Health and support groups and activities

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. Shirley Miketinac, (352) 796-1767.

• 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. Sasha Bootz, (352) 596-2055.

• 2 p.m. the second Tuesday at Crown Pointe Senior Living Community, 11291 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Sandy Croson, (352) 799-1422.

• Locations available in Citrus and Sumter counties. For Citrus meetings, call Wendy Hall, (352) 527-4600; in Sumter call Tina Franzen-Andes, (352) 793-8274.

• Also, an online support group is at www.alzsupport.com, with a live chat at noon on Wednesdays; message boards are open at all times to post questions and leave replies.

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.

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.

Health Whys Lecture Series, presented by Brooksville Regional Hospital:

• "Heart Attacks and Coronary Blockages," 3 p.m. Wednesday, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. The speaker will be Dr. Thomas Mathews, a cardiologist.

• "Shoulder Pain: What Causes It and How to Be Rid of It," 5:30 p.m. Feb. 10, Glen Lakes Country Club, 10485 Glen Lakes Blvd., north of Weeki Wachee. The speaker will be Dr. William Jason, an orthopedic surgeon.

All lectures are free. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited; reservations required. (352) 799-5019.

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.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group: 7 p.m. today, Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd. (352) 799-5713.

Reiki Clinic: 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Inner Peace Bookstore and Wellness Center, 421 W Jefferson St. Sponsored by the Inner Peace Church of the Spirit. Maria, (352) 544-0304, or Vicki, (352) 442-1240.

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).

Alzheimer's Disease Caregiver Day — 'All There Is to Know About Caregiving': 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail. Provided by the Alzheimer's Family Organization, the program includes refreshments, lunch and a certificate of attendance. Topics include Alzheimer's 101, communication, grief, personal care, depression, stress and behavioral issues. Attorney Sean Scott will discuss elder law issues. The cost is $15 for AFO members and $25 for nonmembers. Registration required. (727) 848-8888 or toll-free 1-888-496-8004. Free respite care will be provided by Atria Evergreen Woods; call the AFO office to make arrangements.

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.

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: 3 to 5 p.m. today, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 7154 Medical Center Drive, off Cortez Boulevard. Open to all women cancer patients in active treatment (do not have to be FCI patients). Mary Capo, (352) 596-1926, ext. 150.

"Man to Man" prostate cancer support group: 6 p.m. Monday, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 7154 Medical Center Drive, off Cortez Boulevard (across from High Point). Mary Capo, (352) 596-1926.

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 Rita, (352) 684-3916.

"Natural Solutions to End Digestive Problems" workshop: 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave. Participants learn about natural, nondrug solutions for those who suffer from acid reflux, hiatal hernia, irritable bowel, ulcers, Crohn's disease and other digestive problems. The speaker will be Mary Bristow, acupuncturist and doctor of Oriental medicine. The free program is sponsored by the Foundation for Wellness Professionals. Seating is limited; reservations required. (352) 799-1882.

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.

Sleep Health Evaluations: 5:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd. Presented by Heads Up Sleep Systems, the program will give participants an opportunity to learn how to get a good night's sleep. Members of the National Sleep Foundation will be on hand. Participants can speak to a specialist about how sleep affects health and quality of life. Breakfast treats provided. Those who sign up for a free sleep evaluation will receive a gift. (352) 688-9622.

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.

'Understanding Neuropathy — The First Step on the Road to Recovery' free seminar: 3 p.m. Feb. 4, Sterling Hill North Club House, 4411 Sterling Hills Blvd. Topics include the seven signs of neuropathy, who gets neuropathy, how it affects a person, how it affects balance, and treatment options. The speaker will be Dr. Robert J. Martinez of Martinez Chiropractic and Wellness Center. Seating limited; reservations required. (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, off Cortez Boulevard. Light refreshments served. The program will include a representative from Spring Hill Rehab and Lymphedema Center. Tambra Randazzo, (352) 592-8128.

Weeki Wachee

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.

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 two weeks 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 groups and activities 01/27/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 7:52pm]

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