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Health and support

Published March 1, 2007


Alzheimer's Association: Caregiver support groups are offered at several locations:

- 2:30 p.m. Friday, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Meetings are on the first Friday of each month. Jerry Fisher, 688-4537.

- 2 p.m. the second Thursday of each month, Spring Oaks, 7251 Grove Road, Brooksville. Marty Glass, 592-1150.

- 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.

American Cancer Society Needs Volunteers for "Road to Recovery" Program: There is a need for drivers for the Road to Recovery program. Volunteer drivers provide transportation for local cancer patients to and from chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Schedules are flexible and training is provided. Requirements include a safe driving record, valid driver's license, insurance and a smoke-free vehicle in good running condition. Call Joan at 799-9078.

Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program: This program, a service provided by the Mid-Florida Area Agency on Aging, provides one-time assistance for households with both an energy crisis and a member who is 60 or older. An energy crisis is a shut-off or impending shut-off of electricity, a lack of heating supplies or a broken heating system. The program helps the household by providing assistance with paying the electric bill, buying heating supplies or fixing the heating system. To be eligible, the household must meet income guidelines by household size. To find a service provider or apply for the program, call the Elder Helpline toll-free at 1-800-963-5337.

Hernando County Health Department: The local health department offers, among others, the following services:

Free childhood vaccines/immunizations, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays except Thursdays at the Brooksville and Spring Hill offices. Bring immunization records to determine which vaccines a child requires. Appointments not necessary.

"Freedom from Smoking" program. This is the American Lung Association's smoking cessation program. The clinic runs for seven weeks, one meeting per week, except for "quit week," when two meetings are scheduled (meetings are 1 1/2 hours each). The cost is $25. Call for class schedule/location. Becky Martin, 540-6800, ext. 82148.

Health Department offices are at 300 S Main St., Brooksville, and 7465 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. For information, call the Health Department at 540-6800.

Senior Rx Assistance Program: This program is for Hernando County residents 60 or older who need financial assistance in purchasing prescription medications. For details, call 597-6331 or stop by the Oak Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind the hospital), Spring Hill. This is a nonprofit organization; donations are tax-deductible.


Alcoholics Anonymous: Open speaker group, 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Aripeka Community Center, Osowaw Boulevard. 683-4597.


Alcoholics Anonymous: Sunset group, 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Christ Lutheran Church, 475 W North Ave. Women's group, 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, St. John's Episcopal Church, 200 S Brooksville Ave., Brooksville; 544-8227. Back to Basics, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, the Harbor, 7074 Grove Road (across from Springbrook Hospital). Garden Grove group, open speaker's meeting, 8 p.m. the last Saturday of each month, First Presbyterian Church, 250 Bell Ave. Heavy Hitters group, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, First Presbyterian Church, 250 Bell Ave. Welcome group, 8 p.m. Thursdays, St. John's Episcopal Church, 200 S Brooksville Ave. TGIF group, 8 p.m. Fridays, First Presbyterian Church, 250 Bell Ave. 683-4597.

Al-Anon: Spring Lake AFG Group, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Spring Lake United Methodist Church, 4191 Spring Lake Highway. Carolyn, 799-1513.

Co-Dependents Anonymous: Words of Wisdom group, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Salvation Army Fellowship Hall, 15464 Cortez Blvd. This is a 12-step program geared toward the development of healthy relationships and the building of self-esteem. Step work is done on the first Wednesday of each month. Newcomers are welcome. Joan, 597-3926.

Grief Share Sessions: 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Brooksville Wesleyan Church, 8168 Jasmine Dr. Sessions designed for individuals who have recently lost a loved one. Open to the public. 799-3066.

Narcotics Anonymous: Stairway to Serenity group (open discussion), 8 p.m. Fridays, Faith Fellowship Church, 19255 Camp Ground Road. Open discussion group, noon Tuesday, Faith Fellowship Church. Just for Today group (closed discussion book study), 8 p.m. Tuesdays, First United Methodist Church, 109 Broad St.; open discussion meetings are at 8 p.m. Thursdays at First United Methodist. Stairway to Serenity/Newcomers Meeting (open discussion), 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Faith Fellowship Church, 19255 Camp Ground Road. 754-7200.

