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Driving classes

By Times Staff Writer
Published August 31, 2004

The Suncoast Safety Council Inc., offers safe driver classes for anyone 55 and older. Classes can be taken online at www.suncoastsafety.com or at the Suncoast Safety Council, 1145 Court St., Clearwater. The September class is 8:45 a.m.-noon Sept. 7-8. Online courses can be taken at any time. Class fees: $19.95 for online, $11.95 for classroom.

Eligible drivers can receive discounts on their insurance. For information, call (727) 442-0233, ext. 395.

Clinical research

Men 65 and older in the Tampa bay area who have been diagnosed with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease are needed for a clinical research trial testing the safety and effectiveness of the drug leuprolide acetate in halting the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer, which is a progessive disorder of the brain's nerve cells, affects an estimated 4.5-million Americans. Currently, no drugs are available to cure Alzheimer's disease or halt its progression.

The Aladdin Trial is seeking 105 patients for multiple test sites in the United States. Patients will be evaluated for 48 weeks.

For more information about the study, call 727 347-8839 or visit www.voyagerpharma.com

Gallery volunteers

Bayfront Medical Center's Gift Gallery, 701 Sixth St. S, St. Petersburg, needs volunteers. There are three four-hour shifts open. Volunteers will receive a meal ticket to the cafeteria and free parking at the hospital during their shifts. For more information, call Cyd Hendrick at (727) 893-6878.

Volunteers needed

Faith in Action Volunteer Caregivers is in need of volunteers. Faith in Action Volunteer Caregivers is a nonprofit organization that promotes the independence of seniors through programs that bridge generations and enhance the quality of life for children and older adults. For information, call (813) 932-5228.

Free grief support class

Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes offers the Comfort Circle, a class designed to help participants with grief recovery.

There are afternoon and evening classes at 1:30 and 7 p.m. beginning Sept. 22 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 7851 54th Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

The Comfort Circle is a six-week course presented by Carole McLeod, a bereavement facilitator and continuing care coordinator. Participants are asked to enroll by the second class and to attend all six sessions for maximum benefit.

The session are free and open to the public. For registration, call McLeod at (727) 347-6636.

[Last modified August 27, 2004, 10:50:10]

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