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North Pinellas health notes for Oct. 27

Blanca Alvarado of Largo serves meals to Lorraine Forster of Largo, left, and Barbara Hansen of Clearwater during a lunch service provided by the Neighborly Care Network in Clearwater.


Blanca Alvarado of Largo serves meals to Lorraine Forster of Largo, left, and Barbara Hansen of Clearwater during a lunch service provided by the Neighborly Care Network in Clearwater.

At senior dining sites throughout north Pinellas County, the Neighborly Care Network offers senior citizens hot, nutritious midday meals as well as a place to socialize, make new friends and enjoy planned activities.

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North Pinellas locations include the Neighborly Care Network Solomon Peska Center, 431 E Spruce St., Tarpon Springs; Citizens Alliance for Progress, 401 E Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Tarpon Springs; Shoppe Around the Corner, 1015 Omaha Circle, Palm Harbor; Dunedin Masonic Lodge, 1297 Michigan Blvd.; Dunedin Day Center, 820 New York Ave.; the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Family Center, 1201 Douglas Ave., Clearwater; Ridgecrest Community Center, 2253 119th St. N, Largo; Largo Day Center, 11095 131st St.; and Neighborly Headquarters Building, 13945 Evergreen Ave., Clearwater.

Neighborly meals provide one-third of the daily recommended intake of a senior's nutritional needs.

To participate in the program, seniors must be registered diners with the Neighborly Care Network, be 60 or older and live in Pinellas County.

There is no charge for meals or transportation to the closest dining site if needed, however, donations are appreciated. To receive a meal and transportation, registration is required 72 hours in advance.

For meal and program times, call Neighborly Senior Dining at (727) 573-9444.

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The Healthy Happenings Women of Wellness program at Florida Hospital North Pinellas will present "Girl Talk — Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask," on Wednesday at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, 36750 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor.

Attendees can visit with area vendors and organizations specializing in health and wellness and receive several free screenings, including blood pressure, foot and ankle screenings and glucose testing. Other highlights include free pampering provided by vendors before dinner and the opportunity to win prizes.

The event will feature a question-and-answer panel discussion with moderator Rosemary Giuliano, Florida Hospital North Pinellas' director of oncology and career initiatives; Dr. Cynthia Roever, an internist and geriatrician; Dr. Lourdes Santiago, a colorectal and general surgeon; Dr. Effie Pappas Politis, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon; and Dr. David Marler, an ob-gyn.

Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 and the panel discussion at 7.

The event is free but reservations are required. Call (727) 943-3600.

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Chronic fatigue syndrome encompasses a variety of symptoms, including muscle and joint pain, sore throat, unusual headaches, cognitive difficulties and chronic and severe mental and physical exhaustion. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 500,000 people in the United States have a CFS-like condition.

Dr. Jimmy Gatza, author of The End of Health Roulette, will answer frequently asked questions about this medical condition at 4 p.m. Saturday at Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater.

Call (727) 443-6703 or visit

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Dementia is a serious loss of cognitive ability in a previously unimpaired person and can affect memory, attention, language and the ability to problem solve.

As part of the Medical Matters Lecture Series, neuropsychologist Angela McBride, PhD., will review factors associated with lowering one's risk of dementia, as well as tips for improving memory, at 2 p.m. Monday at the Aging Well Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater.

To register, call (727) 253-4076 or visit

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Al-Anon Family Groups meet in more than 130 countries to help family and friends of problem drinkers recover from the effects of a loved one's drinking.

Members help each other by practicing the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous themselves, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.

More than 40 meetings take place in Pinellas County every week.

For information on times and locations, call (727) 548-6811 or visit

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North Pinellas health notes for Oct. 27 10/24/13 [Last modified: Thursday, October 24, 2013 6:20pm]
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