Originally created 06/19/97

Health calendar



The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Mark the release to the attention of Tharon A. Giddens and include a contact name and phone number.

Community events

RECONDITIONED HEARING AIDS: University Hospital's Speech and Hearing Center needs donations of hearing aids; 722-1957.

WHEELCHAIR AND EQUIPMENT CLINIC: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. second and fourth Mondays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; 823-8560.

JET NEBULIZERS: University Hospital's Pulmonary Rehabilitation provides devices, at no charge, to asthma patients who can't afford them and cannot use other treatments because of the severity of their disorder; to receive or donate one of these machines, call 774-5864.

PEDIATRIC THERAPY AVAILABLE: The Children's Rehabilitation Center at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital has opened a pediatric satellite at the Evans office of Pediatric Partners; the center will provide physical, occupational and speech therapy; call (706) 651-9400 for appointment.

SUMMER THERAPY AVAILABLE: Horizon Rehabilitation Care Center will provide physical, occupational and speech therapy to McDuffie County schoolchildren during summer; for more information, call (706) 595-0017.

Professional groups, seminars

Health evaluations

DIABETES TESTING AND SUPPORT: 2 p.m. first Mondays, St. Joseph Hospital; 2260 Wrightsboro Road; 481-7524.

BLOOD TESTS: Triglycerides, cholesterol HDL and blood sugar; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays; St. Joseph Hospital Family Care Center, Suite 180, Summerville Professional Center, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; $10 for all tests; 481-7604.

PULMONARY FUNCTION AND OXYGEN LEVEL SCREENINGS: 2-3 p.m. third Wednesdays, University Hospital, Cardiopulmonary Rehab Center; free; 774-5864.

THE NURSE IS IN: Nurse answers health-related questions, provides health information and blood-pressure checks; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Tuesdays, Aiken Mall; free health screenings and educational fairs, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. third Fridays; (803) 641-5926.

Support groups

CSRA PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP: 6 p.m. Tuesday, St. John Towers, 724 Green St.

AUGUSTA ALLIANCE FOR MENTALLY ILL: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 3, Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, Walton Way at Johns Road.

ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION: Variety of Alzheimer support group meetings. For more information, call 731-9060 or 731-0630

WALTON REHABILITATION AFTER CARE: 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Walton Rehabilitation Outpatient Building, 1355 Independence Drive.

CH.A.D.D.: ADD/ADHD group, 7-9 p.m. first Tuesdays, St. Augustine Episcopal Church, 3321 Wheeler Road; for parents, teachers, school administrators or counselors who want to learn how to help people with learning disabilities; support group for grades 6-12 held during meeting; 650-9568.

STROKE SURVIVORS: For family members and care-givers; 2-3 p.m. first and third Wednesdays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital and Resource Center on Aging, Daniel Village Shopping Center, 2803 Wrightsboro Road, Suite 51.

MENDED HEARTS: For people with coronary artery disease and people who have experienced heart attacks or heart surgery; 7 p.m. fourth Thursdays, second-floor meeting room, South Richmond County Medical Center, 3121 Peach Orchard Road; 736-8361.

BETTER BREATHERS: Offered by American Lung Association; noon to 1 p.m. second Mondays, Resource Center on Aging, Daniel Village, Wrightsboro Road; 774-5864.

LUPUS: 2:30 p.m. fourth Sundays; St. Joseph Hospital, Classroom 1, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; 481-7727.

HEART DISEASE: 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, University Hospital solarium, 1350 Walton Way; 774-8870.

TMJ: For people with tempero mandibular joint disorder, a disorder of the jaw; , Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; 823-8595.

CHRONIC PAIN: 7 p.m. first Tuesdays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; 823-8595.

CANCER: Open to cancer patients and families; 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Zachery Kilpatrick Room, University Hospital, 1350 Walton Way, 774-8900.

PROSTATE CANCER: 7:30 p.m. third Thursdays, Resource Center on Aging, 2803 Wrightsboro Road, Suite 51, Daniel Village Shopping Center; 793-3523.

BRAIN INJURY: 7 p.m. second Thursdays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; 823-8595.

