Health Notes


May 18, 2008

NAMI to host awareness forum

The Howard County chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will sponsor an educational forum, "Crisis Intervention Resources in Howard County," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 1-431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

Andrea S. Ingram, executive director of the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, will facilitate the discussion.


Cell phones sought : Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is collecting used cell phones to raise money for Relay for Life, the annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The phones will be recycled or refurbished for use in developing countries. The phones contain dangerous metals such as lead and cadmium, which are released as phones break down in landfills. Each phone collected represents a donation to the American Cancer Society that ranges from $1 to $30. Phones can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays in the main lobby at county Department of Recreation and Parks headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

Drop-in knitting, crochet : Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 5900 Cedar Lane, Columbia, offers a drop-in knitting and crocheting support group for cancer patients and survivors at 10:30 a.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Beginners are welcome and participants can bring their own supplies or borrow from the center. Admission is free, but registration is required. 410-740-5858.

Stroke support group : Howard County General Hospital is starting a stroke support group, which meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of every month on the second floor of the hospital's Ambulatory Care Center. HCGH Wellness Center, 410-740-7601.

Caregiver support groups : Jewish Family Services in Howard County offers a support group for adults caring for an elderly parent or relative. The group, which meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at federation offices, Century Plaza 1000, 10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 401, Columbia, provides an opportunity to share concerns and resources with other caregivers. The next meeting is June 9. The cost is $5 a session. Liz Schoen, 410-730-4976, Ext. 25. A 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.

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