Health briefs for Dec. 2, 2012


The 2012 Baton Rouge Scleroderma Support Group Christmas Open House will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Settlement Shopping Center, Suite B2, Jefferson Highway, across from Bocage, Baton Rouge. Refreshments will be served.


Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder will meet at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge, 2356 Drusilla Lane, Baton Rouge. Topic will be "ADHD? There's an App for That!" For more information, call (504) 261-0613.

The Hospice of BR

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

Limb Up

Limb Up will have its Christmas meeting at 1 p.m. Sunday at DeAngelo's, 7970 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge. Limb Up is a nonprofit support group for amputees or those facing amputation. Call (225) 270-3134.

Woman's Hospital

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

To register or for information about classes, visit or call (225) 231-5475.


HopeKeepers, a support group for those affected by chronic illness or pain, physical or mental, will meet from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at St. Margaret's Church, 12663 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge. For more information, call (225) 337-1633.

St. Joseph

St. Joseph Hospice will hold a Grief Counseling Support Group meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Summerfield Retirement Center, 4104 Dauphine St., Slidell. For more information about the free event, call (985) 646-4676.

BR General

Baton Rouge General will hold the following events this week:

HIV services

The following HIV services will be offered this week:

Grief Recovery

The Grief Recovery Center, 4919 Jamestown Ave., Suite 101, Baton Rouge, will offer the following events:

All support groups are free and confidential.

For more information, call (225) 924-6621.

Family Service

Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge, 4727 Revere Ave., Baton Rouge, will offer 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. Call (225) 924-0123.

Cancer Services

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

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

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.


Depression and Bi-Polar Support Alliance will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at La Madeline Restaurant, 7615 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge. Meetings are free and open to those 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., Baton Rouge, will hold the following classes:

Call (225) 291-4533 or visit

Life Fitness

Life Fitness Therapy, 5438 O'Donovan Drive, Baton Rouge, will hold a free nutrition class, "Healthy Holiday Eating," at noon Tuesday. For more information, call (225) 769-0818.

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.

Hospice Compassus

Hospice Compassus of Baton Rouge, 870 Jefferson Highway, Suite B, Baton Rouge, will offer the following event and opportunity this week:

Alzheimer's Services

Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area, 3772 North Blvd., will hold caregiver network group meetings for caregivers and family members of people with Alzheimer's disease or dementia from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the office; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Sister Venola Room at St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1125 West La. 30, Gonzales; 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Home Instead Senior Care, 11764 Haymarket Ave., Baton Rouge; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Amber Terrace, 8585 Summa Drive, Baton Rouge; and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge.

For more information, call (225) 334-7494.


The Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center in Baton Rouge will hold the following free events:

Life Source Services

Life Source Services Hospice, 3049 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Baton Rouge, 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, Baton Rouge. For more information, call (225) 922-9543 or visit for literature.


Capital Area Court Appointed Special Advocates Association, 848 Louisiana Ave., Baton Rouge, will hold an informational session for those interested in becoming CASA advocates at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Court Appointed Special Advocates help neglected and abused children in the foster care system find a safe and permanent home.

Call (225) 379-8598.

Cardinal Hospice

Cardinal Hospice, 8280 YMCA Plaza Drive, No. 3-A, Baton Rouge, will offer the following event and opportunity this week:


Ochsner Medical Center, 17000 Medical Center Drive, Baton Rouge, will hold the following free events this week:

Both events are Ochsner Golden Opportunity events for those 50 and older in the Baton Rouge region.


The Epilepsy Foundation of Louisiana's Baton Rouge Support Group will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday the NeuroMedical Center, sixth floor, 10101 Park Rowe Ave., Baton Rouge. The group is open to adults with epilepsy/seizures disorders, their family members, friends, caregivers and anyone who would like to share their experiences and support those who are managing seizures. Parents of children with epilepsy are also encouraged to attend. For more information, call (800) 960-0587.

Neuropathy pain

The Diabetic Foot Institute, 5428 O'Donovan Drive, Suite D, Baton Rouge, 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.

Hospice Associates

Hospice Associates, 11745 Bricksome Ave. Suite A-1, Baton Rouge, 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.


Al-Anon Family Groups, a 12-step program to help those affected by someone's problem drinking, holds meetings daily in the Baton Rouge area. There are no fees. Meetings are confidential. Call (225) 924-0029 or visit

Narcotics Anon.

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