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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Announcements

CANCER AWARENESS DAY, offered by St. Mary's Hospital's Health Connections (13). Free screenings for prostate and skin cancer. 9 a.m.-noon, Oct. 24. Free.

BREAST CANCER SEMINAR, offered by St. Mary's Hospital's Health Connections (13). Open to all women in the community. Discussion of digital mammography, the importance of getting an annual mammogram, and nutrition and its effect on cancer. Light refreshments. 2-4 p.m., Oct. 11. Free.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FAIR, offered by St. Mary's Hospital's Health Connections (13). Join representatives from local government agencies and businesses and learn about emergency preparedness, fire safety and more. Flu shots will be available for people 18 and older. Refreshments and handouts available. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 16. $20, flu shots.

DIABETES FAIR, offered by St. Mary's Hospital's Health Connections (13). Free health screenings and seminars, plus educators and representatives from companies specializing in products. Free samples.

SLEEP STUDIES, offered by St. Mary's Hospital to diagnose sleep disorders. Set up an appointment, pick up the equipment and sleep in your own bed. A specialist will read the results and send a report to your physician. 301-475-6068.

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. It will be held 1-5 p.m. Mondays 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 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. 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Free. 301-475-4419.

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 is operated 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.

HEALTH SERVICES, for senior citizens 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.

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, 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 offers transportation for outpatient services when personal transportation is not available. 301-877-4357.

Blood Drives

-- Double red blood cell donation, for St. Mary's Hospital's Health Connection. A double red blood cell donation is an automated process that separates red cells from other components and returns the remaining components to the donor. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 28, Oct. 26 and Nov. 30. Call for appointment.

-- Sponsored by St. Mary's Hospital's Health Connections (13). 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Oct. 19. Call for an appointment.

-- Sponsored by 2nd District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad. Walk-ins welcome. 2 -7:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 2nd District Volunteer Fire Department, Valley Lee. Free. 301-994-1038.

Wheelchairs

-- 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 might be eligible for an electric wheelchair. Call Gregory Coleman at 800-810-2877.

-- Wheels of Love helps senior citizens who have 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.

Massage

-- Joy Lane Healing Center offers massage, reflexology, yoga, Qigong and meditation classes. Hollywood. 301-373-2522.

-- 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, stress management and Reiki. Classes available. Relaxation room available for meditation and after-massage time. 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's (3) Complementary Health Program offers massage therapy and reflexology to relieve stress and provide relaxation. Improves circulation, relieves muscular pain and boosts the immune system. $65. Evening appointments available. Call 410-535-8233 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 8233, for times, dates and locations.

-- St. Mary's Hospital's Rehabilitation Medicine Department. 15 minutes, $15; 30 minutes, $45; 60 minutes, $65.

Screenings

"LEGS FOR LIFE"

Offered by St. Mary's Hospital's Health Connections (13) for people who have leg pain that may be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD). 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 21-22 and 1-6 p.m. Sept. 21. Call to register.

FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS

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

-- Civista Medical Center, 1-3 p.m. first and third Mondays in La Plata.

-- Calvert Pines Senior Center, 11 a.m.-noon first and third Thursdays.

-- North Beach Senior Center, 10-11 a.m. first Fridays.

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

-- St. Mary's Hospital, 9 a.m.-noon second Fridays, in the lobby.

-- Lexington Park Senior Apartments, 9:30-11 a.m. second Mondays. 301-475-6019.

-- Wildewood Retirement Center, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. second Mondays. 301-475-6019.

-- Garvey Senior Center, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. fourth Fridays. 301-475-6019.

-- 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

SAFE SITTER, offered by St. Mary's Hospital's Health Connection (13) for teens 12-14. Common-sense babysitting tips, basic first-aid and care for a choking child will be covered. 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. $45.

KEEPING CURRENT: DIABETES EDUCATION, offered by St. Mary's Hospital's Health Connection. Learn whether your diabetes has changed and whether you need to update your diet, medications or activity. Learn about new developments. 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 26. Free.

LIVING WELL, TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH, six-session workshop offered by St. Mary's Hospital's Health Connections (13) for anyone with chronic or recurring illness and those living with someone with a chronic condition. Topics include managing symptoms, working with a health-care team, setting goals, relaxation, and handling difficult emotions and daily life. Take a family member. Call for dates and locations.

ANGER MANAGEMENT CLASS, offered by the Pinnacle Center for Mental Health and Human Relations for adults who have trouble with temper or underlying anger. 603 Post Office Rd., Suite 210, Waldorf. 301-705-7563 or 301-843-1573.

JOY LANE HEALING CENTER, a nature-based spiritual and educational retreat center, offers workshops and classes for a variety of holistic health modalities. Retreats for people living with cancer, smoking-cessation programs and nutritional counseling. Joy Lane, Hollywood. 301-373-2522 or http://www.joylanehealingcenter.net.

LOOK GOOD, FEEL BETTER

-- Offered by Calvert Memorial Hospital (3) to help female cancer patients cope with hair and skin changes during treatment. Free. Call the hospital for dates and times.

