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, 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 advanced 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; Miranda Griffin, (352) 263-1483. 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Spring Hill Regional Hospital Medical Arts Building, Suite 105, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill; Marlu Gibson, (352) 688-5758.
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, 1-800-963-5337 or 1-800-962-2873. Sponsored by the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.
Hospice Bereavement Support Groups: HPH Hospice offers ongoing bereavement support groups for adults grieving the death of a loved one. The groups meet at the following HPH team offices:
• 3 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, 12260 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.
• 3 to 4 p.m. Mondays, 698 S Broad St., Brooksville.
There is no cost and no reservations required. Toll-free, 1-800-486-8784. Web: hph-hospice.org.
Narcotics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 754-7200.
National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando: 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-to-Family education program, starting Jan. 12. This is a free 12-week course for family members of individuals living with a mental illness. The program is taught by trained NAMI family members and is geared to help participants learn coping and problem-solving abilities. Space is limited; reservations are required. Call (352) 684-0004 or (352) 683-1350.
• 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.
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. Send email to email@example.com.
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 underinsured 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.
"Learn How to Prevent and Cure 80 to 90 Percent of All Diseases" seminar: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Get Healthy-Brooksville, 1254 S Broad St. The speaker will be Terry Lemerond, host of the weekly Internet talk radio program Terry Talks Nutrition, who has created more than 400 natural formulations. The seminar will discuss chronic pain and inflammation. Those who suffer from exhaustion, cold hands and feet, unexpected weight gain, hormonal imbalance or depression are welcome. Seating is limited; reservations required. (352) 796-9798.
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.
Take off 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 federal poverty guidelines. Those wishing to receive services from the nonprofit, volunteer-staffed clinic must first apply. 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.
Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope Caregiver Support Group: 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Florida Cancer Institute, Suite 203, Medical Arts Building, Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive. Pamela McGee, (352) 688-7744.
Foot Related Disorders seminar: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Hernando Endoscopy and Surgery Center, 12208 Cortez Blvd. Presented by Dr. Stephen Leonard, a podiatrist certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. A question-and-answer session with Leonard will follow. Refreshments will be served. Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. (352) 596-4999.
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.
Healthy Hearts Education Series presents "Testing for a Healthy Heart": 4 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12, Oak Hill Hospital cafeteria, 11375 Cortez Blvd. The speaker will be Frank Guardiani, a cardiovascular technician and director of cardiology services at Oak Hill Hospital. He will discuss the types of cardiac testing available. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Seating is limited; reservations are required. (352) 597-6333 or visit oakhillhospital.com.
Holiday Bereavement Workshop: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 13, HPH Hospice, 12260 Cortez Blvd. Led by a hospice bereavement counselor, this workshop is for any grieving adult who is concerned about coping with the holidays. Tips for coping with grief will be given. Free. Preregistration is requested. Toll-free at 1-800-486-8784. Visit hph-hospice.org.
Man to Man Prostate Cancer Support Group: 6 p.m. Monday, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 7154 Medical Center Drive, off Kadri 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.
Our Children, Loved and Remembered to host candlelight vigil: 7 p.m. Dec. 11, Rooms 3 and 4, Cabrini Center, St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Those who have lost a child of any age are encouraged to bring a photo to display. Those who wish may say a few words about their child or read a poem. Candles will be lit at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. This is a nondenominational group. Dorothy, (352) 684-1369; Carole, (352) 686-1310, or Nina, (352) 688-6217.
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.
Women's Breast Cancer Support Group: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 7154 Medical Center Drive. This will be a potluck dinner. Bring a guest. Tambra Randazzo, (352) 592-8128.
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.
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 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.