Health Briefs for June 23, 2013

HIV services

The following HIV services will be offered:

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

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., Baton Rouge. 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., Baton Rouge; 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, Baton Rouge.

Call (225) 338-9333.

Grief Recovery

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

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

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 faith-based, nondenominational grief support group, will meet from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the center. Workbooks are available.

All support groups are free and confidential. Private counseling sessions are available. Call (225) 924-6621 or visit http://www.grcbr.org.

Family Service

Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge, 4727 Revere Ave., Baton Rouge, will offer the following services and events:

Counseling services for children, individuals and families who need help with a wide range of emotional, behavioral and relationship problems will be from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the office.

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

The Parenting Center will hold ongoing parenting classes and workshops for parents, teachers and community groups. The classes and workshops will focus on child development, strategies for effective parenting and methods to promote healthy emotional growth in children. Call (225) 924-0123.

BR General

Baton Rouge General will hold the following events:

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

“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. To register, call (225) 763-4298.

“Healthy Steps: Lebed Exercise Program,” a free class of healing through dance and movement, will be from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mid City location, 3600 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bluebonnet location. To register, call (225) 763-4050.

“CPR for Family and Friends” will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Bluebonnet location, Conference Room 2. Cost is $30 per couple. To register, visit http://www.brgeneral.org.

Baton Rouge General’s Farmer’s Market will be from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Bluebonnet location. Local farmers and vendors will have seasonal fruit, vegetables, eggs, honey, flowers and more at the hospital. The market is open to the community.

Basic Life Support Class will be from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Mid City location. Cost is $45 per person. To register, call (225) 381-6602.

Basic Life Support Re-Certification Class will be from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Bluebonnet location. Cost is $45 per person.

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

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

Woman’s Hospital

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

“Prenatal Yoga” will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Saturday at Destination Maternity, 5921 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge. Cost is $12 per class. A physician’s release is required.

“Baby Steps,” a light exercise class for mothers to take 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.

“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.

“Special Delivery,” a class on the signs of labor and ways to cope with labor pains, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the hospital, Conference Rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $35 per couple.

“Body Basics for Girls,” a puberty class for girls ages 9-12, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the hospital, Conference Rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $15.

“Tyke Hyke,” a class on preparing 3-year-olds for their new baby brother or sister, will be from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the hospital, Conference Rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $25 per child.

“A Baby Is Coming,” a class on teaching older brothers and sisters, ages 4-8, about their new sibling’s arrival, will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the hospital, Conference Rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $25 per child.

“After Baby Comes: Baby Care and Parent Care,” a class for new parents, grandparents, adoptive parents or other caregivers on caring for their new baby and for themselves, will be from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 30, at the hospital, Conference Rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $35 per couple.

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

The Hospice of BR

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

A grief support group will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sunrise Assisted Living, 9351 Siegen Lane.

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

Survivors of Suicide

Survivors of Suicide, a free support group for people whose lives have been affected 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., Baton Rouge. Call (225) 924-1431.

Comfort Keepers

Comfort Keepers, 4626 Jamestown Ave., Suite 2, Baton Rouge, will offer customized fitness and wellness instruction for seniors, caregivers and professionals at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the office. For more information, call (225) 931-1315.

Peoples Health

Peoples Health will hold the following free events:

“Silver Ball Fitness” will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Spectrum Central, 11424 Sullivan Road, Baton Rouge. The reservation deadline is Monday.

“The Works” will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at The Fitness Club, 13117 La. 90, Boutte. The reservation deadline is Thursday.

For more information or to register, call 1 (866) 220-0418 or visit http://myhealth.peopleshealth.com.

Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, 3772 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, will hold caregiver network meetings for caregivers and family members of people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Magnolia Assisted Living, 1532 S. Burnside, Gonzales; 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oakwood Village Assisted Living, 4400 McHugh Road, Zachary; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. James Place, Health and Wellness Building, Classroom 1, 333 Lee Drive, Baton Rouge; and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Denham Springs-Walker Branch Library, 8101 U.S. 190, Denham Springs.

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

Life Source Services

Life Source Services Hospice, 3049 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Baton Rouge, 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, Baton Rouge.

