Howard County health briefs

March 11, 2011

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

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

Health education: Howard County General Hospital will feature the health program "Moving Through Anger." This three-week interactive class will teach you to channel your anger into a positive force, help identify what triggers your anger and provide techniques to manage those triggers from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, March 15, 22 and 29 at the Wellness Center at the Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia. Cost: $40 per person. Information or registration: 410-740-7601 or register online at http://www.hcgh.org.

Stroke survivors bowling party: The stroke survivors support group at Howard County General Hospital will host a free Wii bowling party for stroke survivors and their families from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 23 in the Bolduc Family Outpatient Center, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Participants will compete using one of the newest tools in rehabilitation. For information or to register, call the stroke program coordinator, 410-884-4641.

Latino Health Fair: Howard County General Hospital will sponsor the sixth Latino Health Fair, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia. The program is co-sponsored by Priority Partners, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the county Health Department and Alianza de la Communidad. The fair will feature vision, hearing, blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings. Free flu vaccines and health education materials in Spanish. Refreshments will be served. Information: 410-740-7696.

Support groups

Teens Together Support Networking group for teens with a friend or family member diagnosed with cancer will meet from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on 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 free 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. on the second Thursday of the month. 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. on the third Wednesday of every month. Registration: 410-964-9100, ext. 5.

Stage IV Breast Cancer support group will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on 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. on 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. on 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. on 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. on 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. on the fourth Monday of each month at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Room 3, 10755 Scaggsville Road, Laurel. Information: 410-772-9300.

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

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