Health briefs for March 31, 2013


HopeKeepers, a support group for anyone affected by chronic pain or illness, physical or emotional, will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 12663 Perkins Road.

Grief Recovery

The Grief Recovery Center, 4939 Jamestown Ave., Suite 101, will offer the following services:

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:

BR General

Baton Rouge General will hold the following events:

For more information, visit

HIV services

The following HIV services will be offered:

Woman’s Hospital

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

For more information, call (225) 231-5475 or visit

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. Tuesday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the office.

Fee is based on a sliding scale. Private insurance and Medicaid are accepted. Call (225) 924-0123.

Hope Chests

Hope Chests, a support group for breast cancer patients and their families, will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Ochsner Clinic Foundation of Baton Rouge, 9001 Summa Ave., third-floor lobby.

Ochsner Health System pharmacist David Lawrence will speak on “Common Medications We Use and Their Adverse Effects.”

For more information, email or call (225) 761-5296.

Grief Support

The Community Grief Support Group 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.

For more information, 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.


The Baton Rouge “Open Arms” chapter of DBSA (Depression and Bi-Polar Support Alliance) will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at La Madeleine Restaurant, 7615 Jefferson Highway.

The meetings are open to anyone diagnosed with depression or bi-polar disorder. Family members and friends are also welcome.

For more information, call (225) 275-2778.

The Hospice of BR

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

Life Source Services

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

Red Cross

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

The Southeast Louisiana Chapter Northshore Office, 300 Ashland Way, Madisonville, will hold the following classes:

The Southeast Louisiana Chapter American Red Cross, 2640 Canal St., New Orleans, will hold the following classes:

The Acadiana Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, 101 N. Pat St., Scott, will hold “Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the office. Cost is $110.

For more information, call (800) 733-2767 or visit

Alzheimer’s Services

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

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


Ochsner Medical Center, 17000 Medical Center Drive, Baton Rouge, will hold “Breakfast Bunch: What’s in a FACE?,” a Golden Opportunity Program presentation, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the center’s cafeteria.

The free presentation will be about how the FACES Lab creates facial reconstructions and performs age-progression for the FBI.

The Golden Opportunity program is for adults, 50 years and older, interested in having an active, healthy and independent lifestyle.

To RSVP, call (225) 755-4984.

Remington College

Remington College-Baton Rouge campus, 10551 Coursey Blvd., will host “3 Lives Blood Drive” from 9 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the campus. 3 Lives is a national effort by America’s Blood Centers and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. It focuses on recruiting minority blood donors.

For more information, visit


L.I.F.T. Bereavement Support Group will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at Greenoaks Reception Center, 9595 Florida Blvd. Chaplain Bill Brewer will lead the discussion.

For more information, call (225) 925-5331.

Epilepsy Foundation

The Epilepsy Foundation of Louisiana’s Baton Rouge Support Group will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the NeuroMedical Center, 10101 Park Rowe Ave., on the sixth floor.

The group is open to anyone with epilepsy/seizures disorders, family members, friends and caregivers.

For more information, call (800) 960-0587.

Cardinal Hospice

Cardinal Hospice, 8280 YMCA Plaza Drive, No. 3-A, will hold a grief support group from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the office.

The hospice is also seeking volunteers to assist patients and families and to perform office work.

For more information, call (225) 291-3322.

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.

Mary Bird - OLOL

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

Brides ABC

Brides Against Breast Cancer, a nonprofit organization that contributes to programs for cancer patients and their families, will hold a nationwide “Tour of Gowns” for its charity wedding gown sale at 6 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Grand Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport, 2829 Williams Blvd., Kenner.

The sale will start with a “VIP Event” Friday featuring new and gently used gowns.

Prices of gowns range from $75 to $4,000. The event will also have beverages, cocktail food and entertainment. VIP tickets are $20 per person.

A general admission viewing and sale will take place Saturday in the Grand Ballroom. Admission to this event is free, but tickets are required.

For tickets or more information, visit

Hat Run

The Lauren Savoy Olinde Foundation, a skin cancer awareness foundation, will hold its Hat Run 5K/1-Mile Race Saturday behind the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road. The 1-mile fun run/walk will start at 8 a.m., and the 5K run/walk will start at 8:30 a.m.

The event will have free skin cancer screenings, children’s activities, food, drinks and live music.

Participants should wear crazy hats when running/walking to show the importance of protective clothing and sunblock and to participate in the hat contest. Tickets are $20.

For tickets or more information, visit

C.G. Jung Society

C.G. Jung Society of Lafayette will hold a lecture, “Like Water for Chocolate: An Alchemical View,” from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in The Commons Room of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 400 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette. Charlene Henry, a Jungian psychotherapist, will speak on Laura Esquivel’s novel, “Like Water for Chocolate.” Registration will start 15 minutes before the lecture.

Cost is $25 for members who pre-pay, $35 for members at the door, $30 for nonmembers who pre-pay, $40 for nonmembers at the door and $10 for students and faculty with ID. Fees for CEUs are $10.

For more information, call (337) 856-9435.


Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge, 2356 Drusilla Lane, is looking for help with its 4th annual Active for Autism 5K Run/Walk & Fun Fest, which will be from 8 a.m. to noon April 13, at the State Police Headquarters on Independence Boulevard. People can get involved by buying or selling Active for Autism wristbands, signing up to volunteer, registering for the race or attending the event.

The run/walk will raise funds for FHFGBR’s Resource Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders and will have a silent auction, vendor booths and local food trucks. To sell wristbands, email For more information, call (225) 216-7474 or visit


Alanon Family Groups, a 12-step program to help those affected by someone’s problem drinking, holds meetings daily in the Baton Rouge area. Meetings are free and confidential.

For more information, 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.

South La. Hospice

South Louisiana Hospice is looking for volunteers. If interested, call (225) 924-6830.