“Health Briefs” column for Aug. 11, 2013

CASA

The Capital Area CASA Association, 848 Louisiana Ave., Baton Rouge, will hold the following events:

    CASA will end its 19th annual playhouse fundraiser, “Casas for CASA,” with “CASA Kids Day,” a child’s safety fair, from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Mall of Louisiana. It will include performances, activities for children, exhibits on child safety and the raffle drawing for the playhouse at 5 p.m. LSU’s mascot, Mike the Tiger, is scheduled to arrive in his trailer at 2 p.m. The playhouse is on display on the lower level center court of the mall. Raffle tickets are $5. The Capital Area CASA Association’s mission is to advocate for timely placement of children in permanent, safe and stable homes. Visit casabr.org or call (225) 379-8598.

    There will be a 45-minute informational session on how to volunteer to become the voice for an abused or neglected child while he or she awaits a safe and permanent home at noon Wednesday at the office. Call (225) 379-8598.

Red Cross

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

    “Blended Learning Skill Session for Adult CPR/AED” will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the office. Cost is $70.

    “Blended Learning Skill Session for Adult First Aid/ CPR/AED” will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the office. Cost is $90.

    “Blended Learning Skill Session for Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED” will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the office. Cost is $90.

    “Blended Learning Skill Session for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the office. Cost is $110.

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

    “Adult First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the office. Cost is $90.

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

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

    “Adult First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the office. Cost is $90.

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

    “Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the office. Cost is $110.

    “Blended Learning Skill Session for Adult First Aid/ CPR/AED Instructor” will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 19 and 20 at the office. Cost is $500.

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

    “Blended Learning Skill Session for Adult CPR/AED” will be from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the office. Cost is $70.

    “Blended Learning Skill Session for Adult First Aid/ CPR/AED” will be from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the office. Cost is $90.

    “Blended Learning Skill Session for Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED” will be from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the office. Cost is $90.

    “Blended Learning Skill Session for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the office. Cost is $110.

    “Adult CPR/AED” will be from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the office. Cost is $70.

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

The Acadiana Area Chapter, 101 N. Pat St., Scott, will hold the following classes:

    “Blended Learning Skill Session for Adult CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the office. Cost is $70.

    “Blended Learning Skill Session for Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the office. Cost is $90.

    “Blended Learning Skill Session for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the office. Cost is $110.

    “Adult CPR/AED” will be from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the office. Cost is $70.

    “Adult First Aid/CPR/AED” from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the office. Cost is $90.

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., Baton Rouge. Call (225) 343-1255.

St. James Place

St. James Place, 333 Lee Drive, Baton Rouge. will hold an Alzheimer’s support group meeting from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday in the first-floor conference room of the Health & Wellness Building. Call (225) 490-3460.

Family Service

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

    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.

HIV services

The following HIV service will be offered:

    YWCA, 8281 Goodwood Blvd., Suite C, Baton Rouge, will offer free HIV testing from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at the office. Call (225) 383-0681, ext. 206.

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

    A free 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 free 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.

    Counseling services are available for children, teens and adults suffering from grief and loss. Fee is based on a sliding scale for uninsured. Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid are accepted. Call to make an appointment.

For more information, call (225) 924-6621 or visit grcbr.org.

Cancer Services

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

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

    Survive DAT! Young Adult Breast Cancer Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the office.

    Skin Cancer Survivorship Luncheon will be at noon Wednesday at the office.

    After Hours 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. Registration is required.

    Lung Cancer Support Group will meet at noon Friday at the office.

For more information, call (225) 927-2273 or visit cancerservices.org.

BR General

Baton Rouge General will hold the following events:

    “Zumba Gold” will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at the Mid City location, 3600 Florida Blvd., Wellness Center, fourth floor of the Medical Office Building. Cost is $3 per class. Participants must get a physician release. Visit brgeneral.org.

