Alcoholics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 683-4597.
Alzheimer's Association: Caregiver support groups are offered at several locations:
• 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.
• 6 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month, Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail, Spring Hill. Sasha Bootz, (352) 596-2055.
• 2 p.m. the second Tuesday at Crown Pointe Senior Living Community, 11291 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Sandy Croson, (352) 799-1422.
• Locations available in Citrus and Sumter counties. For Citrus meetings, call Wendy Hall, (352) 527-4600; in Sumter call Tina Franzen-Andes, (352) 793-8274.
• Also, an online support group is at www.alzsupport.com, with a live chat at noon on Wednesdays; message boards are open at all times to post questions and leave replies.
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. March 19, Edwinola, 14235 Edwinola Way, Dade City. Topics include personal care, stress, behaviors, safety and communication. Attorney Stephen D. Carle will discuss Elder Law issues. The cost is $15 for AFO members and $25 for nonmembers. Registration required by March 12. (727) 848-8888 or toll-free 1-888-496-8004. Free respite care available; call the office to make arrangements.
• Caregiver support groups — 1 p.m. Mondays, Spring Hill Enrichment Center (behind Oak Hill Hospital), 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill; Maria Curley, (727) 856-2196.
• Wanderers Identification Program — provides the person with a memory disorder with an identifying bracelet or pendant with a code number and direct telephone number to the Sheriff's Office. If the person becomes lost or wanders from home, they can be identified through a shared database that houses essential patient information and caregiver contacts.
For information, call AFO at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free at 1-888-496-8004.
Elder Abuse Hotline: To report suspected cases of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation, or those 60 or older who are being hurt or taken advantage of by someone you know, call toll-free 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337) or 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873). Sponsored by the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.
Health Whys Lecture Series, presented by Brooksville Regional Hospital:
• An Overactive Bladder/Prostate Health, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. The speaker is Dr. Omar Hamoui, urologist.
• How to be Old and Healthy, 10:30 a.m. March 18, Silverthorn Country Club. The speaker is Dr. Hany Abskhroun, who specializes in geriatrics and internal medicine.
• All About Knees, 4 p.m. March 25, GlenLakes Country Club, 10485 GlenLakes Blvd., Weeki Wachee. The speaker is Michael Higgins, orthopaedic surgeon.
• Medication Safety, 11 a.m. March 30, Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17240 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. The speaker is Jason Baldwin, director of pharmacy services for Pharm D.
All lectures are free. Seating is limited; reservations required. (352) 799-5019.
Narcotics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 754-7200.
National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando: NAMI Hernando offers the following:
• The Beautiful Mind Outreach Center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive (Brothers I and II Plaza), Spring Hill. Open 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. This is a self-help rehabilitation and recreation center for people with mental illnesses, offering support groups, classes, bingo, arts and crafts, and other social and educational activities. Call the center at (352) 684-0004. Visit www.namihernando.org or www.NAMI.org.
• Consumer support group, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, at the Beautiful Mind. The group is for adults who have been diagnosed with a mental illness who are interested in speaking with others who share similar problems.
• Family Support Group, 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at the Beautiful Mind. This group is for families to meet and talk with others who understand adult mental illness.
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, Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane, Brooksville.
• 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.
• 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Little Red Schoolhouse Bookstore, 1208 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill.
• 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West.
• 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays at Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind Oak Hill Hospital), Spring Hill.
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.
CoDA (Co-Dependents Anonymous): Words of Wisdom group, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 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.
Grief Share Sessions: 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, Brooksville Wesleyan Church, 8168 Jasmine Drive. Designed for those who recently lost a loved one. (352) 799-3066.
Horizon Homecare's Diabetic Support Group: 4 p.m. Monday, Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17240 Cortez Blvd. (352) 684-3550.
Reiki Clinic: 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Inner Peace Bookstore and Wellness Center, 421 W Jefferson St. Sponsored by the Inner Peace Church of the Spirit. Maria, (352) 544-0304, or Vicki, (352) 442-1240.
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).
Diabetes Self-Management Education Program: The Hernando County Health Department offers this diabetes program throughout the year at the office at 7465 Forest Oaks Blvd. It includes three 3-hour classes that address topics specific to the concerns of diabetes patients including meal planning, medication and complications. Facilitators include certified diabetes educator Sandra Dixon and registered nurse Jan Musick. Registration is required. Call for dates and times of the next program. (352) 540-6928.
Fibromyalgia Support Group: 2 to 3:30 p.m. today, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. The group shares information on alternative approaches, medicines and personal experiences. Irene, (352) 666-2803, or Joan, (352) 686-0238.
Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope Caregiver Support Group: 4 to 5 p.m. March 11, Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, Suite 203, 10441 Quality Drive. Pamela McGee, (352) 688-7744.
HPH Hospice Community Grief Support Group: 3 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, HPH Hospice, 12260 Cortez Blvd. This ongoing bereavementment support group is for adults trying to cope with the recent death of a loved one. There is no cost and no reservations needed. Toll-free 1-800-486-8784.
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.
Natural Solutions to Digestive Problems: 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave. The free workshop is for those who suffer from acid reflux, hiatal hernia, irritable bowel, ulcers, Crohn's disease and other digestive problems. The speaker is Mary Bristow, doctor of Oriental medicine. Hosted by the Foundation for Wellness Professionals. Seating is limited. RSVP to (352) 597-0082.
Overeaters Anonymous: Bridge to Serenity group, 1 p.m. Tuesdays, West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave. This is a 12-step program for those suffering from compulsive overeating. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins for this support group. Belinda, (352) 293-3455.
Restless Legs Support Group: 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 11, Florida Sleep Institute, 4075 Mariner Blvd. This is an open discussion meeting. RSVP to Betty or Bill Kinahan, (352) 200-5440.
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 at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd.; 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.
"You and Your Shoulders" is next For Your Health seminar: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Heritage Pines Country Club, 11524 Scenic Hills Blvd., off County Line Road. The speaker is Dr. Daniel P. Moynihan, an orthopaedic surgeon on staff at Oak Hill Hospital. He will discuss all aspects of shoulder pain, including causes, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, medications, rehabilitation and the most advanced arthroscopic procedures. A complimentary hot meal will be served. Admission is free. Reservations are a must. Sponsored by Oak Hill Hospital. (352) 597-6333.
Tourette's Syndrome Support Group: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Rothman Center, fourth floor, 800 Sixth St. S. (727) 767-8230 or email@example.com. The group is dedicated to helping individuals in the Tampa Bay area with Tourette's syndrome and their families.
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