Reiki Clinic: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Inner Peace Metaphysical Bookstore, 425 W Jefferson St. Maria, 544-0304 or 585-1681.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly 208: 6 p.m. today, Gulf Ridge Park Baptist Church, 20200 Manecke Road. Linda, 796-1236.

Weight Watchers: 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, First United Methodist Church, 109 S Broad St. Meetings open 30 minutes early for weighing in. Toll-free 1-800-651-6000.

Hernando Beach

Alcoholics Anonymous: Open discussion, noon Tuesdays, First Baptist Church of Hernando Beach, 4446 Shoal Line Blvd. 683-4597.

Ridge Manor /Ridge Manor West

Alcoholics Anonymous: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Ridge Manor Community Center, Cortez Boulevard. 683-5497.

Narcotics Anonymous: Getting Better Group (open discussion), 7 p.m. Sundays, Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd. 754-7200.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly 530: 8:15 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays, First Lutheran Church of Ridge Manor West, 30419 Park Ridge Drive. Eve, 796-0477.

Spring Hill

Al-Anon/Alateen Groups: Harmony Al-Anon family group, 7 p.m. Mondays, Spring Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center, 12170 Cortez Blvd. Use rear building entrance, Unit One, Activity Room. 683-4597. Al-Anon Family Group/Adult Children of Alcoholics, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Spring Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center. 683-3987. Spring Hill New Beginnings Alateen/Alanon, 7:30 p.m. (for beginners) and 8 p.m. (general meeting) Wednesdays, St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, Cabrini Center Room 7, 5030 Mariner Blvd. Al-Anon Serenity group, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd. 683-4597.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Tranquility group, 7:15 p.m. Mondays, Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive. Fun & Frolic group, 11 a.m. Thursdays, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd. Living Sober group, 8 p.m. Thursdays, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Friendship group, 8 p.m. Fridays, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. 683-4597.

Care Connection/Care Too: Respite/social program for people with early-stage Alzheimer's disease or other memory-related illnesses, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays, Catholic Charities, 1423 Kass Circle. 686-9897.

Christian Based Addictions Recovery Group: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, First Baptist Church of Spring Hill, 7279 Pinehurst Drive (at Cobblestone Drive). Frank, 442-1314.

Compassionate Friends: 7:30 p.m. March 8, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., behind Oak Hill Hospital. Newcomers are encouraged to arrive at 7 p.m. This is a self-help group for bereaved parents, siblings and other family members who have experienced the death of a child at any age, whether recent or long ago. There is no cost to join. Diane, 592-9924.

Gamblers Anonymous: 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive. Call toll-free 1-800-397-9843.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Spring Hill Elementary School, 6000 Roble Ave. This group is for grandparents and relatives who are raising children. Judie Phelps, 666-6885.

Hospice to Offer Free 'Transitions' Group: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays, March 12-April 30, at Hernando-Pasco Hospice, 12260 Cortez Blvd. A hospice bereavement counselor will lead the group, which is designed to help participants learn how to better cope with their loss. Pre-registration is requested. Toll-free 1-800-486-8784.

"Man to Man" Prostate Cancer Support Group: 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Florida Cancer Institute, 7154 Medical Center Drive (behind Johnny Carino's). Dietician Brooks Edward will speak on healthy living. Betty Lawrence, 596-1926.

'Learning to Hear Better in 30 Minutes' Seminars: Two seminars are scheduled at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. today, Gardner Audiology, 5340 Spring Hill Drive. The speaker is master audiologist Dan Gardner, who will demonstrate how those with even mild hearing loss can hear more clearly with many of the newest technological advances. Topics include advanced Nano-Hearing Aid technology, clearer sounding television devices, louder cell phone devices and surgical implants. Refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited and reservations are required. 666-8910.

Moving On: 12:15 p.m. Thursdays, Perkins Family Restaurant, 4685 Commercial Way. This is a self-help organization for seniors or others who have difficulty dealing with the loss of a loved one. An optional lunch will follow the meeting. Marilyn, 597-5315, or Bill, 683-7409.

