Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

October 11, 2006

Hospice to offer mourning retreat

Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual & Bereavement Care Center will hold its second annual weekend bereavement retreat, Wabanaki, for adults mourning the loss of a loved one.

It will start at 5 p.m. Friday and end at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center, 975 Indian Landing Road in Millersville.

Wabanaki, from a Native American term meaning "Living at the Sunrise," is supported by a team of professionals and trained volunteers. Through a variety of recreational activities, creative arts, facilitated storytelling, restorative rituals and commemorative celebrations, participants can expect to:

Share feelings and memories in a safe, accepting environment.

Discover that they are not alone in this experience.

Explore the impact of the loss and its effects.

Identify effective coping strategies to deal with grief.

Experience the healing power of nature.

The fee for the weekend, including lodging and meals, is $125. 410-987-2129.

FluMist available to county pupils

Anne Arundel County's more than 30,000 elementary pupils can get free FluMist vaccinations starting this month through a new partnership between county schools and the Department of Health.

The vaccines will be given in all 77 elementary schools from Oct. 23 to Nov. 17 in hopes of reducing the spread of the flu.

Parents or guardians must give written consent for children get the vaccine, administered in a nasal spray, at their respective schools.

A letter was sent home with children Friday. www.aahealth. org.

Mental health class meets Tuesdays

The Anne Arundel affiliate of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill has begun a 12-week class for families of people with serious psychiatric disabilities.

The free class meets from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays in Room 221 at Calvary Methodist Church, 301 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis,.

The Family to Family course is appropriate for parents, siblings, spouses and significant others of people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Important course components include coping skills, handling crises and relapse, basic information on the latest psychiatric medications, connecting with appropriate community services, getting better services and dealing with stigma.

The course is taught by trained family members and the material written by mental health professionals. Registration is limited to 20 participants. 410-626-0143.

County schedules flu-shot clinics

The county Department of Health is offering flu immunizations for Anne Arundel residents at a series of clinics starting next week.

Vaccinations are recommended for people age 50 and older; people with medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, cancer and HIV/AIDS; children ages 6 months through 4 years; pregnant women; health care personnel who provide direct patient care; and household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children under 5 years old.

Pneumococcal vaccine will also be provided for people over age 65 or with chronic heart and pulmonary conditions, who have lost their spleen or have sickle-cell anemia.

The vaccinations are free, but $20 donations will be accepted to cover costs. Medicare Part B will cover the $20 donation for the flu and pneumococcal vaccines. Individuals should bring their Medicare cards.

Immunizations will be offered:

Tuesday , 9 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Health Services Building, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis.

Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Pasadena Senior Center, 4103 Mountain Road, Pasadena.

Oct. 24, 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., South County Senior Center, 27 Stepney's Lane, Edgewater.

Oct. 26, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Road, Odenton.

Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie.

Nov. 1, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Health Services Building, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis.

Nov. 6, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Glen Burnie Improvement Association, 19 Crain Highway South, Glen Burnie.

Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Annapolis Senior Center, 119 S. Villa Ave., Annapolis.

Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Maryland City Fire Station, 3498 Fort Meade Road, Laurel.

Nov. 16, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Orchard Beach Fire Station, 7549 Solley Road, Glen Burnie.

Nov. 30, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Anne Arundel Community College, Cade Building, Room 219, 191 College Parkway, Arnold.

Dec. 1, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Health Services Building, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis.

Information: 410-222-7343.

Hospital in need of blood donors

Anne Arundel Medical Center reports a critical shortage of all blood types, especially O-positive and O-negative.

The center's blood bank is open for donations:

Mondays, 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

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