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Health and support: Oct. 6-27

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

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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:

• Alzheimer's Disease Seminar for Caregivers and Professionals, 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Oct. 14, Silverthorn Golf and Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. Topics include: Alzheimer's 101 with Research Updates; Depression and Stress: Activities to Help; Caregiver Issues and Legal Issues for the Elderly. The cost for caregivers is $20 for AFO members, $30 for nonmembers. The cost for professionals (education contact hours available) is $50 for AFO members, $60 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Call AFO at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free 1-888-496-8004.

• Alzheimer's Caregiver Informational Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 16, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. Topics include Alzheimer's Disease 101, personal care, stress, behaviors, safety, communication and grief. Attorney Sean Scott will discuss elder law issues. Refreshments and lunch included. Participants receive a certificate of attendance. The cost is $15 for AFO members, $25 for nonmembers. Registration required by Friday. Free respite care is available; call the AFO office to make arrangements.

• Caregiver support groups — 2 p.m. Oct. 19, Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill; 1 p.m. Oct. 20, Brookridge clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge; 1 p.m. Mondays, Spring Hill Enrichment Center (behind Oak Hill Hospital), 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Maria Curley, (727) 856-2196.

Brooksville

Community Health Fair: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 17, Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd. The event will include complimentary samples of signature items from local food establishments, live music and entertainment. Flu and pneumonia shots will be available. Sponsors include Oak Hill Hospital, Brooksville Regional and Spring Hill Regional hospitals, Nature Coast Community Health Center, Brooksville Elks Lodge 1582 and QuitLine. Denise, (352) 544-5206.

Families with Autistic Children Support Group: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Harbor Behavioral Health Care Institute, 7074 Grove Road. Parents and guardians have an opportunity to share experiences and offer support. No babysitting services available. Meetings are on the first and third Wednesdays. (352) 346-1677 or (352) 584-1263.

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" free seminar: 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 13 and Oct. 27, 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 with pain, fatigue, sleeping problems, depression or irritable bowel syndrome. There will be a discussion on a noninvasive breakthrough treatment. For those interested, free testing to determine if they qualify for this new treatment will be provided. The speaker will be Mary Bristow, doctor of Oriental medicine, of the Foundation for Wellness Professionals. Seating is limited and reservations are required. RSVP to (352) 799-1882.

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 three-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.

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.

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.

Women's Breast Cancer Support Group: 6 to 7:30 p.m. today, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 7154 Medical Center Drive, off Cortez Boulevard. The speaker will be local physician Dr. Kevin Palmer, who will discuss options for breast surgical patients. Light refreshments will be served. 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.

New Port Richey

Lymphedema Support Group: 3 to 4 p.m. Oct. 15, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 8763 River Crossing Blvd. The meeting will be conducted by Lindsey Wisniewski, a licensed physical therapist assistant at Community Hospital. She has had training with lymphedema through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies. (727) 845-0757.

St. Petersburg

Tourette Syndrome Support Group: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 13, Rothman Center, fourth floor, 800 6th St. S. (727) 767-8230 or support.pinellas@tsa-fl.org. The group is dedicated to helping people 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 10 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.

Health and support: Oct. 6-27 10/05/09 [Last modified: Monday, October 5, 2009 8:56pm]
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