Health Notes


February 16, 2007

Peer Support Program seeking facilitators

The SPRING Peer Support Program is recruiting peer facilitators for its group programs.

SPRING (Senior Peer Resources, Individuals, Networks and Groups) groups provide a confidential, comfortable setting in which men and women share their concerns, insights and ideas. Programs are held at senior centers and other venues in the county.

An eight-week series of weekly two-hour training sessions is to begin March 30. The volunteer facilitators will be placed in a group and must make a one-year commitment; they must also attend continuing training provided by SPRING. They will receive a SPRING training manual and are invited to an annual luncheon.

Training will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Information: Karen Hull, mental health coordinator, Office on Aging, 410-313-7466.

Hearing-loss support group set

The Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging will offer a new SPRING support group for older adults who think they may have a hearing loss or family members dealing with a someone who has a hearing loss.

The first session of the six-week program, provided by the University of Maryland Department of Speech and Hearing, is to be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 7 at the Bain Center. The topic will be "Hearing Loss: Understanding the Problem."

Topics to be discussed in subsequent sessions include "Hearing Aids and Assistive Devices," "Managing Your Environment," "Communication Needs," "Coping Strategies" and "Introduction to Speech-reading."

The first session is free. The cost for the program is $30.

Registration is required by March 2.

Information: 410-313-7466.

Classes, services

Weight training -- Howard County General Hospital is offering weight training for senior citizens from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Roger Carter Neighborhood Center in Ellicott City. The next 10-week session is to begin April 9. The class includes warm-up, low-impact aerobics, circuit training to improve strength and cardiovascular health, and stretching. The cost is $7.50. 410-740-7601, or www.

Aquatic fitness -- Aquatic fitness classes are offered by Central Maryland Rehabilitation Center at the Howard Community College pool. Sessions are held Monday and Friday afternoons. The cost is $6 a class. 410-312-9000.

Losing weight -- Individualized weight-loss counseling with a registered dietitian is offered by Howard County General Hospital between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the hospital. Appointments, which cost $25 for a half-hour visit, must be scheduled in advance. 410-740- 7601.

Qi gong -- Wilde Lake Community Association is sponsoring a 10-week session of qi gong classes, taught by Karl Ardo of Moving in Stillness LLC, at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays, through March 10, at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center. The movements of the discipline, which is believed to help maintain health, increase vitality and speed recovery from illness, are appropriate for all age groups and for the physically challenged. The cost is $17 to drop in. 410- 730-3987.

Hospital workshop -- Howard County General Hospital's community health education program will present a first-aid class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 24 at the hospital's Wellness Center, Suite L-9 of the Columbia Medical Center, 11055 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. The cost is $60, and includes a book. Participants receive National Safety Council certification. 410-740-7601, or www. hc gh. org.

Workshop -- Tai Sophia Institute, 7750 Montpelier Road, North Laurel, will offer "Whole Food Nutrition in Life and in Clinical Practice," a one-day workshop exploring the science, principles and benefits of a whole-foods diet from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 24. Dr. Susan Lord, adjunct professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine and associate director of professional education and director of nutrition programs for the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, will discuss psychological and emotional relationships with food, ways to eat "mindfully" and ways to teach mindful eating. The workshop is designed for health care practitioners and lay people. The cost is $125, and 6.5 continuing education credits are available. 410-888-9048, Ext. 6611, or

What's new -- Dr. Kimberly Moran Turner and Laura Burnham will present "What's New in Contraception," a seminar in Turner's series on women's health, "What Every Woman Should Know," at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring in Hickory Ridge village. Registration and a $5 donation to the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County are requested. 410-715-1060.

Caregivers support -- Winter Growth Inc.'s Caregiver Support Group meets from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Winter Growth, 5466 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Admission is free. Caregivers can join at any time. 410-964-9616.

Health care -- Chase Brexton Health Services Inc. has opened its third Maryland site at 5500 Knoll North Drive in Oakland Mills village. The center plans to provide insured, uninsured and underinsured children and adults with primary and preventive care, and mental health and case-management services. It will be the first Chase Brexton location to offer consultations in integrative medicine, combining conventional and complementary therapies. Dental care, substance-abuse services and an on-site pharmacy are also planned. Fees are on a sliding scale. and help is available from state and federal assistance programs. Medicare and Medicaid patients are accepted. 410-884-7831, or

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