September 2012: Regional health screenings, education and support groups

Editor’s note: We’ve relocated our listings for health-education programs and support groups. 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.

– Mark C. Peyko, Publisher

ALZHEIMER’S

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support, various locations. For information, call 330-650-0552 or 1-800-272-3900. This month’s meetings: 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Senior Center of Mahoning County, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown; 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland-Wilson Road, Howland; 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 17, at Antonine Sister’s Adult Day Center, 2691 North Lipkey Road, North Jackson; 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Conference Room B, ground floor, Warren; and 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Alzheimer’s Association, Building B, Suite 301, 3695 Boardman-Canfield Road, Canfield.

BLOOD DRIVE

American Red Cross Blood Drive, Meeting Rooms 1, 2 and 3, ground floor, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9162. Walk-ins welcome. Noon-4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27.

BLOOD-PRESSURE SCREENINGS

Blood Pressure and Health Screening by Easter Seals Private Duty, Main Library, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 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. 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. 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday, Sept. 27.

Blood Pressure Screenings by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross, various branches, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County; 330-744-8636. Boardman branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave., 12:30-3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4; Poland branch, 311 S. Main St., 1-4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Blood Pressure Screenings by the Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association, various branches, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County; 330-744-8636. Canfield branch, 43 W. Main St., 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18; Sebring branch, 195 W. Ohio Ave., 1-3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Blood Pressure Screenings, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call for dates. Free.

BRAIN INJURY

Insight Group: Brain Injury Support, Boardroom, Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital, 8747 Squires Lane NE, Howland; 330-841-3757. For patients with brain injury and their families. Registration required. Meets the last Thursday. 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27.

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, Sept. 6.

Cancer Caregiver Support Group, Radiation Oncology Department, Northside Medical Center Regional Referral Building, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown; 330-652-0071. Meets the second Tuesday. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Cancer Support Group, Cancer Center Waiting Room, Trumbull Memorial Hospital Medical Professional Building, 1353 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9689. Open to all cancer patients. No registration required. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19. Free.

Women’s Cancer Journey Support Group, Cancer Center Waiting Room, Trumbull Memorial Hospital Medical Professional Building, 1353 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9162. Open to all cancer patients. No registration required. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12. Free.

CARDIO-PULMONARY

Carotid or AAA Screening, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to schedule an appointment. For those at risk and meeting criteria. Every first Wednesday. 8:30 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, Sept. 5. 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, and for information, dates and times. 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. 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26. 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, Sept. 27.

DEATH & DYING

HEAL Support Group, St. Elizabeth Health Center, 1044 Belmont Ave., Youngstown; 330-480-3132. 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. Meets the third Tuesday. 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18.

New Horizons Grief Series, Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland; 330-549-5901. Register with Kim Calhoun. Educational support sessions for adults who have had a loved one die. Every Monday. 5:30-7 p.m., Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24.

New Horizons Grief Series-Trumbull, 5000 E. Market St., Warren; 330-549-5901. Register with Kim Calhoun. Educational support sessions for adults who have a had a loved one die. Every Tuesday. 5:30-7 p.m., Sept. 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Ohio’s Choice Hospice Support Group, Chapel, first floor, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-980-7561. Support group for those who have lost a loved one. 10-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Walk ‘n’ Chat, Hospice of the Valley, Southern Park Mall Food Court, 7401 Market St., Youngstown; 330-788-1992. Meet in front of Orange Julius. Every Thursday. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27.

DIABETES

Diabetes Day Group Class Series, Diabetes Room 905, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9689. Call to register. Physician referral required. Occurs 2-3 p.m., Sept. 17-18 and 1:30-3 p.m., Sept. 19-20.

Diabetes Evening Group Class Series, Conference Room B, ground floor, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9689. Call to register. Physician referral required. 6-8:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 24, and Wednesday, Sept. 26.

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, Sept. 10. Free.

Diabetes Support Group, Mahoning County Senior Center, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown; 330-480-2676. Support group for individuals with diabetes. Family members are welcome. Meets the second Thursday. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 13. Free.

Diabetes Wellness Connection Day, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to register. For pre-diabetics and those at risk. Free blood sugar screening (8:30-11 a.m.), support and information (9-10 a.m.), and free foot screening (9-11 a.m.). Monday, Sept. 17.

Diabetes Expo: Focus on Success, Mahoning Country Club, 710 E. Liberty St., Girard; 330-480-2676. Call by Tuesday, Oct. 23, to register. Expo features physician presenter, panel discussion, luncheon, multiple exhibits, Chinese auction and more. 9 a.m.-2:45 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26. $10.

DIET & NUTRITION

Behavior Modification and Weight Management Class, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to register. 4-5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 24.

Gluten-Free Eating, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to register. Cindy Heslop, a registered dietitian will speak. 3-4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Lecture Series: Meat and Dairy, St. Elizabeth Health Center, 8401 Market St., Boardman; 330-480-3151. Call to register. Dr. Kathleen S. Padigitt will speak. 6:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19.

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

EXERCISE & FITNESS

Easy Yoga Class, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to register. Learn simple yoga postures, along with breathing and relaxation techniques. 11 a.m.-noon on Mondays from Sept. 10 through Oct. 1. $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. Call to register. Lucinda Kutsko will teach this nine-week class. New series begins 9:30-10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25. $45.

