Hernando health and support news starting Sept. 1

Alzheimer's Family Organization: The following program is 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. Sept. 16, Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Drive, Spring Hill. Speakers include: Dr. Mildred Farmer from Meridian Research on "Alzheimer's 101 and Research Updates"; Tracey Ramsey, dementia trainer, on Behaviors and Communications; and attorney Sally Skipper, on Elder Law issues. The cost is free for AFO members and $25 for nonmembers; includes refreshments, lunch and certificate of attendance. Seating is limited; registration required by Sept. 9. Call (727) 848-8888 or toll-free at 1-888-496-8004. Free respite care available; call to make arrangements.

National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando: NAMI Hernando offers the following:

• NAMI Basics Education Program, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Sept. 13, at Moton Elementary School, 7275 Emerson Road, Brooksville. NAMI Basics is the signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with a mental illness. This is a six-week program taught by trained parent teachers using a detailed curriculum. It is available to caregivers and school district employees such as teachers and counselors. The class and all instruction materials are provided free. Registration is a must. RSVP to Adele Sanchez, (352) 797-7065, ext. 305, or sanchez_a@hcsb.k12.fl.us.

Brooksville

Quit Smoking Now: Free six-week program, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 6-Oct. 11, Brooksville Regional Hospital, Room 248, 17240 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. Includes a free four-week supply of patches or lozenges. Space is limited. To register, call (813) 929-1000, ext. 213.

Spring Hill

Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope Caregiver Support Group: 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Suite 203, Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive. Pamela McGee, (352) 688-7744.

Free blood pressure screenings at Moose Lodge: 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 21, Spring Hill Moose Lodge, 5214 Mariner Blvd. The Hernando County Fire Corps will conduct the blood pressure tests, and will test your equipment. They will also discuss what the organization does. (352) 686-5666.

'Man to Man' Prostate Cancer Support Group: 6 p.m. Sept. 12, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 7154 Medical Center Drive, off Kadri Boulevard (across from High Point). Registered nurse Nancy Snodgrass and Ali Humphreys of Autumn Home Care will speak about stress, depression and anxiety. Co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Mary Capo, (352) 596-1926.

Martinez Chiropractic presents 'The Seven Secrets of Health — The First Step on the Road to Recovery' seminar: 2 p.m. Sept. 8, Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd. Dr. Robert Martinez will discuss how stress affects the body, chemicals' impact on health, degenerative joint disease and other health topics. There is no cost, but seating is limited. Reservations required. RSVP to Laura, (352) 686-1686.

'Prevention and Natural Treatment for Osteoporosis' seminar: 7 p.m. today, Get Healthy-Spring Hill Natural Foods, 11083 Spring Hill Drive. Dr. Susan Phillips will discuss essential nutrients for optimal bone health; risks associated with prescribed bone-building products; and other topics. No cost to attend. (352) 688-9119.

Women's Breast Cancer Support Group: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 7154 Medical Center Drive. Tambra Randazzo, (352) 592-8128.

Weeki Wachee

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, Christian Church in the Wildwood, Building B, Room 109, 10051 Country Road. This will be the group's second meeting; newcomers welcome. 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, Christian Church in the Wildwood, Building B, Room 103, 10051 Country Road. This will be the group's second meeting; newcomers welcome. The cost for the workbook is $13. Childcare provided. Sherri, (727) 916-0175.

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 the event. Information cannot be published if the time, date, place, cost (if applicable) or contact person and phone number are missing. Call (352) 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Hernando health and support news starting Sept. 1 08/31/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 5:59pm]

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