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Health events, Aug. 4


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'For Your Health'

The next "For Your Health" community education series will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill, and feature a presentation by Dr. William Jason on "Innovations in hip replacement surgery.

Jason is board certified as an orthopaedic surgeon and is on staff at Oak Hill Hospital. He will present a seminar about a cutting-edge, minimally invasive hip replacement surgical procedure that doesn't cut any muscles or tendons.

This procedure is performed on a special operating table called the Hana table. Jason provides state-of-the-art arthroscopic treatment of shoulder, elbow, knee, and ankle disorders, including rotator cuff and complex ligament reconstructions. He is trained in and routinely performs minimally invasive joint replacement surgery.

Admission is free and a complimentary hot meal will be served. Reservations are required. For information and to register call (352) 597-6333 or register online at

Wellness challenge

The Hernando Health Experience is a 10-week health and wellness challenge that will start Aug. 24 and run through Nov. 2.

The program is designed to motivate, educate and help particpants learn how to live well at home, work, at your gym or wherever you are. The program is conducted by the staff at GIME Fitness, 19832 County Line Road, Spring Hill.

Registration is $50 for the program. For a group of six or more the cost is only $35 per person. If you're one of the first 100 to register you could win $100. Those who complete the program and show up at the final check in on Nov. 2 will receive a refund of half the registration fee. For information, call (352) 754-4031 or visit

Caregivers program

HPH Hospice in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association, will host a two-part series for individuals who are currently caring for someone with Alzheimer's or anticipates being in this position. The program will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Aug, 14 and Aug. 21 at HPH's team office located at 12260 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

Topics covered will be how disease changes communications and dealing with difficult behaviors. There will be discussion time each week. There is no charge to participate but space is limited and advance registration is required. To make a reservation, contact Carla Hayes at (352) 597-1882.

CPR/AED course

Crescent Clinic is offering the American Heart Association's Heartsaver Adult/Child/Infant CPR/AED course. Paramedic Jose Miguel Juarez, who is AHA certified, will be the instructor. Upon successful completion of this class, you will receive an AHA Heartsaver CPR AED card. Certification period: 2 years.

This course will be given from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 12 at Spring Hill United Church of Christ ,4244 Mariner Blvd, Spring Hill. The classroom is located in Fellowship Hall. Cost to attend is $45.

For more information and to register call (352) 610-9916. Checks may be mailed to Crescent Community Clinic, 5244 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606. Please clearly print your name for your certification card.

HPH seeking volunteers

HPH Hospice is recruiting volunteers to help out in the kitchen at our Sturgill Hospice Care Center. HPH is also in need of volunteers to visit patients in their home in the Brooksville area or assist the agency performing clerical duties. A two-part orientation will be provided from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, and Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Care Center, located at 12242 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Attendance is mandatory both days and lunch will be provided. There is no cost, but registration is required as seating is limited. Call Jacquie Lambert at (352) 796-2611 to register.

Stroke recovery group

The H2U Partner's Club will host a new stroke recovery group titled "I-Pad Users Group for Stroke Recovery." The group will at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 in the H2U Partner's Club at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. For more information call Renee Payne at (352) 263-9265.

Paper donations

The Crescent Community Clinic is asking for donations of old newspapers and clean paper to be deposited in the green and red recycle bin located at the north east corner of Jericho Road Thrift Store in Winchester Plaza, 5244 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Proceeds from the recycled paper helps to fund the operating expenses of the clinic. Everyone at the clinic is a volunteer, thus operating expenses are kept to the bare minimum.

Outreach program

SPRING HILL - The GFWC Spring Hill Service League, in conjunction with the Hernando Mental Health Alliance, will host a community outreach awareness program titled "Faith in Action" from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the First United Methodist Church, 9355 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

Participants will have an opportunity to introduce their social programs, learn about available community resources and interact with community advocates.

Guest speakers include Diane Rowden, county commissioner; the Rev. Anthony Caruana, pastor at FUMC Outreach Ministries; and Barbara Sweinberg, director of Crescent Community Clinic. Lunch will be served. Space is limited; call (352) 650-9006 by Sept. 20 RSVP.

Hep C support group

BROOKSVILLE/SPRING HILL - A hepatitis C support group for veterans is forming. Contact Art Fryer at (352) 503-2569.

