Briefs

Alzheimer’s Services

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

  • Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s “National Commemorative Candle Lighting” will be from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the office’s Charlie’s Place Memory Garden.
  • Caregiver network groups for caregivers and family members of people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia will meet from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday at Iberville Parish Library, 24605 J. Gerald Berret Blvd., Plaquemine; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at Denham Springs/Walker Library, 8101 U.S. 190, Denham Springs; 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the office; and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Florida Boulevard Baptist Church, 10915 Florida Blvd.
  • “Memory Screenings” will be provided free and confidential to individuals concerned about memory loss with the objective of early detection and intervention from 9 a.m. to noon at the Denham Springs/Walker Library; Audubon Regional Library, Greensburg; Iberville Parish Library, Plaquemine; and Pointe Coupee Parish Library, New Roads.

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

Huntington’s

The Huntington’s Disease Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.

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.
HIV services

The following HIV services will be offered this week:

  • Metro Health will offer free, confidential HIV testing from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center, 950 East Washington St. Syphilis testing will be conducted from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Metro Health will also offer 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. For more information, call (225) 338-9333.

  • Free, confidential HIV testing and counseling will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the office. For more information, call (225) 927-9810 or visit http://www.fsgbr.org.

Lane Regional

Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., Zachary, will hold he following events this week:

  • A free congestive heart failure class will be from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the medical center, staff development classroom. Registration is required. Free lunch will be provided. Call (225) 654-5263.
  • A diabetes support group will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the medical center.
  • United Blood Services will hold a blood drive from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday at the medical center. Call (225) 654-5263.

BR General

Baton Rouge General will hold the following events this week:

  • Joint Success, a free class for those about to undergo joint surgery, will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Bluebonnet location, 8585 Picardy Ave, Conference Room 1.
  • “Back to Health,” a spine surgery education class, will be from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Bluebonnet location, Conference Room 1.
  • Weight Loss Surgery Support Group will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the Bluebonnet location, Conference rooms 1 and 2. Call (225) 763-4242.
  • Healthy Steps: Lebed Exercise Program, a free class on healing through dance and movement, will be from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Baton Rouge General, Mid City location, 3600 Florida Blvd., and at the same time Thursday at the Bluebonnet location. Call (225) 763-4050 to register.
  • A weight loss surgery seminar will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Bluebonnet location, Conference rooms 1 and 2. Call (225) 763-4242.
  • “Friday Lunch Live,” Baton Rouge General Arts in Medicine program new concert series, will be from noon to 12:45 p.m. Friday at the Bluebonnet location.

The free event is open to the community.

Cancer Services

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

  • “YogaThrive: Yoga for Cancer Survivors” will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St. Registration is required.
  • Brain Cancer Support Group will meet at noon Monday at the office.
  • “Fit & Fearless,” an exercise program for cancer survivors, will be at 5:15 p.m. Monday at BREC Independence Park, 7500 Independence Blvd. Registration is required.
  • “Fit & Fearless: Total Body Workout,” an exercise program for cancer survivors, will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and 5:15 p.m. Thursday at BREC Independence Park. Registration is required.
  • After Hours Cancer Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the office.
  • “Zumba Gold” will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at BREC Independence Park.
  • Make Today Count speaker meeting will be at noon Thursday at the office. Esther Sachse will speak on “The Healing Power of Forgiveness.”
  • Lung Cancer Survivorship Luncheon, “Shine a Light on Lung Cancer,” will be at noon Friday at the office.
  • Tin Roof Brewing Co.’s second anniversary will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the brewery’s location off Nicholson, 1624 Wyoming St.

Food and beer will be available for purchase with proceeds from Tin Roof beer sold at the event benefiting Cancer Services. There will also be live music. Call (225) 927-2273.