Narcotics Anonymous: Let It Go group (open discussion), 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Hope Community Bible Church, 13241 Spring Hill Drive. Vision of Hope group (closed discussion book study), 7 p.m. Sundays, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd. Work Your Program group, 8 p.m. Fridays, Grace Lutheran Church, 411 Mariner Blvd. The Last Straw group, 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, A Club, 18922 Titus Road, off County Line Road. 754-7200.

Overeaters Anonymous: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Spring Hill Health and Rehab, 12170 Cortez Blvd.; Pat, 688-1236, or Ernie, 596-4082. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Fridays, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd.; Pat, 688-1236, or Dee, 686-4213.

Professional Counseling Services: Catholic Charities offers professional counseling services at its Hernando Area Center, 1423 Kass Circle. The counseling services are available to individuals, couples, families and children experiencing a broad range of personal, relationship and family problems. Sessions are provided on a sliding fee scale to ensure mental health services are available to those in need. Daytime and evening appointments are available. Marty, 686-9897, ext. 1.

Restless Legs Support Group: 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 13, Florida Sleep Institute, 4075 Mariner Blvd. Dr. William Kohler, the group's medical adviser, should be available to address questions the group or individuals may have. RSVP to Betty and Bill Kinahan, toll-free 1-888-554-5156 or e-mail

Road to Recovery: 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd. This is a Christ-centered recovery program that offers healing for addictive behaviors, hang-ups and hurts. The program is sponsored by the church. Steve Celinski, 683-5882, or

Spring Hill Parkinson Support Group: 1 p.m. Monday, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., behind Oak Hill Hospital. Charles Donley, a physical therapist with Regional Rehab, will speak and answer questions. Regional Rehab offers customized physical and occupational therapy for Parkinson's patients. Charlene or Don, 688-7261.

Spring Hill Stroke and Support Group: 11 a.m. Thursdays, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive. Family and friends are welcome. Coffee and cake follows the meeting. A. Schaffer, 688-2594, or the church, 683-9016.

Survivors Grief Support Group: 1 to 2 p.m. Fridays, Oak Hill Hospital conference room (near the cafeteria), 11375 Cortez Blvd. Rose, 596-6752, or Dee, 686-3196.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly: TOPS 604, weigh-in from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. and meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Regency Oaks clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd.; Doris, 666-9525, or Norris, 799-7907. TOPS 701, weigh-in at 9 a.m. and meeting at 9:30 a.m. Fridays, United Methodist Church, Shady Hills Road; Beverly, (727) 856-2436, or June (727) 856-4988. TOPS 716, 10 a.m. Fridays, Fellowship Wesleyan Methodist Church, 11250 Spring Hill Drive; 683-2063 or 686-0261. TOPS 746, weigh-in from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m., followed by the meeting until about 10 a.m., First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive (Room 3). Jean, 683-8799, or Mary, (727) 869-1814.

Weight Watchers: 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Saturdays, Suncoast Elementary School, 11135 Quality Drive. 10 a.m. Tuesdays and 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Spring Hill Community Center, 1202 Kenlake Ave. 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Mondays and 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Fridays, Senior Citizens Center, 7925 Rhanbouy Road. Meetings open 30 minutes early for weighing in. Toll-free 1-800-651-6000.

"Women to Women" Breast Cancer Support Group: Meetings are scheduled for Fridays at the Medical Arts Professional Health Services, 10441 Quality Drive. This group is for women 40 and older who are in treatment or about to finish, who will share information and help one another along the way. Those interested can call 683-1842 (between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays) for details.

Weeki Wachee

Celebrate Recovery: 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road, off Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered 12-step program. Men's and women's discussion groups are offered. Visit the Web site at www.celebraterecovery or, or call 596-1388.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly: TOPS 461, 9 a.m. Thursdays, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way. Marilyn, 686-5120, or Dorothy, 596-6697. TOPS 547, weigh-in from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. and meeting at 9:30 a.m. Fridays, Nativity Lutheran Church. Betty, 686-8719.

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 754-6133 or e-mailed to 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 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

[Last modified February 28, 2007, 23:46:34]

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