Smoking cessation specialist available at Health Department: Hernando County Health Department, in cooperation with Gulf Coast Area Health Education Center, offers free one-on-one counseling to help residents kick the tobacco habit. Trained tobacco cessation specialist Veronique Polo is available every Wednesday at the Brooksville clinic, 300 S Main St. She provides education, quitting strategies and support, and information and access to free nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum, lozenges). For information, call (813) 929-1000 or visit gnahec.org. To schedule an appointment, call (352) 540-6800.
Alcoholics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 683-4597.
Alzheimer's Association: The Florida Gulf Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association offers support groups at several locations:
• 2:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month, Oak Hill Hospitals Senior Partners Club (behind the hospital), 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Jerry Fisher, (352) 688-4537.
• 2:30 p.m. the first Friday of each month, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Shirley Miketinac, (352) 796-1767.
• 2 p.m. the third Monday of each month, Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill. Diane Koenig, (352) 683-9009.
• 2 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, Crown Pointe Senior Living Community, 11291 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Sandy Croson, (352) 799-1422.
• 11 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 550 U.S. 41 S, Inverness. Cathy Heaps, (352) 527-4600.
• Online support group, noon Wednesdays, at alzsupport.com. Message boards are open at all times to post questions and leave replies.
To reach the Alzheimer's Association's local office, call (352) 688-4537.
Alzheimer's Family Organization: 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.
Family Planning Assistance offered at Hernando County Health Department: Family planning services are available at both the Brooksville office at 300 S Main St., and the Spring Hill office at 7465 Forest Oaks Blvd. Family planning strategies are offered to help prevent unintended pregnancies, including teen pregnancy. Visits include testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, along with education on preventing infections. All services are based on FDA-approved methods, which include: condoms, birth control pills, Depo-Provera, IUDs, diaphragms, as well as abstinence and natural family planning methods; counseling regarding vasectomy services; pregnancy testing; and a comprehensive exam. Fees are based on client income; there is no charge for those with incomes up to 100 percent above the federal poverty level. For information or to schedule an appointment, call (352) 540-6800.
Hospice Bereavement Support Groups: HPH Hospice offers ongoing bereavement support groups for adults grieving the death of a loved one. The groups meet at the following HPH team offices:
• 3 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, 12260 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.
• 3 to 4 p.m. Mondays, 698 S Broad St., Brooksville.
There is no cost and no reservations required. Toll-free 1-800-486-8784. Web: hph-hospice.org.
Narcotics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 754-7200.
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 support group, 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Another group meets 1 to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays at the Brooksville Regional Hospital Enrichment Center, Room 120 of the Medical Arts Building, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville. The groups are for family members of loved ones who have a mental illness. Call (352) 596-1541 or the Beautiful Mind, (352) 684-0004.
• Support Group for Business Professionals, 5 to 6:30 p.m. the second and third Thursdays. This group is for anyone experiencing a form of mental illness, such as depression, ADD, OCD, bipolar, anxiety and others. Call David for the location, (352) 232-0351.
• 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.
Al-Anon: Adult Children Focused Step meeting, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd. This meeting is for friends and family of alcoholics including those still suffering from the confusion of being raised in a home where raised in a home Toll-free 1-888-425-2666.
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. Jackie, (352) 754-4131.
Horizon Heart Smart Support Group: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120 of the Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd. The focus is on congestive heart failure. Light refreshments served. Free. Sponsored by Horizon Homecare. RSVO to Velvet Baxley, (352) 684-3550.
'Maintain HOPE in a Toxic World' health lecture: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25, Get Healthy Brooksville Natural Foods, 1254 S Broad St., Brooksville. The speaker is Tracy Hutchinson, who will discuss the HOPE solution (high fiber, omega oils, probiotics and enzymes), how poor digestion and a toxic body can affect health and weight, how simple diet and lifestyle changes can improve a sluggish digestive system and help achieve healthy weight management. The lecture is free and includes free door prizes and samples. Seating limited. RSVP to (352) 796-9798.
Crescent Community Clinic: The clinic, 5244 Commercial Way (Winchester Plaza), is available to uninsured adults ages 18-64 who meet the federal poverty guidelines. Services are provided the first three Saturdays of each month. Potential patients must apply for services and provide required household financial information and other documentation indicated in the application. Required documentation includes a Florida's driver's license with a Hernando County address, voter's registration card and Social Security card; proof of income, including income for each member of the household, including pensions, SSI, SSD and food stamps. Those interested must call the clinic in advance to arrange a time to come in and complete the application. After completion of the application, new patients will be given a time and date to be seen at one of the Saturday clinics. The clinic is staffed by volunteers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Call (352) 610-9916. Existing patients must call the clinic by Monday to be on the list for the next available Saturday clinic. Patients with lab prescriptions do not have to call in advance, and may come to the clinic at 9:15 a.m. on any of the first three Saturdays of the month (except holidays). Patients needing prescription refills must have the pharmacy fax the refill request by Wednesday for Saturday prescription refill. Mental health visits are now available; call the clinic for details.
Gamblers Anonymous: 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive. New members welcome. Coffee and refreshments served. (352) 688-9034.
Leukemia, Lymphoma and Multiple Myeloma Support Group: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Moose Lodge, 5214 Mariner Blvd. Lourdes Arvelo, (813) 963-6461, ext. 11, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website, lls.org.
Look Good, Feel Better program for female cancer patients: 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 25, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 7154 Medical Center Drive. This is a free group, co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society, that teaches beauty techniques to women cancer patients to help combat the appearance-related side effects of treatment. Reservations required. Mary Capo, (352) 596-1926, ext. 150.
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.
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.
Divorce Care: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Sept. 7, Christian Church in the Wildwood, Building B, Room 102, 10051 Country Road. The cost for the workbook is $16. Childcare provided. (352) 596-1388, ext. 224.
Grief Share: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Aug. 31, Christian Church in the Wildwood, Building B, Room 109, 10051 Country Road. The cost for the workbook is $16. Childcare provided. (352) 596-1388, ext. 224.
Hope and Help for Single Moms: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Aug. 31. The first meeting will be at the group leader's home, then will meet at Christian Church in the Wildwood, Building B, Room 103, 10051 Country Road. The cost for the workbook is $13. Childcare provided. For details of the first meeting, call Sherri, (727) 916-0175.
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Community Chatterboxes: 3-4 p.m. Aug. 25, Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway. For those with communication deficits as a result of a cerebral vascular accident or other neurological disorders. (727) 845-0757.
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