Anne Arundel County health briefs

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.

•"Stepping Stones," a support group for children ages 8-13 who are grieving the loss of a loved one, meets from 10 a.m. to noon monthly on Saturdays at the center.

Registration is required for all groups. Information: 410-987-2129.

Screenings

•The county Health Department provides free breast exams, mammograms, pap tests and cervical cancer screenings to eligible female county residents 40 and older. Information: 410-222-6180.

•Colorectal screenings and informational kits are available through the county Health Department's Learn to Live program. Screenings are free to county residents ages 50 to 64 who are uninsured and income-eligible. To order a free kit: Learn to Live Line, 410-222-7979, or learntolivehealthy.org.

Continuing services

The county Health Department offers:

•Children's immunization shots at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 months, 15 months and 18 months. Information: 410-222-4896 or the community health section at aahealth.org.

•Family planning services with free pregnancy tests, counseling, low-cost exams, lab tests and low-cost birth control supplies to women younger than 25. For an appointment: 410-222-7144.

Free kits about car safety for babies and toddlers are available from the Anne Arundel Healthy Babies Coalition. The kits also contain useful information for pregnant women, parents and caregivers. Information: aahealthybabies.org. For information about car seats and a list of inspection locations, call Maryland Kids in Safety Seats: 800-370-7328.

Free healthy pregnancy or baby care kits. To take the online "Taking Care of a Baby" class, go to aahealthybabies.org.

Free nutritious foods, nutrition education, breast-feeding support and resource referrals through the WIC supplemental nutrition program. County residents must meet income guidelines to qualify. Information: 410-222-6797 or 410-222-0139 (Spanish).

•Free quit-smoking classes and kits for county residents 18 and older. Information: Learn to Live Line at 410-222-7979 or learntolivehealthy.org.

•Free confidential testing and counseling for HIV/AIDS. Call for an appointment: Annapolis, 410-222-7493; Glen Burnie, 410-222-6633; or Parole, 410-222-7248. Information: 410-222-7108.

•Substance abuse treatment services through Community Treatment Services. Information: 410-222-0117. Methadone and Suboxone maintenance services through the Health Department's adult addictions clinic: 410-222-0100.

•Education and outreach programs for adolescents and parents. Topics for discussion include benefits of abstinence, responsible decision-making, pregnancy prevention and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Information: Healthy Teens and Young Adults, 410-222-4468.

•Prescription discount program for county residents. For information or to apply: 410-222-4531 and mention Group No. 586, or scriptsave.com and log in using Group No. 586.

•Comprehensive medical coverage to income-eligible families, children and pregnant women through managed-care organizations through the Medical Assistance for Families/MCHP program. Applications: 410-222-4792.

•Maryland birth certificates. Information: aahealth.org/about_vitalrec.asp or 410-222-4462.

•Behavioral health services for children ages 5 to 18 and their families. For mental health services and referrals: 410-222-6785. For substance abuse services: 410-222-6725 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

•Low-cost doctor visits, checkups, prescription medicine, lab work and tests, radiology services and dental services through the REACH health care program for uninsured adults in partnership with the county's medical society. Information: 410-222-4531.

•Medical assistance transportation services for clients with a valid Maryland Medical Assistance/Health Choice Card and no means of public or private transportation to and from medical appointments. Information: 410-222-7152.

Information on recreation waterway closures and water quality advisories from the Recreational Water Quality Email Alert System. Sign up at http://www.aahealth.org/wqemail.asp.

Healthful recipes for diabetic, meatless and low-sodium diets. Visit learntolivehealthy.org, click on healthy meals and snacks under food and fitness.

Baby care kits contain information about child car safety seats for infants and toddlers. The kit also contains health and safety information for pregnant women, parents and caregivers. Order the kits on the department of health and the county healthy babies coalition website: aahealthybabies.org.

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