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Hernando health notes

A baby grabs her father’s finger.

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A baby grabs her father’s finger.

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. Jerry Fisher, (352) 688-4537.

• 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. Jerry Fisher, (352) 688-4537.

Alzheimer's Family Organization: The following caregiver support groups are scheduled; to RSVP or for information, call Maria Curley, (727) 856-2196:

• 2 p.m. Monday, Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill. Attorney Audrey Gay will speak on "Elder Law Issues."

• 1 p.m. July 21, Brookridge clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., west of Brooksville.

• 1 p.m. Mondays, Spring Hill Enrichment Center (behind Oak Hill Hospital), 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

Elder Abuse Hotline: To report suspected cases of elder abuse, neglect or 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.

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 and 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.

Operation Veteran and Family Support Network: Support and assistance offered to members of the military, veterans and their families through these free support groups led by mental health counselors with the Harbor Behavioral Health Care. Meetings are 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at three Harbor locations:

• 7074 Grove Road, Brooksville.

• 14527 Seventh St., Dade City.

• 8002 King Helie Blvd., New Port Richey.

For information, call (352) 232-4770 or (727) 420-7943.

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, Brooksville, off Darby Lane.

• 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., Spring Hill, behind Oak Hill Hospital.

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 program.

Nurturing Fathers Workshop: 10 a.m. Thursday, Mid-Florida Community Services/Head Start, 835 School St. Facilitated by Luis Leon, the male parent involvement coordinator for Hernando/Sumter Head Start. (352) 754-2464.

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

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. 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.

Nurturing Fathers Workshop: 10 a.m. Thursday, Mid-Florida Community Services/Head Start, 835 School St. Facilitated by Luis Leon, the male parent involvement coordinator for Hernando/Sumter Head Start. (352) 754-2464.

Families with Autistic Children support group: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Harbor Behavioral Health, 7074 Grove Road. Parents and guardians of autistic children will have an opportunity to share their experiences and offer support to one another. No babysitting available. Meetings are on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. (352) 346-1677 or (352) 584-1263.

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).

Community Grief Support Group: 3 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Hernando-Pasco Hospice, 12260 Cortez Blvd. This ongoing bereavement support group is for adults trying to cope with the recent death of a loved one. Meetings are free, and no reservations needed. Toll-free 1-800-486-8784.

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 three-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. (352) 540-6928.

"End Digestive Problems" workshop: 6 to 7 p.m. today, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Participants will learn about natural, nondrug solutions for those who suffer from acid reflux, hiatal hernia, irritable bowel, ulcers, Crohn's disease and other digestive problems. The speaker is Mary Bristow, acupuncturist and doctor of Oriental medicine with the Foundation for Wellness Professionals. Seating is limited and reservations are required. (352) 799-1882.

"Look Good, Feel Better" support group for female cancer patients: 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 10441 Quality Drive, Suite 203, in Spring Hill Regional Hospital's Medical Arts Building. Peggy Dome, (352) 688-7744. Another program will be 3 to 5 p.m. July 23 at the FCI office at 7154 Medical Center Drive, off Cortez Blvd. RSVP to Mary Capo, (352) 596-1926, ext. 150.

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 Bill, (352) 683-7409.

"Natural Solutions to End Pain" workshop: 6 to 7 p.m. July 21, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Also, 6 to 7 p.m. July 27, West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave. The speaker will be Mary Bristow, acupuncturist and doctor of Oriental medicine with the Foundation for Wellness Professionals. Participants will learn about natural, nondrug solutions to help relieve suffering. The workshop is free. Space limited, reservations required. (352) 799-1882.

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.

Spring Hill Stroke and 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.

Weeki Wachee

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: 6 p.m. July 21, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way. Judy Phelps, (352) 666-6885.

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.

PASCO County

New Port Richey

Lymphedema Support Group: 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 8763 River Crossing Blvd. Conducted by Lindsey Wisniewski, a licensed physical therapy assistant at Community Hospital. (727) 845-0757.

PINELLAS County

St. Petersburg

Tourette Syndrome Support Group: 6:30 to 8 p.m. today, Rothman Center, fourth floor, 800 Sixth St. S. (727) 767-8230 or support.pinellas@tsa-fl.org. The group is dedicated to helping individuals in the Tampa Bay area with Tourette syndrome and their families. Meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month.

Information for the Health and Support column should be submitted to Phyllis Day, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613. Information can be faxed to (352) 754-6133 or e-mailed to pday@sptimes.com. The deadline for this news is seven working days before your 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 about the Health and Support column, call (352) 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

10 a.m. Thursday, Mid-Florida Community Services/Head Start, 835 School St. Facilitated by Luis Leon, the male parent involvement coordinator for Hernando/Sumter Head Start. (352) 754-2464. 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.

10 a.m. Thursday , Mid-Florida Community Services/Head Start, 835 School St. Facilitated by Luis Leon, the parent male involvement coordinator for Hernando/Sumter Head Start. (352) 754-2464. 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.

Hernando health notes 07/13/09 [Last modified: Monday, July 13, 2009 6:10pm]

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