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's Senior Partners Club (behind the hospital), 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. 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. Cathy Heaps, (352) 527-4600.
• 1 p.m. the third Wednesday, Avante Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, 304 S Citrus Ave., Inverness. Cathy Heaps, (352) 527-4600.
• 5 p.m. the fourth Tuesday, Emeritus at Barrington Place, 2341 W Norvell Bryant Highway, Lecanto. Free day care provided with advanced reservations. Sue Piatek, (352) 527-4600.
• 2:30 p.m. the second Wednesday, Sunflower Springs Assisted Living Community, 8733 W Yulee Drive, Homosassa. Free day care provided with advanced reservations. Sue Piatek, (352) 527-4600.
Visit the Alzheimer's Association's website at alz.org. Message boards are open at all times to post questions and leave replies. To reach the Alzheimer's Association's local office, call (352) 688-4537 or toll-free 1-800-772-8672.
Alzheimer's Family Organization: Caregiver support groups — 1 p.m. Mondays, Brooksville Regional Hospital, Medical Arts Building, Suite 120, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville; John Winans, (352) 232-0081. 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Spring Hill Regional Hospital Medical Arts Building, Suite 105, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill; Marlu Gibson, (352) 688-5758.
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.
Family Planning Assistance offered at Hernando County Health Department: Family planning services are available at both the Brooksville office at 300 S Main St., and the Spring Hill office at 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd. Family planning strategies are offered to help prevent unintended pregnancies, including teen pregnancy. Visits include testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, along with education on preventing infections. All services are based on FDA-approved methods, which include: condoms, birth control pills, Depo-Provera, IUDs, diaphragms, as well as abstinence and natural family planning methods; counseling regarding vasectomy services; pregnancy testing; and a comprehensive exam. Fees are based on client income; there is no charge for those with incomes up to 100 percent above the federal poverty level. For information or to schedule an appointment, call (352) 540-6800.
Narcotics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 754-7200.
National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando: NAMI Hernando will offer the following at the Beautiful Mind Outreach Center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill:
• Monthly meeting, 6 p.m. April 11. The speaker will be Jim Striegel, a licensed mental health counselor and a certified practitioner in clinical hypnosis. He will discuss "Hypnotherapy and Anxiety/Stress Management." Call the Beautiful Mind, (352) 684-0004.
• "Family-to-Family" program, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting April 19. This is NAMI's signature education program that meets for 12 weeks. It is taught by experienced, NAMI-trained family members and is designed to improve coping and problem-solving abilities for family members of individuals living with mental illness. There is no cost, but space is limited and registration is required. RSVP to David, (352) 232-0351.
• Family support group, 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. For family members of loved ones who have a mental illness. Call the Beautiful Mind, (352) 684-0004.
• Wellness and Recovery group, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays; Wellness Support group, 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. The group is for adults living with a mental illness. Call the Beautiful Mind, (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.
• 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville. (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.
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: Adult Children Focused Step meeting, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 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. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hernando Gift Room: This free service, provided by the American Cancer Society, is open 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.
'Natural Products for Eye Health' lecture: 7 p.m. today, Get Healthy Brooksville, 1254 S Broad St. Dr. Rodney Horton from MaxiVision will speak about natural products for eye health and preventative eye care for conditions such as macular degeneration, blurry vision, dry eye and night vision. Horton is owner and president of MedOp Inc., which manufactures MaxiVision and MaxiFlex products. RSVP to (352) 796-9798.
Smoking cessation specialist available at Health Department: Hernando County Health Department, in cooperation with Gulf Coast North Area Health Education Center, offers free one-on-one counseling to help residents kick the tobacco habit. Trained tobacco cessation specialist Veronique Polo is available every Wednesday at the Brooksville clinic, 300 S Main St. She provides education, quitting strategies and support, and information and access to free nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum, lozenges). For information, call (813) 929-1000 or visit gnahec.org. To schedule an appointment, call (352) 540-6800.
Take of Pounds Sensibly 208: 6 p.m. Thursdays, Gulf Ridge Park Church, 20200 Manecke Road. Linda Ward, (352) 796-1236.
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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.
Comfort for Caregivers Support Group: 11 a.m. to noon today, Catholic Charities, 1423 Kass Circle. Provided by HPH Hospice. (352) 597-1882.
Crescent Community Clinic: The clinic, 5244 Commercial Way (Winchester Plaza), provides primary medical, dental and mental health services to uninsured adults ages 18-64 who meet the federal poverty guidelines. Those wishing to receive services from the nonprofit, volunteer-staffed clinic must first apply for services. To apply, potential patients must visit the website at crescentclinic.org and download the application on the first page. The clinic is staffed by volunteers from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. For information, call (352) 610-9916. Potential patients are not to call the office for appointments.
Free hearing screenings and ear wax removal for seniors: 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105, Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. No appointments necessary; first come, first served. (727) 807-7082.
Gamblers Anonymous: 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive. New members welcome. Coffee and refreshments served. (352) 688-9034.
Grief's Journey Bereavement Support Group: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 3 to May 23, HPH Hospice, 12260 Cortez Blvd. This group is for newly bereaved adults, or those who are just coming to terms with their grief over the death of a loved one. The program is free and open to all; participants need not have had prior association with HPH Hospice to participate. A hospice bereavement counselor will help the group understand the grief process and explore coping strategies. Preregistration is required due to limited class size. Attendance at one of the first two meetings is mandatory to continue with the group. Call toll-free 1-800-486-8784.
Hospice Bereavement Support Group: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, HPH Hospice, 12260 Cortez Blvd. This is an ongoing bereavement support group for adults grieving the death of a loved one. There is no cost and no reservations required. Toll-free 1-800-486-8784. Web: hph-hospice.org.
Martinez Chiropractic presents "Attention Golfers: 10 Ways to Maximize Your Game and Minimize Injuries" seminar: 2 p.m. April 10, Silverthorn Country Club, Palmer Room, 4550 Golf Club Lane. Presented by Dr. Robert Martinez. Topics include: 10 traits of championship golfers, maintaining flexibility for optimal range of motion, and other health topics. Seating is limited; reservations are required. RSVP to Anne, (352) 686-1686.
Memory screenings offered for free: 10 a.m. to noon and 1:15 to 4 p.m. April 19, HPH Hospice, 12260 Cortez Blvd. By appointment only. This 15-minute memory screening is available to adults 50 and older who are concerned about memory loss. It is not recommended for those who have already been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease. The screenings are provided by a representative of the Alzheimer's Association. To schedule an appointment, call Carla Hayes, (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) 593-4736, or Rita, (352) 684-3916.
Overeaters Anonymous: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd. This is a newly formed group. Ann, (352) 684-5926. 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.
Tai chi for Parkinson's patients: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Body Fitness, 5181 Mariner Blvd. Sponsored by USF Health and the National Parkinson Foundation. The free classes improve flexibility and balance. (352) 556-1489.
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. Visitors are welcome to the first meeting free. TOPS is a weight-loss management program for men and women, and has a philosophy of combining healthy eating, regular exercise, wellness education and support from others. Doris, (352) 666-9525, or Nancy, (352) 592-1088.
"The Truth About Vitamins A, B, C, D and E" lecture: 5:15 p.m. April 5, Access Healthcare, 5350 Spring Hill Drive. Conducted by Dr. Maria Scunziano-Singh. Register at accesshealthcarellc.net or call (352) 688-8116.
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.
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