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. 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, $25 for nonmembers; includes refreshments, lunch and certificate of attendance. Seating is limited; registration required by Friday. Call (727) 848-8888 or toll-free at 1-888-496-8004. Free respite care available; call to make arrangements.
• Caregiver support groups — 2 p.m. Sept. 15, 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.
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:
• 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. It is a six-week program taught by trained parent teachers using a detailed curriculum. It is available to caregivers and school district employees, including teachers and counselors. The class and all instruction materials are provided free. Registration required. RSVP to Adele Sanchez, (352) 797-7065, ext. 305, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Family support group, 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and 1 to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays at 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 of each month. This group is for anyone experiencing a form of mental illness such as depression, ADD, OCD, bipolar or anxiety. 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 .
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.
• 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville. (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 1-800-262-2243.
Hernando County Ostomy Association: 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 15, Brooksville Regional Hospital, Conference Room 2 (first floor), 17240 Cortez Blvd. New members welcome. Linda Ravenhorst (ostomy nurse), (352) 686-1956, or Ellen, (352) 597-5426.
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 monitoring equipment. Members will also discuss what the organization does. (352) 686-5666.
'Look Good, Feel Better' support group for female cancer patients: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 10441 Quality Drive, Suite 203, Medical Arts Building, Spring Hill Regional Hospital. Peggy Beckett, (352) 688-7744.
Many Faces of Breast Cancer: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Palace Grand, 275 Della Court. Medical professionals from Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope will discuss the latest research and issues affecting breast cancer survivors. Participating panelists include Dr. Sawsan G. Bishay, radiation oncologist; nurse practitioner Sherrie Lalande; Dr. Vikas Malhotra, medical oncologist/hematologist; Dr. Mary Manlei, medical oncologist; and RN Allison Frendberg, who will serve as moderator. Light refreshments served. Free, but reservations are required. Call toll-free 1-877-732-6033 or e-mail to ManyFacesBrooksville@zenogroupevents.com.
Martinez Chiropractic presents 'The Seven Secrets of Health — The First Step on the Road to Recovery' seminar: 2 p.m. Thursday, 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.
Oak Hill Hospital's Healthy Hearts Education Series presents 'New Access Methods in Cardiac Catheterizations': 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Partner's Club at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd. This location change is for this meeting only. The program will be presented by Frank Guardiani, a certified cardiographic technician and registered cardiovascular invasive specialist and director of cardiac services at Oak Hill Hospital. Guardiani will discuss the arterial access options available during a cardiac catheterization and what benefit radial access has for the patient. He will also discuss Oak Hill Hospital's Responsible Imaging Program. Complimentary refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited and reservations are required. RSVP to oakhillhospital.com or (352) 597-6333.
Cancer Support Group: 1:30 p.m. Monday, Building a Cafe, Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road. The group is for caregivers, survivors and those currently dealing with cancer. Meetings are on the second Monday of each month. Godfrey Eason, (352) 597-9916 or (352) 263-3784.
Divorce Care: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Christian Church in the Wildwood, Building B, Room 102, 10051 Country Road. The workbook costs $16. Child care 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 workbook costs $16. Child care 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 workbook costs $13. Child care provided. Sherri, (727) 916-0175.
Falls Prevention Awareness Fair: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 20, Gulf View Square mall, 9409 U.S. 19. Hosted by Pasco County Falls Prevention Coalition, Community Hospital, Oak Hill Hospital and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. The event will promote awareness on how to prevent and reduce falls among older adults. Free health screenings offered include bone density heel scans to detect osteoporosis, hearing screenings and blood pressure readings. There will be numerous booths with participating businesses and agencies such as Area Agency on Aging, HCA Hernando/Pasco hospitals, Mobility Solutions, CARES, Wii Balance Awareness, Alert 1, Alzheimer's Family Organization, Pasco County Health Department and the Brain Injury Association of Florida. There will also be live entertainment. (727) 834-5630.
Send information for Health and Support to Phyllis Day, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613; fax to (352) 754-6133; or e-mail email@example.com. Deadline 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 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.