Health events

Caregivers support group

SPRING HILL – HPH Hospice is excited to announce that Gary LeBlanc will be the guest speaker at the Caregivers Support Group from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday at Forest Oaks Assisted Living Facility, 8055 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. LeBlanc, author of “Staying Afloat in a Sea of Forgetfulness,” columnist and primary caregiver, has a straight-forward and common-sense approach to caregiving. The support group is free and open to the public. No reservations required. For information, contact Christine Adkins at (352) 597-1882.

Vista Grand health fair

SPRING HILL – The Vista Grand Apartments Annual Fall Health Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the Vista Grand Apartments, 10380 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. The health fair is free to the public and will have health care and wellness exhibits, seminars, Medicare insurance information, stroke screening (fee), eye checks, hearing exams, spinal adjustments and lots of giveaways. For details, call (727) 825-0018.

Hernando health fair

BROOKSVILLE -The ninth annual Hernando County Community Health Fair is only six weeks away. The Elks Lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, will once again host the event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 12. The event will feature free health screenings and demonstrations, complimentary samples of signature items from local food establishments and live music. A special children’s fun area will again be available to participants.

Memory screening

HPH Hospice will host a free memory screening, conducted by a representative of the Alzheimer’s Association, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 17 at HPH Hospice, 12260 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Screening is for adults age 50 and older but not recommended for persons who have already been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The 15-minute memory screening is by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call Carla Hayes at (352) 597-1882.

Culinary experience

The Crescent Community Clinic invites the public to a Culinary Experience with Chef Michael 2-4 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Crystal Room at the Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill. Tickets are $25, and all proceeds benefit the Crescent Community Clinic serving the needs of the uninsured and income eligible nonelderly adults of Hernando County. Enjoy a cooking demonstration and tasting of “Healthy Foods for a Healthy Hernando”, a selection of comfort foods for the holidays. Purchase tickets by calling the clinic at (352) 610-9916, Marcia at (352) 683-8552 or via Paypal at their website

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. The group meets 11 a.m. to noon the first Thursday of the month at 8055 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Free to attend and open to the public. Call (352) 597-1882.

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

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.

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 details, 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 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. Call (727) 845-0757.

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

Health news releases to be published in Health Events listing should be received 10 days in advance and will not be published without complete information, such as the time, date and physical address of the location of the meeting or event. Also, an information telephone number for the public and the name and telephone number of a contact person must be included. Email news releases to Michael Terry at mterry@hernando, fax to (813) 579-9246 or mail to Hernando Today, 13045 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville FL 34613.

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