Anne Arundel County health briefs

February 04, 2011

Care for cancer patients

The Wellness House of Annapolis, which offers services and programs to assist those living with cancer and their relatives, including children, has walk-in hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. All classes and services are free for 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 county Commission on Disability Issues offers a pamphlet, "Doctors' Offices and Patients With Disabilities Working Together," with suggestions for doctors to make visits go more smoothly, including information on training staff, obtaining equipment for the disabled and welcoming service animals. To obtain a copy, call the Americans With Disabilities Act office at 410-222-4464, ext. 3056, or go to http://www.aacounty.org/Aging/disabledAdults/CommDis.cfm and click on Doctors Office Brochure.

Prostate cancer brochure

The county Health Department's Learn to Live program offers a free brochure, "Don't Get Hit Below the Belt," with information on the risks of prostate cancer, prevention, and the two most commonly used methods of screening. Information: 410-222-7979 or http://www.learntolivehealthy.org.

Volunteers needed

The county Department of Aging and Disabilities needs volunteers to be chronic disease self-management leaders. Participants in the six-week program do not have to be health care professionals, but should have a chronic disease or be a caregiver of someone with a chronic disease. Training will take place in March at the department, 2666 Riva Road, Annapolis. Information: Pam Toomey, 410-222-4366 ext. 3057 or agtoom88@aacounty.org.

Calendar

Living healthy with chronic conditions The county Department of Aging and Disabilities will present a free six-week workshop series from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Fridays, Feb. 11, 18, 25, March 4 and 11 at the Arnold Senior Activity Center, 44 Church Road, Arnold. Adults with diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, obesity, chronic pain or anxiety and heart disease will learn about appropriate exercise and medications, communication with family and health professionals, nutrition and new treatments. Information: Pam Toomey, program coordinator 410-222-4366 ext. 3057 or e-mail agtoom88@aacounty.org. TTY users should call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1.

Free quit smoking classes The county Health Department's Learn to Live program, in partnership with community medical providers, offers classes at the following sites:

Anne Arundel Medical Center, 2002 Medical Parkway, Sajak Pavilion, Annapolis, Feb. 23. Information: 443-481-4000 or 1-800-MD-NURSE.

Free flu vaccinations

The department of health offers free flu shots and nasal-spray vaccine during weekly walkin-clinics or by scheduling appointments at the Glen Burnie and Prole health centers. The nasal-spray vaccine is for healthy people ages 2 to 49, but is not for pregnant women. The new high-dose flu shot for people 65 and older is also provided. Information: Glen Burnie center, 410-222-6633 or Parole center, 410-22-7247, or go to http://www.aahealth.org.

Vision and hearing screenings The Anne Arundel County Department of Health provides in-school vision and hearing screenings at the following schools and programs in February. For more information, contact Kim Roussey, vision and hearing technician supervisor, 410-222-6838.

Maryland City Elementary, Old Mill Middle South, Monday, Feb. 7 and Tuesday, Feb. 8

Jessup Elementary, Severn River Middle, Wednesday, Feb. 9 and Thursday, Feb. 10

Lindale Middle, Manor View Elementary, Feb. 14 and 15

Rippling Woods Elementary, Van Bokkelen Elementary, Feb. 16 and 17

Woods Child Development Center, Feb. 17 and 18

Weems Creek Nursery School and Kindergarten, Feb. 18

Phoenix Center, West Annapolis Elementary, Feb. 22

Meade Middle, Feb. 22 and 23

Pershing Hill Elementary, Feb. 24

Waugh Chapel Elementary, Feb. 25

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. on the third Wednesday of every month in the Joslin Diabetes Center, Suite 223, 300 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. 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. on the third Monday of every month in the Tate Center, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 305 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information: 410-787-4367.

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

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