“Health Briefs” column for Dec. 30, 2012

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.

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. Wednesday and 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.

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: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Amber Terrace, 8585 Summa Drive, and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road.

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

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) 231-5475 or visit http://www.womans.org.


L.I.F.T. Bereavement Support Group will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Greenoaks Reception Center, 9607 Florida Blvd. Chaplain Bill Brewer will lead the discussion. For more information, call (225) 925-5331.

Life Source Services

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

BR General

Baton Rouge General will hold a free session of Healthy Steps: Lebed Exercise Program, healing through dance and movement, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bluebonnet location, 8585 Picardy Ave. Call (225) 763-4050 to register.


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

Red Cross

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

For more information, call (225) 291-4533 or visit http://www.batonrouge.redcross.org.

The Hospice of BR

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

For more information, call (225) 767-4673.

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.

Limb Up

Limb Up will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at Florida Boulevard Baptist Church, 10915 Florida Blvd. The nonprofit group’s primary purpose is to provide support and encouragement to all amputees and their families. For more information, call (225) 270-3134.


Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center will hold the following events:

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. Training will be provided, and hours are flexible. 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 http://www.batonrougealanon.org.