Hernando health and support news for April 21 and beyond

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 monthly, Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail. Shirley Miketinac, (352) 796-1767.

• 2:30 p.m. the first Friday monthly, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Shirley Miketinac, (352) 796-1767.

• 2 p.m. the second Tuesday at Crown Pointe Senior Living Community, 11291 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Sandy Croson, (352) 799-1422.

• 2 p.m. the third Monday monthly, Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill. Diane Koenig, (352) 683-9009.

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.

Coast2Coast RX Cards: Hernando County and Financial Marketing Concepts are launching this prescription drug discount program, available to all county residents regardless of age, income or health status. Pets are also covered. Visit coast2coastrx.com to print out a free discount prescription card. (352) 540-4338.

Florida Rx Card: This is a free statewide initiative for all Floridians — there are no program restrictions or refusals. Includes discounts for all medications including brand, generic and open formulary medications. There is no enrollment or application, age or income requirements, waiting periods, eligibility required, claim forms, annual or lifetime limits. "At once" pre-activated cards can be generated electronically on floridarxcard.com website, sent as e-mail cards or by using hard cards provided. The Florida RX Card program is accepted at more than 50,000 major pharmacies nationwide. Visit the website above or call (850) 501-3305.

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, 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.

Narcotics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 754-7200.

SHINE Program Assists Seniors with Health Insurance: The Florida Department of Elder Affairs offers the free SHINE program (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) at the following locations in Hernando County:

• 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120 of the Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd. Call (352) 544-6022.

• Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. Call (352) 754-4443.

• 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays at Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105 of the Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 684-7568.

SHINE counselors offer information and assistance with Medicare (figuring out paperwork, bills and filing appeals), Medicare supplemental insurance, Medicare prescription drug coverage, long-term care planning and pharmaceutical assistance programs.

No appointments necessary (unless otherwise noted). For information or for counseling locations outside Hernando County, call the Elder Hotline toll-free at 1-800-262-2243.

Weight Watchers: For area meetings, call toll-free 1-800-651-6000.

Brooksville

Al-Anon: 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Spring Lake United Methodist Church, 4191 Spring Lake Highway. For friends and families of alcoholics. Carolyn, (352) 799-1513. Another group meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Brooksville Enrichment Center of the Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, Suite 120, 17222 Hospital Blvd. 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. Val, (352) 596-2492.

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, mosey217@hotmail.com; or Barbara Sweinberg, sweinbergb@bellsouth.net.

'Eating for Health' program: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant, 6244 Spring Lake Highway, east of Brooksville. This is a one-hour program presented by Dr. Steve Hayman, who will discuss the right foods to keep you healthy and the right foods to help you heal. There is no cost to attend. Sponsored by the Hensley Center. Seating is limited and reservations are appreciated: dr.hensley@hensleycenter.com or call Pat, (352) 796-7201.

'An Evening with Dr. Natalie Ellis': 7 p.m. Tuesday, Get Healthy Brooksville, 1254 Broad St. Dr. Ellis will discuss the importance of greens and whole food supplements, cellular detoxification and energy, and nutritional supplementation. A meet and greet will follow. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served; gift bags and samples provided. There is no cost to attend. (352) 796-9798.

GriefShare Sessions: 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Brooksville Wesleyan Church, 8168 Jasmine Drive. Designed for those who recently lost a loved one. (352) 799-3066.

Hernando County Ostomy Association: 2 to 4 p.m. today, Brooksville Regional Hospital, conference room 2, 17240 Cortez Blvd. New members welcome. Call Linda Ravenhorst, ostomy nurse, (352) 686-7956, or Ellen Boldt, (352) 597-5426.

Horizon Heart Smart Support Group: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Brooksville Enrichment Center at Brooksville Regional Hospital, Suite 120, 17222 Hospital Blvd. The focus is congestive heart failure. Light refreshments served. There is no cost to attend. Sponsored by Horizon Homecare. RSVP to Velvet Baxley, (352) 684-3550.

Take of Pounds Sensibly 208: 6 p.m. Thursdays, Gulf Ridge Park Church, 20200 Manecke Road. Linda Ward, (352) 796-1236.

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).

Alateen: 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd. Rose, (352) 200-8646.

Free hearing screenings and ear wax removal for seniors: 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105, Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. No appointments necessary; first come, first served. (727) 807-7082.

HPH Hospice offers Grief's Journey Bereavement Group Sessions: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, May 4-June 22, HPH Hospice West Hernando Office, 12260 Cortez Blvd. The group is for newly bereaved adults or those just coming to terms with their grief over the death of a loved one. Led by a hospice bereavement counselor to help the group understand the grief process and explore coping strategies. There is no cost, but registration is required. Call toll-free 1-800-486-8784.

Look Good, Feel Better Program for Female Cancer Patients: 3 to 5 p.m. April 28, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 7154 Medical Center Drive. The free program, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, teaches beauty techniques to women cancer patients to help combat appearance-related side effects of treatment. Reservations required. Mary Capo, (352) 596-1926, ext. 150.

Parents of Children with Type 1 Diabetes support group: 7 p.m. today, Spring Hill Elementary School, media center, 6001 Mariner Blvd. Parents should bring their diabetic children to the meeting. Kelly Muller, (352) 797-7030, ext. 200.

PFLAG (Parents/Friends of Lesbians and Gays): 7 p.m. Monday , Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd. The mission of the group is to promote the health and well-being of those who are gay, bisexual and transgender as well as actively support their families and friends through education and positive advocacy. (352) 597-4041. Web: pflag.org.

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 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd.; Doris, (352) 666-9525, or Nancy, (352) 592-1088.

'Understanding Neuropathy — The First Step on the Road to Recovery' seminar: 4 p.m. today, Martinez Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 10520 Spring Hill Drive. The speaker is Dr. Robert J. Martinez. Topics include the seven signs of neuropathy, who gets neuropathy, how it affects you, how it affects balance and available treatment options. Seating limited; reservations required. 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.

Citrus County/Inverness

Charcot-Marie-Tooth support group: 10 a.m. to noon April 30, Citrus Memorial Hospital, Gulf Room of the Historical School Building (just north of the main hospital building), 210 S Citrus Ave. The speaker will be John Messer, owner of Kidder Orthopedic Laboratories. He will discuss the latest in the field of prosthetics and orthotics. He may be able to answer questions about bracing and supports. Light refreshments will be served. Ronnie Plageman, (352) 860-1578 or rplageman@tampabay.rr.com.

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 pday@sptimes.com. 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 news for April 21 and beyond 04/20/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 8:55pm]

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