Alcoholics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 683-4597.
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.
Health Whys Lecture Series, presented by Brooksville Regional Hospital:
• "Shoulder Pain: What Causes It and How to Be Rid of It," 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Glen Lakes Country Club, 10485 Glen Lakes Blvd., north of Weeki Wachee. The speaker is Dr. William Jason, an orthopedic surgeon.
• "A to Z for Preventative Health," 5:30 p.m. Feb. 18, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. The speaker is family practitioner Dr. Ivan Diaz.
All lectures are free. Seating limited; reservations required. (352) 799-5019.
Narcotics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 754-7200.
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, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. This is a self-help rehabilitation and recreation center for people with mental illnesses, offering support groups, classes, bingo, arts and crafts and other social and educational activities. Call the center at (352) 684-0004. Visit www.namihernando.org or www.NAMI.org.
• Consumer support group, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, at the Beautiful Mind. The group is for adults who have been diagnosed with a mental illness who are interested in speaking with others who share similar problems.
• Family Support Group, 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at the Beautiful Mind. This group is for families to meet and 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.
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, Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane, Brooksville.
• 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.
• 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Little Red Schoolhouse Bookstore, 1208 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill.
• 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West.
• 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays at Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind Oak Hill Hospital), Spring Hill.
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.
CoDA (Co-Dependents Anonymous): Words of Wisdom group, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 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.
RSVP hosts 'Touch of Hernando County' Informational/Health Showcase: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 13, Brooksville Elks Lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd. Information available on health care, insurance, support systems, animal care, specialty medical personnel, assisted and non-assisted living facilities, Medicare and children, elders and family issues. The LifeSouth Bloodmobile, Alzheimer's mobile unit and VNA mobile will be on site. There will be a raffle and silent auction, blood testing and demonstrations. Donations of nonperishable foods will be collected to benefit local pantries. (352) 796-8117
Al-Anon: Adult children focused step meeting, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Spring Hill Enrichment Cement 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).
Alzheimer's series: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 10 to March 10, at the HPH Hospice team office, 12260 Cortez Blvd. Presented by HPH and the Alzheimer's Association, this five-week series 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. There will also be information on research and treatment. Each week will include discussion time. Free. Space limited; registration required. Janet Clymer at (352) 597-1882.
Blood pressure screenings offered free: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Spring Hill Enrichment Center at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd. No reservations needed. Screenings will also be offered at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson and Community Hospital in New Port Richey. No reservations needed.
Caregiver Support Group: 4 p.m. Feb. 11, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, in the Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive, Suite 203. Pamela McGee, (352) 688-7744.
Diabetic Support Group: 1 p.m. Monday, Spring Hill Enrichment Center at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd. Hosted by Horizon Homecare. (352) 684-3550.
Diabetes Self-Management Education Program: The Hernando County Health Department offers this diabetes program throughout the year at the office at 7465 Forest Oaks Blvd. It includes three 3-hour classes that address topics specific to the concerns of diabetes patients including meal planning, medication and complications. Facilitators include certified diabetes educator Sandra Dixon and registered nurse Jan Musick. Registration required. Call for dates and times of the next program. (352) 540-6928.
GEMS Christian Homeschool Support: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, First Assembly of God, 12435 Spring Hill Drive. Great Educators Mentoring Scholars is a nondenominational Christian homeschool group. Cheryl Picerno, (352) 684-4844.
HPH Hospice Community Grief Support Group: 3 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, HPH Hospice, 12260 Cortez Blvd. This ongoing bereavement support group is for adults trying to cope with the recent death of a loved one. There is no cost and no reservations are needed. Toll-free 1-800-486-8784.
HPH Hospice hosts 'It's Your Right to Decide' health care advance directive forum: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. Attorney George M. Germann will talk about health care advance directives. He will also discuss power of attorney, health care surrogates, wills, living wills, do not resuscitate orders and common pitfalls to avoid. Sister Ann Stango, doctor of ministry and education specialist for St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, will discuss freedom of choice issues related to health care advance directives such as upholding one's personal, spiritual and religious values, and the concept of burden versus benefit. Also, Frank Defrancesco of Hernando County Fire Rescue will offer health safety tips. A continental breakfast will be served. Seating limited; registration required. RSVP to Janet Clymer, (352) 597-1882.
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.
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 at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd.; Doris, (352) 666-9525, or Nancy, (352) 592-1088.
'Understanding Neuropathy — The First Step on the Road to Recovery' free seminars: Two seminars will be offered: 3 p.m. today, Sterling Hill North Club House, 4411 Sterling Hills Blvd.; and 2 p.m. Feb. 16, Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd. Topics include the seven signs of neuropathy, who gets neuropathy, how it affects a person, how it affects balance, and treatment options. The speaker will be Dr. Robert J. Martinez of Martinez Chiropractic and Wellness Center. Seating limited; reservations required. (352) 686-1686.
Divorce Care program: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Feb. 10, Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road. The group will meet weekly for 13 weeks in Building C, Room 202. Cost is $13 for the workbook. Childcare provided at no cost. (352) 596-1388, ext. 224.
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.
Tourette's Syndrome Support Group: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Rothman Center, fourth floor, 800 Sixth St. S. (727) 767-8230 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The group is dedicated to helping individuals in the Tampa Bay area with Tourette's syndrome and their families.
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