Health briefs for Sunday, Jan. 17, 2013

CH.A.D.D.

Louisiana Capital Area CH.A.D.D. (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder) will hold its monthly meeting at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge, 2356 Drusilla Lane.

The meeting is open to the public. Visit http://www.lacachadd.org.

Woman’s Hospital

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

Call (225) 231-5475 or visit http://www.womans.org.

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.

BREC

BREC’s Farr Park Equestrian Center, 6400 River Road, will hold its Hearts and Hooves Therapeutic Riding Program from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Monday starting Jan. 28.

The program consists of four six-week therapeutic riding sessions that contribute to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of people with disabilities. It is open to adults and children, ages 6 and older.

Cost is $120 per six-week session. Call (225) 769-7805 to register or (225) 272-9200, ext. 446, to volunteer.

HIV services

The following HIV services will be offered this week:

Syphilis testing will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Metro Health will also offer HIV testing from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 4000 Gus Young Ave.; and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Earl K. Long Mid-City, North Foster at Gus Young Avenue. Call (225) 338-9333.

Grief Recovery

The Grief Recovery Center, 4939 Jamestown Ave., Suite 101, will hold the following events:

All support groups are free and confidential. For more information, call (225) 924-6621.

Cancer Services

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

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.

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.

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.

Mary Bird Perkins

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center will offer the following free breast cancer screenings:

Call (225) 215-1234 or visit http://www.marybird.org.

The Hospice of BR

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

Call (225) 767-4673.

BR General

Baton Rouge General will hold the following events this week:

To register, visit http://www.BRGeneral.org.

Life Source Services

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

Lane Regional

Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., Zachary, will hold a free Lunch and Learn seminar on “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Hearing Aids But Didn’t Learn in Kindergarten” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the center.

Dr. Erica Ray will talk about the latest and greatest hearing instruments during the event. Space is limited, and registration is required. Call (225) 243-6129.

Dutch PT

Dutch Physical Therapy will present a free seminar on back pain with Chris Fussell, of Dutch Physical Therapy, discussing “Conservative Treatment with Physical Therapy.”

It will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Denham Springs-Walker Livingston Parish Library, 8101 U.S. 190, Denham Springs.

Call (225) 588-2068, email amys@dutchpt.com or visit http://www.DutchPT.com to enroll.

Cardinal Hospice

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

Call (225) 291-3322.

MBP-OLOL

The Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center will offer “CancerFit,” a comprehensive wellness program designed to help keep cancer patients active and mentally fit, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, 4950 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge.

Each session is free and includes an hour of individualized yoga and guided meditation. Call (225) 938-9629.

Diabetic Foot

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.

St. Mary’s

St. Mary’s Residential Training School, a school for children with developmental disabilities in Boyce, will host the Autism Conference, a one-day event with workshops given by autism experts, Friday at the Marriott Hotel, 5500 Hilton Ave.

The conference will start with registration at 7:30 a.m. followed by the keynote speech at 8:45 a.m., Workshop 1 at 9:45 a.m., lunch at 11:45 a.m., Workshop 2 at 1:30 p.m. and the conclusion at 3:30 p.m. Participants will choose two of the offered workshops, which include “Evaluation of Treatments for Autism: The Importance of Scientific Skepticism” by Henry Roane, “Token Training and the Use of Individual Token Reinforcement Systems” by Gina Green and “Sexuality Instruction and ASD: What Parents, Professionals, and Students Need to Know” by Peter Gerhardt.

Bruce D. Greenstein, secretary of Louisiana Health and Hospitals, will give the keynote speech.

Registration is $75. To register or for more information, visit http://www.stmarys-rts.org or call (318) 445-6443, ext. 2102.

Limb Up

Limb Up, a nonprofit support group for people who are amputees or facing amputation, will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at Florida Boulevard Baptist Church, 10915 Florida Blvd.

The group will plan for April’s Limb Loss Awareness Month. Call (225) 270-3134.

Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish Foundation Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana and the Krewe of Rio will partner for a parade at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Lafayette. Make-A-Wish Foundation has partnered with the Krewe of Rio to inform the public about the Check What Matters Program.

The program allows participants to donate a portion or all of their income tax refund to the foundation, which helps grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Kamryn, a wish child and Lafayette native, will participate in the parade as the foundation’s ambassador along with her family.

Kamryn got to go to Disney World for the first time thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

For more information, call (504) 846-9474, ext. 203.

Ochsner

Ochsner Medical Center’s Birthing Center, 17000 Medical Center Drive, Baton Rouge, will hold the following events:

Topics include pain theories, pre-labor signs, labor signs, comfort measures and more. Cost is $25 per couple, which includes registration, materials and refreshments.

Call (225) 755-4854 to register.

Alzheimer’s Services

Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, 3772 North Blvd., will host Grantsmanship Training Program, a five-day workshop by The Grantsmanship Center that explores the application process, Monday through Friday, Feb. 4-8, at the office.

The workshop is for members of nonprofit groups and government agencies who are seeking grants. Registration is limited to 30 participants and costs $895. The fee covers workshop tuition and one year of The Grantsmanship Center Membership benefits and services. To register for the workshop or apply for a scholarship, call (800) 421-9512 or visit http://www.tgci.com.

STAR

Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response Center is seeking volunteers for its 24-hour hotline and to assist survivors at the hospital.

It will hold volunteer training classes beginning Feb. 19. To volunteer or for more information, call (225) 615-7093 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. or visit http://www.brstar.org.

Amedisys Hospice

Amedisys Hospice (Baton Rouge) is looking for volunteers to care for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their family members.

Volunteers can be direct patient volunteers, indirect patient volunteers, comfort cooks and bereavement volunteers. Call (225) 751-4599.

South La. Hospice

South Louisiana Hospice is looking for volunteers to help in the following areas: reading, writing, hobbies, crafts, music, housekeeping, flowers, hairdressing and more. Call (225) 924-6830.

Al-Anon/Alateen

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.

Narcotics Anon.

Need help with a drug problem? Narcotics Anonymous holds daily meetings.

Call the helpline at (225) 381-9609.