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HEALTH NOTES

Seniors who have difficulty paying bills and balancing checkbooks can receive help through the CARES volunteer Bill Payer Program, This program offers free assistance to seniors age 60 and older who need help writing checks, paying bills, balancing checkbooks or setting up a budget because of a visual or physical impairment or a mild memory loss. Call (352) 518-9300 and ask for Sharon or Joe.

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The Florida Cancer Institute will host its breast cancer support group meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the center at 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey. The group meets every other Thursday and sessions cover the use of makeup, pain control, body image and how to communicate with others about their condition. Reservations are advised by calling (727) 842-8411, ext. 150.

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The Florida Cancer Institute will host the Man to Man prostate cancer support group from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the center at 8763 River Crossing Blvd. Discussions include early detection, signs and symptoms, stages, impotence and treatment options. Speakers include physicians, nurses and pharmacists. Call (727) 842-8411.

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The monthly worship service of the Gulfside Regional Hospice is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Sunset Bay Assisted Living Facility, 7423 Kauai Loop in New Port Richey. Chaplain Andy Anderson will conduct the service. Call (727) 845-5707 or visit the Web site at www.grhospice.org.

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Registration is now open for the CARES Senior Moments program that will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Wednesday beginning March 12 for six weeks. Classes will be held in the CARES Mishkin Center, 7505 Rottingham Road, Port Richey. Cost is $180 for the program that includes maintaining and enhancing memory and brain function though mind fitness, learning skills and keeping a sense of humor. Call Christine Powers at (727) 862-9291, ext. 244.

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"Stress and a Healthier You" will be the lecture topic by registered nurse Jill Corriveau at 11 a.m. Feb. 26 at the CARES Hudson Bayonet Point Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway in Hudson. She will talk about stressors, how to deal with stress, super foods, exercise and humor. This is free, however reservations are required by calling (727) 869-5498.

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Heart surgeon Dr. N.S. Rattehalli is the featured speaker for a lecture on The Surgical Approach and Management of Atrial Fibrillation at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Steve's Fountain View Restaurant, 4111 Land O'Lakes Blvd., in Land O'Lakes. The presentation is sponsored by the Heart Institute at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. The lecture is free, but reservations are required by calling (727) 869-5498.

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Obesity Help (www.obesityhelp.com) offers a support group for anyone who is contemplating weight loss surgery or for those post operative patients who would like to gain support, information and inspiration. The group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hudson Regional Library on Fivay Road. Call Marianne at (727) 247-8658.

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"Sassy Tuesday" will be celebrated from 10 am. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Gulfview Square. Free health screenings, including glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure will be given. Entertainment by the Tap N Dolls, Mr. Do Wop Tommy Russo, Tommy Johnson on the keyboard and Stan Prinston, the master of ceremonies. One couple will be the Sassy Sweethearts of the year and win a gift basket of tickets including tickets to the Vatican Splendors at the Florida International Museum and Hats at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Visit the Web site at www.wduv.com for more information.

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Sherry Showalter, bereavement counselor for the Hospice of Florida Suncoast, will speak at the 7 p.m. Wednesday meeting of the Compassionate Friends support group at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. This group is for parents, siblings and grandparents who have lost a child. Call (813) 273-8721.

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The West Pasco Bi-Polar Support Alliance meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Christ Fellowship Church, 5718 Grand Blvd., in New Port Richey. Call Bob at (727) 819-9427.

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Helping the Elderly with Legal Problems (HELP) offers free appointments at 1 p.m. Feb. 28 at CARES, Claude Pepper Senior Center, New Port Richey and on Tuesday at the CARES Phil Mishkin Center in Port Richey. Call (727) 844-3077 for appointments.

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The Florida Cancer Institute offers a breast cancer support group at 6 p.m. Thursday and then every other Thursday at the New Port Richey Center at 8763 River Crossing Blvd. Anyone, who is touched by breast cancer, is invited to attend including family members. Refreshments will be served and reservations are advised. Call (727) 842-8411 Ext. 150.

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Community Hospital, offers free blood pressure checks from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. each Thursday at 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Call toll-free 1-877- 442-2367.

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Adult children of Alcoholics and Dysfunction Families meet at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Unity of Port Richey, 5844 Pine Hill Road in Port Richey. This is a 12-step program that maintains anonymity. Call Bonnie at (727) 862-4556.

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The Pasco County Chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers three types of support group meetings each month for family and friends of those with mental illness and those with mental illness. This includes all types of brain disorders, including, but not limited to OCD, depression, autism, bi-polar, schizophrenia and multiple personalities. Daytime meetings are from 3 to 5 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month at the Regency Park Civic Association Building, 10240 Regency Park Blvd., Port Richey. The evening meetings are from 7:30 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Monday (except holidays) of the month at Conference Room C at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Call Gloria at (727) 992-9653.

The Family and Friends Adolescent Support Group meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the North Pinellas Children's Medical Center, River Crossing Professional Center, 5508 Little Road, New Port Richey. Call Charity at (727) 457-8514. A consumer support group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at Community Hospital Resource Room, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Call Mike at (727) 842-3372 or Olga at (727) 847-2973.

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Nicotine Anonymous meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays in the Educational Center of St. Vincent DePaul Church, 4843 Mile Stretch Drive in Holiday. Call (727) 937-1396.

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The Alzheimer's Family Organization offers three support groups this week. Two groups meet on Tuesday. One group meets at 2:30 p.m. at New Port Inn, 6120 Congress St., New Port Richey. Call Dina Giannet at (727) 848-3617. Another group meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Claude Pepper Senior Center, 6640 Van Buren St., New Port Richey. Call Barbara Olenski at (727) 844-3077. A group meets at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Heather Hill Healthcare Center, 6630 Kentucky Ave., New Port Richey. Call Lea Mahoney at (727) 845-4459.

The organization has a Wanderers Identification Program for people with memory disorder. Each person is given an identifying bracelet or pendant with a code number and telephone number to the participating Sheriff's Department. Call the office for details at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free 1-888-496-8004

Please send any health related meetings or information to Michelle Jones at mjones721@tampabay.rr.com or fax to (813) 684-2457 or mail to P.O. Box 558, Valrico, FL 33595. Call (813) 685-2200.

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