March 2012: Health education, fitness & support groups

ALZHEIMER’S

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Groups, various locations. The Alzheimer’s Association hosts caregiver support groups throughout the month. For more information, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 330-650-0552 or 1-800-272-3900. This month’s meetings include: 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 6 at Senior Center of Mahoning County, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown; 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 13 at Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland-Wilson Road, Howland; 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 21 at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Conference Room 1, 2, 3, Warren; 2 p.m., Monday, March 19 at Antonine Sister’s Adult Day Center, 2691 North Lipkey Road, North Jackson; and 1:30 p.m., Thursday, March 22 at the Alzheimer’s Association, Building B, Suite 301, 3695 Boardman-Canfield Road, Canfield.

BLOOD-PRESSURE SCREENINGS

Blood Pressure Check by the Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, Sebring branch; 330-744-3836. 12-2 p.m., Tuesday, March 6. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, Canfield branch; 330-744-3836. 10 a.m.-noon. Tuesday, March 27.

Blood Pressure and Health Screenings by Easter Seals Private Duty, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, East branch; 330-744-8636. Easter Seals Private Duty will provide free health assessments. A nurse will be available for blood pressure screenings, pulse, oxygen saturation, and weight. 1-2 p.m., Tuesday, March 6. Main Library, 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday, March 22. Newport branch, 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, March 14. West branch, 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, March 7.

Blood Pressure Screenings, St. Joe‘s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542.  9 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday. Free.

Blood Pressure Screenings, various branches, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County; 330-744-8636.  By the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross. Boardman branch: 12:30-3 p.m., Monday, March 5; Struthers branch: 1-4 p.m., Tuesday, March 20; Poland branch, 1-4 p.m., Tuesday, March 27.

BRAIN INJURY

Insight Group: Brain Injury Support, Boardroom, Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital, 8747 Squires Lane NE, Howland; 330-841-3757.  Support for patients with brain injury and their families. Dr. Joseph Pecorelli and Lynn Payne, LSW, CCM, will lead the meeting. Meets the last Thursday. 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 22.

CANCER

Breast Cancer Support Group (BEACON), St. Joseph Health Center, 667 Eastland Ave., Warren; 1-888-227-6446. BEACON (Better Emotional Awareness of Cancer and Our Needs) provides peer support and links breast-cancer survivors and other women who have had a similar diagnosis. No registration necessary. Meets the first Thursday. 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, March 1.

Cancer Caregiver Support Group, Radiation Oncology Department, Northside Medical Center Regional Referral Building, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown; call Joyce at 330-652-0071 for more information. Meets the second Tuesday. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 13.

Colon Cancer Awareness, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Speak to a  cancer-care specialist and receive a free colorectal cancer screening kit. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, March 9.

HOPE Support Group, St. Elizabeth Health Center, 8401 Market St., Boardman; 330-480-2203. Support group for cancer patients, family and friends who are newly diagnosed, undergoing treatment or recently completing therapy. Call for information or to register.

Look Good Feel Better; 1-800-227-2345. Humility of Mary Health Partners and the American Cancer Society collaborate on this program that provides information and hands-on instruction on wigs, makeup and skin care for women experiencing the side effects of chemotherapy. Call for information.

DIABETES

Diabetes Support Group, Mahoning County Senior Center, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown; 480-2676, 330-744-5071. Support group for individuals with diabetes. Family members are welcome. Meets the second Thursday. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 8. Free.

Free Blood Sugar Screenings, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Dr. C. Reyes will conduct free foot screenings for at-risk individuals. Requires an eight-hour fast. Call to register. 9-11 a.m., Monday, March 19.

CARDIO-PULMONARY

Carotid or AAA Screening, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. For those at risk and meeting criteria. By appointment. Call 330-652-7542. Wednesday, March 7. 8:30 a.m.-noon. Free.

Heart Failure Support Group, St. Elizabeth Health Center, 1044 Belmont Ave., Youngstown; 330-480-3991. Support for patients and families dealing with heart failure. 3-4 p.m., Wednesday, March 7. Free.

Heart Failure Support Group, St. Joseph Health Center, 667 Eastland Ave., Warren; 330-841-4327. Support group for individuals and families dealing with heart failure. Call to register. 1-2 p.m., Thursday, March 15. Free.