RAPE AND INCEST SURVIVORS: University Hospital; 724-5200.

PARENTS OF HEARING-IMPAIRED CHILDREN: 481-7369.

HIV, AIDS

SEEDS FOR LIFE: 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays, University Hospital, 1350 Walton Way; 774-8990.

AIDS AND HIV POSITIVE: (803) 641-5926 or (800) 641-2771.

AIDS FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM: Mondays, July 7 and Aug. 4, Aurora Pavilion, 655 Medical Park Drive, Aiken; call (803) 641-5926.

Behavior support, counseling

FREE COUNSELING SERVICES: Augusta State University Counselor Education Training Center, through June 11; 731-7988.

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE: 738-4022 or 724-4409.

CHRONIC GAMBLING: 7 p.m. Mondays, Aurora Pavilion, 655 Medical Park Drive, Aiken; (803) 641-5926.

CONSTRUCTIVE LOVE: 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Aurora Pavilion, 655 Medical Park Drive, Aiken; (803) 641-5926.

ADULT SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT: For survivors of childhood sexual assault; University Hospital, 724-1200.

SOUTH CAROLINA SELF-HELP ASSOCIATION REGARDING EMOTIONS: 7 p.m. Mondays, Mental Health Association, 149 Chesterfield St., Aiken, (803) 641-4164.

EMOTIONS ANONYMOUS: Twelve-step program to help people cope with stress; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, behind day surgery at Columbia Augusta Medical Center, 3651 Wheeler Road.

SASSI (SEXUAL ABUSE, ASSAULT SHARING INSIGHT): (803) 641-4162.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: (803) 641-4162.

DEPRESSIVE-MANIC DEPRESSIVE: Aiken group meets 7 p.m. first and third Tuesdays, Mental Health Association, 149 Chesterfield St., Aiken; (803) 641-4164.

Alcohol, drug abuse groups

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Several groups meet 8 and 8:30 p.m. Fridays. For locations, call 860-8331; 7 p.m. Sundays and Thursdays and Mondays and Fridays, Aiken Regional Medical Centers, 202 University Parkway, Aiken, (803) 641-5926 or (800) 641-2771; 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays and 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays, call 868-6625; for information on other groups, call 738-7984.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS: 8 p.m. Sundays, St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road, 855-2419; 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Atonement Episcopal Church, 2616 Tobacco Road; 796-3545; 7 p.m. Mondays, Aurora Pavilion, 655 Medical Park Drive, Aiken; (803) 641-5926.

CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY PHP MULTIFAMILY: Support group; 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays; multifamily therapy and after-care support group, child and adolescent inpatient and PHP families meet 6 p.m. Tuesdays; Charter Augusta Behavioral Health System, 3100 Perimeter Parkway; 868-6625.

AL-ANON: 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Charter Augusta Behavioral Health System, 3100 Perimeter Parkway; 868-6625.

ALA-TEEN: 793-5919 for hours, locations.

CO-DEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS: Martinez group meets 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Marvin United Methodist Church, 4400 Wheeler Road; 823-0510.

Medical trials

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: LifeLink of Georgia, agency that coordinates organ and tissue donations for Georgia, is seeking volunteers to assist with educational programs pertaining to organ and tissue donation and transplantation; anyone interested in organ and tissue donation can participate; training session for volunteers will be held 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 28, LifeLink of Georgia, 3715 Northside Parkway, Building 100, Suite 300; (800) 544-6667

NON-INSULIN DEPENDENT DIABETES: Participants needed for seven-month research study to evaluate a new drug for treating diabetes; for more information, call CSRA Partners in Health Inc. at 860-3001.

VAGINAL YEAST INFECTION: Participants with vaginal yeast infection will be tested for vaginitis and receive exam, treatment using one of two study medications, follow-up exams and $100 at completion of Medical College of Georgia study; 831-3472 or 721-2535.

ESTROGEN AND ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: Women age 60 or older needed for study of estrogen and Alzheimer's disease; 733-0188, ext. 6262.