Woman’s Hospital

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

  • “Prenatal Yoga” will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Saturday at Destination Maternity, 5921 Bluebonnet Blvd. Cost is $12 per class.
  • Free Baby & You Orientation Tours will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Monday at the hospital, Conference Room 2.
  • “Baby Steps,” a light exercise class for mothers to do with their babies, will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and 5:30 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. Thursday at Destination Maternity. Cost is $12 per class.
  • “After Baby Comes: Baby Care and Parent Care” will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge, 323 East Airport Ave. Cost is $35 per couple.
  • “Strong Mamas,” an exercise class to prepare for pregnancy body changes, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Destination Maternity. Cost is $12 per class.
  • “Doulas and Comfort Measures for Labor” will be from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Destination Maternity. Cost is $5 per couple.
  • “Here We Birth Again — Birth Refresher Class for Parents” will be from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the hospital, Conference Room 2. Cost is $25 per couple.

For more information, call (225) 231-5475 or visit http://www.womans.org.

Grief Recovery

The Grief Recovery Center, 4919 Jamestown Ave., Suite 101, will offer the following events and opportunity this week:

  • Rene Uzee will speak on “Grief, Stress and the Holidays” at 7 p.m. Monday at Our Lady of Mercy Parish Activity Center. The event is free and open to the public.
  • A bereavement support group for adults will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the office.
  • A bereavement support group for adults will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 14040 Greenwell Springs Road..
  • A bereavement support group for adults will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1125 W. La. 30, Gonzales. All support groups are free and confidential.
  • Speakers are available on request for various topics dealing with grief. For more information, call (225) 924-6621.

OLOL

Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, 5000 Hennessy Blvd., will hold a Diabetes Education & Awareness Group meeting from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the hospital auditorium. Jill Ballard, registered dietitian with OLOL Diabetes & Nutrition Center, will speak on “Healthy Holiday Eating.” For more information, call (225) 765-8020.

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.

FHFBR

Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge, 9955 Old Hammond Highway, will hold its 6th annual Thanksgiving Celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at 9955 Old Hammond Highway. Call (225) 216-7474.

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. Call (225) 924-1431.

CASA

Capital Area Court Appointed Special Advocates Association, 848 Louisiana Ave., will hold informational sessions for those interested in becoming CASA advocates at 5 p.m. Tuesday and noon Monday, Nov. 19. Court Appointed Special Advocates help neglected and abused children in the foster care system find a safe and permanent home.

Call (225) 379-8598.

The Hospice of BR

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

  • Free grief support group sessions will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sunrise Assisted Living, 9351 Siegen Lane, and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ochsner Medical Center, 17000 Medical Center Drive.
  • The hospice is seeking volunteers for patient/caregiver support, health fairs and office assistance. Call (225) 767-4673.

Red Cross

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

  • “Adult First Aid/CPR/AED and Bloodborne Pathogens” will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the office. Cost is $110.
  • “CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer” will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the office. Cost is $110.
  • “Adult First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the office. Cost is $90.
  • “Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the office. Cost is $110.

Call (225) 291-4533 or visit http://www.batonrouge.redcross.org.

Ochsner

Ochsner Medical Center will hold the following events this week:

  • Culinary Run: Hunan’s Restaurant, a Golden Opportunity program event for adults 50 and older, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hunan’s Restaurant, 4215 South Sherwood Forest Blvd. Call (225) 755-4984 to RSVP.
  • Hello Health Seminar will be at noon Thursday at Chateau Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd. in Kenner. The luncheon discussion will be on migraines. The cost is $15 per person. Call 1-866-624-7637 to register.
  • Breastfeeding Basics will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge, first floor classroom. The $25 class fee covers registration, materials and refreshments for mom and a partner. Call (225) 755-4854.

