Health and support
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:
• Alzheimer's Caregiver Informational Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 27, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. Free for AFP members, $25 for nonmembers. Includes refreshments, lunch and certificate of attendance. Speakers include Dr. Mildred Farmer of Meridian Research, who will discuss research updates; Joe Pine of Metro Crime Prevention, who will discuss safety issues; and attorney Sallie Skipper, who will discuss Elder Law issues. Registration required by May 20. Free respite care available. (727) 848-8888 or toll-free at 1-888-496-8004.
• 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. Maria Curley, (727) 992-1358.
Hospitals offer mammography and bone density special: Throughout May, Brooksville and Spring Hill Regional Hospitals will offer digital mammogram or bone density test for $65 each, or both for $110. No prescriptions required. Appointments must be in May. Call (352) 796-5474. Brooksville Regional is at 17240 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville; and Spring Hill Regional is at 10461 Quality Drive, Spring Hill.
Narcotics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 754-7200.
National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando: In recognition of Mental Health Month, the following films will be shown:
•No Kidding Me 2, 2 p.m. May 13 at Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive; and 2 p.m. May 20 at East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. Produced by Emmy-winning actor Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos, The Matrix), the documentary introduces people living with different diagnoses, and goes to Johns Hopkins and Yale universities to learn the latest in brain research. It also details Pantoliano's struggles with clinical depression.
•Depression: Out of the Shadows, 2 p.m. May 27, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library. The PBS documentary delves into various types of depression and introduces individuals from many backgrounds who struggle with the disease, such as business people, a new mother, teens and seniors. Leading mental health experts highlight the latest in treatment and research. There also will be a special feature with Jane Pauley.
The showings are free. Contact NAMI Hernando at (352) 684-0004 or (352) 544-0352.
NAMI Hernando offers the following ongoing programs at the Beautiful Mind Outreach Center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive (Brothers I and II Plaza), Spring Hill:
• 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.
AARP Workshop 'Long Term Care — What Is Your Plan?': 10 to 11:30 a.m. today, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120 of the Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd. The free workshop will be presented by Marsha Reiniers of Genworth Life Insurance, who will discuss information on the basics of long-term care planning, and the new Florida Partnership Long Term Care Program. A workbook will be distributed. (352) 544-6022 or (352) 684-1952.
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 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, [email protected]; or Barbara Sweinberg, [email protected]
Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope Caregiver Support Group: 4:30 p.m. May 12, 10441 Quality Drive, Suite 203, in the Medical Arts building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital. Pamela McGee, (352) 688-7744.
Healthy Hearts Support Group: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, cafeteria conference room, Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd. Registered Nurse James Aemisegger and Hernando County Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Frank DeFrancesco will discuss the relationship between Oak Hill Hospital and Emergency Medical Services. Participants will have an opportunity to tour an EMS truck and speak with vehicle personnel. Free admission; complimentary refreshments. Reservations are required. RSVP to (352) 597-6333 or visit oakhillhospital.com.
HPH Hospice presents 'Voice Your Choice: Making the Most of Your Health Care Appointments in a Hurry-Up Society': 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 12, Pasco-Hernando Community College, conference center, 450 Beverly Court. This free presentation will be given by Dr. David McGrew, HPH Hospice medical director. He will discuss developing a mutually beneficial relationship with your doctor, communicating your wishes and treatment goals, asking the right questions about your illness and treatment options and getting the answers you need when time is short. Registration required. RSVP to Jen Carlevatti, (727) 705-0109. hph-hospice.org.
‘New Minimally Invasive Treatment Options for Prostate and Bladder Conditions' Is Next For Your Health presentation: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. The seminar is for both men and women. The speaker is Dr. Omar Hamoui, a Board-certified urologist. Free admission; a complimentary hot meal will be served. Seating is limited; reservations are a must. Hosted by Oak Hill Hospital. RSVP to (352) 597-6333.
'Women's Works, Tools for a Healthier You' National Women's Health Week Event: 6 p.m. today, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. For women whose bodies are feeling different than they did a few years ago. Symptoms and treatment options on various health conditions will be discussed, including fibroids, bladder prolapse and urinary incontinence, and breast and endometrial cancer. Speakers include Dr. Omar Hamoui, urologist; Dr. Niloufer Kero, gynecologist; and Dr. David Marler, gynecologist. A light dinner is included. Sponsored by Brooksville Regional Hospital. There is no cost, but reservations are required. RSVP to (352) 799-5019.
Cancer Support Group: 1:30 p.m. Monday, Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road, Building A Cafe. For caregivers, survivors and those currently dealing with cancer. There is no cost. Meetings are on the second Monday of each month. Godfrey Eason, (352) 597-9916 or (352) 263-3784 or [email protected]
Pasco County/New Port Richey
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.
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 [email protected] 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.