ICD (Internal Cardiac Defribrillator) Connection, St. Elizabeth Health Center, 8401 Market St., Boardman; 330-480-7648. Education and information for a participant and one guest. Participant must have an internal cardiac defibrillator (ICD). Features a guest speaker. Call for more information or to register.

Mended Hearts Support Group,  St. Elizabeth Health Center, 8401 Market St., Boardman; 330-702-8859. Support for those dealing with heart disease and other cardiac problems. Includes discussion about lifestyle changes, depression, recovery and treatment. Call for more information. 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, March 29. Free.

Peripheral Vascular Disease Screening, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. A nurse will measure blood flow to the legs by doing Ankle-Brachial Index. By appointment only. 1-4 p.m., Thursday, March 29.

Special Program: Your Cardiac Health!, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Patti Kostelnak, a cardiovascular community heatlh educator, will speak. Includes a light lunch. Call to register. Noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, March 13. $2.

DEATH & DYING

HEAL Support Group, St. Elizabeth Health Center, 1044 Belmont Ave., Youngstown; 480-3132. Support group for those who have lost a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of a newborn. Call for more information. 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, March 13. Free.

Miscarriage, Stillborn or Newborn Death: RTS Bereavement Services, Northside Medical Center, Medical Education Building, Auditorium A, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown; 330-884-2911. Parent-support program for families grieving over the loss of their baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death. Call for more information. Meets the third Tuesday. 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, March 20.

New Horizons Grief Series, Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road., Poland; 330-549-5901. Eight-week educational support sessions for adults who have had a loved one die. Register with Karen. Free.

Parents Together, Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road., Poland; 330-549-5901. Weekly support group for parents dealing with grief. Register with Karen. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Every Tuesday. Free.

Parents Together, Hospice of the Valley, 5000 E. Market St., Suite 19, Howland; 330-549-5901. Weekly support group for parents dealing with grief. Register with Karen. 10 a.m.-noon. Every Monday. Free.

Widow and Widowers Group, Canfield Christian Church, 123 S. Broad St., Canfield; 330-549-5900. Grief support group meets the first and third Wednesday (March 7, March 21). Call Karen to register. 6-8 p.m.

Widow and Widowers Group, Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road., Poland; 330-549-5901. Grief support group meets the second and fourth Friday (March 9, March 23). Call Karen to register. 10 a.m.-noon.

DIET & NUTRITION

Slim Down, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-480-3151. Six-week weight-management program taught by dieticians. Begins 5:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 6. Call to register. $40.

Weight Management Through Strength Training, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Includes monthly classes on diet, nutrition and behavior modification. Call to register. $20.

EXERCISE & FITNESS

Easy Yoga Class, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. 11 a.m.-noon on Mondays from March 5-26. $20 for four classes or $6 each.

Tai Chi Chih Class, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-727-4477. Lucinda Kutsko will teach this nine-week class. Call for details. 9:30-10:30 a.m., Monday, March 6. $45.

HEALTH-CARE INFORMATION

Talk with the Doc Program, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Dr. Jared Bunevich will speak. Topic: “Persistent Hoarseness – Why?” Call to register. Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, March 7. $2 (includes a light lunch).

Talk with the Doc Program: Sleep Disorders, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Topic: “When Counting Sheep Isn’t Enough.” Includes a light lunch. Call to register. Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 21. $2.

HEALTH SCREENINGS

Blood Pressure and Health Screenings by Easter Seals Private Duty; 330-744-8636. Easter Seals Private Duty will provide free health assessments at various branches of the Public Library. A nurse will be available for blood pressure screenings, pulse, oxygen saturation, and weight. Easter Seals Private Duty is offering this service through a grant to provide assessments to seniors in Mahoning County aged 60 plus, but participation will not be limited to seniors. Sessions include: West branch, 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, March 7; East branch, noon, Tuesday, March 6; Newport branch, 1-2 p.m., Wednedsay, March 14; Main Library, 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday, March 22. Call for more information.

Special Lab Express: Complete Blood Count, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Service features a complete blood count and comprehensive metabolic panel. Requires an eight-hour fast. Walk in. $10.

