Health and support

Published May 17, 2007

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:

- Support Group Leader Orientation, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Spring Oaks LLC, 7251 Grove Road, Brooksville. The purpose of this meeting is to instruct individuals in the running and proper functioning of a support group. Upon completion of this program, support group leaders would be eligible to affiliate their support group with AFO. The training is free. Registration is required. Call 727 848-8888 or toll-free 1-888-496-8004.

- Caregiver support groups - 1 p.m. Wednesday, Hernando Beach Club, 3165 Flamingo Blvd., Hernando Beach; Betty Breeden, 596-2442. 1 p.m. Mondays (no meeting on May 28), 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 - This 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.

For information, call AFO at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free at 1-888-496-8004.

Hospice Needs Volunteers: Hernando-Pasco Hospice needs volunteers to work a few hours a week at the local Hospice House. Those wishing to volunteer may cook and bake, visit with patients, arrange flowers or do laundry. Those interested may attend a two-day orientation from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 6 and 8 at the Hernando-Pasco Hospice office, 12260 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Registration for the orientation is required; call Mary Kay Sandell at 597-1882.

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

-13th annual Mental Health Seminar, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, 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. Darlene, 686-0004.

-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.


"Silence is Death" HIV/AIDS Awareness Presentation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, 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. Tuesday, 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.

"Diabetes and Cataracts" Seminar: 3 p.m. Wednesday, 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.

"Freedom from Smoking" program: Free orientation, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hernando County Health Department, 7465 Forest Oaks Blvd. Classes will be May 29 through July 10, all at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, except during quit week when there will be a Thursday meeting on June 14. The cost is $25. This is the American Lung Association's smoking cessation program. Becky Martin, 540-6800, ext. 82148.

Hernando County Ostomy Association: 2 to 4 p.m. today, 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: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. The topic will be nutrition/weaning. The group leader is Cherish Nero, (727) 856-8693 or cherishnero@yahoo.com.

"Learning to Hear Better in 30 Minutes" Seminar: 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. May 31, Gardner Audiology, 5340 Spring Hill Drive. The speaker will be master audiologist Dan Gardner, who will demonstrate and talk about some of the newest advancements in technology. Topics include Advanced nano-hearing aid technology, clearer sounding television devices, louder cell phone devices and surgical implants. Light refreshments will be served. The seminars are free, but reservations are required. 666-8910.

"Look Good, Feel Better" Program for Female Cancer Patients: 3 to 5 p.m. May 24, Florida Cancer Institute, 7154 Medical Center Drive. This is a free program that teaches beauty techniques to female cancer patients, to help combat appearance-related side effects from treatment. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Attendees will receive free makeup. Reservations are required. Mary Capo, 596-1926, ext. 150.

Road to Recovery: 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd. A first anniversary roast beef dinner will be at 7 p.m. June 1. The cost is $3 per person. There will be speakers starting at 8 p.m. 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 www.nbchurch.org.

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