National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando: NAMI Hernando offers the following:
• The Beautiful Mind Outreach Center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive (Brothers I and II Plaza), Spring Hill. Open 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. This is a self-help rehabilitation and recreation center for people with mental illnesses, offering support groups, classes, bingo, arts and crafts and other social and educational activities. Call the center at (352) 684-0004. Visit www.namihernando.org or www.NAMI.org.
• Consumer support group, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Beautiful Mind. The group is for adults who have been diagnosed with a mental illness who are interested in speaking with others who share similar problems.
• Family Support Group, 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at the Beautiful Mind. This group is for families to meet and talk with others who understand adult mental illness.
Weight Watchers: For area meetings, call toll-free 1-800-651-6000.
Winn-Dixie offers flu shots: Winn-Dixie pharmacies offer flu vaccinations for all ages as well as a new, high-dosage flu vaccine for those 65 and older. Both vaccinations include protection against the H1N1 virus (swine flu). Scheduled flu clinics will be provided at the following local Winn-Dixie stores:
• 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 10 and Oct. 1, Mariner Village, 11092 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 684-0203.
• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 17 and 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 15, South Plaza, 1230 S Broad St., Brooksville. Call (352) 799-1832.
• 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 14 and 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 13, Timberhills Plaza, 2240 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Call (352) 666-4600.
• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 22 and 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 6, Sunrise Plaza, 31100 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor West. Call (352) 754-5154.
Flu vaccinations are $28, and the high-dosage vaccines are $48; those with Winn-Dixie customer reward cards receive a $5 discount. Vaccines are administered by certified pharmacists. No appointments necessary. For a complete list of dates, times and locations where flu clinics will be available, visit winn-dixie.com/Store_Locations/search.asp; type in the city and state or ZIP code.
'Advances in the Care and Treatment of Prostate Cancer' presentation: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14, Heritage Pines Country Club, 11524 Scenic Hill Blvd., off County Line Road. Presented by Dr. Sanjay Emandi, a radiation oncologist, and Dr. Omar Hamoui, a urologist, both on staff at Oak Hill Hospital. Topics include causes, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, medications, therapies and nonoperative and operative procedures. A complimentary meal will be served. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are required. RSVP to (352) 597-6333. The presentation is part of Oak Hill Hospital's "For Your Health" community education series.
Al-Anon: Adult children focused step meeting, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind Oak Hill Hospital). Meetings are open to all Al-Anon members and anyone suffering from the confusion of being raised in a home where alcohol was a problem. Toll-free 1-888-4AL-ANON (425-2666).
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida offer hearing screenings/wax removal and free amplified telephones: Appointments can be scheduled for Tuesday and Sept. 14, Spring Hill Enrichment Center at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd. Free amplified telephones from Florida Telecommunications Relay are available to those who qualify; an individual must be older than 3 and certified as being deaf, heard of hearing, deaf/blind, or speech impaired. Equipment is available every Tuesday, by appointment, at the Enrichment Center. Toll-free 1-866-685-9477 or (727) 853-1010. Web: ftri.org/ptrichey.
Diabetes Self-Management Education Program: The Hernando County Health Department offers this diabetes program throughout the year at the office at 7465 Forest Oaks Blvd. It includes three 3-hour classes that address topics specific to the concerns of diabetes patients including meal planning, medication and complications. Facilitators include certified diabetes educator Sandra Dixon and registered nurse Jan Musick. Registration required. Call for dates and times of the next program. (352) 540-6928.
Alzheimer's Series offered: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Wednesday-Oct. 6, HPH Hospice, 12260 Cortez Blvd. This free, five-week program will be conducted by Jerry Fisher, program specialist for the Alzheimer's Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. It will include an overview of Alzheimer's disease, changes in communication, dealing with difficult behaviors and Alzheimer's care-giving as well as research and treatment. Discussion will follow each presentation. Due to space limitations, registration is required. Janet Clymer, (352) 597-1882.
Florida Cancer Society Caregiver Support Group: 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Florida Cancer Center Institute-New Hope, Suite 203 at Spring Hill Regional Hospital Medical Arts Building, 10441 Quality Drive. Pamela McGee, (352) 688-7744.
'Man to Man' Prostate Cancer Support Group: 6 p.m. Sept. 13, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 7154 Medical Center Drive, off Kadri Boulevard (across from High Point). Mary Capo, (352) 596-1926.
Parkinson's Disease Support Group: 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., (behind Oak Hill Hospital). A caregiver support group will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road. Also, a weekly tai chi group for those with Parkinson's and their caregivers meets from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Body Fitness, 5181 Mariner Drive. Charlene Miller, (352) 688-7261, or Barbara Kent, (352) 666-1584.
Prostate Cancer Screenings offered free: Oak Hill Hospital is offering screenings in two parts. The first is a prostate specific antigen blood draw, which must be done between Wednesday and Sept. 28 at the hospital's ExpressLab; a prescription from a physician is required for the PSA lab (no other lab tests should be ordered on this prescription). The second part of the screening is the physician digital rectal exam; the DRE is by appointment only on Oct. 6. DRE appointments may be scheduled through Sept. 12 and must be scheduled prior to the PSA. Call (352) 597-6333.
'Understanding Neuropathy' seminar: 2 p.m. Sept. 16, Fun Fitness Factory, 1287 Kass Circle. Topics include the seven signs of neuropathy, who gets neuropathy, how it affects a person and one's balance, and available treatment options. The speaker will be Dr. Robert J. Martinez of Martinez Chiropractic and Wellness Center. Free. Seating limited; reservations required. RSVP to Susan, (352) 686-1686.
Women's Breast Cancer Support Group: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 7154 Medical Center Drive. Light refreshments served. Tambra Randazzo, (352) 592-8128.
Divorce Care: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Christian Church in the Wildwood, Building C, Room 202, 10051 Country Road. The program continues through the end of November. The workbook is $13. Free child care available for children in eighth grade and younger. (352) 596-1388, ext. 224.
Send information for the Health and Support column to Phyllis Day, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613; fax to (352) 754-6133; or e-mail email@example.com. Deadline for this news is two weeks before event or reservation deadline. Information cannot be published if the time, date, place, ticket price (if applicable) or contact person and phone number are missing. For information, call (352) 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.