Comfort caregivers

SPRING HILL - HPH Hospice offers a Comfort for Caregivers support group for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, with a safe retreat with other caregivers in a relaxed and confidential setting. The group meets the first Thursday of the month at 11 a.m. to noon, located at 8055 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Free to attend and open to the public. Call (352) 597-1882.

Visitor program

The Hernando County Ostomy Association offers a visitor program for new ostomy patients who need counseling and support. Call Ellen Boldt at (352) 597-5426 or Linda Ravenhorst at (352) 686-1956.

Caregiver support

SPRING HILL - Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope holds its Caregiver Support Group meeting 4:30-5:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at its Spring Hill Center, 10441 Quality Drive, Suite 203, Medical Arts Building next to Spring Hill Regional Hospital. Call Pamela McGee, support group facilitator, at (352) 688-7744.

Prostate cancer group

BROOKSVILLE - Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope holds its "Man to Man" prostate cancer support group 6-7 p.m. the first Monday of every month at its Brooksville Center, 7154 Medical Center Drive, off Kadri Boulevard, across from the High Point community.

Topics frequently discussed are: importance of early detection, signs and symptoms, prognosis, disease stages, incontinence, impotence, treatment options including hormone therapy and medications, and especially the latest research and treatment modalities.

Speakers will include physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and social workers.

The support group is co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society. For information, call Mary Capo at (352) 596-1926.

AFO support

BROOKSVILLE - Alzheimer's Family Organization offers support group meetings at 1 p.m. every Monday at the Brooksville Regional Hospital, Medical Arts Building Enrichment Center, Suite 120, 17222 Hospital Blvd.; 1 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month at the Hernando County Mining Association, Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd.; or 1 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, Medical Arts Building, Suite 105, 10441 Quality Drive, in Spring Hill.

For more information, call John at (352) 232-0081 for Brooksville locations or Pam at (352) 688-1262 for Spring Hill. To volunteer, call (727) 848-8888 or toll free at (888) 496-8004. The DFLA is a program of the Volunteer USA Foundation. Go online to www.volunteerusa

Chatterboxes group

NEW PORT RICHEY -Community Chatterboxes meets 3-4 p.m. every other Thursday at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway.

Community Chatterboxes is a support group to assist individuals suffering from communication deficits (i.e., aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, etc.) as a result of a cerebral vascular accident or other neurological disorders. The group was originally established for outpatients who had been discharged from traditional speech therapy but still wished an outlet to practice and interact with others with the same problems. Call (727) 845-0757.

Alzheimer's support

Alzheimer's Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, offers support groups for family members, caregivers and others interested in learning more about Alzheimer's disease. Support group facilitators have received training as required by chapter and National Alzheimer's Association standards.

Program schedule is:

First Friday of each month, 2:30 p.m., Main Branch Public Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville, Jerry Fisher, (352) 688-4537.

First Thursday of each month, 2:30 p.m., Oak Hill Hospital-Senior Partners, 11361 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, Jerry Fisher, (352) 688-4537.

Third Monday of each month, 2 p.m., The Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, off U.S. 19, Spring Hill, Diane Koenig, (352) 683-9009.

First Tuesday of each month, 11 a.m., Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 550 U.S. 41 S., Inverness, Cathy Heaps, (352) 527-4600.

Third Wednesday of each month, 11 a.m., Avante Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, 304 S. Citrus Ave., Inverness, Cathy Heaps, (352) 527-4600.

Second Wednesday of each month, 2:30 p.m., Sunflower Springs Assisted Living Community, 8733 W. Yulee Drive, Homosassa, Cathy Heaps, (352) 527-4600. The free meetings are open to everyone.

Also, visit the Alzheimer's Association online at www.alzsupport .com for a live chat at noon every Wednesday.

Message boards are open at all times to post questions and leave replies. Call (352) 688-4537 or (800) 772-8672.

Arc seeks volunteers

The Arc Nature Coast is seeking volunteers for its POSSE (Promoting Opportunities and Skills with Special Equestrians) enrichment program at the Education Center or Neff Lake Road facility, any of several office locations, community outings and special events.

Applications and background screenings are required for any position that involves direct contact with customers. There is a one-time fee of $28 for submission of paperwork to two outside agencies.

For information and application forms, contact John DiRienzo at jdirienzo@thearc-nature or call (352) 544-2322.

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