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 — 2 p.m. April 21, Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., west of Brooksville. Another group meets at 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.
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-Fridays. This is a self-help rehabilitation and recreation center for people with mental illnesses and provides support groups, computer classes, bingo, arts and crafts, speakers and social activities. Call the center at (352) 684-0004, or Ginny, (352) 686-2687, or visit www.namihernando.org.
• Consumer support group, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, at the Beautiful Mind. The group is for anyone who has been diagnosed with a mental illness interested in speaking with others who share similar problems.
• Consumer Discussion Group meets 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at the Beautiful Mind. This is an informal group for those with mental illness to talk about wellness management and recovery.
• Family Support Group, 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at the Beautiful Mind. This group is for families of the mentally ill to 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.
Health Festival: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Brooksville Natural Foods, 1254 S Broad St. A "sunrise yoga" will be at 9 a.m. There will be free seminars throughout the day, including Stress and the Nervous System at 10 a.m.; Diabetes Concerns for the Whole Family at 11 a.m.; The Top 5 Deadly Foods at noon; The Secrets Hidden in Your Blood at 12:30 p.m.; Natural Hormone Replacement — Young Forever? at 1 p.m.; Ladies Get Your Game ON!: How to Be Healthy, Happy and Vibrant at 2 p.m.; and Dads and Kids — Essentials for Your Great Health Too! at 3 p.m. All those attending receive a free gift bag. There will be a number of health experts on hand throughout the day. There will also be free chair massages, smoothies, live blood cell analysis demonstration, door prizes, food and supplement samples. Stop by or call to sign up for lectures. (352) 796-9798.
Nurturing Fathers Workshop: 10 a.m. Thursday, Mid-Florida Community Services/Head Start, 835 School St. The workshop is free. Facilitated by Luis Leon, parent male involvement coordinator. (352) 754-2464.
Alzheimer's Disease: What Caregivers Need to Know: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 23, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. The program is for family caregivers of Alzheimer's patients, who will learn information about the disease, stages and rate of progression; diagnosis, treatment options and information on clinical drug studies; practical tips to prevent or reduce behavior problems; strategies for communicating with the Alzheimer's patient; coping strategies for caregivers; and legal and financial issues. There is no cost to attend. Offered through the University of South Florida, Suncoast Alzheimer's and Gerontology Center, and the Florida Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. Call to register, (813) 974-4355 or toll-free 1-800-633-4563, or visit www.suncoastalzheimers.com.
Foundation for Wellness Professionals host "End Digestive Problems" and "Natural Solutions to End Pain" workshops: End Digestive Problems will be 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, at Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Participants learn about natural, nondrug solutions for those who suffer from acid reflux, hiatal hernia, irritable bowel, ulcers, Crohn's disease and other digestive problems. The Natural Solutions to End Pain workshop will be 6 to 7 p.m. April 28, also at the Spring Hill Branch library. Both workshops are free. The speaker is Mary Bristow, acupuncturist and doctor of Oriental medicine. Seating is limited and reservations are required. (352) 799-1882.
"Look Good, Feel Better" program for female cancer patients: 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, Spring Hill Regional Hospital Medical Arts Building, Suite 203, 10441 Quality Drive. RSVP to Peggy Dome, (352) 688-7744. Another program will be from 3 to 5 p.m. April 23 at the FCI office at 7154 Medical Center Drive, off Cortez Boulevard. RSVP to Mary Capo, (352) 596-1926, ext. 150. The program is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and is designed to teach beauty techniques to women cancer patients to combat the appearance side effects of treatment. Space limited, reservations a must.
Our Children, Loved and Remembered: 7 p.m. Friday, Cabrini Center, St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd. This is a support group for parents and grandparents who have lost a child at any age. The group meets on the first and third Fridays of each month. Dorothy, (352) 684-1369, or Tara, (352) 556-4075.
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 and 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.
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.
Tourette's Syndrome Support Group: 6:30 to 8 p.m. today, Rothman Center, fourth floor, 800 6th St. S. (727) 767-8230 or [email protected] The group is dedicated to helping individuals in the Tampa Bay area with Tourette's syndrome and their families. Meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month.
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