NAMI

The National Alliance on Mental Illness will hold the following events this week:

  • A Connection Recovery Support Group for those whose lives are affected by mental illness will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Denham Springs/Walker Branch Library, 8101 U.S. Highway 90, Denham Springs. For more information, call (225) 291-6262.
  • A Family to Family Support Group for family members/caregivers of people with a mental illness will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at University Presbyterian Church, 3240 Dalrymple Drive. For more information, call (225) 291-6262.
  • A Connection Recovery Support Group for those whose lives are affected by mental illness will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at University Presbyterian Church. For more information, call (225) 291-6262.

Mary Bird Perkins

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center will hold the following free events:

  • Breast cancer screening will be from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the LSU Mid City Clinic, 1401 North Foster Drive.
  • Breast cancer screening will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Friday at RKM Primary Care Clinic, 11990 Jackson St., Clinton.
  • Breast cancer screening will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Save-A-Lot, 836 Grand Caillou Road, Houma.
  • Breast cancer screening will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at Woman’s Hospital, 100 Woman’s Way.

For more information or to make an appointment, call (225) 215-1234.

Sickle cell

Sickle Cell Support Group will meet at noon Wednesday at the Baton Rouge Sickle Cell Office, 2301 North Blvd.

Celiacs

Celiacs of Baton Rouge will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Topic will be gluten-free holiday cooking and there will be a gluten-free cookie and recipe exchange. For more information, call (225) 766-8872.

Dutch PT

Dutch Physical Therapy, 5627 Bankers Ave., will hold a free “Helping You Help Yourself” seminar at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the office. Learn how to treat neck pain and get questions answered by experts. For more information or to reserve a seat, call (225) 588-2068.

Peoples Health

Peoples Health will hold the following free events this week:

  • Medicare Information Enrollment Seminar will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Clarion Inn and Conference Center, 1500 West La. 30, Gonzales.
  • Annual Enrollment Seminar will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Island Golf Club Conference Room, 23560 Myrtle Grove Blvd., Plaquemine.
  • Medicare Information Enrollment Seminar will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Milbank Historic House, Dining Room, 3045 Bank St., Jackson.

For reservations, call (800) 398-5012.

Hospice of Acadiana

Hospice of Acadiana, 2600 Johnston St., Lafayette, will hold the following events this week:

  • “An Extra Helping of Holiday Self-Care” seminar will be at 6 p.m. Friday at the hospice, Conference Center. Preregister by calling (337) 232-1234.
  • “Dine Around,” a monthly social outing, will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Hai Nam, 2330 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette. Preregister by calling (337) 251-1614.

Grandparents

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at Family Road, 323 East Airport Drive. For more information, call (225) 201-8888.

Parkinson’s

The Baton Rouge Area Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. Dr. Crayton A. Fargason of Eye Medical Center will speak on the vision problems caused by Parkinson’s disease.

For more information, call (225) 933-0542 or (225) 756-2645.

Cardinal Hospice

Cardinal Hospice, 8280 YMCA Plaza Drive, Suite 3A, will hold a grief support group meeting from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the office. For more information, call (225) 291-3322.

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.

MBP-OLOL

Mary Bird Perkins and 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. The session is free and includes an hour of individualized yoga and guided meditation. For more information or to register, call (225) 938-9629.

Parkinson’s

The Saturday Parkinson’s disease support group, Movers and Shakers of Baton Rouge, will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, corner of Tara Boulevard and Old Hammond Highway. Bring a snack to share. For more information, visit http://www.moversandshakersbr.com.

Cystic fibrosis

The Price LeBlanc Lexus Baton Rouge Cystic Fibrosis Wine Opener will be Sunday, Nov. 18, at Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 5252 Corporate Blvd. A VIP reception for the dinner/dance gala will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and the reception will be from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information, call (225) 769-9994.

Hospice Associates

Hospice Associates, 11745 Bricksome Ave., Suite 1A, is seeking direct care volunteers for patient/caregiver support, companionship and special projects.

The group is also seeking veteran volunteers for its We Honor Veterans program to share their life journey with veteran patients and their families. Call (225) 218-1300.

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.