Health briefs

September 24, 2010

Raccoon rabies vaccination project

The county Health Department will conduct its annual raccoon oral rabies vaccination project through Sept. 30. About 70,000 edible baits for raccoons will be distributed throughout the county. Department of Health personnel will place baits by hand in densely populated residential areas. While they pose no serious health threats to humans or pets, each bait is marked with a toll-free number for people who come in contact with the bait and have questions. Information: 410-222-7168.

Care for cancer patients

The Wellness House of Annapolis, an organization that offers services and programs to assist those living with cancer and their relatives, including children, has twice-a-week walk-in hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. All classes and services are free and are open to cancer patients, caregivers and families. Pre-registration is required. The Wellness House is at 2625 Mas-Que Farm Road. Appointments: 410-990-0941 or

Patient disability pamphlet

The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues offers a pamphlet, "Doctors' Offices and Patients With Disabilities Working Together." The pamphlet contains suggestions that will make the visit go more smoothly, from training staff to obtaining equipment for the disabled and welcoming service animals accompanying a disabled person. To obtain a copy, call the Americans With Disabilities Act office at the county's Department of Aging and Disabilities, 410-222-4464, ext. 3056, or go to and click on Doctors Office Brochure.

Living healthy with chronic conditions

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities will offer a six-week self-management workshop for adults to learn to help manage chronic conditions including diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, obesity, chronic pain or anxiety and heart disease.

The workshops will be held at the following senior activity centers:

South County Senior Activity Center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater, 9:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 4, 11 18 and 25; Nov. 1 and 8.

Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave., Annapolis, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26; Nov. 9 and 16.

O'Malley Senior Activity Center Annex, 1270 Odenton Road, Odenton, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 22; Nov. 9 and 16.

Register by contacting Pam Toomey, 410-222-4366 ext. 3057 or e-mail

Five-year anniversary celebration

The Aiello Breast Center will host an open house to celebrate its five-year anniversary from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 16 in the center, 203 Hospital Drive. Tour the center, learn about the services available and meet the center's staff. Light refreshment will be available. Information: 410-787-4367.


Dementia workshop series "Living in the Land of Oz" will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, at the Arnold Senior Activity Center, 44 Church Road. The series will be repeated from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 at the Brooklyn Park Senior Activity Center, 202 Hammonds Lane. Additional workshops will be held at the other five senior activity centers through December. Learn about different types of dementia, research and treatments, behavior management, and skills to use in everyday life. Registration and information: 410-222-4464, ext. 3043, or

The Baltimore Washington Medical Center sponsors the following events:

Safe Sitter Program for youths ages 11-13. Learn baby-sitting skills and abilities in caring for young children in emergency and non-emergency situations. Cost $50. Pre-registration is required at

Joint School Meetings on all you need to know about the preparation, recovery and benefits of hip and knee surgery will be held at 4 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month. Information and registration: 410-553-8282.

Health fair and flu shots Offered at the Severna Park Community Center, 623 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 22. Screenings and educational displays will be available. Flu shots offered to ages 18 and older on a first-come, first-serve basis. Information: 410-787-4367.

Health fair Screenings, educational exhibits and promotional items will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 8 in the food court at Arundel Mills Mall. Information: 410-787-4367.

Living with diabetes Make simple nutrition and exercise changes to help achieve weight loss, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and prevent diabetes from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 6. Cost is $25. Registration necessary at 410-787-4940. This class will also be offered from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Oct. 15.

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