Health and support
Alcoholics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 683-4597.
Alzheimer's Association: The Florida Gulf Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association offers support groups at several locations:
• 2:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month, Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11361 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Jerry Fisher, (352) 688-4537.
• 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. Free day care available with advanced reservations. Diane Koenig, (352) 683-9009.
• 11 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 550 U.S. 41 S, Inverness. Sue Piatek, (352) 228-4399.
• 1 p.m. the second Monday, First United Methodist Church, 8831 W Bradshaw St., Homosassa. Free day care provided with advanced reservations. Sue Piatek, (352) 228-4399.
• 2 p.m. the third Saturday, Crystal River Health and Rehabilitation Center, 136 NE 12th Ave., Crystal River. Free day care provided with advanced reservations. Christina DiPiazza, (352) 795-5044.
Visit the Alzheimer's Association website at alz.org. To reach the local office, call (352) 688-4537 or toll-free 1-800-272-3900.
Alzheimer's Family Organization: Caregiver support groups — 1 p.m. today, Spring Hill Regional Hospital, Medical Arts Building, Suite 105, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill; Pam Penna, (352) 688-1262. Weekly meeting — 1 p.m. Mondays, Brooksville Regional Hospital, Medical Arts Building, Suite 120, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville; John Winans, (352) 232-0081.
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.
Hernando County Ostomy Association: The association offers a visitor program for new ostomy patients who need counseling and support. For details, call Ellen Boldt, (352) 597-5426, or Linda Ravenhorst (wound care nurse), (352) 686-1956.
Narcotics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 754-7200.
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.
Weight Watchers: For area meetings, call toll-free 1-800-651-6000.
Caregiver Support Group: 1 to 2 p.m. Thursdays, 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.
CoDA (Co-Dependents Anonymous): Words of Wisdom group, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, 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. Email to [email protected]
Hernando Gift Room: This free service, provided by the American Cancer Society, is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays at 14540 Cortez Blvd., Suite 203, in the Pinebrook Regional Medical Center, west of Brooksville. The Gift Room provides uninsured and under-insured patients with free wigs, hats and head coverings (scarves, kerchiefs, beanies and knitted caps), prosthesis and mastectomy bras, as well as emotional support for people going through chemotherapy. To learn more, call the American Cancer Society toll-free at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
Virtual Dementia Tour: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21, Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17240 Cortez Blvd. This is a sensory event that will be on the third floor of the hospital, in the Joint Camp suite. The tour is part of the hospital's Purple Angel Wristband program, the first hospital pilot program of its kind, to help health care providers identify patients with a risk for dementia. Light refreshments will be served. No reservations required. Visit brooksvilleregional.net for details. (352) 796-5111.
I-Pad Users Group for Stroke Recovery: 10 a.m. Sept. 18, Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd. Open to anyone looking to improve memory and dexterity after a stroke using I-Pad applications. Renee Payne, (352) 263-9265 or [email protected]
Quit smoking program: 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Hernando County Health Department, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd, Spring Hill. The Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center offers "Tools to Quit," a one-time, two-hour program that helps participants plan their quitting process, establish goals and learn strategies to help them succeed. Four weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum or lozenges) is also available through the program. (813) 929-1000 or gnahec.org.
Celebrate Recovery: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road. This is a 12-step, Christ-focused recovery group for those dealing with a hurt, habit or hangups. Groups available for men and women. $5 for the workbook. Free child care available; classes available for school-age children. (352) 596-1388 or ccwildwood.com.
DivorceCare: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road. Support group for those who are separated or have gone through a divorce. $16 for the workbooks. Free child care available; classes available for school-age children. (352) 596-1388 or ccwildwood.com.
GriefShare: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road. Support group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. $16 for the workbook. Free child care available; classes available for school-age children. (352) 596-1388 or ccwildwood.com.
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.
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 [email protected] 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.