Health Notes

Health Notes

August 15, 2004

CHANGE Auxiliary set to meet Thursday

The CHANGE Auxiliary will hold its next meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday in the CHANGE cafeteria, 115 Stoner Ave., Westminster.

The auxiliary is open to families, individuals and community businesses that want to assist with client activities, fund-raising and general support of CHANGE.

CHANGE Inc. is a nonprofit organization providing respite, vocational and employment services to people with developmental disabilities.

Information: 410-848-4114.

American Red Cross offers CPR, first aid classes

The American Red Cross is offering cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid classes around the county.

Classes will be given at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church (GELC), 21 Carroll St., Westminster; Westminster Senior Center (WSC), 125 Stoner Ave.; and New Windsor Brethren Service Center (BSC), 500 Main St.

Participants must register and pay for classes in advance. Available courses are:

Adult CPR: From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 4 at WSC and Sept. 25 at BSC and cost $37.

Adult, Infant and Child CPR: From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 4 at WSC and cost $42.

Infant and Child CPR: From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18 at GELC and costs $37.

Infant and Child CPR and First Aid: From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at GELC and costs $42.

Pet First Aid Training: Pet owners can learn to respond to such things as choking, poisoning, weather exposure, accidents and allergic conditions in their animals. Classes are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Carroll County district office, Brethren Service Center, lower level of Windsor Hall, New Windsor, and cost $40.

Babysitter's Training: For youths 11 to 15. Students learn to interview for a job, react to an emergency or sudden illness, play with children of different ages (infant to primary school age), and supervise children in all aspects of care. The class is nine hours and costs $40.

State law requires that children younger than age 8 be in the care of someone age 13 or older. Information and registration for babysitter's training only: Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks, 410-386-2103.

Information: 800-787-8002 or 410-624-2060.

Program helps people quit using tobacco

The Carroll County Health Department and Carroll Hospital Center will offer a Stop Using Tobacco for Life program from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays Sept. 9 to Oct. 21 at the hospital.

The program will help smokers and chewers learn how to quit smoking and "spit" tobacco for life.

Nicotine replacement vouchers will be provided to participants.

Education and cessation counselors are available to answer questions by calling 410-876-4429.

Information and registration: 410-848-2244.

Red Cross blood drive scheduled for Sept. 1

The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Westminster City Recreation's Family Center on Longwell Avenue.

The blood drive is sponsored by Westminster City Recreation Department.

Appointments are requested to save waiting times.

For appointments, call 410-751-5501.

Hospice offers classes in bereavement skills

Carroll Hospice will offer bereavement skills training this fall for those who work with people in mourning or anyone interested in learning to cope with grief.

Classes will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 13 to Oct. 11, at hospice, 95 Carroll St., Westminster. Individuals may attend all classes or individual programs. Those attending all five classes may become a grief companion for Carroll Hospice.

A donation of $10 is requested for the class. Registration is required in advance.

Topics will include: normal grief responses, common avoidance patterns; children and grief; complicated mourning; support group leadership and communication skills; rituals of grief and mourning and helping the bereaved.

Information: 410-871-7231.

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