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 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 reservations. Sue Piatek, (352) 228-4399.
• 2 p.m. the third Saturday, Crystal River Health and Rehabilitation Center, 136 Northeast 12th Ave., Crystal River. Free day care provided with 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: The following caregiver support groups are offered:
• 1 p.m. Mondays, Brooksville Regional Hospital Enrichment Center, Medical Arts Building, Suite 120, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville; John Winans, (352) 232-0081.
• 1 p.m. the second Wednesday, Spring Hill Regional Hospital Enrichment Center, Medical Arts Building, Suite 105, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. Pam Penna, (352) 688-1262.
• 1 p.m. the third Tuesday, Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville. John Winans, (352) 232-0081.
• 5:30 p.m. the third Wednesday, Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail, Spring Hill. Lori Rocchi, (352) 397-1212.
Smoking cessation programs: Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center and Hernando County Health Department offer the following free tobacco cessation programs:
• Quit Smoking Now, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, today through Feb. 12, Hernando County Health Department, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. This is a free six-week tobacco cessation program. Through an IQuit program, participants can receive, at no cost, an optional four-week supply of free nicotine replacement therapy, including patches, lozenges or gum.
• Tools to Quit, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Brooksville Regional Hospital Enrichment Center, Suite 105, Medical Arts Building, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville. 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 15, Crescent Community Clinic, 5244 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 30, Hernando County Health Department, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. This is a one-time two-hour class. Those who take this class may also participate in the IQuit program, which includes a free four-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy — patches, gum or lozenges.
Registration for classes is required. Call (813) 929-1000, ext. 213. Web: gnahec.org.
Understanding Your Medicare Choices: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville, and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library. Discussion will include original Medicare and what it covers, Medicare Advantage, Medicare D (prescription drugs) and how to compare plans while looking at out-of-pocket limits. Advanced registration suggested, but not required. (352) 754-4043.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hernando ACS Resource 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 ACS Resource Room provides uninsured and under-insured patients with free wigs, hats and head coverings (scarves, kerchiefs, beanies and knitted caps), 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.
Hernando County Ostomy Association: 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 15, Brooksville Regional Hospital, first-floor Conference Room 2, 17249 Cortez Blvd. Bob Barnard, (352) 442-9787, or Linda Ravenhorst, (352) 686-1956.
Separated, Divorced and Widowed Group Weekly Ministry: 7:30 p.m. Mondays, 10172 Patrick St. The purpose of this group is to resolve underlying issues for healing. Private counseling appointments are also available. (352) 754-1009.
Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group: 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 21, Brooksville Regional Hospital Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Medical Arts Building, 17222 Hospital Blvd. Kenneth C. Fischer will speak. Fischer has more than 40 years of postdoctoral experience in neuropsychological evaluation and is an expert in the use of the Halstead-Reitan battery. The meeting is for brain injury survivors and their families. (352) 556-5516.
Caregivers Day Out: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive. Provided by Community Aging and Retirement Services, the program offers a fun, supervised atmosphere for individuals with memory challenges, such as Alzheimer's disease or dementia, while caregivers take some time off. There is no cost for first-time participants; subsequent days are $20. CARES is a nonprofit organization that provides services to meet the needs of older persons and their families in west-central Florida. Dianne, (352) 686-2614, or Chris Powers, (727) 862-9291, exts. 2002 or 2040.
Catholic Charities Mini-Adult Day Care (Respite) Program: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Catholic Charities, 8370 Forest Oaks Blvd. The program is specifically designed for people with early-stage memory disorder illnesses, such as Alzheimer's, dementia, stroke or Parkinson's disease. Gary Chapin, (352) 422-7731.
Crescent Community Clinic: The clinic, 5244 Commercial Way (Winchester Plaza), provides medical, dental and mental health services to uninsured adults ages 18 to 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 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays, except Thursdays. For information, call (352) 610-9916. Potential patients are not to call the office for appointments.
Diabetes Mellitus Education Series: Diabetes 101, 1 p.m. Monday, Access Healthcare, 4270 Lake in the Woods Drive. Conducted by Verna Pedersen, nurse practioner. Seating is limited; reservations required. RSVP to Jeanna or Mariah, (352) 597-7249.
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.
Hospice Bereavement Support Group: 3 to 4 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.
I-Pad Users Group for Stroke Recovery: 10 a.m. Jan. 15, Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind the hospital). Open to those who wish to improve memory and dexterity after having a stroke. Renee Payne, (352) 263-9265 or email@example.com.
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.
National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando: Support groups, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays; 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Beautiful Mind Outreach Center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. There are two separate meetings: one for those with mental illnesses, the other for family members. NAMI also offers free ongoing classes for those with mental illness and for their families. NAMI Basics is a six-week class for parents or caregivers of children younger than 18. There is also a Peer-to-Peer class for those with mental illness. A variety of life enrichment activities is offered, such as bowling and art classes. For details and schedules, call the Beautiful Mind, (352) 684-0004. Web: namihernandofl.org or NAMI.org.
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 746, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Grace Presbyterian Church, Building B, 8375 Spring Hill Drive. Toni, (352) 796-6045, or Sue, (352) 688-5209. 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, (727) 378-4460. 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.
'Chatterboxes' support group: 3 p.m. Thursday, Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54. The group is for individuals suffering from communication deficits, such as aphasia, apraxia or dysathria. Caregivers and spouses are encouraged to attend. (727) 834-4445.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for this news is two weeks before event or reservation deadline. Must include time, date, place, ticket price (if applicable), contact person and phone number. For information, call (352) 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.