    Weight Loss Support Group will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the Bluebonnet location, 8585 Picardy Ave., Conference Rooms 1 and 2. The monthly topic will be “Recipe Swap and Tasting.”

    “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 and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bluebonnet location. To register, call (225) 763-4050.

    Lymphedema Support Group will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Mid City location, Conference Rooms 1 and 2. Dr. William Russell will discuss radiation. The meeting will include a free lunch. Email christine.perkins@brgeneral.org.

    “Gentle Yoga,” a yoga class for people in their silver years, recovering from illness/injury and at a low energy or fitness level, will be from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Mid City location, Wellness Center. Cost is $6 per class. Participants must get a physician release. Visit brgeneral.org.

    Weight Loss Surgery Seminar will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bluebonnet location, Conference Rooms 1 and 2.

    “Healthy Heart Series — Reading Nutrition Labels” will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Mid City location, Wellness Center. Admission is free.

    Advanced Cardiac Life Support Re-Certification Class will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mid City location, Conference Rooms 1 and 2.

    “Friday Lunch Live,” a free concert series featuring local musicians, will feature Betsy Braud at noon Friday in the Bluebonnet location’s cafeteria. The series is part of the hospital’s Arts In Medicine program.

For more information, visit brgeneral.org.

Woman’s Hospital

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

    “Weight Loss Surgery: What You Should Know” will be from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at the hospital, first-floor Conference Center. Admission is free.

    “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 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.

    “Woman’s Ideal Protein Seminar” will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Woman’s Center for Wellness, 9637 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge. Admission is free. Call (225) 924-8313.

    “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 recognizing when labor starts and managing labor pains, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the hospital, Conference Rooms 1 and 2.

    “Breastfeeding Basics” will be from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the hospital, Conference Rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $35.

    Baby & You Orientation Tour will be from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at the hospital, Conference Room 2. The event is free.

    “Great Expectations,” a class on providing a baby with the best possible environment for growth and development, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at the hospital, Conference Rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $25.

Call (225) 231-5475 or visit womans.org.

Hospice of Acadiana

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

    A 1934 movie, “Wake Up and Dream,” will be shown from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the hospice as part of “Yes, I Remember It Well...Goes to the Movies.”

    “Senior Resources-Abbeville In-Service” will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Vermilion Parish Library, 405 E. St. Victor St., Abbeville. “Senior Resources Day” will feature speakers on Advanced Directives-5 Wishes, Crimes Against the Elderly and Medicare Fraud.

It will also have a light lunch. Admission is free, but registration is required by calling (337) 232-1234.

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., Baton Rouge. Call (225) 924-1431.

Grief support

Community Grief Support Group will meet at noon Tuesday at Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell Ave. For more information, call (225) 927-2273.

The Hospice of BR

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

    A grief support group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ochsner Medical Center, 17000 Medical Center Drive, Baton Rouge. Call (225) 767-4673.

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

MBP-OLOL

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

    Free breast cancer screenings will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at LSU Mid City, 1401 North Foster Drive, Baton Rouge; and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Stage, 5460-A Main St., Zachary. Call (225) 215-1234.

    “CancerFit,” a free comprehensive wellness program to help cancer patients stay active and mentally fit, will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, 4950 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge. Each session is free and includes an hour of individualized yoga and guided meditation. To register, call (225) 938-9629.

NAMI

National Alliance on Mental Illness Baton Rouge will hold the following events:

    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, Baton Rouge.

    Connection Recovery Support Group for those whose lives are affected by mental illness will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at University Presbyterian Church.

Call (225) 273-6061 or (225) 291-6262.

    A free Family-to-Family education class, a 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illness, will start at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at University Presbyterian Church. Call (225) 769-0361 or (225) 241-7927.

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.

Peoples Health

Peoples Health will hold the following events:

    “Silver Ball Fitness” will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at A.C. Lewis YMCA, 350 South Foster Drive, Baton Rouge. Reservation deadline is Monday.

