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Sunday, December 14, 2008; SM11

WALDEN/SIERRA OFFERS CRISIS SUPPORT

A 24-hour hotline is available for Southern Maryland residents for confidential help and support during the holidays. Walk-in services are available at several locations in St. Mary's County, including Walden/Sierra offices in California, Leonardtown and Charlotte Hall. Counselors can advise on depression, family violence, substance abuse, homelessness and other issues. Emergency assistance and trauma counseling are available for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. 301-863-6661.

LOW-COST PRIMARY CARE IN ST. MARY'S

St. Mary's Hospital Health Connections has started Get Connected to Health, a low-cost primary care service for uninsured county residents that will be held 1-5 p.m. every Monday in the Health Connections Mobile Outreach Center at Lexington Park Library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. No appointment needed. $15 each visit. 301-475-6019.

FAMILY PLANNING CLINIC HOURS

St. Mary's Health Department (12) is expanding hours for its Family Planning and Reproductive Health Clinic to serve walk-in clients who need screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. First-come, first-served basis. 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Free. 301-475-4419.

MALL WALKERS

Supervised, all-weather walking with free blood pressure monitoring. 7:30-9:30 a.m. weekdays, St. Charles Towne Center, Waldorf. Free. 301-877-5700.

WOMEN'S HEALTH RESOURCE LINE

Offered by Calvert Memorial Hospital (3) to answer questions about its women's services. 410-414-4569.

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Calvert County Mental Health Clinic operates at the Twin Beaches Community Health Center, 8924 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach. Diagnostic and medication evaluations, medication management and individual and family therapy services are available. Most commercial insurance programs and Medicaid are accepted. 410-535-5400, Ext. 475.

WHEELCHAIRS AVAILABLE

· Powered wheelchairs are available, usually at no out-of-pocket cost, to eligible non-ambulatory people 65 and older. 800-749-8778 or http://www.jaspanmedical.com.

· Wishes on Wheels offers wheelchairs, usually at no out-of-pocket cost, to eligible people 65 and older. 800-823-5220 or http://www.threewishes2.com.

· Medicare recipients who have arthritis, cardiovascular disease or respiratory disorders and difficulty walking or using a standard wheelchair may be eligible for an electric wheelchair. Call Gregory Coleman at 800-810-2877.

· Wheels of Love helps seniors with respiratory disorders, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, mobility limitations or difficulty moving a standard wheelchair to receive a powered chair or scooter paid for by Medicare. For eligibility information, call 866-631-3028.

HEALTH SERVICES FOR SENIORS

For seniors who find it difficult to leave home, the Chesapeake-Potomac Home Health Agency, a nonprofit group serving Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's counties, will make home visits to draw blood for lab tests, organize prescription drugs or fill insulin syringes. Call the intake office at 800-656-4343, Ext. 121.

MASSAGES

· Janina Wellness Center offers massage, reflexology and meditation, 12114-C Old Line Center, Waldorf. Call for times and dates, 410-353-8615.

· Bay Healing Arts Center offers acupuncture, massage, reflexology and Reiki. 9129 Bay Ave., North Beach. Call for times and dates, 410-286-9110.

· Heaven to Earth Healing Arts offers energy work, noninvasive techniques to help access natural healing abilities. 50-minute session, $65. Call for times, dates and locations, 410-257-0147.

· Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Reduce pain, soothe injured muscles, stimulate circulation, promote relaxation and relieve stress. One-hour full-body massage, $60. Seated chair massage for head, neck, back, shoulders, arms and hands, 15 minutes, $13; 30 minutes, $26. Call 410-394-2816 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 2816, for times, dates and locations.

VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION

MedStar Health Visiting Nurse Association's office in Camp Springs offers home care in Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's and southern Prince George's counties. Services include wound care, infusion and rehabilitation. Specialty care in cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation, ostomy, oncology, stroke and joint replacement rehabilitation, diabetes, maternal-child health and pediatrics, and respiratory therapy. 301-931-3100.

CIVISTA ON THE LINE

Civista Medical Center offers free referrals of medical staff members. Callers can also register for Civista-sponsored events and classes and receive information on health-related county resources. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. 888-332-4847.

TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

Southern Maryland Hospital Center (15) offers transportation for outpatient services when personal transportation is not available. 301-877-4357.

Screenings

FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS

· Calvert Memorial Hospital (3), 11 a.m.-1 p.m. third Tuesday of the month. No appointment needed. 410-535-8233 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 8233.

· Civista Medical Center (5), 1-3 p.m. first and third Mondays of the month in La Plata.

· Calvert Pines Senior Center (2), 11 a.m.-noon first and third Thursdays of the month.

· North Beach Senior Center (10), 10-11 a.m. first Friday of the month.

· St. Mary's County Health Connections Van, Leonardtown Square, noon-3 p.m. second Wednesday of the month.