-- Offered by Southern Maryland Hospital (15) to help female patients cope with hair and skin changes during treatment. Free.

-- Offered by St. Mary's Hospital (13) to help patients cope with hair and skin changes during treatment. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and Nov. 11. Free. 301-475-6070.

SMOKING CESSATION CLASS, offered by Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Support, education and tools to help smokers quit. Call for times and dates. Free.

HEART TALKS, by St. Mary's County Health Department, addressing 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.

HEALTH SPEAKERS

Health professionals are available to speak with 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.

Fitness

PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINING, offered by St. Mary's Hospital's Rehabilitation Medicine Department for post-rehab for an injury, sports conditioning or basic weight loss. 4-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call for an appointment and information about fees.

BODY COMPOSITION ANALYSIS, offered by St. Mary's Hospital's Health Connections (13). Includes various measurements to get an in-depth look at body composition. $15. Call for an appointment.

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.

RUNNING GROUP, coordinated by the Chesapeake Bay Running Club and St. Mary's Hospital. All levels of runners and walkers welcome. 6-7 p.m., Tuesdays. Free.

Diabetes Self-Management

-- Charles County Department of Health and Nanjemoy Health Services offer ways to manage stress to cope with diabetes. Lunch provided. 11 a.m.-noon, third Thursdays. Nanjemoy Health Services, 4375 Port Tobacco Rd., Nanjemoy. Free. 301-609-6933.

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

-- At St. Mary's Hospital (13), professionals can help diabetics with 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.

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

Yoga

-- Calvert Memorial Hospital's (3) Healthy Alternatives program offers yoga for all ages and fitness levels. For class dates and times, call 410-535-8233 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 8233.

-- "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. Free.

IN-DEPTH PARENTING CLASSES

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

-- Calvert Memorial Hospital (3) offers classes that cover labor and delivery preparation, relaxation and breathing techniques, medication options, C-section delivery information and breast-feeding education. Weeknight and Saturday classes available. Call Nurturing Necessities (11) at 410-414-5414.

BREAST-FEEDING INFORMATION,

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

-- 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, $65. Call for an appointment, 410-535-8233 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 8233.

Support Groups

SPECIAL DIETS, offered by St. Mary's Hospital's Health Connections (13) for anyone with celiac disease who needs to maintain a gluten-free diet or has food allergies. 7-9 p.m. Oct. 1 and Nov. 5. Free.

WEIGHT-LOSS SURGERY SUPPORT GROUP, for anyone who has had or is thinking of having surgery to lose weight. 7 p.m. Wednesday, SMECO building, 4415 Crain Hwy., White Plains. Free. 301-645-3149.

"TIME TO HEAL," for those grieving the death of a parent. 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, through Oct. 13, Calvert Hospice office, 238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

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.

-- Offered by Calvert Hospice for anyone grieving the loss of a pet. 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, through Oct. 1, Calvert Hospice office, 238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

-- Offered by Hospice of St. Mary's. 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 and Nov. 17. Hospice office, Leonardtown. Free. 301-994-3023.

-- Offered by Hospice of St. Mary's for families grieving the loss of a child or an infant. 6-7 p.m. first Wednesdays, Hospice office, Leonardtown. Free. 301-994-3023.

PARKINSON'S

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.

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. 7-8:30 p.m. second Thursdays, 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. 6-7:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, in conference room A, Lexington Park Library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. Free. 301-737-1988, namisomd@verizon.net or http://www.namisomd.org.

ALZHEIMER'S

-- Family members welcome. 5-6 p.m. second Thursdays, Southern Maryland Hospital Center (15). Free.

-- Chesapeake-Potomac Home Health Agency. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Oct. 22 and Nov. 19, CPHHA office, 7627 Leonardtown Rd., Hughesville. Free. 800-656-4343 or 240-925-7263.

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

BRAIN INJURY, meets 10:30 a.m.-noon first Thursdays and 6-7:30 p.m. second Thursdays, 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 Mondays, 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 Thursdays, 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, Calvert Medical Office Building, 110 Hospital Rd., Prince Frederick. Free. Call Joyce Gradle at 410-326-4262.

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

CANCER

-- Offered by Calvert Memorial Hospital (3) 1:30-3 p.m. first and third Thursdays. Free. Call Cindy Bruce, 410-414-4730 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 4730.

-- Offered by St. Mary's Hospital's Health Connection (13). 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7 and 21, and Nov. 4 and 18. Free.

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 Tuesdays, 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 Wednesdays, 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, at the hospice office, 238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

STROKE

-- Stroke survivors and families can learn more about recovering from a stroke, share experiences and meet other survivors. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 1 and Nov. 5, St. Mary's Hospital's Health Connections (13). Free.

-- 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 Wednesdays, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Free. 410-414-4800.

-- Southern Maryland Hospital Center group is open to family members. 5-6 p.m. fourth Thursdays, 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 Wednesdays, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Call 410-414-4648.

-- Compiled by BONNIE SMITH

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