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 — 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; 2 p.m. Feb. 18, the Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, 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.
CAUSE (Community for Autism to Understand, Support and Educate) Support Group: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Baycare Behavioral Health, 7074 Grove Road. E-mail: email@example.com.
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 and Feb. 19, 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.
An Evening With Dr. Natalie Ellis, MD: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Get Healthy-Brooksville Natural Foods, 1254 Broad St. There will be a discussion on healthy solutions to high cholesterol, high blood pressure and natural heart protection. Following will be a meet and greet. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be prepared by chef Audrey. Guests will receive gift bags and samples. (352) 796-9798.
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: The group now meets at a new location. The next meeting is 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at Brooksville Regional Hospital, Medical Arts Building, Suite 120, 17222 Hospital Blvd. New members welcome. Joan, (352) 686-1077, or Ellen, (352) 597-5426.
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.
Florida Cancer Institute Caregiver Support Group: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 10441 Quality Drive, Suite 203, in the Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital. Pamela McGee, (352) 688-7744.
Health Whys Physician Lecture Series presents 'Treating Your Diabetes': 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. today, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. The speaker is Dr. Arturo Castro, an endocrinologist who specializes in the treatment of diabetes, endocrine and metabolism disorders that involve several different body systems, including the thyroid, adrenal glands and pituitary gland. Complimentary refreshments will be served. The free program is hosted by Brooksville Regional Hospital. Seating limited, reservations required. (352) 799-5019.
Healthy Hearts Support Group: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oak Hill Hospital cafeteria, 11375 Cortez Blvd. This month's program will be "Women and Their Cardiac Emergency." Complimentary refreshments served. Seating limited, reservations required. RSVP to oakhillhospital.com, or call (352) 597-9333.
Hernando County Multiple Myeloma Support Group: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Senior Center at Oak Hill Hospital (formerly the Spring Hill Enrichment Center), 11375 Cortez Blvd. The speaker will be Karl Vollstedt, who started one of the first multiple myeloma support groups in the United States, in Stillwater, Minn. He is an eight-year myeloma survivor. A dinner buffet will be served at no cost. Pat Killingsworth, (715) 271-5037 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Look Good, Feel Better Support Group: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, Spring Hill Regional Hospital, Medical Arts Building, Suite 203, 10441 Quality Drive. Peggy Beckett, (352) 688-7744.
Parkinson's Disease Support Group: Caregiver support group, 1 to 2 p.m. today, the Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road. 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.
"Understanding Neuropathy — The First Step on the Road to Recovery" seminar: 4 p.m. Tuesday, Changes, 12587 Spring Hill Drive. The speaker is Dr. Robert J. Martinez of Martinez Chiropractic and Wellness Center. Topics include the seven signs of neuropathy, who gets it, how it affects you and balance, and available treatment options. Free. Reservations required. RSVP to Susan, (352) 686-1686.
"Weight Loss — The Safe Way, Without Gimmicks" seminar: 2 p.m. today, Fun Fitness Factory, 1287 Kass Circle. The presentation will focus on the dangers of many weight loss methods, and the importance of losing weight correctly. The speaker is Jane Elliott, a certified personal trainer, certified wellness coach and executive director of the St. Johns Institute of Health and Wellness. Elliott is also the author of Healthy For Life Program and producer of the associated series of DVDs. There is no cost to attend. Call to register, (352) 556-4807.
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 to 4 p.m. today, 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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