Workshops, Seminars, Classes and Exercise Groups

AGING

Gerontologist Nancy Osgood is offering seminars on aging well at the following locations and times. To learn more about any of these seminars, call 202-582-4007.

* Sept. 11, 3 p.m. Bay Woods of Annapolis, Norair Hall, 7101 Bay Front Dr., Annapolis.

* Sept. 12, 2 p.m. Riderwood, the Theatre at Lakeside Commons, 3140 Gracefield Rd., Silver Spring.

* Sept. 13, 2 p.m. Greenspring, Hunters Crossing Conference Center, 7410 Spring Village Dr., Springfield.

Support Groups

ALZHEIMER'S/DEMENTIA

Sept. 8, 11 a.m. to noon, Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. The first meeting of an eight-week support group to meet Thursdays for anyone with early stage Alzheimer's disease or other dementia. The group will discuss coping with memory loss. To register or learn more, call 202-895-9448.

BRAIN INJURY

Sept. 8, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, 9909 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. The receptionist at the main entrance will direct you to the group. A support group, sponsored by the hospital and TLC/Outcomes, for anyone who has experienced a brain injury and their families and friends. The group meets the second and fourth Thursdays of every month. To learn more, call 301-294-9205.

DEPRESSION/BIPOLAR DISORDER

Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m. Parish Hall of St. Raphael's Church, 1513 Dunster Rd. (Falls Road and Dunster Road), Rockville. A support group, sponsored by the Potomac Chapter of the Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association, for families and friends of people diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder. To learn more, call 301-299-4255 or 301-570-9065.

DYSTONIA

Sept. 11, 1:30 p.m. Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. A support group, sponsored by the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, for anyone with dystonia, a neurological disorder often characterized by involuntary muscle contractions. Caretakers, family and friends welcome. To learn more, call 301-572-9596.

EATING DISORDERS

Sept. 7, 7 p.m. B'nai Israel Congregation Synagogue, 6301 Montrose Rd., Rockville. A support group, sponsored by Family Resources for Education on Eating Disorders, for family and friends of people with eating disorders. The group meets the first Wednesday of every month. To learn more, call 301-493-4568 (evenings).

FACIAL PAIN /

TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA

Sept. 10, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Alexandria Hospital, 4320 Seminary Rd., Health Education Center, Alexandria. A support group, sponsored by the hospital, for anyone with facial pain or trigeminal neuralgia, a neurological condition characterized by facial pain. Family and friends welcome. To learn more, call 703-724-0524.

MENTAL ILLNESS

Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The first meeting of a 12-week support group to meet Saturdays, sponsored by NAMI of Montgomery County and called "Family-to-Family Education Program," for families of adult relatives with mental illness. The group will discuss medication, problem-solving and communication skills. For location and to register, call 301-949-5852 extension 4.

OSTOMY

Sept. 11, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church, Physicians' Conference Center. A support group, sponsored by the United Ostomy Association, Northern Virginia Chapter, for anyone with an ostomy. At this meeting, a pharmacist will discuss dietary supplements and prescription medication. An ostomy nurse will be available for questions. To learn more, call 703-802-3457 or see www.novachapteruoa.org. Refreshments begin at 1:30 p.m.

STRESS

Sept. 10, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Aurora Hills Community Center, multipurpose room, 735 18th St. South, Arlington. A peer-run support group to discuss how adults and children cope with stress resulting from the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. To register or learn more, call 1-800-FYI-CALL (800-394-2255) or see www.ncvc.org/resilience.

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations

BLOOD DRIVE

Sept. 7, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., conference rooms 6, 7, and 8, Bethesda. Suburban Hospital is sponsoring a blood drive. Photo ID required. Refreshments will be provided. To register or learn more, call 301-896-3939.

CANCER

Sept. 10, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Southern Maryland Hospital Center, 7503 Surratts Rd., Clinton. Southern Maryland Hospital Center will sponsor prostate cancer screenings for men, 40 and up, who are not seeing a urologist. Space is limited. To register or learn more, call 301-877-5700.

Lectures and Discussions

LEUKEMIA

Sept. 8, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Life with Cancer Family Center and Inova Fairfax Hospital, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. A lecture, sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, for adult leukemia patients interested in the topic "Advances in the Treatment of Adult Leukemia." To register or learn more, call 703-960-1100 extension 231 or e-mail singers@dc-cap.leukemia-lymphoma.org.

Special Events

SENIOR FITNESS

Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m. to noon, University of Maryland, Health & Human Performance Building, Valley Drive, room 1312, College Park. An orientation, sponsored by the University of Maryland, for adults interested in the school's adult health and development program. The program pairs adults, ages 50 and older, interested in exercising and learning about health education with University of Maryland students who serve as "friendly coaches." Sessions take place every Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. to noon from Sept. 24 through Nov. 19. The program fee is $50, but no one is turned away. To learn more, call 301-405-2463.

Calendar Guidelines

To be considered for the Calendar, information must be received two weeks before the publication date. Include date, time, address, description, sponsor, phone with area code and cost (must be nominal or free). E-mail submissions to healthcal@washpost.com,fax them to 202-334-6471, or mail them to Health Calendar, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20071.