Alzheimer's Family Organization: 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. 2 p.m. May 19, Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill. Maria Curley, (727) 992-1358.
Brooksville and Spring Hill Regional Hospitals Offer Discount for Digital Mammography and Bone Density Screenings: The screenings will be offered throughout May for $65 each or both for $110. No prescriptions required for either the mammograms or bone density tests. Appointments must be scheduled. Brooksville Regional is at 17240 Cortez Blvd.; call (352) 796-5474, Option 2. Spring Hill Regional is at 10461 Quality Drive; call (352) 684-7555.
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-to-Family 12-week course, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting May 26. Taught by instructors who have loved ones with mental illnesses. Free, but reservations required. Judy Thomas, (352) 544-0352, or Mariann Eckman, (352) 683-1350.
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 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@example.com; or Barbara Sweinberg, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hernando County Ostomy Association: 2 to 4 p.m. May 19, Brooksville Regional Hospital, Conference Room 2 (first floor), 17240 Cortez Blvd. New members welcome. Linda Ravenhorst (ostomy nurse), (352) 686-1956, or Ellen Boldt, (352) 597-5426.
'Community Appreciation Day' with Terlep Chiropractic and Vitality Physicians and Rehab: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 21, 8468 Northcliffe Blvd. Featuring live music, door prizes, bounce house and face painting, a Wii tournament and refreshments. This is a benefit to support troops in Iraq and Afghanistan through the Gifts for Home program. Donations of the following items are needed: coffee, X-Box and PS3 games, soccer balls, DVDs (new or used), AA batteries, cigars, insect repellent and sunscreen. In exchanged for a donation, Terlep is offering for new patients an exam, history, nerve scan and X-rays (if needed); and for existing patients a spinal adjustment, hydrotherapy and massage. In exchange for a donation, Vitality will offer diabetes and cholesterol screenings, bone density testing, lung function test, blood pressure and body mass index testing. Also, free healthcare will be provided to all active and inactive military personnel throughout June. For appointments, call Vitality at (352), 683-3333 or Terlep at (352) 666-2222.
'Diabetes, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Obesity — Understand Your Opponent and Your Options': 1 p.m. Tuesday, Fun Fitness Factory, 1287 Kass Circle. Presented by Dr. Ayman Osman of the Internal Medicine Clinic, and Jane Elliott, certified personal trainer and wellness coach. The seminar will promote an awareness of the dangers and options sufferers have to combat these ailments. Healthy refreshments will be served. Free. RSVP to (352) 556-4807 or (352) 556-8741.
Family Health Fair: 9 a.m. to noon May 21, Notre Dame Catholic School, 1095 Commercial Way. Health professionals and organizations will share the latest information for healthy living. Dr. Lou Whitaker will present cutting-edge discoveries on how young children learn. The Hernando County Sheriff's office offer a "CSI" crime lab demonstration, and Spring Hill Fire Rescue will have its Smoke House. All visitors will be entered into a drawing for a number of prizes. (352) 683-0755.
Fibromyalgia Support Group: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Those diagnosed with this syndrome is welcome. The group shares information on alternative approaches, medicines, current research and personal experiences. Irene, (352) 666-2803, or Joan, (352) 686-0238.
Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope Caregiver Support Group: 4:30 p.m. today, 10441 Quality Drive, Suite 203, in the Medical Arts building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital. Pamela McGee, (352) 688-7744.
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.
Martinez Chiropractic offers presentations on Neuropathy, Weight Loss and Chiropractic: The following free presentations will be presented by Dr. Robert Martinez at Martinez Chiropractic, 10520 Spring Hill Drive. Each presentation is limited to 25 participants; reservations required.
• 'Neuropathy Treatment Options: How to Regain Feeling and Balance,' 2 p.m. May 19. Topics include the causes of neuropathy, recognizing the seven signs and drug-free treatment options.
• 'How to Drop 20-30 Pounds Quickly, Safely and Affordably,' 2 p.m. May 21. Topics include how to lose 20 to 30 pounds in 30 days without buying expensive pre-packaged foods, drinking shakes or taking diet pills. Dr. Martinez will give information on a doctor-supervised homeopathic solution.
• 'How Chiropractic Improves Nervous System Function?', 6 p.m. May 24. You monitor your blood pressure and have your cholesterol checked, but do you know how well your nervous system is functioning? This seminar will discuss the role your nervous system plays in overall health.
For information or to RSVP for any of the above seminars, call Susan, (352) 686-1686.
Nature Coast Multiple Myeloma Support Group: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oak Hill Hospital Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd. The speaker will be Andres Romero, a patient support specialist with Celgene, makers of chemotherapy drugs Thalomid and Revlimid. He will discuss ways multiple myeloma patients can receive financial assistance to help pay for chemotherapy. A dinner buffet will be served at no cost. RSVP to Pat Killingsworth, (715) 271-5037 or email@example.com.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly 604: Weigh-in from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. and meeting 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd. Learn how you can be "Queen for a Day" at the yearly Florida State Recognition Day. There is no cost to attend a meeting. TOPS is a weight-loss management program for men and women, and has a philosophy of combining healthy eating, regular exercise, wellness education and support from others. Membership dues are $26 a year ($4 per month). Doris, (352) 666-9525, or Nancy, (352) 592-1088.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.