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Health and support: Sept. 1-14

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. Shirley Miketinac, (352) 796-1767.

• 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. Sasha Bootz, (352) 596-2055.

• 2 p.m. the second Tuesday at Crown Pointe Senior Living Community, 11291 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Sandy Croson, (352) 799-1422.

• Locations available in Citrus and Sumter counties. For Citrus meetings, call Wendy Hall, (352) 527-4600; in Sumter call Tina Franzen-Andes, (352) 793-8274.

• Also, an online support group is at www.alzsupport.com, with a live cat at noon on Wednesdays; message boards are open at all times to post questions and leave replies.

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.

Celebrate Recovery: Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered 12-step program for those who have hurts, habits and hang-ups, is now offered at several Hernando County locations:

• Women's 12-step group, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Room 204, Building C, Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road, Weeki Wachee. (352) 596-1388, ext. 810 or www.ccwildwood.com.

• Men and women's 12-step program, 7 p.m. Mondays; worship service (large group), 7 p.m. Fridays, First Baptist Church, 7279 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-2863 or www.firstbaptist churchsh.com.

• Men's program, 7 p.m. Mondays; women's program, 7 p.m. Tuesdays; worship service (large group), 7 p.m. Thursdays, Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill. Steve, (352) 683-5882, or visit www.nbchurch.org.

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, 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.

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" seminar: 6 to 7 p.m. today and Sept. 15, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. The seminar is for those diagnosed with fibromyalgia or who are suffering with pain, fatigue, problems sleeping, depression or irritable bowel syndrome. There will be free testing to determine if you qualify for a new noninvasive treatment. The speaker is Mary Bristow, doctor of Oriental medicine with the Foundation for Wellness Professionals. There is no cost to attend. Reservations required. (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 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. Friday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. A speaker will discuss an alternative approach to treating fibromyalgia. Those diagnosed with this syndrome are invited. The group shares the latest information on current research, medications, alternative approaches and personal experiences. Irene, (352) 666-2803, or Joan, (352) 686-0238.

Florida Cancer Institute's Caregiver Support Group: 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 10, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 10441 Quality Drive, Suite 203, in the Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital. Dorothy Hiller, (352) 688-7744.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Spring Hill Elementary School, Family Center, 6001 Mariner Blvd. Judie, (352) 666-6885; Dolores, (352) 596-8695; or Cindy, (352) 686-6849.

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.

"Man to Man" Prostate Cancer Support Group: 6 p.m. Sept. 14, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 7154 Medical Center Drive, off Cortez Boulevard. 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 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.

Restless Legs Support Group: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10, Florida Sleep Institute, 4075 Mariner Blvd. Betty and Bill Kinahan, (352) 200-5440 or bkinahan@tampabay.rr.com.

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. 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

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.

St. Petersburg

Tourette Syndrome Support Group: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 8, 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.

Health and support: Sept. 1-14 08/31/09 [Last modified: Monday, August 31, 2009 4:58pm]
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