Regional health screenings, education and support groups for May

Editor’s note: You may notice that we’ve relocated our listings for health-education programs and support groups. In previous years, the listings were found in the main body of the calendar.  We made this change to allow our readers to find local health information quickly and easily. We hope that you’ll find this new section useful, too.

– Mark C. Peyko, Editor

ALZHEIMER’S

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Groups, various locations. For more information, call 330-650-0552 or 1-800-272-3900. This month’s meetings: 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 1 at Senior Center of Mahoning County, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown; 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 8 at Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland-Wilson Road, Howland; 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 16 at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Conference Room 1, 2, 3, Warren; 2 p.m., Monday, May 21 at Antonine Sister’s Adult Day Center, 2691 North Lipkey Road, North Jackson; and 1:30 p.m., Thursday, May 24 at the Alzheimer’s Association, Building B, Suite 301, 3695 Boardman-Canfield Road, Canfield.

BLOOD-PRESSURE SCREENINGS

Blood Drives, various branches, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County; 330-744-3836. The blood drives are conducted by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross for St. Elizabeth’s Health Center. Poland branch, Noon-6 p.m., Tuesday, May 22.

Blood Pressure and Health Screenings by Easter Seals Private Duty, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County; 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. East branch, 1-2 p.m., Tuesday, May 1; Main Library, 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday, May 24; Newport branch, 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, May 9; West branch, 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, May 2.

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, May 9; Struthers branch: 1-4 p.m., Tuesday, May 15; Poland branch, 1-4 p.m., Tuesday, May 22.

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. Registration required. Meets the last Thursday. 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 24.

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, May 3.

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, May 8.

Cancer Support Group, Waiting Room, TMH Radiology Oncology, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9689. Open to all cancer patients. No registration required. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 16. Free.

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 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.

Look Good Feel Better, Northside Medical Center, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown; 1-800-227-2345. Northside Medical Center 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. Registration is required; call for information. 10 a.m.-noon, Monday, May 14.

Multiple Myeloma Family Support Group, Denny’s Restaurant, 4020 Belmont Ave., Liberty; 330-770-0808. Serves adults, their adult friends and family members that have been diagnosed with the disease. Meets the third Monday. 5:30 p.m., Monday, May 21. Call for more information.

Skin-Cancer Prevention Month, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. May is Skin Cancer Prevention Month. There will be area-wide skin-cancer screenings with area physicians. Call for more information.

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. Every first Wednesday. 8:30 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, May 2. 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. Call for information and dates. 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. Call for information, dates and times. 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 information or to register.

ICD (Internal Cardiac Defribrillator) Connection, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-480-3151. Call for date and times and to register. Patti Kostelnak, RN, Cardiovascular Communicator Educator, will facilitate. Free.

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 information, dates and times. 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. Every last Thursday. 1-4 p.m., Thursday, May 31.

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 information, dates and times. 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, May 15.

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 (May 2, May 16). 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 (May 11, 25). Call Karen to register. 10 a.m.-noon.

DIABETES

Diabetes Day Group Class Series, Diabetes Room 905, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9689. Physician referral required. Call to register. Occurs 2-3 p.m., May 7-8 and 1:30-3 p.m., May 9-10.

Diabetes Evening Group Class Series, Ground Floor, Conference Room B, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9689. Physician referral required. Call to register. Occurs 6-8:30 p.m., Monday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 23.

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, May 10. Free.

Diabetes Support Group, Conference Room F, ground floor, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9689. No registration required. 1-2 p.m., Monday, May 14. 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. Every third Monday. 9-11 a.m., Monday, May 21.

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. New series begins 5:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 1. 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. Ongoing. 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 April 30-May 23. $20 for four classes or $6 each.

Fit and Fun, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Weekly group exercise class with a personal  fitness trainer. Call for dates and times.

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. New series begins 9:30-10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 1. $45.

HEALTH-CARE INFORMATION

Talk with the Doc Program: Steps to Healthy Aging, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Dr. Varothai will speak. Includes a light lunch. Call to register. Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, May 16. $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 is offering this service through a grant to provide assessments to seniors in Mahoning County aged 60 plus, but participation is not limited to seniors. Sessions include: West branch, 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, May 2; East branch, noon, Tuesday, May 1; Newport branch, 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, May 9; Main Library, 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday, May 24. Call for 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. Includes a complete blood count and metabolic panel. Requires an eight-hour fast. Walk in. $10.

Special Lab Screenings: Thyroid and Diabetes, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Get a HgA1e screening (diabetes) for $15 or TSH  screening (thyroid) for $10. Walk in. 9-11 a.m.

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 who have been diagnosed with the disease. Meets the third Monday. 5:30 p.m., Monday, May 21.

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., Friday, May 18. Free.

OSTOMY

Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group, HM Home Health Care Office, 979 Tibbetts-Wick Road, Girard; 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 at alternating locations in Trumbull and Mahoning counties. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 8. Free.

PARKINSON’S DISEASE

Parkinson’s Support Group, Park Vista North Lounge, 1310 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. This month’s focus is on Parkinson’s disease and Speech Therapy. Call for more information. 2 p.m., Thursday, May 10.

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. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 8.  $10. Free if enrolled in Childbirth Class.

Breastfeeding Basics, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9880. Call Educational Services to register. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 23.

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 class.  Occurs Wednesday, May 2, 9. $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, May 26. $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 for registration fee. Bring card to the class.  9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 12. $50.

Saturday Lamaze in a Day, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9880. Prepares women and their partners for a shared learning experience. Includes Lamaze techniques and information about pregnancy, labor and delivery. Call to register. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday, May 12.

Sibling Class, meets in the lobby, Northside Medical Center, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown; 330-884-2912.  Open to parents and children between the ages of 4 and 10. Includes a tour of the Childbirth Center. Call to register. Meets every other month. Call for dates and times. Free.

Three Week Prepared Childbirth Class, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9880. Class is held for three consecutive Mondays this month. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Monday, May 7, 14, 21. Call for more information.

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, May 9.

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.  Every second Wednesday and last Thursday. 9 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, may 9 and 1-4 p.m., Thursday, May 31.

SPECIAL-NEEDS CHILDREN

Operation Search and Help Program, Easter Seals and Youngstown Hearing and Speech Center; 330-743-1168. Assists families of special-needs children (birth to age 21) with medications, 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. The May meeting has been canceled.

STROKE

Our Living With Stroke, Boardroom, Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital, 8747 Squires Lane NE, Howland; 330-841-3891. All stroke survivors and their families are invited to attend. Meets the first Thursday. 2:30-4 p.m., Thursday, May 3.

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.

VISION & EYESIGHT

Low-Vision Support Group, Park Vista North Lounge, 1310 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown; 330-746-2944. For those who suffer from or are caretakers for individuals with a visional impairment. This month’s topic is “Lighting the Way.” Barb Amling will facilitate. The meeting will explore how the right type of lighting can enhance daily tasks, reading, hobbies and moving safely around the house. 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 8.

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