Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

April 24, 2005

Workshops scheduled on quitting smoking

The Carroll County Health Department will offer workshops, "Get Ready, Get Set, Quit," for people who want to stop smoking but don't have the time to attend an extended series of classes.

The 2 1/2 -hour program provides information on what to expect when quitting, tips on how to quit, developing a plan, and a free box of stop-smoking patches.

Workshops will be held at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Health Department, 290 S. Center St., Westminster.

Registration is required.

Information: 410-876-4429.

Carroll Hospice offers bereavement luncheon

Carroll Hospice will hold a bereavement luncheon at noon Tuesday at Bullock's Airport Inn in Westminster.

The monthly lunch is open to anyone who is suffering from the death of a loved one. Speakers discuss death issues and participants offer support to each other.

Registration is requested. Information: 410-871-7231.

Anti-tobacco program set at Carroll Hospital Center

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, May 5 to June 16, at the hospital.

The program will help smokers and chewers learn how to stop smoking and quit using 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 offers classes in CPR and first aid

The American Red Cross is offering cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid classes at Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave.

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

Adult CPR: From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 14 and cost $37.

Adult CPR and First Aid Basics: From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 14 and cost $42.

Babysitter's Training: For youths 11 to 15. The class is nine hours and costs $40. Please note that state law requires that children under 8 years old must be in the care of someone age 13 or older. Information and registration: Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks, 410-386-2103.

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

Web site includes health event calendar

The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County Inc. has announced a new resource for county residents.

A Community Calendar of Events relating to health is on its Web site at www.healthycarroll.org.

In addition, many other community calendars have links from that page to help residents and groups increase their awareness of all the opportunities offered in the county.

Information: 410-871-6373.

Seniors Keep in Touch forms advisory board

The Seniors Keep in Touch program has formed an advisory board dedicated to the continued operation and growth of the program and service to isolated older adults in the community.

The board chairman is the Rev. Jerry Fuss, with Ann Allen, vice chairwoman, and Patty Owen, secretary. Board members are Charles Greenslit, Dick Arnold, Jack Kolb, Gail Myers, Carolyn Workman, Debbie Porterfield, Kathleen Bowman, Ann Thomas and Neil Roop.

The board has established a component fund agreement with the Community Foundation of Carroll County and has begun fund-raising for operational expenses under private, non-profit corporate status.

Formed in 1997, the telephone-based reassurance program, includes an emergency protocol that addresses the fear that "No one will know I'm in trouble."

Information: 410-848-4049, ext. 112.

Calendar

Alzheimer's Support Group:

Meeting for discussion and support from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Westminster Senior Activities Center, 125 Stoner Ave. Gail Jones will discuss guardianship issues, advance directives and living wills. Participants should call by Monday to register and for respite care during the meeting. 410-848-4049, ext. 123.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support Group:

7 p.m. meeting Wednesday at Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave. Individuals of all ages who have been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are welcome. Registration is free, but donations are accepted for educational materials. 410-876-5283.

Infants and Toddlers Program:

A play group for developmentally delayed children 3 and younger with special needs from 10 a.m. to noon Friday in the Family Center at 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster. Families receiving services and those who have transitioned out of the program are welcome. 410-876-4437, ext. 227.

Juvenile Diabetes Support Group:

7 p.m. May 3 in the Diabetes Center of Carroll Hospital Center. The group is for diabetic children and their families. Participants will plant flowers for Mother's Day. 410-848-2244.

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