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Hernando health and support for Oct. 28 and beyond

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'Alzheimer's Disease: What Caregivers Need to Know' USF Health program: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Grand Assisted Living Facility, 725 Desoto Ave. The free program is designed for individuals caring for a family member or friend with Alzheimer's disease. Some topics include understanding Alzheimer's disease, progress in treatment, communication strategies and managing troublesome behaviors. Lunch will be provided. Advanced registration required. Provided by the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute and Heartland Rehabilitation Services of Brooksville. RSVP to (813) 974-4355 or toll-free at 1-800-633-4563.

CAUSE (Community for Autism to Understand, Support and Educate): 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Baycare Behavioral Health, 7074 Grove Road.

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.

Reiki Clinic: 7 p.m. Fridays, Inner Peace Bookstore and Wellness Center, 421 W Jefferson St. Sponsored by the Inner Peace Church of the Spirit. Maria, (352) 544-0304, or Vicki, (352) 442-1240.

Women's Breast Cancer Support Group: Annual potluck dinner, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Brooksville Christian Church, 6197 Broad St. Members are encouraged to bring a guest. Tambra Randazzo, (352) 592-8128.

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.

Spring Hill

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 Common Sense Caregiving Workshop: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Career Central, 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd. Hosted by United Way of Hernando County and columnist/author Gary Joseph LeBlanc. Speakers include Janet Clymer of HPH Hospice, Marie Monahan of Catholic Charities, and LeBlanc, author of Staying Afloat in a Sea of Forgetfulness. The free workshop is designed for caregivers who wish to learn more about respite care and how to manage family members with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. RSVP to LeBlanc at (352) 345-6270 or e-mail to

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services offers free hearing screenings and wax removals: Tuesday and Nov. 9, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. Also, free amplified and text telephones, as well as ring signaling devices are offered free to Florida residents through the Florida Telecommunications Relay; individuals must be older than 3 and certified as being deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind, or speech impaired. Appointments must be scheduled. (727) 853-1010, toll-free at 1-866-685-9477 or visit

Fibromyalgia Support Group: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 4, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. A video will be shown on a new approach to treating fibromyalgia. Irene, (352) 666-2803, or Joan, (352) 686-0238.

'Long Term Care — What is Your Plan?' AARP Workshop: 1 to 2 p.m. Nov. 4, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., behind Oak Hill Hospital. Presented by Marsha Reiniers, an AARP-authorized agent with Genworth Life Insurance. The free workshop will include information on the basics of long-term care planning, how Medicare and Medicaid work in regard to long-term care planning, and the new Florida Partnership Long-Term Care Program. Participants receive a workbook at no cost. (352) 597-6331 or (352) 684-1952.

'Look Good, Feel Better' program for female cancer patients: 3 to 5 p.m. today, Florida Cancer Center-New Hope, 7154 Medical Center Drive. This is a free program, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, that teaches beauty techniques to women cancer patients. Reservations required. Mary Capo, (352) 596-1926, ext. 150.

'Man to Man' Prostate Cancer Support Group: 6 p.m. Monday, Florida Cancer Society-New Hope, 7154 Medical Center Drive, off Kadri Boulevard (across from High Point). Sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Mary Capo, (352) 596-1926.

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.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group: 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., behind Oak Hill Hospital. 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.

The Respite Room: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive. This weekly program is a partnership between the church and CARES (Community Aging and Retirement Services Inc.) to provide activities and social time for those with memory challenges such as dementia or Alzheimer's disease while their caregivers get time off. Call to schedule a complimentary visit. Chris Powers, (727) 863-6868, or Cindy McLoud, (352) 683-2600.

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' seminar: 4 p.m. today, 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.

Weeki Wachee

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 Support Group: 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, 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 is Elizabeth Ouellette, a board member of the CMT Association and liaison for CMT groups. She will discuss the latest progress with the STAR program. Light refreshments will be served. Ronnie, (352) 860-1578.

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 e-mail Deadline for this news is two weeks before event or reservation deadline. Information cannot be published if the time, date, place, ticket price (if applicable) or contact person and phone number are missing. For information, call (352) 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Hernando health and support for Oct. 28 and beyond 10/27/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 6:30pm]
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