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

Alzheimer's Family Organization: Caregiver support groups — 1 p.m. Mondays, Brooksville Regional Hospital, Medical Arts Building, Suite 120, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville; John Winans, (352) 232-0081. 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Spring Hill Regional Hospital Medical Arts Building, Suite 105, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill; Marilu 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 1-800-96-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.

Family Planning Assistance offered at Hernando County Health Department: Family planning services are available at both the Brooksville office at 300 S Main St., and the Spring Hill office at 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd. Family planning strategies are offered to help prevent unintended pregnancies, including teen pregnancy. Visits include testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, along with education on preventing infections. All services are based on FDA-approved methods, which include: condoms, birth control pills, Depo-Provera, IUDs, diaphragms, as well as abstinence and natural family planning methods; counseling regarding vasectomy services; pregnancy testing; and a comprehensive exam. Fees are based on client income; there is no charge for those with incomes up to 100 percent above the federal poverty level. For information or to schedule an appointment, call (352) 540-6800.

Narcotics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 754-7200.

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:

• Perinatal/postpartum depression support group, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Conducted by a licensed counselor. To register, call Mariann Eckman, (352) 683-1350 or the Beautiful Mind, (352) 684-0004.

• 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; Wellness Support group, 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.

• 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.

• Appointments may be scheduled at the Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville. Call (352) 544-6022.

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.

'Tools to Quit Smoking' program: Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center provides free two-hour tobacco dependence seminars in Hernando, Citrus, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. Anyone wishing to quit the use of tobacco may participate and will be provided with a free four-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy, including patches, gum or lozenges. The program is funded by the Florida Department of Health. Upcoming local seminars include:

• 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd., west of Brooksville. The follow-up will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 18.

• 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Pasco-Hernando Community College, West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. The follow-up will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 12.

• 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105, Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. The follow-up will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 23.

• 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Good Samaritan Clinic, 5334 Aspen St., New Port Richey. The follow-up will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 11.

To register or for additional seminars, call (813) 929-1000, ext. 213, or visit gnahec.org.

Weight Watchers: For area meetings, call toll-free 1-800-651-6000.

Brooksville

Hernando County Ostomy Association: 2 to 4 p.m. today, Brooksville Regional Hospital, first floor, Conference Room 2, 17240 Cortez Blvd. Ellen Boldt, (352) 597-5426, or Linda Ravenhorst, (352) 686-1956.

Ridge Manor West

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.

Spring Hill

Caregivers Day Out: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive. Provided by Community Aging and Retirement Services, the program offers a fun, supervised atmosphere for individuals with memory challenges, such as Alzheimer's disease or dementia, while caregivers take some time off. There is no cost for first-time participants; subsequent days are $20. CARES is a nonprofit organization that provides services to meet the needs of older persons and their families in west-central Florida. Dianne, (352) 686-2614, or Chris Powers, (727) 862-9291, exts. 2002 or 2040.

Comfort for Caregivers Support Group: 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 27, Catholic Charities, 8370 Forest Oaks Blvd. Offered by HPH Hospice, this group is for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. (352) 597-1882.

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 the federal poverty guidelines. Those wishing to receive services from the nonprofit, volunteer-staffed clinic must first apply for services. 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.

Fibromyalgia Support Group: 3 to 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Anyone diagnosed with this syndrome is invited. The group shares information about alternative approaches, medicines and personal experiences. Irene, (352) 666-2803, or Joan, 686-0239.

Free hearing screenings and ear wax removal for seniors: 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105, Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. No appointments necessary; first come, first served. (727) 807-7082.

'From Flicker to 3 Alarm Fire' Women's Health Education Series seminar: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27, My Gynecologist, 11175 County Line Road. Presented by Brenda Gilmore, a registered nurse who is pursuing certification in women's sexual health. Light refreshments will be served. For women only. Free, but limited to the first 25 to RSVP. (352) 666-3553.

Grief's Journey bereavement program: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 2-Nov. 20, HPH Hospice West Hernando team office, 12260 Cortez Blvd. The program is for newly bereaved adults or those just coming to terms with their grief over the death of a loved one. An HPH bereavement counselor will help the group understand the grief process and explore coping strategies. Prior association with HPH Hospice is not required. The program is free, but pre-registration is required due to limited class size. Attendance at one of the first two weeks' meetings is necessary to continue with the group. RSVP, toll-free 1-800-486-8784.

Hospice Bereavement Support Group: 3 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, HPH Hospice, 12260 Cortez Blvd. This is an ongoing bereavement support group for adults grieving the death of a loved one. There is no cost and no reservations required. Toll-free 1-800-486-8784. Web: hph-hospice.org.

"Mental Illness — The Basics for Family Members" program: 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 2, Hernando County Health Department, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd. Provided by the Health Department and the National Association of Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando, the program is designed for those who live with or care for individuals with a mental illness. Topics include basic brain biology, a general overview of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, depression, OCD and PTSD. Presented by trained facilitators David and Mary Ellen Welch. Registration is requested. RSVP to (352) 540-6817.

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) 593-4736, or Rita, (352) 684-3916.

Overeaters Anonymous: 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd. Option coffee and fellowship will follow the meeting. This is a newly-formed group. Ann, (352) 346-6962, or Julie, (352) 688-2877. New Beginnings group, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Fridays, also at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Betty, (352) 666-1710. This is a 12-step program for those suffering from compulsive overeating. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins for this support group.

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.

Tai chi for Parkinson's patients: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Body Fitness, 5181 Mariner Blvd. Sponsored by USF Health and the National Parkinson Foundation. The free classes improve flexibility and balance. (352) 556-1489.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly: TOPS 746, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Grace Presbyterian Church, Building B, 8375 Spring Hill Drive. Patti, (352) 597-6869, or Sue, (352) 688-5209. 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. Doris, (352) 666-9525, or Nancy, (352) 592-1088. 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.

Weeki Wachee

Grief Share: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road. The support program is for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. Free child care and youth programs offered. (352) 596-1388, ext. 224. ccwildwood.com.

Divorce Care: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road. This is a support group for those who are divorced or separated. Free child care and youth programs offered. (352) 596-1388, ext. 224. ccwildwood.com .

Hope and Help for Single Moms: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road. Free child care and youth programs offered. (352) 596-1388, ext. 224. ccwildwood.com .

Pasco County/Trinity

Lymphedema Support Group: 3 p.m. today, Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54. RSVP to (727) 834-5630.

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 email pday@tampabay.com. 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.

Health and support 09/19/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 3:53pm]

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