Health and support

Published May 10, 2007


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: The following programs are offered through the Alzheimer's Family Organization to residents of Hernando, Citrus, Pasco, Sumter and Lake counties:

- Caregiver support groups - 2 p.m. Tuesday, Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brooksville; 1 p.m. Mondays, Spring Hill Enrichment Center behind Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill; Maria Curley, (727) 856-2196.

- Respite Assistance Program - Respite assistance is provided for caregivers of a dementia or Alzheimer's disease sufferer. The Alzheimer's Family Organization also will provide other national respite resources that can reimburse costs to caregivers.

- Wanderers Identification Program provides the person with a memory disorder with an identifying bracelet or pendant with a code number and direct telephone number to the participating sheriff's office. If the person becomes lost or wanders from home, they can be easily identified through a shared database that houses essential patient information and caregiver contacts.

Call AFO at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free at 1-888-496-8004.

American Cancer Society needs volunteers for "Road to Recovery" program: There is a desperate need for drivers for the Road to Recovery program in Hernando County. 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.

Elder Helpline: The Mid-Florida Area Agency on Aging provides the Elder Helpline, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Call toll-free 1-800-963-5337. Through the National Caregiver Support Program, resources available include information, education, support groups, respite and other services for caregivers of people 60 or older and grandparents 60 and older who are raising grandchildren. Visit the Web site at www.mfaaa.org.

Narcotics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations. Call 754-7200.

National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando: NAMI Hernando offers the following:

- Monthly membership meeting, 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, at the Beautiful Mind, 10554 Spring Hill Drive. The speaker will be elder law attorney David Hook from the Hook Law Group. He will speak about Special Needs Trusts and the Future of the Disabled Child.

- 13th annual Mental Health Seminar, 1 to 4 p.m. May 19, Springbrook Hospital, 7007 Grove Road, Brooksville. The theme is "Together We Care - Partners in Hernando County Mental Health Care." There will be speakers from Springbrook Hospital, the Harbor Behavioral Health Care Institute, Hernando County Commission and Hernando County Health Department. NAMI Hernando will also honor the Hernando County Sheriff's Office's Crisis Intervention Training officers. CIT is a 40-hour course for law enforcement officers, which provides information on mental illnesses, medication, crisis intervention, de-escalation techniques and Baker Act procedures. Refretne, 686-0004.

- Souvenir Journal advertisements are being accepted. The annual journal is in connection with the mental health seminar and is NAMI's largest fundraiser. Prices range from $10 for a booster ad to $100 for a full-page ad. To purchase an ad, call Evelyn DeHart at 796-3731.

- Volunteers are needed to become support group leaders for parents of children with mental illness. Training will be provided. Call Darlene, 686-0004.

- NAMI Hernando T-shirts are available for $10 each (NAMI consumers pay $5). Call Ginny, 686-2687.

- The "Beautiful Mind" consumer-run drop-in center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive (Brothers I and II Plaza), Spring Hill. This is a self-help rehabilitation and recreation center for consumers and provides support groups, computer classes, bingo, arts and crafts, speakers and social activities. Call the center at 684-0004, or Darlene at 686-0004.

- Consumer Friendship Group meets 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the Beautiful Mind. This is an informal group for those with mental illness to visit and socialize. Call the center.

- Family Support Group, 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays (meets separately from the friendship group), at the Beautiful Mind. This is a group for families of the mentally ill to exchange insights about mental illness and learn how others are coping. Call Darlene, 686-0004.

- A speakers group is available to area church, civic and social organizations. Call Darlene, 686-0004.

SHINE Program assists seniors with health insurance: The Florida Department of Elder Affairs offers the free SHINE program (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) at the following locations in Hernando County:

- 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays at Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind Oak Hill Hospital), Spring Hill.

- 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Brooksville Enrichment Center, 670 S Broad St., Brooksville.

- 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West.

SHINE counselors offer information and assistance with Medicare (figuring out paperwork, bills and filing appeals), Medicare supplemental insurance, Medicare prescription drug coverage, long-term care planning and pharmaceutical assistance programs.

No appointments are necessary. For information or for counseling locations outside of Hernando County, call the Elder Hotline toll-free at 1-800-262-2243.


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.

HIV/AIDS Awareness Seminar: 6 to 8 p.m. May 22, Allen Temple AME Church, 824 Leonard St. Presented by Hillsborough County Health Department Human Services Manager Mellita Mills-Kendrick and Hernando County Health Department Health Services Representative Laura Dunn. Free HIV/AIDS testing will be offered, using the OraSure HIV-1 specimen collection method, which involves no needles. Snacks and beverages will be served. Free. 799-6625.

Spring Hill

"Advanced Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer" is next For Your Health seminar: 3:30 to 5 p.m. May 22, Hernando Medical Center at Oak Hill Hospital (Entrance C), fourth-floor classroom, 11375 Cortez Blvd. The free program will be presented by Dr. Sanjay Emandi, who is board-certified by the American board of radiology. He is also certified in procedures for the treatment of cancers. Reservations are advised. 597-6333.

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.

Compassionate Friends: 7 p.m. today, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind Oak Hill Hospital). This is a group for bereaved parents, siblings and their families. Lorraine, 684-1308, or Marie, 683-8038.

CrownPointe hosts Health Fair/Open House: 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, CrownPointe Senior Living Community, 11291 County Line Road, Spring Hill. There will be free hot dogs and entertainment by Barry R and tours of the facility. The health fair will include free blood pressure screenings, free eye screenings by Stolte Eye Institute, podiatrist John Parinello and the bloodmobile. 799-1422.

"Diabetes and Cataracts" Seminar: 3 p.m. May 23, Hernando Endoscopy and Surgery Center's conference center, Hernando Medical Park, 12208 Cortez Blvd. The free seminar will be presented by Dr. Srin Dutt. Reservations are required. 596-4999.

Hernando County Ostomy Association: 2 to 4 p.m. May 17, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind Oak Hill Hospital). New members welcome. Joan, 686-1077, or Nancy, 597-7933.

La Leche League of Hernando County: 6 p.m. Monday, Oak Hill Hospital, Cafeteria Conference Room 2, 11375 Cortez Blvd. The topic will be nutrition/weaning. The group leader is Cherish Nero, (727) 856-8693 or cherishnero@yahoo.com.

Oak Hill Hospital to offer free stroke screenings: Free screenings will be offered Monday through May 18 at the hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd. May is Stroke Awareness Month. In observance, the hospital has a display in the cafeteria promoting awareness of stroke signs and symptoms. There is also a world puzzle drawing for gift certificates to Wal-Mart; three winners will be drawn from those who complete the world puzzle correctly. Appointments are required. 597-6333.

Spring Hill Stroke and Support Group: 11 a.m. Thursdays, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive. A. Schaffer, 688-2594, or the church, 683-9016.

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.ccwildwood.com, or call 596-1388.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way. Judy Phelps, 666-6885.

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