Alzheimer's Family Organization: The following programs are offered:
• Caregiver support groups — 2 p.m. today, Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill; 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. Maria Curley, (727) 992-1358.
• Alzheimer's Caregiver Informational Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 27, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. Speakers include Dr. Mildred Farmer from Meridian Research, who will discuss research updates; Joe Pine from Metro Crime Prevention, who will discuss safety issues; and attorney Sallie Skipper, who will discuss Elder Law issues. The cost is free for AFO members and $25 for all others. Includes refreshments, lunch and certificate of attendance. Registration required by Friday. Free respite care available; must make advance arrangements. Call AFO at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free at 1-888-496-8004.
Brooksville and Spring Hill Regional Hospitals Offer Discount for Digital Mammography and Bone Density Screenings: The screenings will be offered throughout May for $65 each or both for $110. No prescriptions required. Appointments must be scheduled. Brooksville Regional is at 17240 Cortez Blvd.; call (352) 796-5474, option 2. Spring Hill Regional is at 10461 Quality Drive; call (352) 684-7555.
National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando: NAMI Hernando offers the following at the Beautiful Mind Outreach Center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive (Brothers I and II Plaza), Spring Hill:
• Family-to-Family 12-week course, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting May 26. Taught by instructors who have loved ones with mental illnesses. Free, but reservations required. Judy Thomas, (352) 544-0352, or Mariann Eckman, (352) 683-1350.
• Family support group, 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. This group is for families to meet and talk with others who understand adult mental illness.
• Consumer support groups, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. The group is for adults who have been diagnosed with a mental illness who are interested in speaking with others who share similar problems.
Call the Beautiful Mind at (352) 684-0004. Visit namihernandofl.org or NAMI.org .
Crescent Community Clinic: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 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 required for services. Patients are asked to not arrive before 9:30 a.m. The clinic is open the first, second and third Saturday of each month. Donations welcome (the clinic does not receive federal, state or county funding and relies on donations). (352) 799-5500; Maureen Soliman, email@example.com; or Barbara Sweinberg, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hernando County Ostomy Association: 2 to 4 p.m. today, Brooksville Regional Hospital, Conference Room 2 (first floor), 17240 Cortez Blvd. New members welcome. Linda Ravenhorst (ostomy nurse), (352) 686-1956, or Ellen Boldt, (352) 597-5426.
Horizon Heart Smart Support Group: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Medical Office Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd. Light refreshments served. There is no cost to attend. Hosted by Horizon Homecare. RSVP to Velvet Baxley, (352) 684-3550.
'Community Appreciation Day' with Terlep Chiropractic and Vitality Physicians and Rehab: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 8468 Northcliffe Blvd. Featuring live music, door prizes, bounce house and face painting, a Wii tournament and refreshments. This is a benefit to support troops in Iraq and Afghanistan through the Gifts for Home program. Donations of the following items are needed: coffee, X-Box and PS3 games, soccer balls, DVDs (new or used), AA batteries, cigars, insect repellent and sunscreen. In exchange for a donation, Terlep is offering for new patients an exam, history, nerve scan and X-rays (if needed); and for existing patients a spinal adjustment, hydrotherapy and massage. In exchange for a donation, Vitality will offer diabetes and cholesterol screenings, bone density testing, lung function test, blood pressure and body mass index testing. Also, free healthcare will be provided to all active and inactive military personnel throughout June. For appointments, call Vitality at (352), 683-3333 or Terlep at (352) 666-2222.
'Look Good, Feel Better' program for female cancer patients: 3 to 5 p.m. May 26, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 7154 Medical Center Drive. This is a free program that teaches beauty techniques to help combat appearance-related side effects of treatment. Cosponsored by the American Cancer Society. Open to all women cancer patients, no matter where you receive treatment. Reservations required. Mary Capo, (352) 596-1926, ext. 150.
Martinez Chiropractic offers presentations on Neuropathy, Weight Loss and Chiropractic: The following free presentations will be presented by Dr. Robert Martinez at Martinez Chiropractic, 10520 Spring Hill Drive. Each presentation is limited to 25 participants; reservations required.
• "Neuropathy Treatment Options: How to Regain Feeling and Balance," 2 p.m. today. Topics include the causes of neuropathy, recognizing the seven signs and drug-free treatment options.
• "How to Drop 20-30 Pounds Quickly, Safely and Affordably," 2 p.m. Saturday. Topics include how to lose 20 to 30 pounds in 30 days without buying expensive pre-packaged foods, drinking shakes or taking diet pills. Dr. Martinez will give information on a doctor-supervised homeopathic solution.
• "How Chiropractic Improves Nervous System Function?," 6 p.m. Tuesday. This seminar will discuss the role your nervous system plays in overall health.
For information or to RSVP for any of the above seminars, call Susan, (352) 686-1686.
Oak Hill Hospital offering Complimentary Stroke Screenings: Free screenings offered, by appointment only, Monday through May 27 at entrance C of the hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd. These complimentary screenings are in observance of National Stroke Awareness Month. Appointments will be scheduled between 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. each day. Call for an appointment, (352) 597-6333.
PFLAG (Parents/Friends of Lesbians and Gays): 7 p.m. Monday, Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd. There will be a speaker from the Hernando County Health Department who will discuss HIV. Virginia Burns, RN, (352) 346-7055. Web: pflaghernando.org or pflag.org.
YMCA 5th annual Health Fair: 9 a.m. to noon May 25, Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd. The free event includes complimentary medical screenings, giveaways and massages. Screenings include: vision by Stolte Eye Center, cholesterol and glucose by Spring Hill Regional Hospital and bone density and cancer kits by Oak Hill Hospital. Medical professionals will be on hand to answer questions. Representatives of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office will accept unwanted or expired medications for disposal. Bring a list of your current medications for a free consultation with pharmacist John Griffith from Walgreen's Pharmacy. (352) 688-9622.
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Community Chatterboxes: 3-4 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.
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