· St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center at Charlotte Hall, 37767 Market Dr., 9 a.m.-noon first Friday of the month. 301-290-1499.

· St. Mary's Hospital (13), 9 a.m.-noon second Friday of the month in the lobby.

· Southern Maryland Hospital Center (15), noon-6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, noon-8 p.m. Thursdays and noon-3 p.m. Fridays in the hospital solarium.

Education Programs

SLEEP TALK

Offered by Civista Medical Center (5). Discuss the importance of a good night's sleep, proper sleep habits, insomnia, and safe and appropriate use of prescription sleep medications. 7-8 p.m. Tuesday. Free.

LOOK GOOD, FEEL BETTER

A program at Calvert Memorial Hospital (3) to help female cancer patients cope with hair and skin changes during treatment. Call the hospital for dates and times.

SMOKING CESSATION CLASS

Offered by Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Support, education and tools to help quit for good. Call for times and dates. Free.

HEART TALKS AVAILABLE

Presented by St. Mary's County Health Department, the talks address hypertension and the symptoms and signs of stroke and heart attack. To schedule a 45-minute presentation, call Betsy Tyer at 301-475-4079.

CPR COURSES

Calvert Memorial Hospital (3) offers courses in CPR techniques for use on adults, infants and children. Certification available for health-care providers. Call 410-535-8233 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 8233, for dates and times.

NUTRITION COUNSELING

Take a healthy approach to weight loss, heart health and balanced nutrition. Meet with a registered dietitian. Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Call for an appointment. One-hour session, $40; four sessions, $130.

BODY COMPOSITION ASSESSMENTS

Body composition assessments include a computer printout with participant's lean body mass and body fat status and recommendations for optimal weight and weight loss. Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). $20. For an appointment, call 410-535-8245 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 8245.

FITNESS ASSESSMENT

Get a fitness assessment from a certified trainer. Tests evaluate muscle strength, flexibility, aerobic endurance and body composition. Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). $50. For an appointment, call 410-535-8245 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 8245.

DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT

· Calvert Memorial Hospital (3) offers a program on learning how to balance lifestyle and diabetes. It is covered by most health insurance plans. For an appointment, call 410-414-4809.

· At St. Mary's Hospital (13), professionals will help with diabetic meal planning, monitoring, treatment options and daily coping. Day and evening self-management classes. 301-475-6019.

· Civista Women's Health Center (6) offers a program of two group classes and two individual sessions. Call 301-609-5200 to discuss insurance coverage and registration.

· Maryland Foundation for Quality Healthcare offers two-hour classes at a variety of times and locations in Charles and St. Mary's counties. $5 each session. To register, call Carol Wright at 301-645-0001, option 5, or register at http://www.udoithealthcare.org.

HEALTH SPEAKERS BUREAU

Health-care professionals are available to present programs on topics for businesses or community groups. Subjects include diet and nutrition, heart disease prevention, cancer prevention, breast cancer, skin care, sleep disorders, diabetes, hearing loss, osteoporosis, alternative medicine, children's health and safety, and women's health issues. Offered by Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). 410-414-4523 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 4523.

YOGA

· Calvert Memorial Hospital's Healthy Alternatives program (9) offers yoga for all ages and fitness levels. For class dates and times, call 410-394-2816 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 2816.

· "Yoga Body and Mind," offered by Civista Women's Health Center (6); 45 minutes of asana work, with cooling, breathing exercises and meditation in the last 15 minutes. Take a mat. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Eight classes, $60; walk-ins, $12.

Parenting

MATERNITY TOURS

· Offered by St. Mary's Hospital (13). Tour the Women's Health and Family Birthing Center, 2-3 p.m., second and fourth Sundays of each month. Free.

IN-DEPTH PARENTING CLASSES

· Offered by St. Mary's Hospital (13). Topics include basic care, breast-feeding, childbirth, infant safety and CPR, and siblings. There is a group for breast-feeding mothers. All classes are free to parents who plan to deliver at the hospital. Call the HealthConnections program for dates and times, 301-475-6019.

· Calvert Memorial Hospital offers classes that cover labor and delivery preparation, relaxation and breathing techniques, medication options, C-section information and breast-feeding education. Weeknight and Saturday classes available. Call Nurturing Necessities (11) at 410-414-5414.

BREAST-FEEDING INFORMATION

· Breast-Feeding Moms, offered by the St. Mary's Hospital Health Connections Programs (13). 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays. Free.

PRENATAL YOGA

St. Mary's Hospital (13) offers a six-week course that teaches hatha yoga postures, breathing practices for relaxation and the use of sound to relieve stress. Join the class any time after the first trimester. Permission from a health-care provider is required. Fee charged. Call 301-475-6019 for dates and times and to register.

PREGNANCY MASSAGE

Offered by Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Provided by a trained therapist. Reduce tension and swelling, improve circulation, increase relaxation and relieve back pain. One-hour session, $60. Call for an appointment, 410-394-2816.

