Health calendar

The Health Calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to (706) 722-7403 and send e-mail to lindsay.thetford@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

SPECIALS

LIVING WITH DIABETES: Today, Trinity Hospital of Augusta, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; teaches skills needed to manage diabetes; physician referral required; call for times; registration required; (706) 481-7535

ALS SUPPORT GROUP: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Medical College of Georgia Ambulatory Care Center, 1447 Harper St., fourth floor, Room 4306; people talk about their experiences with the disease; learn about strategies for preserving the independence and quality of life for ALS patients and their loved ones; lunch provided; registration required; (888) 636-9940

BLOODLESS MEDICINE SEMINAR: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Medical College of Georgia Alumni Center, 919 15th St.; specialized service for patients who wish to avoid the use of donor blood during medical and surgical procedures; refreshments provided; free; (706) 721-2677

COMMUNITY HEALTH SCREENINGS: 7:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, H2U Building, 3651 Wheeler Road, enter through side entrance; cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure screenings; free; (706) 651-6716, www.doctors-hospital.net

WEE WISDOM: Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday and Feb. 27, Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center, 1446 Harper St., first floor, Family Resource Library; information on strategies for enhancing communication skills and social interactions in children with attention deficit disorders, pervasive development disorders and autism; free; (706) 721-5437, www.MCGHealth.org

ALZHEIMER'S 101: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 21, 28, and March 6, First Baptist Church of North Augusta, 625 Georgia Ave.; three stages of Alzheimer's, communication strategies, behavioral issues, safety issues, and sundowning will be covered; Terry Woodward (803) 442-3292

STEPPING INTO MANHOOD: 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 23, Trinity Hospital of Augusta, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; ages 12-15 accompanied by father, male relative or friend; discussions on sexuality, peer pressure and responsible decision-making; $10; (706) 481-7604, www.trinityofaugusta.com

THE BIRDS, THE BEES & ME: 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, Trinity Hospital of Augusta, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; girls ages 12-15 accompanied by mother, female relative or friend; discussions on sexuality, peer pressure and responsible decision-making; content deals with the changes, challenges and decisions that confront teenage girls; $10; (706) 481-7604, www.trinityofaugusta.com

FAMILY FOCUSED CHILDBIRTH TOURS: Tours of the mother/baby wing; Trinity Hospital of Augusta, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; by appointment; (706) 481- 7727, www.trinityofaugusta.com

HOME CARE ASSESSMENT: Skilled in-home clinical care or personal aides provided by University Home Health Services; free; (706) 774-4160

LOOK GOOD ... FEEL BETTER: 5-7 p.m. third mondays, university hospital, american cancer society, 2607 commons blvd.; help women cancer patients maintain their appearance and self-image during treatment; free makeup kit given to each participant; free; registration required; (706) 731-9900

PULMONARY FUNCTION SCREENINGS: 10-11:30 a.m. third Wednesdays, University Hospital, Professional Center 2, Suite 200; free; appointments required; (706) 774-5777

CLASSES

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE COURSE FOR TEENS: 11 a.m. to noon, Saturdays in February, Medical College of Georgia, Children's Medical Center classroom, first floor, room 1809; course teaches basic sign language to children ages 13 to 17; $30; registration required; Vivian Rice (706) 721-6929

ABC-123'S OF AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE COURSE: 10-11 a.m., Saturdays in February, Medical College of Georgia, Children's Medical Center classroom, first floor, BT 1809; teaches basic sign language to children ages 6 to 12; $25; registration required; Vivian Rice (706-721-6929)

BREAST-FEEDING CLASS: 6:45-9 p.m. Tuesday, Medical College of Georgia Ambulatory Care Center, 1447 Harper St., fifth floor, Room 5306; free; registration required; (706) 721-9351

INFANT CPR: 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, Doctors Hospital, 3623 J. Dewey Gray Circle, Education Classroom, Medical Office Building I, third floor, Suite 309; foreign body airway obstruction and CPR; registration required; (706) 651-2229

JOINT EFFORTS: 11-11:45 a.m. Thursdays, Augusta Orthopaedic Clinic, 1521 Anthony Road; answers about knee and hip pain; learn about the causes of your problem and the latest treatments, tips on medicine, food and exercise; (706) 481-7604, www.trinityofaugusta.com

MY BROTHAZ HOME INC.: HIV prevention education and health education and risk-reduction counseling; weekly educational groups; (706) 798-0244

ARTHRITIS AQUATICS: 9-9:45 and 10-10:45 a.m. and 12:15-1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital Outpatient Building; $37.50 per month; (706) 823-5294

FIBROMYALGIA AQUATICS: Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital Outpatient Building; $32 per month; (706) 823-5294

BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR EXERCISE: 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital; (706) 823-5294

BREAST SELF-EXAM CLASSES: 4 p.m. second Mondays, Breast Health Center, Professional Center 2, Suite 205, 1350 Walton Way; free; registration required; (706) 774-4141

CAR SEAT CLASSES: 9:15 a.m. to noon third Monday of each month; Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center; children and restraint safety, education and training; $10 per child; families receive a $10 gift card if they attend a child safety seat inspection after the class; registration required; Rene Hopkins (706) 721-7606, MCGHealth.org/SafeKids

CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION AND PARENT PREPARATION: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. second Saturdays, Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center Conference Center, first floor; discussion of labor and birth with tools and techniques; plan to attend during fifth to ninth months of pregnancy; $50; registration required; (706) 721-9351

PROJECT LINK LECTURE SERIES: 6:30-8 p.m. first Tuesdays, Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center main conference center BT 1810; free; educational resources and guidance for families who have children with developmental disabilities and special health concerns; (706) 721-5437

SUPPORT GROUPS

BRAIN TUMOR SUPPORT GROUP: 12: 15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center, 1446 Harper St., first floor, Family Services Conference Room; for patients with brain tumors, their families and loved ones; (706) 721-0193

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT GROUP: 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, Medical College of Georgia Medical Center, 1120 15th St., sixth floor, Augusta MS Center; learn more about multiple sclerosis; (706) 721-7239

HUNTINGTON DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, Marks Building, 1429 Harper St., Room 1122; for those interested in learning more about Huntington's disease; (706) 721-2798

BLOOD CANCER/STEM CELL TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, Medical College of Georgia Alumni Center, 919 15th St., Garden Room; educational and emotional support to patients, families, friends and caregivers; (706) 721-2752

ALZHEIMER'S CARE: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Jud C. Hickey Center for Alzheimer's Care; (706) 738-5039

ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE-RICHMOND COUNTY: 10 A.M. FIRST THURSDAYS, ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION, AUGUSTA OFFICE, 1899 CENTRAL AVE.; (706) 731-9060

ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE-WESTWOOD: 3 p.m. third Thursdays, Westwood Nursing Facility Conference Room, 561 University Drive; (706) 731-9060

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Call for meeting locations; (706) 860-8331

ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT: 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, Alzheimer's Association, Augusta chapter, 1899 Central Ave.; (706) 731-9060

BARIATRIC SURGERY GROUP: 5:30 p.m. mondays, university hospital; support for people who have had or are considering bariatric surgery; (706) 868-3241

BARIATRIC INFORMATION: 3-5 p.m. third Mondays, University Hospital; information for people who have had or are considering bariatric surgery; (706) 868-3241

BETTER BREATHERS: 11:30 a.m. second Tuesdays, University Hospital Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center, St. Sebastian Way at 13th St.; bring covered dish; (706) 774-5864

BREAST SELF-EXAM: 4 p.m. second Mondays, University Hospital Breast Health Center, Professional Center 2, Suite 205; free; registration is required; (706) 774-4141, (866) 774-4141

CANCER SHARE: 7 p.m. first Mondays, University Hospital, Cancer Learning Center, Professional Center 2, Suite 104,1350 Walton Way; registration required; (706) 774-7000

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: 6-7 p.m. second thursdays, augusta oncology associates, 3696 wheeler road; cancer support forum for patients; free; (706) 651-2283, www.doctors-hospital.net

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: 2-3 p.m. second Tuesdays, Doctors Hospital, 3651 Wheeler Road, Medical Office Building I, Cradle Club Classroom, Suite 310; for all types of caregivers; (706) 651-2283, www.doctors-hospital.net

COPING WITH GRIEF AND LOSS GROUP: 6-7 p.m. third Thursdays, Doctors Hospital, 3651 Wheeler Road, Medical Office Building I, Suite 110; for those coping with grief and loss; light refreshments; (706) 650-1522, www.doctors-hospital.net

EPILEPSY SUPPORT GROUP FOR CHILDREN: 10 a.m. third Saturdays, University Hospital Education Center, third floor; for infants through elementary school age; (706) 863-5557

DIALYZE FOR LIFE: 6-7 P.M. first Thursdays of each month, 1829 Wrightsboro Road, in front of Macedonia Baptist Church; meeting for dialysis patients, group support and help; free; (706) 447-1114

HUNTINGTON'S DISEASE GROUP: 6:30 p.m. last Tuesdays, Medical College of Georgia Movement Disorders Program building, Room 1122, 1429 Harper St.; learn more about Huntington's disease; (706) 231-2775, (706)721-2798

INFERTILITY SUPPORT GROUP: 6 p.m. second thursdays, medical college of georgia medical center, 1120 15th st., seventh floor, room 7524; for women and couples suffering from infertility; (706) 721-3832

LEUKEMIA AND MYELOMA SUPPORT: 7-8:30 p.m. second Mondays, Warren Baptist Church, 3203 Washington Road; (800) 399-7312

LIVING WELL WITH DIABETES: 5 p.m. second Thursdays, University Hospital Cafeteria conference rooms 1 and 2; an adult support group; (706) 868-3241

MCG BREAST CANCER GROUP: 6:30-8 p.m. second Thursdays, mammography area, Medical College of Georgia Breast Health Services; (706) 721-4726

MCG PREGNANCY LOSS GROUP: First Tuesdays; for friends, family and anyone who has been affected by the loss of a baby; (706) 721-8299 for times and location

TRINITY HOSPITAL: Trinity Hospice, a department of Trinity Home Services, needs volunteers; Ronnie Merry (706) 729-6328, (800) 533-3949, Ronnie.Merry@Triadhospitals.com


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