Anne Arundel County health briefs

December 11, 2010

Food safety for the holidays

The county Health Department offers suggestions to reduce the risk of food-borne illnesses to infants and the elderly. Information: Call the Housing and Food Protection Program at 410-222-7239 or go to Hot Topics on line at http://www.aahealth.org.

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 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 wellnesshouse@comcast.net.

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 for doctors that will make visits 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 http://www.aacounty.org/Aging/disabledAdults/CommDis.cfm and click on Doctors Office Brochure.

Calendar

Support group If you care for a niece, nephew, or grandchild in your home, a "Kinship Caregiver Support Group" will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14 in the craft room at the Pascal Senior Activity Center, 125 Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie, and from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, in the training room at the Anne Arundel County Public Library's Annapolis branch, 1410 West St. Information: 410-897-3933.

Joint School A free session on the preparation, recovery and benefits of hip and knee replacement surgery sponsored by the Baltimore Washington Medical Center will be held 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15. Information and reservations: 410-553-8282.

Living in the Land of Oz The national family caregiver support program at the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities will present the dementia workshop series 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 at the Pasadena Senior Activity Center, 4103 Mountain Road, Pasadena. Registration: 410-222-4464 ext. 3043 or http://www.aacounty.org/aging.

Support groups

The Joslin Circle Diabetes support group will discuss current issues regarding diabetes management. The group meets 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month in the Joslin Diabetes Center, 300 Hospital Drive, Suite 223. Information: 410-787-4940.

Man-to-Man prostate cancer support group Learn about diagnosis, treatment and management. The group meets 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the second Monday of every month in the Tate Center, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 305 Hospital Drive. Information: 410-787-4367.

Stroke support group Meets to discuss stroke recovery and prevention from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month in the Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 305 Hospital Drive. Information: 410-787-4732.

Suicide grievers support group For those 18 years and older grieving the death of a loved one meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 at The Life Center at Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis. Registration: 410-987-2129.

Caregivers support group Provides information, respite and support to people who give care to family and friends meets 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the Heritage Office Complex in the Department of Aging and Disabilities office, fourth floor, 2666 Riva Road, Annapolis.

Screenings

•The county Health Department provides free breast exams, mammograms, pap tests and cervical cancer screenings to eligible female county residents 40 and older. Information: 410-222-6180.

•Colorectal screenings and informational kits available through the county Health Department's Learn to Live Program. Screenings are free to county residents ages 50 to 64 who are uninsured and income-eligible. To order a free kit: Learn to Live Line, 410-222-7979, or LearnToLiveHealthy.org.

Blood pressure screenings sponsored by the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, will be held 8:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 22 at Harundale Presbyterian Church, Eastway and Guilford Road, Glen Burnie. Information: 410-787-4367 or go to http://www.mybwmc.org.

Continuing services

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers:

•Children's immunization shots at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 months, 15 months and 18 months. Information: 410-222-4896 or the community health section of http://www.aahealth.org.

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