Classes, Workshops and Seminars

ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

Sept. 21, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Alzheimer's Family Day Center, 2812 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. The first in a series of six classes meeting Tuesday afternoons for anyone caregiving for a relative or friend with memory loss. This week's topic: An attorney will discuss power of attorney, healthcare and financial planning. On Sept. 28, a geriatric psychiatrist will discuss things like detecting the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Participants are not required to attend all sessions. To register or learn more, call 703-204-4664.

SCHIZOPHRENIA

Sept. 23, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. New Carrollton Municipal Center, 6016 Princess Garden Parkway, New Carrollton. A workshop, sponsored by NAMI of Prince George's County and led by a professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine, about new medications for schizophrenia. To learn more, call 301-277-8844.

Support Groups

ADOPTION

Sept. 26, 2 p.m. A support group, sponsored by Concerned United Birth Parents DC Metro branch, for adopted persons and birthparents. Share and explore issues related to relinquishment, search, reunion and the lifelong effects of adoption on all members of the adoption triad. The group meets on the fourth Sunday of each month. For location and more information, call 202-298-1011 or e-mail dcmetrocub@aol.com.

BEREAVEMENT

Sept. 22 to Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Washington Home, 3720 Upton St., NW. The first meeting, sponsored by Washington Home, of the Children's Grief Group. This is a series of six meetings for children who have lost a family member or friend. Activities will include drawing and making collages meant to help kids express grief. Participants should attend all meetings. To learn more, call 202-895-2639.

* Sept. 23, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The first meeting of a six-week program in Greenbelt, sponsored by the AARP, that will gather Thursdays for widowed men and women of all races. For location and to register, call 301-441-8943.

AMYOTROPHIC

LATERAL SCLEROSIS (ALS)

Sept. 26, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Adventist HealthCare, Shady Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 9701 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. A group, sponsored by the ALS Association, for ALS patients and their family members and friends. To learn more, call 301-978-9855.

DIVORCE

New Beginnings has meetings in Maryland, Virginia and DC for people coping with separation and divorce. For locations and times, call 301-924-4101 or see www.newbeginningsusa.org.

TAI CHI

Sept. 23, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Prince George's Hospital Center, 3001 Hospital Dr., Cheverly. A class, sponsored by Prince George's Hospital Center, on tai chi for anyone with arthritis. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. To register or learn more, call 301-618-3795.

Lectures and Discussions

BREAST HEALTH

Sept. 22, 7 p.m. Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, 2501 Parkers Lane, Alexandria. The first lecture in a series on breast health, sponsored by Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, to discuss the topic: "Risks, Screenings and Next Steps." To register or learn more, call 703-204-3366 or see www.inova.org and click on "Health Info and Classes."

DEPRESSION

Sept. 25, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW (at Macomb St.). The first discussion in a series about the healing benefits of art and creativity, sponsored by the Institute for Transformation Through the Arts, on the topic: "Transforming Depression: A Creative Approach." To learn more, call 202-667-3766 or see www.arts-for-life.org.

EATING ADDICTIONS ANONYMOUS

Sept. 24 and 25, 7 p.m. Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring (in private dining rooms one and two). Every Friday and Saturday, Eating Addictions Anonymous meets for people with eating and body image disorders to discuss recovery. To learn more, call 301-526-6746.

HEARTBURN

Sept. 22, 7 p.m. Inova Alexandria Hospital, 4320 Seminary Rd., auditorium, Alexandria. A lecture, sponsored by Inova Alexandria Hospital, on treatment for people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). To register or learn more, call 703-204-3366 or see www.inova.org and click on "Health Info. and Classes."

MENTAL ILLNESS

Sept. 27, 7 p.m. First Christian Church, 6165 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. A lecture, sponsored by NAMI-Northern Virginia and led by a National Institutes of Mental Health section chief, to discuss mood and anxiety disorders. To learn more, call 703-525-0686.

* Sept. 21, 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., lower level auditorium, Bethesda. A group, sponsored by the Metro Washington Borderline Personality Disorder Education & Support Group, for anyone with borderline personality disorder and their family and friends. Healthcare professionals also welcome. To learn more, call 301-469-6101.

NURSING HOMES

Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m. Warren G. Stambaugh Department of Human Services Building, 3033 Wilson Blvd., seventh floor, Arlington. The Arlington Agency on Aging sponsors a discussion on "How to Address Concerns in Nursing Homes & Assisted Living Residences." Request an interpreter or CART reporter at least five business days in advance. To register or learn more, call 703-228-1700, 703-228-1788 (TTY ), or e-mail arlaaa@arlingtonva.us.

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations

VOLUNTEER

The Montgomery County nonprofit Linkages to Learning is seeking volunteers to teach immigrant parents English. Day and evening weekday positions are available at school locations in Silver Spring, Wheaton, Rockville, Gaithersburg and Germantown. Prior experience teaching ESL and knowledge of a second language is not required; Linkages will provide volunteer training. The group requests a minimum volunteer commitment of one to two hours every week for 16 weeks. To learn more, call the Montgomery County Volunteer Center at 240-777-2600.

Special Events

OVERACTIVE BLADDER

Sept. 23, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. A hotline, sponsored by the National Counsel on Aging, for anyone with overactive bladder (OAB) to ask healthcare professionals about their condition. To participate during that time or to learn more, call 1-866-URGE-2-GO (1-866-874-3246).

OVERWEIGHT KIDS

Sept. 25, 9 a.m. to noon. Hilton Hotel, 8727 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. A program, sponsored by Holy Cross Hospital, about how to keep kids from becoming overweight. Activities will include pediatrician-led lectures (in English and Spanish), exercise demonstrations and health screenings like body fat analysis and body mass index calculation. To register, call 301-754-8800. Spanish participants, call 301-754-7158. Register by 5 p.m. on Sept. 22.

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