Alcoholics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 683-4597.
Alzheimer's Association: The Florida Gulf Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association offers support groups at several locations:
• 2:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month, Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail. Shirley Miketinac, (352) 796-1767.
• 2:30 p.m. the first Friday of each month, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Shirley Miketinac, (352) 796-1767.
• 2 p.m. the second Tuesday at Crown Pointe Senior Living Community, 11291 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Sandy Croson, (352) 799-1422.
• 2 p.m. the third Monday of each month, Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill. Diane Koenig, (352) 683-9009.
Alzheimer's Family Organization: The following programs are offered to residents of Hernando, Citrus, Pasco, Sumter and Lake counties:
• Caregiver support groups — 1 p.m. Mondays, Spring Hill Enrichment Center (behind Oak Hill Hospital), 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill; Maria Curley, (727) 856-2196.
• Respite Assistance Program — for caregivers of people who have dementia or Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer's Family Organization also provides other national respite resources that can reimburse costs to caregivers.
• Wanderers Identification Program — provides the person with a memory disorder with an identifying bracelet or pendant with a code number and direct telephone number to the Sheriff's Office. If the person becomes lost or wanders from home, they can be identified through a shared database that houses essential patient information and caregiver contacts.
Call AFO at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free at 1-888-496-8004.
Coast2Coast RX Cards: Hernando County and Financial Marketing Concepts are launching this prescription drug discount program, available to all county residents regardless of age, income or health status. Pets are also covered. Visit coast2coastrx.com to print out a free discount prescription card. (352) 540-4338.
Elder Abuse Hotline: To report suspected cases of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation, or those 60 or older who are being hurt or taken advantage of by someone you know, call toll-free 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337) or 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873). Sponsored by the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.
Florida Rx Card: This is a free statewide initiative for all Floridians; there are no program restrictions or refusals. It includes discounts for all medications, including brand, generic and open formulary medications. There are no enrollment or application, age or income requirements, waiting periods, eligibility required, claim forms or annual or lifetime limits. "At once" preactivated cards can be generated electronically on the floridarxcard.com website, sent as e-mail cards, or by using hard cards provided. The Florida RX Card program is accepted at more than 50,000 major pharmacies nationwide. Visit the website above, or call (850) 501-3305.
Narcotics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 754-7200.
National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando: NAMI Hernando offers the following at the Beautiful Mind Outreach Center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive (Brothers I and II Plaza), Spring Hill:
• Family to Family, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting today. This is a 12-week program for friends or family members of a person with a known or suspected diagnosis of a brain disease or mental illness. Registration is required. Call Judy, (352) 544-0352, or Mariann, (352) 683-1350.
• Family Support Group, 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. This group is for families to meet and talk with others who understand adult mental illness.
• 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.
Call the Beautiful Mind at (352) 684-0004. Visit namihernando.org or NAMI.org.
Operation Veteran and Family Support Network: Support and assistance offered to members of the military, veterans and their families through these free support groups led by mental health counselors with the Harbor Behavioral Health Care. Meetings are 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at three Harbor locations:
• 7074 Grove Road, Brooksville
• 14527 Seventh St., Dade City
• 8002 King Helie Blvd., New Port Richey.
Call (352) 232-4770 or (727) 420-7943.
SHINE Program Assists Seniors with Health Insurance: The Florida Department of Elder Affairs offers the free SHINE program (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) at theses Hernando County locations:
• 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane, Brooksville.
• 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Little Red Schoolhouse Bookstore, 1208 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill.
• Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West.
• 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays at Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind Oak Hill Hospital), Spring Hill.
SHINE counselors offer information and assistance with Medicare (figuring out paperwork, bills and filing appeals), Medicare supplemental insurance, Medicare prescription drug coverage, long-term care planning and pharmaceutical assistance programs.
No appointments necessary (unless otherwise noted). For counseling locations outside Hernando County, call the Elder Hotline toll-free at 1-800-262-2243.
Weight Watchers: For area meetings, call toll-free 1-800-651-6000.
Al-Anon: 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Spring Lake United Methodist Church, 4191 Spring Lake Highway. For friends and families of alcoholics. Carolyn, (352) 799-1513. Another group meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Brooksville Enrichment Center of the Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, Suite 120, 17222 Hospital Blvd. Toll-free 1-888-425-2666.
Celebration of Health Day: Noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 29, Easy Street Home Decor, 100 N Brooksville Ave. Local vendors/entrepreneurs will be available, including party and event planner, chair massage, Reiki energy healing and aromatherapy. A healthy lunch will be served. Reservations appreciated. Sally, (352) 650-8948, or Maria, (352) 238-2998.
CoDA (Co-Dependents Anonymous): Words of Wisdom group, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Salvation Army Fellowship Hall, 15464 Cortez Blvd. This program's goal is to develop healthy relationships and to build self-esteem. Val, (352) 596-2492.
