfers. (727) 847-1290.

SASSY screenings and more: Seniors Are Someone Special Year-Round, or SASSY, hosts free screenings including bone density, blood pressure and body composition from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month at Gulfview Square Mall, 9409 U.S. 19, Port Richey. Also features free entertainment. Call (727) 378-4976 or visit online at wduv.com.

Skin cancer screenings:

• By appointment from 8 a.m. to noon Monday in conference rooms 1-3 at Morton Plant Northbay Hospital, 6600 Madison Street, New Port Richey. Wear loose fitting clothing. Exam is limited to exposed skin. Registration required. (727) 953-9044.

• On a first-come, first-served basis from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday at the CARES Senior Health Clinic at CARES Claude Pepper, 6640 Van Buren St., New Port Richey. (727) 844-3077.

Speech and language screenings: Free screenings by Kernaghan and Moore: Speech and Language Therapy Services at 7633 Cita Lane, Suite 101 in New Port Richey. For children ages 2 to 12 by appointment only. Call (727) 376-1111.

Send health related items to Arleen Spenceley at aspenceley@sptimes.com, fax to (727) 869-6233, mail to 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668. Call (727) 869-6235. Send information about events at least 14 days in advance.

Pasco health and support notes for April 29 and beyond 11/25/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 28, 2011 9:25pm]

© 2014 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...