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.
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.nami hernando.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.
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.
Multiple Sclerosis Support Group: 7 p.m. Jan. 28, Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd. (352) 799-5713.
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).
Alzheimer's Disease Caregiver Day — 'All There Is to Know About Caregiving': 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 29, Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail. Provided by the Alzheimer's Family Organization, the program includes refreshments, lunch and a certificate of attendance. Topics include Alzheimer's 101, communication, grief, personal care, depression, stress and behavioral issues. Attorney Sean Scott will discuss Elder Law issues. The cost is $15 for AFO members and $25 for nonmembers. Registration required. (727) 848-8888 or toll-free 1-888-496-8004. Free respite care will be provided by Atria Evergreen Woods; call the AFO office to make arrangements.
Health Whys Lecture Series presents 'Celebrate Your 100th Birthday — Tips for Healthy Living': 3 p.m. Wednesday, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. The speaker is Dr. M.P.R. Nathan, a cardiologist. Refreshments will be served. The free lecture is part of Brooksville Regional Hospital's 12-week lecture series that continues through the end of March. Seating limited; reservations required. (352) 799-5019.
Hernando County Ostomy Association: 2 to 4 p.m. today, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., behind Oak Hill Hospital. Ellen Boldt, (352) 597-5426, or Vera Petranek, (352) 597-0079.
'Look Good, Feel Better' Support Group: 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 28, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 7154 Medical Center Drive, off Cortez Boulevard. Open to all women cancer patients in active treatment (do not have to be FCI patients). 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.
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 seminar: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. Topics include the seven signs of neuropathy, who gets neuropathy, how it affects you, how it affects balance and available treatment options. The speaker is Dr. Robert J. Martinez of Martinez Chiropractic and Wellness Center. Seating limited; reservations required. Susan, (352) 686-1686.
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.
Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disorders support group: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Citrus Memorial Hospital, 502 W Highland Blvd. (in the Gulf Room of the historical school building, just north of the main hospital building on Citrus Avenue). The speaker will be Melissa Car with TLC Rehab; she will discuss the center's program for treating CMT as well as other forms of exercise that may benefit those with CMT. Light refreshments will be served. Ronnie Plageman, (352) 860-1578 or email@example.com.
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