Support Groups

DROP-IN GRIEF SUPPORT

· Offered by Calvert Hospice. 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Calvert Hospice, 238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

PARKINSON'S

· Civista Medical Center (5). For support and education. Call for dates and times of meetings, 888-332-4847.

· Group meets 10 a.m.-noon the third Saturday of each month, St. Mary's County Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 301-994-1858 or 301-862-5524.

BREAST-FEEDING

Nurturing Necessities (11). 1:30-3 p.m. Wednesdays. Free.

OSTOMY

Chesapeake-Potomac Home Health Agency, 7627 Leonardtown Rd., Hughesville. Free. For dates and times of meetings, call Amber Fowler at 301-274-9000, Ext. 227.

MENTAL ILLNESS

· National Alliance on Mental Health, Southern Maryland, will hold a family support group meeting the second Thursday of the month. 7-8:30 p.m., Alternatives for Youth and Families, 30049 Business Center Dr., Charlotte Hall. Free. 240-725-0062.

· National Alliance on Mental Illness, Southern Maryland, holds a recovery support group meeting twice a month for adults with mental illness. 7-8:30 p.m. first and third Mondays, Pathways office, 29770 Three Notch Rd., Suite 202, Charlotte Hall. Free. 301-672-0429 or http://www.namisomd.org.

ALZHEIMER'S

· Family members welcome. 5-6 p.m. second Thursday of the month, Southern Maryland Hospital Center (15). Free.

· Chesapeake-Potomac Home Health Agency. 6:30-7:30 p.m. fourth Thursday of the month. Meeting this month will be held on the third Thursday. CPHHA office, 7627 Leonardtown Rd., Hughesville. Free.

AMPUTEES

Calvert Memorial Hospital (3) group meets 6-7:30 p.m. second Tuesday of the month in the transitional care unit's fourth-floor activity room. Free. Call Scarlett Schall, 410-535-8210 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 8210. 410-414-4670.

BRAIN INJURY

Meets 10:30 a.m.-noon first Thursday of the month and 6-7:30 p.m. second Thursday of the month, Spring Dell Center, 6040 Radio Station Rd., La Plata. 301-932-6196.

BREAST CANCER

· Sisters at Heart offers friendship, encouragement and support to those 60 and older. 11:30 a.m. fourth Monday of the month, Richard R. Clark Senior Center, 1210 Charles St., La Plata. Free. 301-934-5423.

· The Pink Ladies group provides support, encouragement and awareness, 6 p.m. second Thursday of the month, Southern Maryland Christian Academy, White Plains. Free. Call Anne, 301-932-2942, or Evelyn, 301-934-8513.

· Friends Who Care meets at 6:30 p.m. first and third Tuesdays of the month, Calvert Medical Office Building, 110 Hospital Rd., Prince Frederick. Free. Call social worker Joyce Gradle at 410-326-4262.

· Sponsored by Southern Maryland Hospital Center (15). 7:30-8:30 p.m. third Monday of the month and 6:30-8:30 p.m. second Tuesday of the month, Colony South Hotel and Conference Center, 7401 Surratts Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-877-5600.

CANCER

6:30-8 p.m. first and third Thursdays of the month, Calvert Memorial Hospital Annex (4), Medical Office Building. Free. Call Meghan Toffey, 410-414-4730 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 4730.

LUPUS

Chesapeake-Potomac Home Health Agency. Meets every other month. 800-656-4343.

PROSTATE CANCER

Sponsored by Southern Maryland Hospital Center (15). 6:30-8:30 p.m. second Tuesday of the month, Colony South Hotel and Conference Center, 7401 Surratts Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-877-5600.

CAREGIVERS

· For caregivers of older adults. Supervision for older adults available on-site during the group meeting, 2 p.m. last Wednesday of the month, Richard R. Clark Senior Center, 1210 E. Charles St., La Plata. Free. 301-934-0128 or 301-870-3388, Ext. 5128.

· Offered by Calvert County Hospice. Available for county residents caring for a loved one who is chronically or terminally ill. 12:30-2 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, at the hospice office, 238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

STROKE

· A group for survivors and caregivers. Clinical professionals will be available to answer questions and share ideas for improving physical, social and emotional health. 5:30-7 p.m. first Wednesday of the month, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Free. 410-414-4800.

· Southern Maryland Hospital Center group is open to family members. 5-6 p.m. fourth Thursday of the month, Colony South Hotel and Conference Center, 7401 Surratts Rd., Clinton. Free; registration recommended. 301-877-4563.

CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP

Meets 6-8 p.m. third Wednesday of the month, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Call 410-414-4648.

DIABETES

Meets 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. third Thursday of the month, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). For meeting topics and speakers, call the Diabetes Support Group hotline at 410-414-4783.

-- Compiled by BONNIE SMITH

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