HEALTH NOTES

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Hospice plans support groups

Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual & Bereavement Care Center will begin several six-week bereavement support groups in September:

A parent loss support group will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays from Sept. 10 through Oct 15. The registration deadline is Sept. 6.

An adult bereavement group will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays from Sept. 11 through Oct. 16. The registration deadline is Sept. 7.

Two adult bereavement groups will be held specifically for those who are grieving the death of a spouse or life partner. They will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays from Sept. 12 through Oct. 17 and from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays from Sept. 20 through Oct. 25. The registration deadlines are Sept. 10 and 18, respectively.

The registration fee is $60, except for families of those cared for by Hospice of the Chesapeake.

All groups will be held at Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual & Bereavement Care Center, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis.

Information: 410-987-2129.

Kits available from Spanish help line

Spanish-speaking county residents can call the Health Department's Aprenda a Vivir help line, 410-222-4479, to request free health materials and learn about other services.

The line is answered by a Spanish-speaking operator from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday. At other times, residents can leave a message on the answering service.

Callers can order these free Spanish-language materials:

Healthy Eating Kit: Nutrition tips and healthy recipes.

Quit-Smoking Kit: Includes Cambie un Habito, a step-by-step guide for stopping and staying off cigarettes. Cambie un Habito can also be downloaded from the Health Department's Spanish Web site, www.aasalud.org. Click Aprenda a Vivir on the navigation bar and then click Dejar de Fumar.

Breast and Cervical Cancer Kit: Cancer prevention and treatment information.

Medidas Extremas para Dejar de Fumar: A stop-smoking program for young men that compares quitting to extreme sports. It can also be downloaded from www.aasalud.org. Click Aprenda a Vivir on the navigation bar and then click Dejar de Fumar.

Information: www.aasalud.org or 410-222-4479.

AAMC offers support for cancer patients

Anne Arundel Medical Center is offering a series of cancer support groups:

Cancer Support Group - for cancer patients and their families. Meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in the center's Oncology Conference Room of the Donner Pavilion. 410-481-6848.

Look Good ... Feel Better - helps cancer patients look and feel their best. Meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month in Suite 250 in the Sajak Pavilion. 410-721-4304.

Moving Forward - for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer within the past two years. Meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of the month in the Oncology Conference Room, Donner Pavilion. 410-481-5300.

Prostate Cancer Support Group. Meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month in the Clatanoff Pavilion. 410-481-5599.

The Pink Cottage - for breast cancer survivors, at least one year after diagnosis. 410-519-5552.

Transition to Wellness Workshop - for women ending breast cancer treatment. Meets at 6:30 p.m. the last Monday of the month in Suite 250 in the Sajak Pavilion. 410-481-5305.

Survivors Offering Support - one-on-one support by breast cancer survivors to newly diagnosed patients through their first year of treatment. 410-481-5305.

Information: 443-481-4700.

Students to get health screenings

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health vision and hearing technicians and school nurses are conducting required vision and hearing screenings for children in preschool, kindergarten, third grade and eighth grade, and for new students.

Special education students receiving speech therapy may also be recommended for screening.

Vision and hearing technicians from the department also administer vision and hearing screenings at private schools, nurseries and day care programs to assure that the appropriate children are screened.

Students in the following schools and programs will be screened this week:

Today: Children's World Learning Center - NSA No. 285, Play and Learn at Annapolis and Play and Learn at Community Place.

Tomorrow: Childtime Child Care.

Tomorrow and Friday: Bay Country Children's Learning Center.

If a potential deficiency is detected, a letter is sent to parents. The parents are advised to contact the child's doctor for further testing and advice.

Information: Donna Dunton, lead vision and hearing technician, 410-222-6838.

Expectant parents pampered at resort

Expectant parents can combine birth classes with a vacation in Ocean City through Anne Arundel Medical Center's new Baby Moon at the Beach weekend.

AAMC designed the three-day Baby Moon weekend to provide pampering for the expectant parents, along with the same birth education classes offered at AAMC's Medical Park in Annapolis.

The first Baby Moon will be Oct. 26-28, with addition sessions Dec. 7-9, Feb. 8-10 and April 4-6. A maximum of five couples can attend each session.

The cost is $761.

Information: Inn on the Ocean at 888-226-6223 or go to www.inn ontheocean.com.

Free immunization offered to children

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is offering free immunizations for county children by appointment and at scheduled walk-in clinics.

Parents must show proof that their children have received all primary immunizations before attending school.

The following walk-in clinics are available this week:

Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew St: today from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 410-222-7247.

Glen Burnie Health Center, 416 A St. S.W.: Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 410-222-6633.

Required school vaccines, including diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP/Dtap), polio, hepatitis B, measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), haemophilus-influenza (Hib) and varicella (chickenpox), are available at Department of Health clinics.

The immunizations are free, though a donation of $10 is appreciated. Parents must bring a copy of their child's current immunization record to the clinic.

Information: 410-222-4896 or www.aahealth.org.

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