HEALTH-CARE INFORMATION

Pre-Op Hip Class, Conference Room F, ground floor, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9162. Call to register. 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5, and Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Pre-Op Knee Class, Conference Room F, ground floor, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9162. Call to register. 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4, and Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Talk with the Doc Program: Atrial Fibrillation, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to register. Dr. Kimberly Jackson will speak about the most common cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heart beat). Noon-1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14. $2 (includes light lunch).

Talk with the Doc Program: Medications and Dietary Interference, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to register. Dr. Eunice Wong will speak. Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19. $2 (includes light lunch).

HEALTH SCREENINGS

Blood Pressure and Health Screening by Easter Seals Private Duty, Main Library, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 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. 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. 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday, Sept. 27.

Lead Screening, St. Elizabeth Health Center, 1044 Belmont Ave., Youngstown; 330-480-6365. Call to schedule an appointment. All children under 6 years old in the Mahoning Valley are eligible for a lead screening. Free.

Prostate Screening, Grace AME Church, 1137 Main Ave. SW, Warren; 330-480-3151. Call to register. Drs. Vince and Dan Ricchuiti will perform screenings for men 40 and older, which include a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood draw and digital rectal exam (DRE). 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20. Free with light dinner served.

Pulse Oximetry Screening, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Simple test measures the oxygen level in your blood stream. 9 a.m.-noon, Friday, Sept. 7.

Special Lab Screening: Cholesterol Awareness Month, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Includes a LIPID Panel (total cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglycerides). Requires a 12-hour fast. Walk in. 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26. $10.

Women’s Health Night presented by the Breast Care Advisory Board, Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center, St. Elizabeth Health Center, 1044 Belmont Ave., Youngstown; 330-480-3151. Call by Thursday, Sept. 20, to register. Includes free health screening and mammogram for women age 40-64 who are uninsured or underinsured, and who do not have a history of breast cancer. Screening features health history assessment, blood pressure screening, breast exam and free screening mammogram. 4:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26.

IMMUNIZATIONS

Flu Shots, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to schedule an appointment. Medicare, Medicaid and Medicare HMO will be billed. $25.

Pneumonia Vaccines, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to schedule an appointment. Medicare, Medicaid and Medicare HMO will be billed. $48.

Well Child Immunization Clinic by the Trumbull County Health Department, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6.

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, Sept. 17.

OSTEOPOROSIS

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, Sept. 21. Free.

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

OSTOMY

Ostomy Support Group, Humility of Mary Home 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. Refreshments are provided, and parking is free. No registration necessary. Every other month. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11. Free.

PREGNANCY & CHILDBIRTH

Breastfeeding Basics, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9880. Call to register. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Breastfeeding Class, Northside Medical Center, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown; 330-884-2912. Call to register. Provides up-to-date information on breastfeeding. Taught by a lactation consultant. Meets the second Tuesday. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11. $10. Free if enrolled in Childbirth Class.

Childbirth Preparation, Northside Medical Center, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown; 330-884-2912. Call to register. Prepares expectant mother and partner for a shared birth experience. Covers pregnancy, labor and delivery, infant care and parenting, childbirth techniques and infant CPR. Valley Care can bill Medicaid, Caresource or Unison directly for registration fee. Bring card to class. Occurs 7-9 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10, and Monday, Sept. 17. $50.

New Baby Class, John Politis Auditorium, Northside Medical Center, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown; 330-884-2912. Call to register. Learn proper safety and care techniques. Covers diaper care, CPR and bathtub safety. Taught by a team of maternity care experts. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22. $10; free if enrolled in Childbirth Class.

One Day Childbirth Class, Northside Medical Center, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown; 330-884-2912. Call to register. Designed to accommodate parents whose busy schedules may make it difficult to attend a two-week series. Valley Care can bill Medicaid, Caresource or Unison for registration fee. Bring card to the class. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15. $50.

Saturday Lamaze in a Day, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9880. Call to register. Prepares women and their partners for a shared learning experience. Includes Lamaze techniques and information about pregnancy, labor and delivery. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15.

Three Week Prepared Childbirth, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9880. Call to register. Held for three consecutive Mondays. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Sept. 10, 17 and 24.

SENIOR HEALTH/WELLNESS

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

Notary Public Services, Living Wills, and Durable Power of Attorney for Health-care, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. If you need anything notarized, bring it in. A supportive care nurse will instruct you how to complete a living will, and will also answer any questions. Bring names, addresses and phone numbers of two or three people that you will designate. Every second Wednesday and last Thursday. 9 a.m.-noon, Sept. 12, and 1-4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27.

SPECIAL-NEEDS CHILDREN

Operation Search and Help Program, Easter Seals and Youngstown Hearing and Speech Center; 330-599-5536. 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. 5-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10.

STROKE

Living with Stroke Support Group, Boardroom, Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital, 8747 Squires Lane NE, Howland; 330-841-3891. All stroke survivors and their families are welcome to attend. Meets the first Thursday. 2:30-4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6.

Stroke Survivors’ Support Group, Humility of Mary Home Care Office, 979 Tibbetts-Wick Road, Girard; 330-480-2876. Call to register. Support group for stroke survivors, along with family and friends. Open to the public.

Compiled and edited by Emmalee C. Torisk. © 2012 The Metro Monthly. All rights reserved.

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