Community Programs and Support Groups — Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road, community programs such as childbirth education classes, HeartSaver first aid/CPR, maternity center tours, P.A.C.E. (People with Arthritis Can Exercise) and a babysitter course. For information and cost, if any, call 301-497-7914. For information on the four-week smoking cessation program, call 301-618-6363. Support groups at the hospital include: Alcoholics Anonymous, every Sunday at 7 p.m.; Al-Anon for family and friends of alcoholics, every Friday and Sunday at 7 p.m.; Bipolar Support Group, every Thursday at 6 p.m.; Nar-Anon, every Monday at 7 p.m. for friends and families of drug addicts and substance abusers; Narcotics Anonymous, every Monday and Thursday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 11 a.m.; Parkinson Support Group, every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., call 301-497-7914 for information; and Rehabilitation Sharing Group (strokes and longtime illnesses), second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m., call Physical Medicine at 301-497-7901 or 410-792-2270, Ext. 77901.
Free health fair — Laurel-based Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha will hold its annual free community health fair, "Look Better, Feel Better, Be Better — It's All About Your Health," Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Springhill Lake Elementary, 6060 Springhill Drive, Greenbelt. Includes free family health screenings, educational break-out sessions, kids activity zone, door prizes, exhibitors. For more information, contact email@example.com or go to aka-peo.org.
Drug Addiction — The No. 1 culprit behind nutritional deficiencies in the body, illnesses and injuries. Get the specifics on how someone is physically affected by substance abuse and how they can undo the physical damage caused by addiction. Call for a free copy of "The Truth About Becoming Addicted," 888-837-9177 or go to becomingaddicted.org.
Free Yoga Nidra class — Offered by Neighborhood Acupuncture, Thursday, Sept. 6, from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m., at 345 Main St. Six-week series costs $90; 10-week series is $120; and drop in is $20. Also offering Second Sunday Wellness Seminar, "De-stressing Strategies," Sunday, Sept. 9, from 2 to 3 p.m. Cost is $10. For reservations, call 301-604-8954.
Support Group on Mental Illness — Led by trained family members, the group for family members and friends who care about an adult with mental illness meets Monday, Sept. 10, 7 to 8:30 p.m., and second Mondays monthly, in the music room of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 7607 Old Sandy Spring Road. Call 410-772-9300 or go to nami.org/sites/namihowardcounty.
Men Against Breast Cancer — Workshop hosted by Doctors Community Hospital, to help men help women with breast cancer, Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., at the hospital, North Building, Room 415, 8100 Good Luck Road, in Lanham. Addresses the affects of breast cancer on families with focus on helping men understand the physical and emotional needs of their female partners. Led by Marc Heyison, president and founder of Men Against Breast Cancer, the workshop will present COPE, or Creativity, Optimism, Planning, Expert information, a problem-solving method designed to increase quality of life and decrease distress in patients and their families. Format of workshop includes sessions for both partners as well as men and women separately. To learn more or register, call 301-552-8673.
Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center — September events include: Teens Together: Group that connects teens who have either a family member or close friend with a diagnosis of cancer. Adult facilitators provide support and encouragement. Group resumes Tuesday, Sept. 18, (every third Tuesday of each month) from 6 to 7 p.m. Registration requested. Mammograms: Best Practices for Women for Healthier Exams: Annual conference Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6 to 8 p.m. To register online through Howard County General Hospital, go to hopkinsmedicine.org/howard_county_general_hospital/services/breast_health/. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center is located at the Medical Pavilion at Howard County, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050, Columbia, MD 21044. 410-740-5858.
Man to Man, prostate cancer education and support program — Meets Thursday, Sept. 20 and every third Thursday, at 7 p.m., in Room G10, Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, in Columbia. Dr. Deborah Frassica, Central Maryland Radiation Oncology, will speak about managing the side effects of radiation at this American Cancer Society program. 1-800-227-2345.
Focus on the Caregiver — Sponsored by SPRING peer support program in the Howard County Office on Aging, Sunday, Sept. 30, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the East Columbia 50+ Center, in the East Columbia Branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, in Columbia. Speaker Jessica Rowe, MSW, instructor at University of Maryland School of Social Work and currently on staff at Gilchrist Hospice Care, will discuss challenges caregivers face every day and explore resources for the future. Light refreshments and Office on Aging resources will be available. Contact Karen, 410-313-7466 or firstname.lastname@example.org, by Sept. 27 to RSVP. This event is the kickoff for the Caregiver Support Group, which starts Oct. 15, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at East Columbia 50+ Center and continues the third Monday of each month.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun