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, Oak Hill Hospital's Senior Partners Club (behind the hospital), 11361 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Jerry Fisher, (352) 688-4537.
• 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.
• 11 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 550 U.S. 41 S, Inverness. Cathy Heaps, (352) 527-4600.
• 11 a.m. the third Wednesday, Avante Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, 304 S Citrus Ave., Inverness. Cathy Heaps, (352) 527-4600.
• 5 p.m. the fourth Tuesday, Emeritus at Barrington Place, 2341 W Norvell Bryant Highway, Lecanto. Free day care provided with advanced reservations. Cathy Heaps, (352) 527-4600.
• 2:30 p.m. the second Wednesday, Sunflower Springs Assisted Living Community, 8733 W Yulee Drive, Homosassa. Free day care provided with advance reservations. Cathy Heaps, (352) 527-4600.
• Online support group, noon Wednesdays, at alzsupport.com. Message boards are open at all times to post questions and leave replies.
To reach the Alzheimer's Association's local office, call (352) 688-4537 or toll-free 1-800-772-8672.
Alzheimer's Family Organization: Caregiver support groups — 1 p.m. Mondays, Brooksville Regional Hospital, Medical Arts Building, Suite 120, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville; John Winans, (352) 232-0081. 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Spring Hill Regional Hospital Medical Arts Building, Suite 105, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill; Marlu Gibson, (352) 688-5758.
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 hot line: 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 (toll-free 1-800-963-5337) or 1-800-96-ABUSE (toll-free 1-800-962-2873). Sponsored by the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.
Family planning assistance offered at Hernando County Health Department: Family planning services are available at both the Brooksville office at 300 S Main St., and the Spring Hill office at 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd. Family planning strategies are offered to help prevent unintended pregnancies, including teen pregnancy. Visits include testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, along with education on preventing infections. All services are based on FDA-approved methods, which include condoms, birth control pills, Depo-Provera, IUDs, diaphragms, as well as abstinence and natural family planning methods; counseling regarding vasectomy services; pregnancy testing; and a comprehensive exam. Fees are based on client income; there is no charge for those with incomes up to 100 percent above the federal poverty level. For information or to schedule an appointment, call (352) 540-6800.
Narcotics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 754-7200.
National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando: NAMI Hernando will offer the following at the Beautiful Mind Outreach Center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill:
• Family support group, 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. For family members of loved ones who have a mental illness. Call the Beautiful Mind, (352) 684-0004.
• Wellness and Recovery group, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. The group is for adults living with a mental illness. Call the Beautiful Mind, (352) 684-0004.
Visit namihernandofl.org or NAMI.org.
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, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120 of the Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd. Call (352) 544-6022.
• 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 544-6022.
• 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays at Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105 of the Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 684-7568.
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.
Smoking cessation programs: Pasco-Hernando Community College is partnering with the Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center and the Hernando County Health Department to provide a free six-week program for those interested in quitting tobacco use. The program aims to facilitate the process through the use of counseling and optional nicotine replacement therapy. Participants can receive up to four weeks of free replacement products, including gum, patches and lozenges. To register, call (727) 816-3743. The program will be offered at the following PHCC campuses:
• 5 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, today through Feb. 23, West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey.
• Noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, today through Feb. 23, Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill.
• 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 25-March 7, North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville.
• Noon to 1 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 27-March 9, East Campus, 36727 Blanton Road, Dade City.
Weight Watchers: For area meetings, call toll-free 1-800-651-6000.
Al-Anon: Adult Children Focused Step meeting, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd. Toll-free 1-888-425-2666.
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. Email to [email protected]
Hernando Gift Room: This free service, provided by the American Cancer Society, is open noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays at 14540 Cortez Blvd., Suite 203, in the Pinebrook Regional Medical Center, west of Brooksville. The Gift Room provides uninsured and under-insured patients with free wigs, hats and head coverings (scarves, kerchiefs, beanies and knitted caps), prosthesis and mastectomy bras, as well as emotional support for people going through chemotherapy. To learn more, call the American Cancer Society toll-free at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
Hernando Ostomy Association: 2 to 4 p.m. today, Brooksville Regional Hospital, Conference Room 2, 17240 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. New members, family and friends welcome. Linda Ravenhorst, (352) 686-1956, or Ellen Boldt, (352) 597-5426.
