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, Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail. Shirley Miketinac, (352) 796-1767.
• 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 second Tuesday at Crown Pointe Senior Living Community, 11291 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Sandy Croson, (352) 799-1422.
• 2 p.m. the third Monday of each month, Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill. Diane Koenig, (352) 683-9009.
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. today, the Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill; 1 p.m. Mondays, Brooksville Regional Hospital, Medical Arts Building, Suite 120, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville; 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Spring Hill Regional Hospital Medical Arts Building, Suite 105, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. Maria Curley, (727) 992-1358.
• 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.
Coast2Coast RX Cards: Hernando County and Financial Marketing Concepts are launching this prescription drug discount program, available to all county residents regardless of age, income or health status. Pets are also covered. Visit coast2coastrx.com to print out a free discount prescription card. (352) 540-4338.
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.
Florida Rx Card: This is a free statewide initiative for all Floridians; there are no program restrictions or refusals. It includes discounts for all medications, including brand, generic and open formulary medications. There are no enrollment or application, age or income requirements, waiting periods, eligibility required, claim forms, annual or lifetime limits. "At once" pre-activated cards can be generated electronically on floridarxcard.com website, sent as e-mail cards, or by using hard cards provided. The Florida RX Card program is accepted at more than 50,000 major pharmacies nationwide. Visit the website above, or call (850) 501-3305.
Narcotics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 754-7200.
National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando: NAMI Hernando offers the following at the Beautiful Mind Outreach Center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive (Brothers I and II Plaza), Spring Hill:
• Family support group, 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. This group is for families to meet and talk with others who understand adult mental illness.
• Consumer support groups, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. The group is for adults who have been diagnosed with a mental illness who are interested in speaking with others who share similar problems.
Call the Beautiful Mind at (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.
• Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. Call (352) 754-4443.
• 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.
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.
Al-Anon: 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Spring Lake United Methodist Church, 4191 Spring Lake Highway. For friends and families of alcoholics. Carolyn, (352) 799-1513. Another group meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Brooksville Enrichment Center of the Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, Suite 120, 17222 Hospital Blvd. Toll-free 1-888-425-2666.
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. Val, (352) 596-2492.
Crescent Community Clinic: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 656 S Broad St. This is a volunteer-based walk-in clinic for low- to moderate-income level residents who do not have insurance. Proof of income and a photo ID is required for services. Patients are asked to not arrive before 9:30 a.m. The clinic is open on the first, second and third Saturday of each month. Donations are welcome (the clinic does not receive federal, state or county funding and relies on donations). (352) 799-5500; Maureen Soliman, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Barbara Sweinberg, email@example.com.
GriefShare Sessions: 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Brooksville Wesleyan Church, 8168 Jasmine Drive. Designed for those who recently lost a loved one. (352) 799-3066.
Hernando County Ostomy Association: 2 to 4 p.m. today, Brooksville Regional Hospital, Medical Arts Building, Suite 120, 17222 Hospital Blvd. This is a new meeting place. New members welcome. Joan, (352) 686-1077, or Ellen, (352) 597-5426.
Reiki Clinic: 7 p.m. Fridays, Inner Peace Bookstore and Wellness Center, 421 W Jefferson St. Sponsored by the Inner Peace Church of the Spirit. Maria, (352) 544-0304, or Vicki, (352) 442-1240.
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.
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).
"Atrial Fibrillation: Treatment for Irregular Heart Rhythm" is next For Your Health presentation: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Palace Grand, 275 Della Court. Sponsored by Oak Hill Hospital. The speaker is Dr. N. Rattehalli, who will discuss an innovative, less invasive procedure for treatment of atrial fibrillation now available at Oak Hill's Heart Institute. This procedure uses a thorascopic approach via tiny catheters instead of the traditional "open" surgical repair of the traditional "Cox Maze." A complimentary hot buffet will be served. Admission is free, but seating is limited and reservations are a must. RSVP to (352) 597-6333.
Health Benefits of Drinking Alkaline Antioxidant Water: 11 a.m. Saturday, Rainforest Remedies, 5340 Commercial Way. Those attending will receive a free DVD (quantities limited). To reserve a DVD, RSVP to Joan, (352) 686-8180.
Learn How to Care for Alzheimer's Patients: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Mondays, March 7-April 4, HPH Hospice, 12260 Cortez Blvd. This five-week program is for individuals caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease, or those who anticipate being in the position of caring for someone with the disease. Topics include an overview of Alzheimer's, how the disease changes communications and dealing with difficult behaviors. Information on research and treatment will be available. Each meeting will include time for discussion. There is no cost to participate, but space is limited and advanced registration is required. Call Jen Zamora toll-free at 1-800-486-8784.
"Look Good, Feel Better" Program for Female Cancer Patients: 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 24, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 7154 Medical Center Drive. Beauty techniques are taught to help control the appearance-related side effects of treatment. Reservations required. Mary Capo, (352) 596-1926, ext. 150.
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 Rita, (352) 684-3916.
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.
Parkinson's Disease Support Group: Tai Chi group for those with Parkinson's and their caregivers, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Body Fitness, 5181 Mariner Drive. Charlene Miller, (352) 688-7261, or Barbara Kent, (352) 666-1584.
The Respite Room: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive. This weekly program is a partnership between the church and CARES (Community Aging and Retirement Services Inc.) to provide activities and social time for those with memory challenges such as dementia or Alzheimer's disease while their caregivers get time off. Call to schedule a complimentary visit. Chris Powers, (727) 863-6868, or Cindy McLoud, (352) 683-2600.
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.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly: 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.
Xtreme Losers: Tuesdays, Regency Oaks Clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd. Zumba from 6 to 7 p.m. for $2; education, tastings and support from 7 to 8 p.m. This is a weight-loss support group. RSVP to Cheryl Vanscoter, (814) 203-0222, or LuAnne Stout, (352) 585-3992.
"Yoga Therapy for Seniors" is next in Health Whys Physician Lecture Series: Noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 25, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. The speaker is Dr. M.P.R. Nathan, a cardiologist. Complimentary refreshments served. Hosted by Brooksville Regional Hospital. Seating is limited and reservations are required. (352) 799-5019.
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: 3-4 p.m. Feb. 24, Community Hospital Health Care Center, 5400 School Road. For those with communication deficits as a result of a cerebral vascular accident or other neurological disorders. (727) 845-0757. Thursdays, Nativity Luther
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