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. Call (225) 291-9421.

Red Cross

The Louisiana Capital Area Chapter of the 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 at the same time on Saturday. 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.

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

“Adult CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. Tuesday at the office. Another class will be from 1 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. June 30. Cost is $70

“Adult First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday at the office. Another class will be from 1 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. June 30. Cost is $90.

“Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the office. Another class will be from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. June 30. Cost is $110.

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

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

“Blended Learning Skill Session for CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers” will be from 2:30 p.m. to 4:55 p.m. Tuesday at the office. Cost is $110.

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

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

“Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the office. Cost is $90.

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

The Acadiana Area Chapter, 101 N. Pat St., Scott, will hold “Adult First Aid/CPR/AED plus Bloodborne Pathogens” from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the office. Cost is $110.

For more information, call (800) 733-2767 or visit http://www.redcross.org/classes.

Cardinal Hospice

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

A free grief support group meeting will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the office. Individual support is also available.

Volunteers also are being sought to assist patients and their families, or to help in the office.

Call (225) 291-3322.

CASA

Court Appointed Special Advocates, 848 Louisiana Ave., Baton Rouge, will hold a 45-minute informational session on becoming a CASA volunteer at noon Thursday at the office.

Call (225) 379-8598 or visit http://www.casabr.org.

Grandparents group

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren will hold a support group meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday at Family Road, 323 East Airport Ave., Baton Rouge. The meeting will have refreshments. For more information, call (225) 355-5442 or (225) 201-8888.

Lane Regional

Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., Zachary, will hold a free “Ask the Doctor” Lunch and Learn session from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday in the center’s Staff Development Classroom. Dr. Gregory Crenshaw, of Vascular Specialty Center, will discuss the causes, symptoms and treatment of peripheral arterial disease. A light lunch is included. Reservations are required by calling (225) 654-5263.

HIV Testing Day

The following HIV Testing Day events will be offered:

Baton Rouge AIDS Society, 4560 North Blvd., Suite 100, Baton Rouge, will host its ninth annual free, 24-hour testing campaign from 12:01 a.m. to midnight Thursday at the office as part of National HIV Testing Day, an event started in 1995 by the National Association of People With AIDS. This year’s theme is “Take the Test. Take Control.” The day is dedicated to encouraging people to find out their HIV status and helping those with HIV/AIDS access treatment. Visit http://batonrougeaidssociety.org or call (225) 923-AIDS.

Metro Health, 950 E. Washington St., Baton Rouge, will sponsor free, confidential HIV and syphilis testing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Walgreens, 3550 Government St., Baton Rouge, as part of National HIV Testing Day. The event will have free prizes and food as well.

SouthernCare

SouthernCare Hospice, 17316 Airline Highway, Suite P, Prairieville, will hold a grief support group meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the hospice. Participants will discuss “Living Life With Grief.” The meeting is open to anyone experiencing a loss and their friends, neighbors and family members. There will be refreshments. For information, call (225) 315-9902 or (225) 673-9949.

MBP-OLOL

Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center will hold CancerFit, a comprehensive wellness program designed to 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. Each session is free and includes an hour of individualized yoga and guided meditation. For more information or to register, call (225) 938-9629.

Diabetic Foot

The Diabetic Foot Institute, 5428 O’Donovan Drive, Suite D, Baton Rouge, 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.

Alanon/Alateen

Alanon Family Groups, a 12-step program for those affected by someone’s drinking problem, meets daily in the Baton Rouge area. For more information, call (225) 924-0029 or visit http://www.batonrougealanon.org.

South La. Hospice

South Louisiana Hospice is looking for volunteers to help with reading, writing, housekeeping, hairdressing and other areas. Call (225) 924-6830.

Amedisys Hospice

Amedisys Hospice, 13702 Coursey Blvd., Suite 6-A, Baton Rouge, is looking for volunteers to help patients with life-limiting illnesses and their family members by being comfort cooks, bereavement volunteers or other types of volunteers. Call (225) 751-4599.

Narcotics Anon.

Need help with a drug problem? Narcotics Anonymous holds daily meetings. Call the helpline at (225) 381-9609.