December 2012: Regional health screenings, education and support groups

ALZHEIMER’S

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

BLOOD DRIVE

Blood Drive 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., 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 28, and Poland Branch, 311 S. Main St., 12:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12.

BLOOD-PRESSURE SCREENINGS

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

Blood Pressure 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, Dec. 27.

Blood Pressure Screening 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., Monday, Dec 3, and Struthers Branch, 95 Poland Ave., 1-4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18.

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

BRAIN INJURY

Insight Group: Brain Injury Support, Boardroom, Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital, 8747 Squires Lane NE, Howland; 330-841-3757. Call to register. Support for patients with brain injury and their families. 6:30 p.m., last Thursday of the month.

CANCER

Cancer Caregiver Support Group, Radiation Oncology Department, Northside Medical Center, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown; 330-652-0071. All caregivers are welcome. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 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, Dec. 19.

Women’s Cancer Journey Support Group, Cancer Center Waiting Room, Trumbull Memorial Hospital Medical Professional Building, 1353 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-1962. Open to all cancer patients. No registration required. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12.

DEATH & DYING

Dealing with Holidays: Candle Lighting Ceremony, Auditorium C, Building A, Northside Medical Center, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown; 330-884-2911. Parent support program for families who are grieving over the loss of their child through miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death. 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18.

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, Dec. 18.

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. 2-3 p.m., Monday, Dec. 3; Tuesday, Dec. 4; Monday, Dec. 17; and Tuesday, Dec. 18, and 1:30-3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5; Thursday, Dec. 6; Wednesday, Dec. 19; and Thursday, Dec. 20.

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, Dec. 10.

Diabetes Wellness Connection, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to register. 9-10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 17.

Grocery Store Tour, Giant Eagle, 525 E. Main St., Canfield; 330-480-2676. Call to register. Join a Humility of Mary Health Partners dietitian for a tour of the grocery store to learn how to quickly choose healthful foods, clearly understand food labels and plan balanced menus. Tours are available to anyone who has completed HMHP diabetes classes at St. Elizabeth Health Center, St. Joseph Health Center or St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center. $20.

DIET & NUTRITION

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

Beginning Yoga, St. Joseph Health Center, 667 Eastland Ave., Warren; 330-480-3151. Call to register. Learn simple yoga postures, along with breathing and relaxation techniques. 5:30-6:45 p.m. on Mondays through Dec. 10. $58, or $44 for Humility of Mary Health Partners employees.

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

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

HEALTH-CARE INFORMATION

Health at Home, St. Elizabeth Health Center, 1044 Belmont Ave., Youngstown; 330-480-3151. Call to register. Free program that teaches self-care and how to make decisions about your health using “Health at Home,” a free book of instructions for more than 200 health problems. 11 a.m.-noon or 5:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Know Your Numbers, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to register. Learn about blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure from health specialist Gloria Pozega. Bring results from screenings with you. 1-2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11.

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

Pre-Op Knee Class, Education Room, eighth floor, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9162. Call to register. 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Senior Circle Lunch and Learn: Facial Aging, Conference Room B, ground floor, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-5665. Call by Monday, Dec. 3, to register. Plastic surgeon Peter Sarkos will discuss facial aging, along with related concerns and skin care needs. 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 6.

Senior Circle Lunch and Learn: Spine Problems, Meeting Rooms 1, 2 and 3, ground floor, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-5665. Call by Tuesday, Dec. 11, to register. Neurosurgeon Morris Pulliam will talk about new surgeries for spine problems. 11:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 14.

Talk with the Doc Program: Cancer Warning Signs, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to register. Noon-1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20. $2 (includes light lunch).

“We Care” Program, Conference Room B, ground floor, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-1917. Support group for family and friends. Covers various topics and needs. 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7; Friday, Dec. 14; Friday, Dec. 21; and Friday, Dec. 28.

HEALTH SCREENINGS

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

Blood Pressure 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, Dec. 27.

Blood Pressure Screening 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., Monday, Dec 3, and Struthers Branch, 95 Poland Ave., 1-4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18.

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

Blood Sugar Screening, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Requires an eight-hour fast. 8:30-11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 17.

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, Dec. 21.

Carotid Arteries or Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm 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. 8:30 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Foot Screening, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. 9-11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 17.

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 free lead screening.

Peripheral Vascular Disease Screening, St. Joe’s at the Mall, Sears Concourse, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-652-7542. Call to schedule an appointment. A nurse will measure blood flow to the legs by doing Ankle-Brachial Index. 1-4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 27.

IMMUNIZATIONS

Flu/Pneumonia Vaccinations, 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 for flu vaccination, $72 for pneumonia vaccination.

MISCELLANEOUS SUPPORT

Celebrating Recovery, Bloomfield Recovery Center, 10113 Creaser-Ashtabula Road, Bloomfield; 330-599-2402. Christ-centered, education-based support process for anyone dealing with an issue, habit or life-controlling problem.

MYELOMA

Myeloma Family Support Group, Denny’s, 4020 Belmont Ave., Liberty; 330-770-0808 or donnadet2000@yahoo.com. Serves adults, their adult friends and family members who have been diagnosed with the disease. 5:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 17.

OSTEOPOROSIS

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.

OSTOMY

Ostomy Support Group, Cedar Room, St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, 8401 Market St., Boardman; 330-480-3440. Provides support, education, information and encouragement for ostomy patients and their families. Jack N. Alpern, a Warren-based attorney and author of “Total Wealth Management: The Definitive Guide to Estate and Financial Planning” and “Actions and Proceedings Relating to Wills,” will speak. Light refreshments will be provided, and free parking is available. No registration required. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11.

PREGNANCY & CHILDBIRTH

All-Day Childbirth Preparation Class, St. Joseph Health Center, 667 Eastland Ave., Warren; 330-480-3151. Call to register. Includes tour of labor and delivery. Topics include anatomy and physiology of labor process, hospital interventions, Cesarean sections and more. A partner or coach is welcome to attend. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1. $55.

Breastfeeding Basics, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren; 330-841-9880. Call to register. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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. Topics include how to begin a feeding program and how to achieve successful nursing. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11. $10 (but free if enrolled in Childbirth Class).

Mom and Me: Breastfeeding Support Tea, St. Joseph Health Center, 667 Eastland Ave., Warren; 330-841-4590. Call to register. A monthly breastfeeding support group for moms and babies. 1-3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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, Dec. 1. $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, Dec. 8.

Sibling Class, Northside Medical Center, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown; 330-884-2912. Call to register. Free class that is open to parents with children between the ages of 4 and 10. Parents and children will tour the Childbirth Center and learn about the important role the siblings will play as they welcome new babies into the family. 4-5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Successful Breastfeeding Class, St. Joseph Health Center, 667 Eastland Ave., Warren; 330-480-3151. Call to register. Taught by certified lactation consultant. Topics include benefits of breastfeeding, selection of a breast pump and more. 1-3 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18. $15.

SENIOR HEALTH/WELLNESS

Free Notary Public Services, Free 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. Completed with help from palliative care staff. 9 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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 or dtmurdock@aol.com. All spinal cord injury patients and their family and friends are welcome. Assists disabled people in finding programs and agencies. This month is the group’s annual Christmas party. 5-7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 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. 2:30-4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6.

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