Howard County health briefs

March 25, 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.

Blood drive

Laurel Regional Hospital and Laurel Lions Club in conjunction with the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 in the J.R. Jones conference room, at the hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel. Information: 301-497-7914.

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.

Look good … feel better: Volunteer cosmetologists will instruct participants how to cope with skin changes and hair loss using cosmetics and skin care products donated by the cosmetic industry. The program will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 11 at Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel and is cosponsored by the American Cancer Society. Information and registration: 301-497-7914. Each session is limited to ten participants who are presently undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Physician referrals are accepted.

Support groups

Teens Together Support Networking group for teens who have 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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