Anne Arundel County health briefs

February 28, 2011

Care for cancer patients

The Wellness House of Annapolis offers services and programs to assist those living with cancer and their relatives, including children. Walk-in hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 5 p.m. 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 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 workshop from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Fridays, March 4 and 11 at the Arnold Senior Activity Center, 44 Church Road, Arnold. Adults with diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, obesity, chronic pain, anxiety or 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 flu vaccinations

The Department of Health offers free flu shots and nasal-spray vaccines during weekly walk-in clinics or by scheduling appointments at the Glen Burnie and Parole 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 aahealth.org.

Support groups

The Joslin Circle Diabetes support group discusses 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 Offers information 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.

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

Diabetes support group For diabetics and their families, the group meets 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month in the Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 300 Hospital Drive, Suite 223, Glen Burnie.

Joint School A free session on the preparation, recovery and benefits of hip- and knee-replacement surgery will be held at 4 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 305 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information and reservations: 410-553-8282.

Bereavement support groups

General support group for those 18 and older grieving the loss of a loved one meets from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays through March 24 at the Life Center, 445 Defense Highway in Annapolis.

•Suicide support group for those 18 and older meets monthly on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the center.

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