Health and support: Aug. 11-20

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

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:

• Alzheimer's Caregiver Informational Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 28, Barrington Place, 2341 W Norvell Bryan Highway, Lecanto. The speaker will be attorney Sean Scott, who will discuss elder law issues. Other topics will include: Alzheimer's 101, behaviors, communication, personal care and stress. The cost is $15 for AFO members and $25 for nonmembers, which includes lunch, refreshments and certificate of attendance. Seating is limited; registration required by Aug. 21. Free respite care is available; call the office to make arrangements.

• Caregiver support groups — 1 p.m. Aug. 18, Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., west of Brooksville; 1 p.m. Mondays, Spring Hill Enrichment Center (behind Oak Hill Hospital), 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill; Maria Curley, (727) 856-2196.

Call AFO at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free at 1-888-496-8004.

Caregiver Stress Management workshop: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind Oak Hill Hospital). The workshop will be repeated at 2 p.m. Thursday at the enrichment center at Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane, Brooksville. The workshop identifies everyday sources of caregiver stress and offers practical solutions for avoiding caregiver burnout. It will be conducted by Dr. David Travland, clinical psychologist, and Rhonda Travland, gerontologist; they are the authors of The Tough and Tender Caregiver: A Handbook for the Well Spouse. This is the first of six workshops to help family caregivers reduce stress and understand how relationships work. (352) 232-7032 or www.caregiversurvival.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 (1-800-963-5337) 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.

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, 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.

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.

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, Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

• 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 (unless otherwise noted). 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.

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 1-888-4Al-ANON (425-2666).

"Causes and Treatments for Fibromyalgia" seminar: 6 to 7 p.m. today, Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive; and Aug. 24 at the West Hernando Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave. This free seminar is for those diagnosed with fibromyalgia or who are suffering with pain, fatigue, problems sleeping, depression or irritable bowel syndrome. There will be discussion on a noninvasive breakthrough treatment. The speaker will be Mary Bristow, doctor of Oriental medicine, of the Foundation for Wellness Professionals. Free, but reservations are required. (352) 799-1882.

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 three-hour classes with 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.

Florida Cancer Institute's Caregiver Support Group: 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, Spring Hill Hospital Medical Arts Building, 10441 Quality Drive, Suite 203. Dorothy Hiller, (352) 688-7744.

HPH Hospice Community Grief Support Group: 3 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, HPH 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.

"Look Good, Feel Better" support group for women cancer patients: 3 p.m. Aug. 19, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, at Spring Hill Regional Hospital Medical Arts Building, 10441 Quality Drive, Suite 203. RSVP to Peggy Dome, (352) 688-7744.

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.

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.

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.

"Treating Your Thyroid" lecture: 3:30 p.m. Aug. 19, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. The speaker will be endocrinologist Dr. Arturo Castro, who specializes in the treatment of diabetes and endocrine and metabolism disorders that involve several different body systems, including the thyroid, adrenal glands and pituitary gland. Refreshments will be served. This free program is part of the physician lecture series sponsored by Brooksville Regional and Spring Hill Regional hospitals. Reservations required. (352) 799-5019.

"Women's Health at Any Age" is next For Your Health seminar: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18, Southern Hills Plantation Club, 4200 Summit View Drive. The speaker will be Dr. David F. Marler, who is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. He will discuss all aspects of women's health for every age. Topics include appropriate screenings, medications, illnesses, diagnosis and prevention of major diseases relating to gynecological concerns. There will be a time for questions. A hot buffet will be served. Seating is limited; reservations are required. (352) 597-6333.

Weeki Wachee

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: 6 p.m. Aug. 18, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way. Judie, (352) 666-6885; Dolores, (352) 596-8695; or Cindy, (352) 686-6849.

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.

Pasco County

New Port Richey

Lymphedema Support Group: 3 to 4 p.m. Aug. 20, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 8763 River Crossing Blvd. The meeting will be conducted by Lindsey Wisniewski, a licensed physical therapist assistant at Community Hospital. She has had training with lymphedema through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies. (727) 845-0757.

Pinellas County

St. Petersburg

Tourette Syndrome Support Group: 6:30 to 8 p.m. today, Rothman Center, fourth floor, 800 6th St. S. (727) 767-8230 or support.pinellas@tsa-fl.org. The group is dedicated to helping people with Tourette syndrome and their families. Meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month.

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.

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