LUPUS

Lupus Support Group Meeting, Oakhill Renaissance Center, 345 Oakhill Ave., Youngstown; for more information, call Patricia Phillips at the YWCA at 330-746-6361. Meets the first Tuesday. Noon-2 p.m. Free.

MYELOMA

Myeloma Family Support Group, Denny’s, 4020 Belmont Ave., Liberty;  call 330-770-0808 or email donnadet2000@yahoo.com. Serves adults, their adult friends and family members that have been diagnosed with the disease. Meets the third Monday. 5:30 p.m., Monday, March 19.

OSTEOPOROSIS

Strong Bones, Strong People, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. A 12-week program of personalized strength training and nutritional education for those who have osteoporosis, low-bone density or at risk. Program seeks to improve muscle strength and nutrition. Call to schedule an appointment. Free.

Bone Density Screening, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Have an ultrasound of the heel bone to screen for osteoporosis. No appointment necessary. 9 a.m.-noon. Thursday, March 15. Free.

OSTOMY

Ostomy Support Group, St. Elizabeth Health Center, 8401 Market St., Boardman; 330-480-3440. Support, education and information for those who have undergone or will have ostomies. For individuals and their families. No registration necessary. Meets every other month. Next meeting: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 10. Free.

PREGNANCY & CHILDBIRTH

Breastfeeding Class, Northside Medical Center, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown; 330-884-2912. Provides up-to-date information on breastfeeding. Taught by a lactation consultant. Call to register. Meets the second Tuesday. 6:30p.m.-8:30 p.m., Tuedsay, March 13.  $10. Free if enrolled in Childbirth Class.

Childbirth Preparation, Northside Medical Center, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown; 330-884-2912. Prepares expectant mother and partner for a shared birth experience. Covers pregnancy, labor and delivery, infant care and parenting, childbirth techniques and infant CPR.  Call to register. Valley Care can bill Medicaid, Caresource, or Unison directly for registration fee. Bring card to the class.  7-9 p.m., Wednesday, March 7 and 14. $50.

New Baby Class, John Politis Auditorium, Northside Medical Center, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown; 330-884-2912. Learn proper safety and care techniques. Covers diaper care, CPR and bathtub safety. Taught by a team of maternity care experts. Call to register. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, March 24. $10; free if enrolled in Childbirth Class.

One Day Childbirth Class, Northside Medical Center, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown; 330-884-2912. Designed to accommodate parents whose busy schedules may make it difficult to attend a two-week series. Call to register. Valley Care can bill Medicaid, Caresource, or Unison directly for registration fee. Bring card to the class.  9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday, March 31. $50.

SENIOR HEALTH/WELLNESS

Falling Prevention Class, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Prevent yourself or a loved one from a fall by attending this class. Free balance testing by St. Joe’s physical therapy. Also beginning Tai Chi Chih instruction. Call to register. 12-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 14.

Notary Public Services, Living Wills, and Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Facilitated with assistance of St. Joe’s palliative-care staff.  9 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, March 14 and 1-4 p.m., Thursday, March 29.

SPECIAL-NEEDS CHILDREN

Operation Search and Help Program, Easter Seals and Youngstown Hearing and Speech Center, Youngstown; 330-743-1168. Assists families of special-needs children (birth to age 21) with medications, medical equipment, medical supplies, specialized formulas and transportation assistance to out-of-town medical appointments. Call Mary Ann Schaper for information.

SPINAL CORD INJURY

Mahoning Valley Spinal Cord Injury Support Group, Occupational Therapy Department, Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital, 8747 Squires Lane NE, Howland; 330-544-1411. All spinal cord injury patients and their family and friends are welcome. Assists disabled people in finding programs and agencies. Call or email at dtmurdock@aol.com.  Meets the second Monday. 5-7 p.m. Monday, March 12.

STROKE

Living with Stroke, Boardroom, Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital, 8747 Squires Lane NE, Howland; 330-841-3891. Meets the first Thursday. All stroke survivors and their families are welcome. 2:30-4 p.m., Thursday, March 1.

VACCINATIONS

Flu and Pneumonia Vaccines, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. By appointment. Medicare, Medicaid & Medicare HMO will be billed. $25  for flu and $48 for pneumonia vaccinations.

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