Affordable Care Act and You' program: The Hernando County Public Library System and the Nature Coast Community Health Center are offering a series of programs to assist with explaining Affordable Care Act health care plans. Experts will explain eligibility requirements, outline the different plans available and assist with signing up. Scheduled dates and locations include:
• 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
• 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 5, West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.
• 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 27, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
The program will be offered each month through March. (352) 754-4043 or visit hernandocountylibrary.us.
Alcoholics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 683-4597.
Narcotics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 754-7200.
Weight Watchers: For area meetings, call toll-free 1-800-651-6000.
Al-Anon: Adult Children Focused Step meeting, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind the hospital). Toll-free 1-888-425-2666.
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.
Hernando County Ostomy Association: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105, Medical Arts Building, Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive. Bob Barnard, (352) 442-9767, or Carol Krause, (352) 683-5586.
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. hph-hospice.org.
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. namihernandofl.org or NAMI.org.
Overeaters Anonymous: 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd. Option coffee and fellowship will follow the meeting. This is a newly formed group. Ann, (352) 428-5142, or Julie, (352) 688-2877. New Beginnings group, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Fridays, also at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Nettie, (352) 556-5485. This is a 12-step program for those suffering from compulsive overeating. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins for this support group.
'Tools to Quit' smoking cessation class: This two-hour program is provided at no cost by the Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center and Florida Department of Health. Four weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy is available (patches, gum or lozenges). Upcoming programs include:
• 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind the hospital).
• 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 13, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
• 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 17, Crescent Community Clinic, 5244 Commercial Way.
Registration is required. Call (813) 929-1000, ext. 213.
Overeaters Anonymous: Bridge to Serenity group, 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way. 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.
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 [email protected] 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.