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Alzheimer's Family Organization: Caregiver support group — 2:30 p.m. today, Sterling House of Spring Hill, 10440 Palmgren Lane, Spring Hill; John Winans, (352) 232-0081, 1 p.m. June 12, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105, Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill; Pam Penna, (352) 688-1262. Weekly: 1 p.m. Mondays, Brooksville Regional Hospital, Medical Arts Building, Suite 120, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville; John Winans, (352) 232-0081.


Caregiver Support Group to start: 1 to 2 p.m. Thursdays, starting June 13, the Grande, 725 Desoto Ave. Provided by HPH Hospice, the program is designed to assist caregivers with their daily tasks. Facilitated by a hospice social worker. No registration required. (352) 597-1882.

'It's Your Right to Decide,' a health care advance directive forum: 2 to 3 p.m. June 12, Pasco-Hernando Community College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Hosted by PHCC's Encore Academy and presented by representatives from HPH Hospice. Participants will learn how an advance directive can help define a person's wishes and easily communicate them to family, loved ones and legal representatives. The seminar is free, but registration through the Encore Academy is required; (352) 797-5167.

Life Center of Hernando: This is a residence for young, single mothers and their children who are homeless or have unstable living conditions. A variety of life skills classes are available at no cost, including: money management and consumer awareness, survival skills, food management, childhood development, interpersonal skills, and hygiene and health. Seminars are offered on topics such as time management, couponing, basic money management, nutrition and household fire and safety. Classes are offered at the residence from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Saturday classes, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., focus on cooking and crafting skills. For location information, class schedules and to reserve a spot in one of the classes, contact Barbara Lemoine at (352) 597-0119. For volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, send email to Web: or hernando.

Spring Hill

Comfort for Caregivers: 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Forest Oaks Assisted Living Facility, 8055 Forest Oaks Blvd. Provided by HPH Hospice, this group is for caregivers of those with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. (352) 597-1882.

Grief's Journey bereavement program: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, starting June 11, HPH Hospice, 12260 Cortez Blvd. This is an eight-week program for newly bereaved adults or those who are just coming to terms with their grief over the death of a loved one. A hospice bereavement counselor will help the group understand the grief process and explore coping strategies. Sessions are open to the public; no prior association with HPH Hospice is required. Free, but preregistration is required. Attendance at one of the first two meetings is necessary to continue with the group. Toll-free 1-800-486-8784.

Hernando Ostomy Association: 7 p.m. Thursday, Grace Lutheran Church, 411 Mariner Blvd. Bob Barnard, (352) 442-9787, or Carol Krause, (352) 683-5586.

Quit Smoking Now program: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, June 12 to July 17, Hernando County Health Department, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd. This is a free six-week program provided by the Florida Department of Health and the Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center. Participants are guided through the quitting process by setting a quit date, establishing goals and receiving support after quitting. The program provides optional free nicotine replacement therapy, including patches, lozenges or gum. To register, call (813) 929-1000, ext. 213.

'Sleep: Why We Need It; How to Get It' lecture: 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Access Healthcare, 5350 Spring Hill Drive. Presented by Dr. Maria Scunziano-Singh. RSVP to (352) 688-8116.

'Understanding Your Medicare Options' discussion: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave. This discussion is to clear the confusion and answer questions about Medicare. Topics include original Medicare and what it covers, Medicare Advantage, Medicare D (prescription drugs), and how to compare plans while looking at out-of-pocket limits. Advanced registration suggested, but not required. (352) 754-4043.

'The Wonders of Minimally Invasive Robotic-Assisted Surgery' lecture: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Palace Grand, 275 Della Court. Hosted by Oak Hill Hospital, featuring four of the hospital's minimally invasive surgeons: Drs. Lyle Breeding, Niloufer Kero, Mallik Piduru and Fawzi Soliman. A complimentary hot meal will be served. Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. RSVP to (352) 597-6333 or

Pasco County/Trinity

Community Chatterboxes: 3 p.m. Thursday, Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54. For those with communication deficits as a result of a cerebral vascular accident or other neurological disorders. Caregivers and spouses welcome. (727) 845-0757.

MS Support Group: Noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54. Caregivers and family are welcome. RSVP to (727) 372-1568.

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 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 06/04/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 5:33pm]
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