ASTHMA: People 12 and older treating asthma with inhaled beta agonist needed for study of new oral medication; travel expenses provided; 721-2951.

CHRONIC HEADACHES: People who suffer headaches at least three days a week needed for nondrug treatment study at Medical College of Georgia; participants paid; 733-0188, ext. 2678.

DEPRESSION DRUG: 80 people with depression, age 18-65, needed for 19-week study to find lowest therapeutic dose for antidepressant Prozac; Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Medical College of Georgia; 721-7835.

DIABETIC KIDNEY DISEASE: Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center four-year study; must be active-duty soldiers, retirees or eligible family members, diagnosed Type II diabetic, ages 30-70, controlled with diet, oral medications or insulin; 787-2875 or 787-2521.

DIABETIC KIDNEY DISEASE: Type II diabetics, diagnosed between ages 30 and 70, controlled with diet, oral agents or insulin; Southeastern Clinical Research and Management Inc.; 731-0117.

DIABETES: National Institutes of Health study of first-degree relatives, ages 4-45, of patients who have Type I diabetes; participants screened for presence of islet cell antibodies; 721-4158.

HEART FAILURE (DROPSY): Augusta Hypertension trial; travel compensation;722-4688.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: Augusta Hypertension study; 722-4688.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: Southeastern Clinical Research and Management study; 731-0117.

MENOPAUSE: For women with history of breast cancer currently taking Tamoxifen, having hot flashes but unable to take hormones; 721-7611.

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER: Medical College of Georgia and Department of Veterans Affairs study of anti-depressant Zoloft to treat post-traumatic stress disorder; 721-7835.

SCHIZOPHRENIA: Families with two or more diagnosed schizophrenic siblings needed for genetic study; one-time interview and blood sample; researchers travel to participants, who are paid; 733-0188, ext. 7452.

MACULAR DEGENERATION: Medical College of Georgia study of X-ray treatment that may preserve or improve sight in patients with "wet form" of macular degeneration, a blinding disorder; 721-1172.

Grief support

AFTER SUICIDE: Six-week course to share with others coping with grief associated with suicide; 7-9 p.m. Monday and each Monday through July 21, St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road.

EMPTY ARMS: For parents who have experienced death of a child; 7 p.m. first Tuesdays, St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; 481-7634.

PASTORAL CARE ASSOCIATES: Nondenominational counseling; 860-8860.

PARENTS HEALING TOGETHER: 7 p.m. first Mondays, University Hospital Medical Center-Columbia County, 4106 Columbia Road; 774-8787.

WIDOW/WIDOWER: Informal supper group, 6:30 p.m. second Tuesdays; Augusta groups meet at Shoney's Restaurant, 218 Bobby Jones Expressway, Martinez, 481-7490; Aiken group meets at Ryan's Steak House, 1928 Whiskey Road, Aiken, (800) 381-2273.

GROWING THROUGH GRIEF: 10-11:30 a.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. second Tuesday, Columbia Augusta Medical Center, 3651 Wheeler Road, Classrooms 1 and 2.

THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS: Organization for bereaved parents; Augusta group candlelight memorial service, 7:30 p.m. third Tuesdays, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 3185 Wheeler Road; Aiken group meets 7:30 p.m. first Thursdays, Millbrook Baptist Church, 176 E. Pine Log Road; (803) 279-8179; Thomson group meets 7:30 p.m. second Thursdays, Heckle House, behind First Baptist Church, 253 Jackson St., Thomson.

DISCOVERY SUPPORT: 7:30-9 p.m. first and third Tuesdays, St. Joseph Hospital, fourth floor, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; 481-7490; Aiken group meets 7:30 p.m. first and third Tuesdays, St. Joseph Homecare Services office, 681 Silver Bluff Road, Aiken; (800) 381-2273.

HEARTS THAT CARE: For families who have lost a loved one to suicide; 7:15 p.m. second Tuesdays, Beulah Grove Baptist Church Resource Center; 796-6371.

Stop smoking

NONSMOKERS MEETING: Augustans for Nonsmokers' Rights; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, 501 Winchester Drive; 791-7780.