Health briefs for Dec. 16, 2012

HIV services

The following HIV services will be offered this week:

Family Service

Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge, 4727 Revere Ave., 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., will hold the following free events this week:

Call (225) 927-2273.

Woman’s Hospital

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

To register for most classes, call (225) 231-5475 or visit

Hospice Compassus

Hospice Compassus of Baton Rouge, 8704 Jefferson Highway, Suite B, will offer the following event and opportunity this week:

For more information, call (225) 768-0866.

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.


The Baton Rouge Open Arms chapter of the Depression and Bi-polar Support Alliance will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at La Madeleine Cafe, 7615 Jefferson Highway. Meetings are free and open to those diagnosed with any depressive or bi-polar disorder and to family and friends. Call (225) 275-2778.

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.

Alzheimer’s Services

Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, 3772 North Blvd., will hold the following caregiver network group meetings for caregivers and family members of people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the office and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at PACE of Baton Rouge, 7436 Bishop Ott Drive.

Call (225) 334-7494.

Red Cross

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

For more information or to register, call (225) 291-4533 or visit

Peoples Health

Peoples Health will hold the following free events this week:

For reservations, call 1-866-220-0418 or visit

BR General

Baton Rouge General will hold the following events this week:

ABC Adoption

ABC Adoption Search and Reunion Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3552 Morning Glory Ave. For more information, call (225) 752-3162.

Cardinal Hospice

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

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.

SouthernCare Inc.

SouthernCare Inc., 17316 Airline Highway, Suite P, Prairieville, will hold a free grief support group meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the office. Topic will be “Understanding Grief and Holidays.” Refreshments will be at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (225) 673-9949.


The Teddy Bears 4 Tykes Ochsner Blood Bank will hold a community blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at The Sonic Drive-In, 2434 O’Neal Lane, Baton Rouge, outside in the Ochsner Blood Mobile.

There will be free hot chocolate and drinks, and Santa will be on hand. Each blood donation will sponsor a teddy bear gift to a child in the hospital’s pediatric units during the year.

Call (225) 755-9926.


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.

The Hospice of BR

The Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063 Siegen Lane, is seeking volunteers for patient/caregiver support, health fairs and office assistance.

Call (225) 767-4673.