Pasco Challenge a success
More than 400 participants ran, walked and biked to support the Alzheimer’s Family Organization at the 2014 Pasco Challenge at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park in New Port Richey. They raised more than $7,000 to support the organization’s programs and services.
For information on the Alzheimer’s Family Organization, call (727) 848-8888.
Back pain presentation
The Spine Care Centers of West Florida at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road in Hudson, will present a lecture on lumbar spinal stenosis April 17 at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is neurosurgeon Dr. George Giannakopoulos.
The lecture is free, but reservations are required. Refreshments will be served.
For information, call (727) 869-5498.
Man to Man support
Florida Cancer Affiliates will host a Man to Man prostate cancer support group at its New Port Richey center, 5500 Little Road, April 17 at 5 p.m.
Discussions include early detection, signs and symptoms, prognosis, disease stages, and various therapies and medications.
For information, call (727) 372-9159.
Huntington’s Disease group
The Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, is hosting a support group for anyone whose life is affected by Huntington’s disease.
The group will meet April 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Pediatric CPR course
The obstetrics program at Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, is offering a pediatric/infant CPR course April 19 at 9 a.m.
Participants can learn the skills of the American Heart Association course “CPR for Family and Friends.”
Cost is $15 per person, or $25 for two.
For reservations, call (727) 834-5630.
Hospitals offer recycling
In commemoration of Earth Day, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road in Hudson; and Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., in Spring Hill, are offering a recycling opportunity for staff and the public April 22.
Small electronics can be dropped off at Bayonet Point from 9 a.m. to noon, and at Oak Hill from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
In addition, documents will be accepted for shredding by Cintas Corp.
For information, call (727) 869-5413 or (703) 297-7467.
Arthritis seminar for seniors
Hillsborough County Aging Services will present “Experts in Arthritis” from the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative April 23 at 11:15 a.m., at the Lutz Senior Center, 112 First Ave., N.W.
For information, call (813) 264-3803.
Stem cells and back pain
The Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, will host the seminar “Your Stem Cells for Back Pain” April 23 at noon.
Discussions will include stem cell therapy, degeneration and pain.
Admission is free, but reservations are required. A complimentary light lunch will be served.
For information, call (727) 834-5630.
The obstetrics program at Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, is offering a sibling class for children ages 7 years and older April 23 at 5 p.m.
The class will help prepare children for the arrival of a new baby.
Cost is $10 per child.
For information and reservations, call (727) 834-5630.
Caregiver support group
Florida Cancer Affiliates will host a caregiver support group meeting April 23 at 6 p.m., at its New Port Richey center, 5500 Little Road.
The group is open to anyone who is looking after a sick loved one, watching over an elderly parent, raising a grandchild, caring for a child with a mental or physical disability or mental illness, or simply helping out another.
For information, call (727) 372-9159.
FHZH selects director of marketing
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills has named Cheryl Kennison as its new director of marketing. Kennison served as marketing manager at Florida Hospital Tampa before coming to Zephyrhills.
She also has served as marketing and foundation director for Bert Fish Medical Çenter in New Smyrna Beach.
Kennison is a graduate of Union College in Nebraska.
Kennison resides in Wesley Chapel with her family.
Get copy of advance directives
National Health Care Decision Day is April 16, and HPH Hospice is offering a download of an advance directive form on its homepage at HPH-Hospice.org.
Those interested also can have a packet mailed to them by calling (866) 940-0962.
HPH representatives also are available to meet one-on-one for guidance through the preparation of an advance directive.
For information, call Jane Freeman at (727) 863-7971 or (800) 486-8784.
Living Will distribution
The Hook Law Group is providing free living wills April 16 at Gulfside Center for Hospice Care, 5760 Dean Dairy Road in Zephyrhills from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For information, call (727) 842-1001.
The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas Inc. and the Florida Department of Elder Affairs are offering comprehensive training on the basics of Medicare in a three-day program for those interested in volunteering with the Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders Program.
The training begins April 22.
For information, call Susan Samson at (727) 570-9696, ext. 234, or visit FloridaShine.org.
Women and menopause
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, 7050 Gall Blvd., will host the seminar “Straight Talk for Women: The Big Change” April 24 at 6 p.m.
Women between the ages of 35 and 55 can learn more about the expected changes and creative survival strategies for dealing with menopause.
Guest speaker is Delrose Brown.
To register, call (877) 534-3108.
Gulfside hospice orientation
Gulfside Hospice is hosting an orientation for new volunteers in East Pasco County April 24 and April 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Gulfside’s Center for Hospice Care, 5760 Dean Dairy Road in Zephyrhills.
Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Space is limited.
To reserve a spot, call Jennifer Ball or Tracey Thompson at (813) 780-1235.
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Day
Alzheimer’s Family Organization is hosting its Caregiver Day May 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Bayfront Health Dade City, 13100 Fort King Road.
The event includes refreshments, lunch, certificate of attendance, and guest speakers. Topics include research updates, Medicare fraud and elder law issues.
Cost is $10 for AFO members, and $25 for non-members.
Registration is required.
For information, call (727) 848-8888 or (888) 496-8004.
HPH Hospice’s Grief’s Journey
HPH Hospice will host an eight-week Grief’s Journey group for newly bereaved adults.
The group will meet beginning at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning May 7 at HPH’s Resource Center, 37441 Clinton Ave., in Dade City.
The group is free, and individuals who haven’t used hospice services are invited.
Preregistration is required.
For information, call (800) 486-8784.
Community Health Fair
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, C1 Bank, and Elks USA will host their Community Health Fair June 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Elks Lodge 2731, Wire Road in Zephyrhills.
The event will feature free health screenings, health and wellness education, door prizes, and a low-cost lunch.