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Walk for wellness

Howard County General Hospital in partnership with We Promote Health, will sponsor a walking program Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., now through Oct. 1 at North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road. Registration for new participants will begin at 8:45 a.m. in the parking lot behind the center every Saturday. Additional information: 410-740-7601.


Dance as therapy

"Dance for PD," a program for those with Parkinson's disease, is held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays at Vantage House in the retirement community's auditorium, 5400 Vantage Point Road in Columbia. Presented by Bowen McCauley Dance. Free for people with Parkinson's disease and their care partners. Besides the health benefits, dance takes the mind and spirit away from the thoughts of disease, disability and social isolation. Information: Daniel Giller at 410-992-1691 or


Kindred Spirits

The social club for people diagnosed with early memory loss or dementia meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the 50+ Center at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2700 Route 97 in Cooksville. The club offers therapeutic activities, including music, art and exercise, as well as a support group. A daily fee of $30 includes snacks, lunch, coffee and tea. The program is sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Maryland. Information: Judy Miller at 410-313-5441 or email


AIDS testing The county Health Department's North Laurel Community Health Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, offers HIV-AIDS testing from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. by appointment. Call 410-313-0630. Also, the Columbia Health Center, 7180 Columbia Gateway Drive, conducts HIV testing at 8 a.m. Mondays by appointment. Testing is free, anonymous and confidential.

Support groups

Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center Offered free at 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050 in Columbia. Information: 410-740-5858:

•Caregivers support group meets at 3:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month. Registration: 410-740-5858.

•Living with Cancer support group for cancer patients with Stage IV or metastatic diseases and their caregivers meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month. Registration: 410-740-5858.


•A breast cancer support group meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month. Registration: 410-964-9100, ext. 5.

Prostate cancer education Men can learn about diagnosis and treatment options, management, side effects and quality-of-life issues. The group offers a confidential setting among peers to discuss and share experiences and problems related to prostate cancer. There are occasional guest speakers. The program is held at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center in the Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive in Columbia. Information and registration: Gary, 202-253-1025.

Vision-impaired support group sponsored by the National Federation of the Blind will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. Information: Sharon Maneki, 410-715-9596.

Laurel Regional Hospital Offered free at 7300 Van Dusen Road in Laurel; 301-497-7914 or 410-792-7636:

•Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m. Sundays

•Bipolar disorder, 6 p.m. Thursdays


•Narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays

•Parkinson's disease, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Information: 301-776-3426

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•Rehabilitation for strokes and long-term illness, 6 p.m. the second Thursday of every month

Parkinson's disease An education and support group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of every month, 8180 Lark Brown Road in Elkridge. Information: 410-955-8795.

HIV support group for those infected with or affected by HIV. A women's group meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third Friday of every month. A group for men and women meets from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. Meetings are at the Columbia Health Center, 7180 Columbia Gateway Drive. Information: 410-313-6267.

Essential tremor is often confused with Parkinson's disease. The group will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the third Monday of every month at the Howard County Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia. The support group is sponsored by HopeNET, an all volunteer, nonprofit organization. Information: 301-776-8073 or


Living with cancer The group meets from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the third Monday of every month at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 17055 Scaggsville Road, North Laurel. Information: 410-792-0470, ext. 214.

Bereavement support A support group for adults will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Room 105, 8300 Old Columbia Road, Fulton. Information: 410-792-0470.

Alzheimer's support group for those with early stage disease and their caregivers will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at Bethany Counseling, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City. Information and prescreening required: Yolanda Wright, 410-561-9099, ext. 208.