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HEALTH AND SUPPORT

Alcoholics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call 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, 688-4537.

- 2 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, Crown Pointe Senior Living Community, 11291 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Sandy Croson, 799-1422.

- 2 p.m. the third Monday of each month, Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill. Diane Koenig, 683-9009.

Alzheimer's Family Organization: Caregiver support groups include 2 p.m. Tuesday, Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge; 1 p.m. Mondays, Spring Hill Enrichment Center (behind Oak Hill Hospital), 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Maria Curley, (727) 856-2196. Another support group will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Baypoint Vollage Clubhouse, 7927 State Road 52, Hudson, will have as a speaker attorney Audrey Gay-Ehrhardt of the Gay and Ehrhardt Law Office. She will speak on elder law topics associated with dementia. Refreshments will be served. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to AFO at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free at 1-888-496-8004.

Narcotics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call 754-7200.

Brooksville

Hospice needs volunteers to visit patients: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 27 and 29, Hernando-Pasco Hospice, 698 S Broad St. Volunteers are needed to provide care, comfort and support to hospice patients and families affected by a life-limiting illness in eastern Hernando County. Volunteers spend a few hours a week with a patient in their home. Typically, a volunteer is matched with a patient that lives close by. Pre-registration is required. 796-2611.

Spring Hill

Florida Cancer Institute's Caregiver Support Group: 4 to 5 p.m. today, Florida Cancer Institute, Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive, Suite 203. Dorothy Hiller, 688-7744.

Gastric Bypass Support Group: 6:45 p.m. Feb. 21, 4212 Las Palmas Ave. Ed, 597-2895.

Griefshare: 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd. This is a support group that is open to anyone who has lost someone close to them. Janet Moorman, 200-7422, or Sally Cloughly, 666-8806.

Health Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 21, Changes Adult Fitness Center, 1244 Mariner Blvd. The free event will include food and giveaways from various vendors and sponsors. Among services provided include free chair massages from Rowan Hill, a licensed massage therapist at Changes. Free fitness information will be given to all ages and ability levels. Health screenings will be provided by Atenda from 10 a.m. to noon. Dr. Blackburn's office will also be on hand to provide health screenings. Also on hand will be a Medicare benefits consultant, Spring Hill Rehab and Lymphedema Center, HearX and Ali-Med. 200-4680.

"Heart Matters 2008" For Your Health seminar: 3:30 to 5 p.m. Feb. 25, fourth floor classroom, Hernando Medical Center at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd. The speaker is Adel M. Eldin, M.D., who is board-certified in cardiovascular disease and specializes in interventional cardiology and internal medicine. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Free blood pressure and blood oxygen level checks will be offered. Seating is limited and reservations ar advised. 597-6333.

Hernando Endoscopy and Surgery Center to present "A Natural Approach to Weight Loss": 3 p.m. Tuesday, Hernando Endoscopy and Surgery Center's conference room, Hernando Medical Park, 12208 Cortez Blvd. The speaker is Dr. David Moreno, who is board-certified in internal medicine. Refreshments will be served. The seminar is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. 596-4999.

Leukemia/Lymphoma Support Group: 5 p.m. Feb. 26, Florida Cancer Institute, Suite 203, Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive. Jeff Haight, 688-7744.

"Look Good, Feel Better" program for female cancer patients: Two groups are scheduled to meet: 3 to 5 p.m. today, Florida Cancer Institute, 7154 Medical Center Drive, off Cortez Boulevard. RSVP to Mary Capo, 596-1926, ext. 150. Another group will meet 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Florida Cancer Institute's Spring Hill Center, Suite 203 of the Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive. RSVP to Peggy Dome, 688-7744. The program, which is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, teaches beauty techniques to help combat the appearance-related side effects of treatment. Free cosmetics will be provided. Reservations are required.

Senior Strength and Stretching classes: 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, Changes Adult Fitness Center, 1244 Mariner Blvd. This class will be offered free throughout February; gym membership is not required (the class normally costs $6 per class or is free with gym membership). Exercises will include gentle stretching, seated strength work with dumbbells and exercise bands. This class is for those wanting to improve their posture, strength and flexibility. The class is taught by massage therapist and personal trainer Rowan Hill. Call to reserve a spot, 200-4680.

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