'The Latest Breakthroughs in Brain Health' lecture by Mark Underwood: 2 p.m. Jan. 28, Get Healthy Brooksville, 1254 S Broad St. Underwood is the president and co-founder of Quincy Bioscience, a biotech company in Madison, Wis., that is focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of natural ways to treat age-related memory loss and the diseases of aging. The lecture will include practical tips and research on how to improve memory naturally. Those who attend will receive a free copy of the Brain Health Guide. There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited and reservations are required. RSVP to (352) 796-9798.
'The Latest Breakthroughs in Natural Healing' lecture by Dr. Michael Murray: 7 to 8 p.m. today, Get Healthy Brooksville, 1254 S Broad St. Murray, a naturopathic doctor, will provide the latest research about natural solutions for common health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, weight loss, detoxification and preventive health. A question-and-answer session will follow. Murray is the author of more than 30 books, including the co-author of the bestseller How to Prevent and Treat Diabetes with Natural Medicine, Hunger Free Forever and his latest book, What the Drug Companies Won't Tell You and Your Doctor Doesn't Know. The lecture is free. Seating is limited. RSVP to (352) 796-9798.
Take of Pounds Sensibly 208: 6 p.m. Thursdays, Gulf Ridge Park Church, 20200 Manecke Road. Linda Ward, (352) 796-1236.
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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.
Crescent Community Clinic: The clinic, 5244 Commercial Way (Winchester Plaza), provides primary medical, dental and mental health services to uninsured adults ages 18-64 who meet the federal poverty guidelines. Those wishing to receive services from the nonprofit, volunteer-staffed clinic must first apply for services. To apply, potential patients must visit the website at crescentclinic.org and download the application on the first page. The clinic is staffed by volunteers from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. For information, call (352) 610-9916. Potential patients are not to call the office for appointments.
Fibromyalgia support group: 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Anyone diagnosed with this syndrome is welcome. The group shares information about alternative approaches, medicines, current research and personal experiences. Irene, (352) 666-2803, or Joan, (352) 686-0238.
Free hearing screenings and ear wax removal for seniors: 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105, Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. No appointments necessary; first come, first served. (727) 807-7082.
Gamblers Anonymous: 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive. New members welcome. Coffee and refreshments served. (352) 688-9034.
Hospice bereavement support group: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, HPH Hospice, 12260 Cortez Blvd. This is an ongoing bereavement support group for adults grieving the death of a loved one. There is no cost and no reservations required. Toll-free 1-800-486-8784. Web: hph-hospice.org.
"It's Your Right to Decide" health care advance directive forum: 9:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 31, Pasco-Hernando Community College, Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court. Hosted by HPH Hospice. The presentation will be given by lawyer George Germann and Dr. David McGrew. Germann specializes in probate, estate planning, guardianship and elder law. McGrew is the medical director of HPH Hospice. The forum will cover power of attorney, living wills, do-not-resuscitate orders, health care surrogates and other topics. A continental breakfast will be served. There is no cost, but registration is required. RSVP to Carla Hayes, (352) 597-1882.
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) 593-4736, or Rita, (352) 684-3916.
Overeaters Anonymous: Road to Recover group, 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Dayspring Church, 6000 Mariner Blvd. Tammy, (352) 397-6888, or Deby, (352) 799-8485. 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.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly: TOPS 604, Weigh-in from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. and meeting 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd. Visitors are welcome to the first meeting free. TOPS is a weight-loss management program for men and women, and has a philosophy of combining healthy eating, regular exercise, wellness education and support from others. Doris, (352) 666-9525, or Nancy, (352) 592-1088.
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.
Charcot-Marie-Tooth support group: 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 28, Citrus Memorial Hospital, Gulf Room of the historical school building (just north of the main hospital building), 210 S Citrus Ave. The speaker will be Dr. Roy Horn, a Crystal River chiropractor. Horn, who also practices acupuncture, will discuss possibilities that may be available as an alternative benefit to CMT. Light refreshments will be served. Ronnie Plageman, (352) 860-1578 or [email protected]
Send information for the Health and Support column to Phyllis Day, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613; fax to (352) 754-6133, or send email to [email protected] Deadline for this news is two weeks before 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, call (352) 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
Smoking cessation specialist available at Health Department: Hernando County Health Department, in cooperation with Gulf Coast Area Health Education Center, offers free one-on-one counseling to help residents kick the tobacco habit. Trained tobacco cessation specialist Veronique Polo is available every Wednesday at the Brooksville clinic, 300 S Main St. She provides education, quitting strategies and support, and information and access to free nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum, lozenges). For information, call (813) 929-1000 or visit gnahec.org. To schedule an appointment, call (352) 540-6800.