    “Zumba Gold” will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Dow Westside YMCA, 3688 Sugar Plantation Parkway, Addis. Reservation deadline is Thursday.

    “Cardio Line Dancing” will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at Paula G. Manship YMCA, 8100 YMCA Plaza Drive, Baton Rouge. Reservation deadline is Friday.

Registration will start 30 minutes before each class. Call 866-220-0418 or visit myhealth.peopleshealth.com.

Celiacs of BR

Celiacs of Baton Rouge, a gluten intolerance support group, will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge.

Topic will be “Eating Out.” Non-celiac family members and friends can also discuss practical support issues relating to the challenges of being on a gluten-free diet. Call (225) 766-8872.

Alzheimer’s Services

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

    A “Lunch-N-Learn” session will be from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the office. Topic will be “Depression Complicates Dementia.” The free program includes lunch. Registration is required by visiting alzbr.org.

    Financial Literacy Workshop will be from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the West Baton Rouge Parish Library, 830 N. Alexander Ave., Port Allen. The workshop is one of several financial literacy workshops taking place throughout August and is for caregivers of loves ones with Alzheimer’s. The topic will be “Medicaid/Medicare/VA Benefits.” Call (225) 334-7494.

    “A Cause to Remember,” a free, one-hour informational session on the programs and services of Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, will be from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the office.

The program will include a light lunch and a tour of the award-winning adult day respite center, Charlie’s Place. Reservations are required by calling (225) 334-7494 or visiting alzbr.org.

Parkinson’s group

Baton Rouge Area Parkinson’s Disease Group will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. The guest speaker will be Neila J. Donovan, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders.

Call Sharilyn at (225) 933-0542 or Sally at (225) 756-2645.

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.

Amputee support

Amputee Support Group will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Baton Rouge Rehab Hospital, 8595 United Plaza Blvd.

An amputee clinic will follow the meeting from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. where participants can meet with a physical therapist and the prosthetic companies. The meeting will also have a lunch at no charge. To RSVP, call (225) 231-3123 or email roxane.bingham@brrheab.com.

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.

Sickle cell

Sickle Cell Anemia Support Group will hold the “Sickle Cell Community Walk/Run” Saturday at North Boulevard Town Square, downtown Baton Rouge. Registration will be at 7 a.m. Cost is $20 per person. To register, call (225) 346-8434 or visit brscaf.org/walkrun.

Acacia Shriners

Acacia Shriners of Baton Rouge will offer a free orthopedic screening clinic to help parents determine if their child is eligible for treatment at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Shreveport, which treats a variety of orthopedic conditions.

The clinic will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Acacia Shrine Temple, 7991 South Commerce Ave., Baton Rouge. No appointment is necessary. Call (225) 926-4814.

LIFT

LIFT Support Group for widows and widowers will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday. Chaplain Bill Brewer will lead the group. Call (225) 925-5331 for location.

Cancer Society

American Cancer Society will hold its 7th annual “Jamaica Me Crazy, Party for a Cure” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Hilton Capitol Center, 201 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge.

The fundraiser will have live music from The Gutter Sharks, a silent auction, a cash bar, activities and door prizes in the Tiki Room.

Tickets are $75 per person and $125 per couple. Call (225) 767-7197 or visit jmcbr.org.

FHFGBR

Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge, 2356 Drusilla Lane, will host a back-to-school workshop titled “Before the Bell Rings 2013-2014” from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 20, in the FHFGBR training room.

The workshop will cover “Parental Involvement and Advocacy” and “Steps to a Successful New School Year.” Space is limited. Registration deadline is Wednesday. Call (225) 216-7474 to register.

Alanon/Alateen

Alanon Family Groups, a 12-step program for those affected by someone’s drinking problem, meets daily in the Baton Rouge area. Call (225) 924-0029 or visit batonrougealanon.org.

Narcotics Anon.

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