Howard County health briefs

December 18, 2010

Blood donations

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region of the American Red Cross is requesting blood donations. Eligible donors can call 800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment. Platelet donors should call 800-272-2123.

Calendar

Wellness classes Tai Sophia Institute will host free introductory wellness classes in January on the campus at 7750 Montpelier Road, Laurel. Learn how acupuncture supports fertility; how stillness and quiet are essential for a balanced life to nourish the mind, body and spirit; and explore what happens in nature and our bodies in winter while learning how to support winter wellness with teas and other herbal preparations. Registration: 410-888-9048 or http://www.tai.edu (keyword: free wellness).

Master time Howard County General Hospital will offer "Mastering time": Learn to prioritize and make choices that will create time to do the things you value, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 11, HCGH Wellness Center at the Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia. Registration: 410-740-7601 or http://www.hcgh.org.

Spiritual reflections

Bon Secours Spiritual Center will offer spiritual enrichment programs at the center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville. Visit http://www.bonsecoursspiritualcenter.org Registration: 410-442-1320.

Support groups

Support group WomenHeart, a support group for women with heart disease, meets at 11:30 a.m. at That's Amore Restaurant, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. For more information about the group, contact Marilyn Gobbett at reddress05@verizon.net.

Teens Together Support Networking group for teens who have or have had a friend or family member diagnosed with cancer will meet from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. the third Sunday of every month in the Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. Contact Kelly Schwab at kschwabfam@gmail.com.

Support/intervention programs Offered at Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel:

•Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m. Sundays

•Bipolar, 6 p.m. Thursdays

•Narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays

•Parkinson's, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Information: 301-776-3426

•Rehabilitation Sharing — strokes and long-term illness, 6 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. Information: Physical Medicine, 301-497-7901 or 410-792-2270. All programs are free. Information: 301-497-7914 or 410-792-7636.

Support groups at the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050, Columbia:

•Caregivers meet at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month.

• Breast cancer support group will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month. Registration: 410-964-9100, ext. 5.

Stage IV Breast Cancer support group will meet from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. the fourth Thursday of every month. Registration: 410-740-5858.

Widows and widowers group will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at Jilly's, 10300 Baltimore National Pike, the Enchanted Forest Shopping Center, Ellicott City. Information: 410-740-5858.

Parkinson's education and support group will meet at 7 p.m. the third Monday of every month, 8180 Lark Brown Road, Elkridge. Information: 410-955-8795.

Parents and caregivers support group of children and adolescents with serious mental health issues meets at 1:30 p.m. the second Monday of every month in Room 204, First Presbyterian Church, 8325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia, and the last Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m., Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Fawn Court, Columbia. National Alliance on Mental Illness support groups are free. Information: 410-772-9300 or http://www.nami.org/sites/namihowardcounty.

Family support group sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness is offered to family and friends of adults with a mental illness, 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the Day Room at Harmony Hall Retirement Community Center, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia, and at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Room No. 3, 10755 Scaggsville Road, Laurel. Information: 410-772-9300.

Stage 4 breast cancer support group sponsored by Howard County General Hospital meets monthly. Date and time: Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 410-740-5858.

HIV support group for those infected or affected by HIV. Women's group will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Friday of every month. Men and women's group meets from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month, county Health Department, 7180 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. Information: 410-313-6267.

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