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:
• 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.
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, Brooksville Enrichment Center, 670 S Broad St., Brooksville.
• 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays (by appointment only), 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.
Caregiver Support Group: 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Spring Oaks, 7251 Grove Road. This group is for anyone caring for relatives or loved ones in various capacities. Meetings are on the fourth Thursday of each month. Linda, (352) 796-1425, or Ruth, (352) 592-1150.
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.
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).
Colorectal Cancer Screening lecture: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. The speaker will be gastroenterologist Dr. Syed Bin-Sagheer. The lecture is part of Brooksville Regional Hospital's monthly Health Whys series. A light dinner will be served. There is no cost, but seating is limited. Reservations required. (352) 799-5019.
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.
Fibromyalgia Support Group: 2 to 3:30 p.m. June 5, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Those diagnosed with fibromyalgia are invited. Irene, (352) 666-2803, or Joan, (352) 686-0238.
Foundation for Wellness Professionals offer workshops:
• "Natural Solutions to End Pain," 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Participants will learn about natural, nondrug solutions to help relieve suffering. The workshop is free. Space limited, reservations required.
• "Causes and Treatments for Fibromyalgia," 6 to 7 p.m. June 2 and June 9 at the Spring Hill Branch Library, and June 8 at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia 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 for all seminars is Mary Bristow, doctor of Oriental medicine. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call (352) 799-1882.
"Look Good, Feel Better" program for female cancer patients: 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 7154 Medical Center Drive, off Cortez Boulevard. RSVP to Mary Capo, (352) 596-1926, ext. 150. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society and designed to teach beauty techniques to women cancer patients to combat 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. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins for this support group. Belinda, (352) 293-3455.
Senior Health and Fitness Day: 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday. Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd. The free event will include medical screenings, giveaways and massages. Screenings available include vision, postural, manual balance assessment, strength assessment, cholesterol and glucose, healthy-leg screenings and foot detox. Visitors can also pack their medications or bring a list of the current medications for a free consultation with pharmacist John Griffith from Walgreens Pharmacy. (352) 688-9622.
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.
Women's Breast Cancer Support Group: 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 2, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 7154 Medical Center Drive, off Cortez Boulevard. Light refreshments served. 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 .
New Port Richey
Community Chatterboxes: 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Community Hospital Health Care Center, 5400 School Road. This is a support group for those suffering from communication deficits (aphasia, apraxia, dysathria, etc.) as a result of a cerebral vascular accident or other neurological disorders. Caregivers and spouses welcome. (727) 845-0757.
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