Health Notes

September 28, 2007

Session set Oct. 11 on mental illness

The Howard County chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will sponsor "In Our Own Voice: Living with Mental Illness" from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 11 at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin River Road, Columbia.

Local residents whose lives were interrupted by mental illness will speak. The program seeks to convey how people with serious mental disorders cope with the reality of their illness and reclaim productive lives.

The event is open to everyone. Admission is free.

Information: 410-772-9300.

Tai Sophia expands services in N. Laurel

Tai Sophia Institute has announced that its clinic services in North Laurel have been expanded to include the practice of integrative medicine by Dr. Jennifer Rabenhorst, a physician who is board certified in family medicine and a member of the International College of Integrative Medicine and other professional organizations.

Rabenhorst received her medical degree from the University of Maryland Medical School. She completed her medical residency in family practice at Georgetown University/Providence Hospital and is licensed to practice in Maryland. Her focus is on patient-centered collaborative care.

Lymphoma Research Ride slated Sunday

The inaugural Lymphoma Research Ride is to be held at 9 a.m. Sunday in Montgomery County.

The noncompetitive bike ride for survivors, family, friends, members of the community and corporate teams will honor and remember those affected by the disease.

Riders can choose to follow a 25- or 50-mile route through the county. Registration is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. A post-ride celebration is scheduled for 1 p.m.

The ride will begin at Poolesville High School, 17501 Willard Road, Poolesville. Proceeds from the ride will support research and educational programs of the Lymphoma Research Foundation.

Information: 1-800-235-6848.

Red Cross opens class registration

Registration is being accepted for Central Maryland Red Cross classes, to be held next month in Howard County.

A class in adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 13 at First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia. The cost is $45.

An adult CPR and first-aid class will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at the same location. The cost is $50.

An adult, child and infant CPR course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at the church. The cost is $52.

A first-aid class will be offered from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 18 at the church. The cost is $40.

Information: 410-624-2060, or www.redcross-cmd.org.

Caregiver support -- The Caregiver Support Group at Winter Growth, 5460 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month. 410-964-9616.

NAMI support -- NAMI-Howard County, the county chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is offering free support groups and courses:

A group for people with mental illness who work, go to school and regularly interact in the community will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road in Columbia. The group meets on alternate Tuesdays.

A group for friends and family members of adults with a mental illness is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Harmony Hall, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

A group for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with serious mental health problems will meet from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 24 at Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Fawn Court in Columbia. Susan Heisel, 410-772-9300.

Living well -- The Howard County Office on Aging will present "Living Well ... Take Charge of Your Health," workshops for people with chronic health conditions that focus on managing symptoms, making daily tasks easier and communicating more effectively with doctors. The cost is $25 for six sessions. Workshops will be held from:

9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, and Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30 and Nov. 6 at Glenwood Community and Senior Center, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville.

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30 and Nov. 6 and 13 at Howard County General Hospital's Wellness Center, Suite L-9, 11055 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Information: Maryland Access Point of Howard County (MAP), 410-313-5980.

Herbs 101 -- Tai Sophia Institute, a graduate school for wellness-based disciplines, is offering Herbs 101, an eight-week introductory course on using herbs for health and wellness, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through Nov. 14. The hands-on program includes the basics of plant chemistry and physiology, using herbs in the kitchen, understanding the body's language, a clinical perspective and a fall herb walk. The cost is $270 for the full series; a miniseries of three classes costs $115. Registration is required. Tai Sophia is at 7750 Montpelier Road, North Laurel. 410-888-9048 or 800-735-2968, Ext. 6647, or go to www.tai.edu.

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