Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

October 02, 2005

Hospital to launch Parkinson's support

Carroll Hospital Center has partnered with the Carroll County Bureau of Aging and the Morris K. Udall Parkinson's Disease Research Center of Excellence at the Johns Hopkins University to create a Parkinson's disease support group.

To launch the new group, a one-time-only presentation will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Westminster Senior Activities Center, 125 Stoner Ave. Dr. Joseph Savitt will discuss the latest in Parkinson's research.

The group will meet regularly from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Westminster senior center.

Parkinson's disease is a complex motor system disorder that is chronic and progressive. It has no cure.

Support group meetings will feature a guest speaker followed by a question-and-answer session. Family members are welcome.

Information: 410-848-2244.

Hospital thrift shop will open Thursday

The Carroll Hospital Center Auxiliary's new thrift shop, the White Rabbit, will open at 10 a.m. Thursday at Stoner Avenue and Washington Road, Westminster.

The White Rabbit features used items, including small furniture, housewares, clothing, decorations, collectibles, artwork and antiques.

Shop hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Items may be donated during drop-off times by appointment. No clothing, small appliances or books are currently being accepted.

Volunteers are welcome.

Information: 410-871-1940.

Women's health expo at Winters Mill High

The 2005 Women's Wellness Expo, sponsored by Curves fitness and weight-loss centers, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Winters Mill High School, 560 Gorsuch Road, Westminster.

The event offers information about wellness issues and health services, and speakers will discuss topics related to women's health. The event supports the local affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, called Komen Maryland.

Admission is free, and the first 50 guests will receive gifts. A silent auction also will be held.

Komen Maryland will present the keynote address, and other speakers will discuss fashion, time management, cardiovascular health and other wellness topics.

Health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, bone density and body composition will be offered, as well as free spa treatments, massage therapy, reflexology and workouts on the Curves exercise circuit.

More than 20 organizations, including Carroll Community College, the Carroll County Health Department, Life Line Screening and Project Linus will display information and products.

Information: 410-871-9842.

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