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Health and support: June 9-18

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

Alzheimer's Association: The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will offer the following:

• Alzheimer's caregiving training program, 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aspen Building, Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail, Spring Hill. The training will be given by program specialist Jerry Fisher. Topics include an overview of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, signs and symptoms, stages of the disease, treatments and the probability of developing Alzheimer's. Questions will be taken after the presentation. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP. Call (352) 688-4537 or stop by the Alzheimer's Association office at 4108 Lamson Ave.

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. June 16, Brookridge clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St. 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 database that houses patient information and caregiver contacts.

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

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.

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" workshop: 6 to 7 p.m. today, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. This free seminar is for those diagnosed with fibromyalgia or who are suffering from pain, fatigue, problems sleeping, depression or irritable bowel syndrome. A new noninvasive treatment will be discussed. The speaker for all seminars will be Mary Bristow, doctor of Oriental medicine, of the Foundation for Wellness Professionals. Seating is limited; reservations are required. Call (352) 799-1882.

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.

Compassionate Friends: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind Oak Hill Hospital). This group is for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings who have lost a child at any age. (352) 684-4649, 688-2686 or 688-7912.

Diabetes Self-Management Education Program: The Hernando County Health Department offers this diabetes program 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 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, 10441 Quality Drive, Suite 203, in the Medical Arts Building next to Spring Hill Regional Hospital. Dorothy Hiller, (352) 688-7744.

"Look Good, Feel Better" program for female cancer patients: 3 p.m. June 17, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, Spring Hill Regional Hospital Medical Arts Building, Suite 203, 10441 Quality Drive. RSVP to Peggy Dome, (352) 688-7744. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society and designed to teach beauty techniques to women cancer patients for the appearance side effects of treatment. Space limited; reservations required.

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. Belinda, (352) 293-3455.

Spring Hill Stroke and 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.

Weeki Wachee

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: 6 p.m. today, 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 by combining healthy eating, regular exercise, wellness education and support.

Pasco County

New Port Richey

Lymphedema support group: 3 to 4 p.m. June 18, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 8763 River Crossing Blvd. Conducted by Lindsey Wisniewski, a licensed physical therapy assistant at Community Hospital. (727) 845-0757.

Pinellas County

St. Petersburg

Tourette syndrome support group: 6 to 7:30 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 individuals in the Tampa Bay area 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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