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Alcoholics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 683-4597.

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Alzheimer's Association: Caregiver support groups are offered at several locations:

• 2:30 p.m. the first Friday of each month, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Jerry Fisher, (352) 688-4537.

• 2 p.m. the third Monday of each month, Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill. Diane Koenig, (352) 683-9009.

• 6 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month, Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail, Spring Hill. Jerry Fisher, (352) 688-4537.

Alzheimer's Family Organization: The following programs are offered through the Alzheimer's Family Organization 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 a dementia or Alzheimer's disease sufferer. The Alzheimer's Family Organization also will provide 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.

For information, call AFO at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free at 1-888-496-8004.

Celebrate Recovery: Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered 12-step program for those who have hurts, habits and hang-ups, is now offered at several Hernando County locations:

• Women's 12-step group, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Room 204, Building C, Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road, Weeki Wachee. (352) 596-1388, ext. 810 or www.ccwildwood.com.

• Men and women's 12-step program, 7 p.m. Mondays; worship service (large group), 7 p.m. Fridays, First Baptist Church, 7279 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-2863 or www.firstbaptist churchsh.com.

• Men's program, 7 p.m. Mondays; women's program, 7 p.m. Tuesdays; worship service (large group), 7 p.m. Thursdays, Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill. Steve, (352) 683-5882, or visit www.nbchurch.org.

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 (1-800-965-5337) 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.

Narcotics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 754-7200.

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-Fridays. This is a self-help rehabilitation and recreation center for people with mental illnesses and provides support groups, computer classes, bingo, arts and crafts, speakers and social activities. Call the center at (352) 684-0004, or Ginny, (352) 686-2687, or visit www.namihernando.org.

• Consumer support group, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, at the Beautiful Mind. The group is for anyone who has been diagnosed with a mental illness interested in speaking with others who share similar problems.

• Consumer Discussion Group meets 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at the Beautiful Mind. This is an informal group for those with mental illness to talk about wellness management and recovery.

• Family Support Group, 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at the Beautiful Mind. This group is for families of the mentally ill to talk with others who understand adult mental illness.

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 7th St., Dade City

• 8002 King Helie Blvd., New Port Richey.

For information, 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 the following locations in Hernando County:

• 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane, Brooksville.

• 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Brooksville Enrichment Center, 670 S Broad St., Brooksville.

• 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Little Red Schoolhouse Bookstore, 1208 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill.

• 1:30 to 2:30 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. For information or 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.

Brooksville

CoDA (Co-Dependents Anonymous): Words of Wisdom group, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 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.

The Latest Innovations in Women's Health: 6 p.m. March 26, The Grand, 725 DeSoto Ave. The speaker will be Dr. Philip Townsend, gynological surgeon and specialist. Refreshments will be served. All age groups welcome. Those who RSVP will be entered into a free drawing. (352) 544-0944.

Nurturing Fathers Workshop: 10 a.m. Thursday, Mid-Florida Community Services Head Start building, 835 School St. Facilitated by Luis Leon, parent male involvement coordinator for Hernando/Sumter Head Start. (352) 754-2464.

Spring Hill

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 1-888-425-2666.

Community Grief Support Group: 3 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Hernando-Pasco Hospice, 12260 Cortez Blvd. This ongoing bereavement support group is for adults trying to cope with the recent death of a loved one. There is no cost and no reservations needed. Toll-free 1-800-486-8784.

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 is required. Call for dates and times of the next program. (352) 540-6928.

Foundation for Wellness Professionals host "Natural Solutions to End Pain" workshop: 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave. The workshop will also be offered from 3 to 4 p.m. March 28 and from 6 to 7 p.m. March 31 at Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. The speaker will be Mary Bristow, acupuncturist and doctor of Oriental medicine. Participants will learn about natural, nondrug solutions to help relieve suffering from neck, shoulder, back, leg, hip, knee or sciatica pain. Space is limited; reservations required. (352) 799-1882.

Health Fair: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Xavier Hall, St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd. (352) 683-9666.

Hernando County Ostomy Association: 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., behind Oak Hill Hospital. Joan, (352) 686-1077, or Ellen, (352) 597-5426.

"Look Good, Feel Better" program for female cancer patients: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, Spring Hill Regional Hospital Medical Arts Building, Suite 203, 10441 Quality Drive. RSVP to Peggy Dome, (352) 688-7744. The program is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and is designed to teach beauty techniques to women cancer patients to combat the appearance side effects of treatment. Space limited; reservations required. Another program will be from 3 to 5 p.m. March 26 at FCI's office at 7154 Medical Center Drive, off Cortez Boulevard. For reservations, call Mary Capo, (352) 596-1926, ext. 150.

Moving On: 12:15 p.m. Thursdays, Perkins Family Restaurant, 4685 Commercial Way. This is a self-help support group for seniors who have difficulty dealing with the loss of a loved one. Marilyn, (352) 597-5315, or Bill, (352) 683-7409.

Our Children Loved and Remembered: Support group for parents and grandparents, 7 p.m. Friday, Cabrini Center Room 3, St. France Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd. Dorothy, (352) 684-1369, or Tara, (352) 556-4675.

Overeaters Anonymous: This is a 12-step program for those suffering from compulsive overeating, food addictions, anorexia or bulimia. Meetings include 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Dayspring Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, 6000 Mariner Blvd.; and 1 to 2 p.m. Fridays, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Coulton Building, 2301 Deltona Blvd. Karen (352) 200-8433.

Spring Hill Stroke and Support Group: 11 a.m. Thursdays, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive. Family and friends welcome. A. Schaffer, (352) 688-2594, or the church, (352) 683-9016.

Weeki Wachee

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: 6 p.m. today, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way. Special guest speaker will be child psychologist Dr. Edward Perreault. Judie, (352) 666-6885; Dolores, (352) 596-8695, or Cindy, (352) 686-6849.

Pasco County

New Port Richey

Community Chatterboxes: 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Community Hospital Health Care Center, 5400 School Road. This is a support group for those suffering from communication deficits (aphasia, apraxia, dysathria, etc.) as a result of a cerebral vascular accident or other neurological disorders. Caregivers and spouses are welcome. (727) 845-0757.

Lymphedema support group: 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 8763 River Crossing Blvd. Conducted by Lindsey Wisniewski, a licensed physical therapy assistant at Community Hospital. (727) 845-0757.

Information for the Health and Support column should be submitted to Phyllis Day, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613. Information can be faxed to (352) 754-6133 or e-mailed to pday@sptimes.com. The deadline for this news is seven working days before your 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 about the Health and Support column, call (352) 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Health and Support activities 03/16/09 [Last modified: Monday, March 16, 2009 7:36pm]

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