Health Briefs

November 15, 2009


H1N1 flu shots for babies and toddlers : A walk-in clinic for babies and toddlers ages 6 months to 35 months old sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the lower-level conference room of the Health Services Building, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis. No other age group will be vaccinated at the clinic. For flu prevention and vaccine information, go to or call the H1N1 Flu Immunizations Line at 410-222-4896.

Diabetes discussion: The Joslin Diabetes Center at Baltimore Washington Medical Center will sponsor a diabetes discussion from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Dec. 1 at the medical center's outreach center at Arundel Mills mall, entrance No. 4. A diabetes educator will present information on managing diabetes to people with diabetes and their family members. For additional information, call the medical center's marketing and communications department at 410-787-4367.

Senior exhibit : The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Baltimore Washington Medical Center will sponsor a senior exhibit with information about its services and to answer questions, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Dec. 28 at its Arundel Mills outreach center, Arundel Mills mall, entrance No. 4.

Women on bed rest: Better BedRest Inc., a nonprofit support, resource and referral service available to women placed on bed rest due to complications of pregnancy, will host "Viva Las Vegas: A Night with Elvis and Friends" from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at Chartwell Country Club, 1 Chartwell Drive, Severna Park.

The agency also provides financial grants of up to $400 for women who lose their income due to being on bed rest. Tickets are $35 and can be reserved by calling Diane at 301-776-7156, e-mailing or going to All proceeds will go toward grants.

Fall health fair: Sponsored by the senior nutrition program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities and the South County Faith Network, exhibitors include the Maryland Access Point/Information and Assistance, Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, Owensville Primary Care, Partners in Care and the Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues. The fair will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the department's West River Nutrition Site, Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 101 Owensville Road, Western River. Call 410-222-0144 for more information.

Joint School: Learn more about joint replacement surgery at 4 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16 at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Presented by certified physician assistants and nurse practitioners, the program explains in detail total joint replacement surgery. To register, call 410-553-8282.

Dementia and Alzheimer series : Sponsored by the National Family Caregivers' support program at the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities:

* Monday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Annapolis Senior Activity Center.

* Tuesday and Nov. 24, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Pascal Senior Center.

To register, call 410-222-4464, ext. 3043, or register online at

Commission on Disability Issues: Group meets 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 23 in the Chesapeake Room on the second floor in the Heritage Complex, 2664 Riva Road, Annapolis. The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability regularly meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at this location. Anyone planning to attend who needs accommodations should contact the Americans with Disabilities Act office at 410-222-4383, voice/Maryland Relay 7-1-1, or by e-mail

Dance and fitness classes: sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks Department and Bio Aerobics, Inc., evening classes will be held at the following schools:

* Lindale Middle School, 415 Andover Road, Brooklyn Park.

* High Point Elementary School, 924 Duvall Highway, Pasadena.

* Linthicum Elementary School, 101 School Lane, Linthicum.

The six-week program with two classes per week costs $58. Call 410-956-1084 or go to

Support groups

Caregivers: The National Family Caregiver Support program will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, at the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities, 4th floor, 2666 Riva Road, Annapolis.

The program provides information, respite and support for those who give care to family and friends. For additional information call 410-222-4464 ext. 3053 or visit

Baltimore Washington Medical Center groups: The following support groups will meet at the Tate Center, 305 Hospital Drive.

* Surviving breast cancer group meets 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Discuss and share common experiences and problems related to being a news diagnosed breast cancer patient. Call to register at 410-787-4367.

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