Health and support
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.
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, annual or lifetime limits. "At once" pre-activated cards can be generated electronically on floridarxcard.com website, sent as email 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 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 groups, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. 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 namihernandofl.org or NAMI.org.
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.
CAUSE (Community for Autism to Understand, Support and Educate) Support Group: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Baycare Behavioral Health, 7074 Grove Road. firstname.lastname@example.org.
CoDA (Co-Dependents Anonymous): Words of Wisdom group, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Salvation Army Fellowship Hall, 15464 Cortez Blvd. The purpose of this program is for the development of healthy relationships and the building of self-esteem. Val, (352) 596-2492.
RSVP Health and Informational Showcase: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 5, Brooksville Elks Lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd. Includes informational vendors from throughout the county, including chiropractic, senior housing, home health care, assisted living, pharmacies, Career Central, insurance companies, acupuncture, funeral homes, hearing, vision, electronic food stamp registry, animal care, hospice, rehabilitation centers, and many others. Various minor health screenings and tests will be offered. There will also be a silent auction, raffle and snacks. Presented by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, sponsored by Mid Florida Community Services and supported by United Way. (352) 796-8117.
Take of Pounds Sensibly 208: 6 p.m. Thursdays, Gulf Ridge Park Church, 20200 Manecke Road. Linda Ward, (352) 796-1236.
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.
Alateen: 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd. Rose, (352) 200-8646.
Hearing Screenings and Ear Wax Removal: 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105, Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive. No appointments necessary; first come, first served. Provided free by Affordable Hearing Solutions. Enrichment center, (352) 684-7568, or Affordable Hearing Solutions, (727) 807-7082.
Look Good, Feel Better Program for female cancer patients: 3 to 5 p.m. today, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 7154 Medical Center Drive. Beauty techniques are taught to help control the appearance-related side effects of treatment. Reservations required. Mary Capo, (352) 596-1926, ext. 150.
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 suffering from 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.
Women's Breast Cancer Support Group: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 7154 Medical Center Drive. Tambra Randazzo, (352) 592-8128.
"Yoga Therapy for Seniors" is next in Health Whys Physician Lecture Series: Noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. The speaker is Dr. M.P.R. Nathan, a cardiologist. Complimentary refreshments served. Hosted by Brooksville Regional Hospital. Seating is limited and reservations are required. (352) 799-5019.
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 successful weight management with a philosophy that combines healthy eating, regular exercise, wellness education and support.
New Port Richey
Community Chatterboxes: 3-4 p.m. today, 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.
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