“Health Briefs” column for Nov. 25, 2012

Family Service

Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge, 4727 Revere Ave., willoffer counseling services for children, individuals and families who need help with a wide range of emotional, behavioral and relationship problems from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Fee is based on a sliding scale. Private insurance and Medicaid are accepted. For more information, call (225) 924-0123.


The National Alliance on Mental Illness will hold the following events this week:

For more information, call (225) 291-6262.

Cancer Services

Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell Ave., will hold the following free events this week:

For more information, call (225) 927-2273.

BR General

Baton Rouge General will hold the following events this week:

HIV services

The following HIV services will be offered this week:

Woman’s Hospital

Woman’s Hospital, 100 Woman’s Way (Airline Highway and Pecue), will hold the following events:

For more information or to register, call (225) 924-8444 or visit http://www.womans.org.

Survivors of Suicide

Survivors of Suicide, a free support group for people whose lives have been impacted by the loss of a loved one, neighbor, co-worker or friend to suicide, will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center, 4837 Revere Ave. For more information, call (225) 924-1431.

Grief support

The Community Grief Support Group, in partnership with several other local agencies, will meet at noon Tuesday at Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell Ave. The group is open to anyone coping with the loss of a loved one. Call (225) 927-2273.

St. Francis

St. Francis Villa Assisted Living, 10411 Jefferson Highway, River Ridge, will host “Thanks for Caregivers!” at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The free event will provide encouragement and resources for anyone caring for a loved one. Call (504) 738-1060.

Lane Regional

Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., Zachary, will hold the following events this week:


Depression and Bi-Polar Support Alliance will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at La Madeline Restaurant, 7915 Jefferson Highway. Meetings are free and open to people diagnosed with any depressive or bi-polar disorder. Family and friends are welcome. For more information, call (225) 275-2778.

Red Cross

The Louisiana Capital Area Chapter American Red Cross, 4655 Sherwood Common Blvd., will hold the following classes:

Call (225) 291-4533 or visit http://www.batonrouge.redcross.org.

Life Source Services

Life Source Services Hospice, 3049 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., will offer the following events and opportunity this week:


Co-Dependency Anonymous will have a 12-step meeting — including step 11 — at 7 p.m. Wednesday at University United Methodist Church, 3350 Dalrymple Drive, Room 204 of the Trice Building. For more information, call (225) 922-9543, or visit http://www.coda.org for literature.

Peoples Health

Peoples Health will hold a free Medicare Information Enrollment Seminar at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge, 9001 Summa Ave., fourth-floor Conference Room. For reservations, call (800) 398-5012.

Mary Bird Perkins

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center will hold the following free events this week:

For more information or an appointment, call (225) 215-1234.

Alzheimer’s Services

Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, 3772 North Blvd., will hold the following events:


Capital Area Court Appointed Special Advocates Association, 848 Louisiana Ave., will hold informational sessions for those interested in becoming CASA advocates at noon Thursday and at 10 a.m. Saturday. Court Appointed Special Advocates help neglected and abused children in the foster care system find a safe and permanent home.

Call (225) 379-8598.

SouthernCare Inc.

SouthernCare Inc., 17316 Airline Highway, Suite P, Prairieville, will hold a support group on “How Grief Changes Your Life” at 6 p.m. Thursday at the office. Drinks and snacks will be at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (225) 673-9949.

Lewy PT

Lewy Physical Therapy, 8448 Siegen Lane, will hold a free “Knock Out Neck Pain” seminar at 7 p.m. Thursday at the office. Dr. C. Chambliss Harrod of the Bone & Joint Clinic will speak. RSVP at (225) 241-8183.


The Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center will hold CancerFit, a comprehensive wellness program designed to help keep cancer patients active and mentally fit.

Each session is free and includes an hour of individualized yoga and guided meditation. The next session will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, 4950 Essen Lane. To register or for more information, call (225) 938-9629.

Neuropathy pain

The Diabetic Foot Institute, 5428 O’Donovan Drive, Suite D, will offer complimentary diabetic foot screenings on Friday.

Screening will include thermal imaging, blood flow study, gait analysis and neuropathy screening. Call (225) 761-0025 to schedule.


The HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two Inc.’s 2nd annual Picture Perfect, an AIDS awareness cocktail-style fundraiser, will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at The Office, 421 Third St. There will be cocktails and Restaurant IPO tapas, viewing of poster art designed by Baton Rouge Community College graphic art students and a fashion show. Tickets are $40. Visit online at http://www.haartinc.org.


The Baton Rouge Scleroderma Support Group Christmas Open House will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Settlement Shopping Center, Suite B2, Jefferson Highway, across from Bocage. Refreshments will be served.

Grief Recovery

The Grief Recovery Center, 4919 Jamestown Ave., Suite 101, will offer individual counseling sessions for adults, children and families. The center accepts private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and sliding scale fee for qualified uninsured clients. For more information, call (225) 924-6621.

The Hospice of BR

The Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063 Siegen Lane, will offer the following opportunity and event:

Limb Up

Limb Up will have its Christmas meeting at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at DeAngelo’s, 7970 Jefferson Highway. Limb Up is a nonprofit support group for people who are amputees or facing amputation. For more information, call (225) 270-3134.

Hospice Associates

Hospice Associates, 11745 Bricksome Ave., Suite A-1, is seeking direct-care volunteers for patient/caregiver support and companionship. Veteran volunteers are also needed for the We Honor Veterans Program to share their life journey with veteran patients and their families. For details, call (225) 218-1300.

Absolute Care

Absolute Care Providers will serve as a drop-off site for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. New, unwrapped toys are being collected during November and December.

The toys will then be distributed as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. Drop-off sites are 4521 Jamestown Ave., Suite 10, Baton Rouge, and 1206 JW Davis Drive, Suite 106, Hammond. For more information, call (225) 930-0213.

Narcotics Anon.

Need help with a drug problem? Narcotics Anonymous holds daily meetings. Call the helpline at (225) 381-9609.