Ridge Manor West
Take Off Pounds Sensibly 530: 8:15 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays, First Lutheran Church, 30419 Park Ridge Drive. Meeting starts at 9 a.m. Evelyn, (352) 796-0477.
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 dealing with the confusion of being raised in a home where alcohol was a problem. Toll-free 1-888-4AL-ANON (425-2666).
Alateen: 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd. Rose, (352) 200-8646.
"Early Detection + Prevention = Peace of Mind ... A Medical News Update": 6:30 p.m. today, My Gynecologist, 11175 County Line Road. The speaker is Dr. Natalie Leibensperger, who will discuss the latest medical news on the detection and prevention of gynecological diseases and conditions, from adolescence to beyond menopause. Complimentary light hors d'oeuvres will be served. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are required and limited to the 25 guests. RSVP to (352) 686-8884, ext. 231.
"Foot Related Disorders" seminar: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Hernando Endoscopy and Surgery Center, 12208 Cortez Blvd. The speaker is Dr. Stephen Leonard, a podiatrist. A Q&A session will follow. Refreshments will be served. Free, but reservations are required. RSVP to (352) 596-4999.
"Lifestyles After 50" Expo: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Palace Grand, 275 Della Court. The free event will include the AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour bus, which provides six free health screenings. There also will be more than 60 exhibitor booths, live entertainment, food and drink samples, prizes and giveaways, as well as other health screenings. Dave Kelly, (239) 823-3542.
Moving On: 12:15 p.m. Thursdays, Perkins Family Restaurant, 4685 Commercial Way. This is a self-help support group for seniors who dealing with the loss of a loved one. Marilyn, (352) 597-5315, or Rita, (352) 684-3916.
Overeaters Anonymous: Bridge to Serenity group, 1 p.m. Tuesdays, West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave. This is a 12-step program for those dealing with compulsive overeating. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins for this support group. Belinda, (352) 293-3455.
Parkinson's Disease Support Group: Tai Chi group for those with Parkinson's and their caregivers, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Body Fitness, 5181 Mariner Drive. Charlene Miller, (352) 688-7261, or Barbara Kent, (352) 666-1584.
The Respite Room: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive. This weekly program is a partnership between the church and CARES (Community Aging and Retirement Services Inc.) to provide activities and social time for those with memory challenges such as dementia or Alzheimer's disease while their caregivers get time off. Call to schedule a complimentary visit. Chris Powers, (727) 863-6868, or Cindy McLoud, (352) 683-2600.
Spring Hill Stroke Support Group: 11 a.m. Thursdays, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive. Family and friends welcome. Coffee and cake follows the meeting. A. Schaffer, (352) 688-2594, or the church, (352) 683-9016.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly: TOPS 604, weigh-in from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. and meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd.; Doris, (352) 666-9525, or Nancy, (352) 592-1088. TOPS 701, 8:45 to 10:45 a.m., Shady Hills United Methodist Church, 15925 Green Glen Lane, off Shady Hills Road. Ellen, (352) 666-0634, or Beverly, (727) 856-2436.
"Understanding Neuropathy" seminar: 4 p.m. today, Changes, 12587 Spring Hill Drive. The speaker is Dr. Robert J. Martinez of Martinez Chiropractic and Wellness Center. Topics include the seven signs of neuropathy, who gets it, how it affects you and balance, and available treatment options. Free. Reservations required. RSVP to Susan, (352) 686-1686.
Xtreme Losers: Tuesdays, Regency Oaks Clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd. Zumba from 6 to 7 p.m. for $2; education, tastings and support from 7 to 8 p.m. This is a weight-loss support group. RSVP to Cheryl Vanscoter, (814) 203-0222, or LuAnne Stout, (352) 585-3992.
Divorce Care: 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Feb. 2, Christian Church in the Wildwood, Building B, Room 102, 10051 Country Road. For those who have experienced a divorce or are going through a divorce. The cost is $13 for the workbook. Free childcare available for infants and children through eighth grade. Dinner is offered before the class from 5 to 6:15 p.m.; first-time guests eat free. (352) 596-1388, ext, 224.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly: TOPS 461, 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way. Dorothy Kuta, (352) 596-6697, or Pat Gall, (352) 688-6755. TOPS is a weight loss support group that promotes weight management through healthy eating, regular exercise, wellness education and support.
New Port Richey
Community Chatterboxes: 3 to 4 p.m. Jan. 27, Community Hospital Health Care Center, 5400 School Road. For those with communication deficits as a result of a cerebral vascular accident or other neurological disorders. (727) 845-0757.
Tourette's Syndrome Support Group: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Countryside Branch Library, 2741 State Road 580. (727) 418-0240. Web: tsa-fl.org.
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