Health briefs for March 31, 2013

HopeKeepers

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:

A grief support group for adults will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Jamestown office.

A grief 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 grief support group for adults will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1125 W. La. 30, Gonzales.

Grief Share, a new faith-based, nondenominational, grief support group will be offered from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning April 11. A brief introductory meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday for refreshments and general information.

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:

“YogaThrive: Yoga for Cancer Survivors” will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St. Registration is required.

Pancreatic 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.

West Feliciana Parish General Cancer Support Group will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Francisville United Methodist Church, 9866 Royal St., St. Francisville.

Single Survivors Support Group will meet at noon Wednesday at the office.

“Introduction to a Cancer Diagnosis” will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the office.

“Zumba Gold” will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at BREC Independence Park. Registration is required.

St. James Parish Support Group will meet at 12:15 p.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Church Center, 616 Main St., Gramercy.

“Holistic Healing” will be at noon Friday at the office.

Annual Spring Jambalaya “Cookin’ for a Cause” will be at noon Friday at the office. Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge will partner with the Knights of Columbus Councils 3331 and 8878 to hold a jambalaya lunch benefit for those affected by cancer. Lunches will include jambalaya, salad, bread and a dessert. Cost is $8 per lunch. Preorders are $7. To order, call (225) 927-2273 or email swhite@cancerservices.org.

BR General

Baton Rouge General will hold the following events:

“Joint Success Seminar,” a seminar on surgery and surgery recovery, will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Baton Rouge General, Bluebonnet location, 8585 Picardy Ave., Conference Room 1. To register, call (225) 763-4298.

“Back to Health,” a free spine surgery education class, will be from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Baton Rouge General, Bluebonnet location, Conference Room 1. Call (225) 763-4298 for more information.

“Healthy Steps: Lebed Exercise Program,” a program focused 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 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Baton Rouge General, Bluebonnet location. To register, call (225) 763-4050.

“Basic Life Support (BLS) Re-Certification Class” will be from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Baton Rouge General, Bluebonnet location, and at the same times Friday at the Baton Rouge General, Mid City location. Cost is $45 per person.

“Heartsaver CPR, a class on basic CPR and choking response for adults and children, will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Baton Rouge General, Mid City location. Cost is $45 per person.

“Childbirth Preparation Class” will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Baton Rouge General, Bluebonnet location, Conference Room 2. Cost is $50 per couple, which includes refreshments. To register, visit http://www.brgeneral.org.

For more information, visit http://www.brgeneral.org.

HIV services

The following HIV services will be offered:

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 E. Washington St. 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.

Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge, 4727 Revere Ave., will offer free, confidential HIV testing and counseling from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at the office. Call (225) 927-9810.

Woman’s Hospital

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

“Breastfeeding Basics” will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Destination Maternity, 5921 Bluebonnet Blvd. Cost is $35.

“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.

“Prenatal Yoga” will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Saturday at Destination Maternity. Cost is $12 per class.

“Strong Mamas,” an exercise class to prepare for pregnancy body changes, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Destination Maternity. Cost is $12 per class.

“Weight Loss Surgery: What You Should Know,” a free class, will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the hospital, Conference Room 4.

“Special Delivery,” a class on labor, will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the hospital, Conference rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $35 per couple

“Great Expectations,” a class on providing the best possible environment for a baby’s growth and development, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, April 8, at the hospital, Conference rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $25.

For more information, 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. 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 sprescott@ochsner.org 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.

DBSA

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:

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 the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, 8470 Goodwood Blvd., and Ochsner Medical Center, 17000 Medical Center Drive.

The hospice is seeking volunteers for patient assistance, pet care, office work and events. Call (225) 767-4673.

Life Source Services

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

A grief support group will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Resthaven Swan Room, 11817 Jefferson Highway.

A grief support group will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the office.

A grief support group will meet from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday at La Plantation Retirement Community, 26635 La. 16, Denham Springs.

LSS is seeking volunteers for many of its projects. For more information, call (225) 291-9421.

Red Cross

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

“Adult First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the office. Another class will take place Saturday. Cost is $90.

“Adult CPR/AED” will be from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the office. Cost is $70.

“Blended Learning Skill Session for Adult First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the office. Cost is $90.

“Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the office. Cost is $110.

“Blended Learning Skill Session for First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Training” will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Monday, April 8, and Tuesday, April 9, at the office. Cost is $500.

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

“Adult CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. Tuesday at the office. Cost is $70.

“Adult First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the office. Cost is $90.

“Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the office. Cost is $110.

“CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers” will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the office. Cost is $110.

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

“Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the office. Cost is $110.

“Adult CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. Thursday at the office. Cost is $70.

“Adult First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Thursday at the office. Cost is $90.

“CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers” will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the office. Cost is $110.

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 http://www.redcross.org/classes.

Alzheimer’s Services

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

Caregiver network groups for caregivers and family members of people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia will meet from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the office; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1125 West La. 30, Gonzales, Sister Venola Room; 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Home Instead Senior Care, 11764 Haymarket Ave.; and 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Amber Terrace, 8585 Summa Drive.

“Financial Literacy Workshop,” a free workshop on health-care insurance and elderly health insurance fraud, will be from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the North Oaks-Livingston Parish Medical Complex, 17199 Spring Ranch Road, Livingston. The workshop will take place every Thursday in April.

“Sharing the Journey: Resources 101,” a class designed to help Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers navigate the library and Internet for resources that will improve the patients’ quality of life, will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, at St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1125 West La. 30, Gonzales, Sister Linda Conference Room. The workshop will repeat April 15, 22 and 29.

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

Ochsner

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 http://www.3Lives.com.

L.I.F.T.

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:

“CancerFit,” a comprehensive wellness program designed to help keep cancer patients active and mentally fit, will be 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.

“Fest for Life,” a minority cancer awareness event, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Bon Carré Business Center, 7359 Florida Blvd. Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center will offer free cancer screenings, including breast, skin, prostate, colorectal and oral during the event. Appointments are required for breast cancer screenings. Call (225) 215-1234 or visit http://www.marybird.com/olol.

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 http://www.bridesabc.org.

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 http://www.lsofoundation.org.

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.

FHFGBR

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 Hotten@fhfgbr.org. For more information, call (225) 216-7474 or visit http://www.fhfgbr.org.

Al-Anon/Alateen

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 http://www.batonrougealanon.org.

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.