Health Notes: Parkinson’s fitness, mammography screening and more

Shelton-Apple-HealthHealth Notes is a weekly feature that highlights health and wellness news in the area. Hospitals and other health related agencies may e-mail items to [email protected]

Perinatal grief support

St. Vincent’s “We Care” Perinatal Grief Support Group for those grieving the loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillborn, or newborn death meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., Ambulatory Infusion Center waiting area, level 3 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care.

No registration is required. Information: 203-576-5110; 203-576-5716.

Look Good …. Feel Better

Free American Cancer Society program helps women with cancer improve their appearance and self-image through hands-on beauty techniques offered the third Thursday of the month, 5-7, Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, Derby. Next: Aug. 21. Register in advance by calling Laura Howell, 203-732-1280 or email [email protected]

Bereavement support

Are you grieving the loss of a loved one? A 10-week program meets at St. Stephen’s Parish, 6948 Main Street, Trumbull, Wednesdays, 4-5:30. Registration required: 203-268-6217.

VITAS Innovative Hospice Care offers an ongoing bereavement support group every Friday, 10-11 a.m., VITAS Office, 99 Hawley Lane, suite 1204, Stratford. To register or for more information call 203-455-3300 or email [email protected]

Expectant parent classes and tours

Bridgeport Hospital offers classes and tours for new and expectant parents, including Birthplace Tours, Thursdays, Aug. 21 and 28, 6-7 p.m.; Infant CPR Anytime, Thursdays, Aug. 21 and 28, 7:15-8:15 p.m. To register, call 1-888-357-2396.

Look Good …. Feel Better

Free American Cancer Society program helps women with cancer improve their appearance and self-image through hands-on beauty techniques offered the third Thursday of the month, 5-7, Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, Derby. Next: Aug. 21. Register in advance by calling Laura Howell, 203-732-1280 or email [email protected]

Parkinson’s fitness classes

On Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the remaining summer months, The Watermark at 3030 Park, Bridgeport will host its bi-weekly Parkinson’s Fitness Class, designed specifically for those who are living with Parkinson’s disease. Classes will be held at 12:45 (Tuesday) and noon (Thursday).

Reservations required; small participation fee; 203-373-6108.

Mammography screening

SWIM Women’s Imaging Center offers free and low-cost digital mammography screenings for women age 35 and older Thursday, Aug. 21, 10-2, Carriage Green at Milford, 77 Plains Road, Milford.

To schedule an appointment, call 203-576-5505

Blood pressure screenings

Bridgeport Hospital offers free blood pressure screenings at Shelton Senior Center, 81 Wheeler St., Monday, Aug. 25, noon-2; 1-888-357-2396.

Stroke support

Free support group meeting for recovering stroke patients and their caregivers third Wednesday of the month, 5:30-7, Seton Room, Level C, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, 203-576-5361.

Free caregiver support

A free patient and caregiver support program also offered the last Tuesday of the month, 6-7:30, St. Vincent’s Medical Oncology Conference Room, Level 3 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care. Open to all cancer patients and survivors along with their caregivers, family, friends; 203-576-6158; [email protected]

Food for Life cooking class

Live cooking class, a cancer survivorship program designed to advance cancer prevention and survival through nutrition education, research and live cooking demonstration. Digestive Health, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 6-7:30 p.m. in the Hawley Conference Center located on the 4th floor of St. Vincent’s new Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care adjacent to St. Vincent’s Medical Center.

Registration required: 203-576-6158.

Breast cancer survivor support

St. Vincent’s free Breast Cancer Survivor support group meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month 5:30-7 p.m., Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care at St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Next: Sept. 2. No reservations are required. Information: 203-576-6158; [email protected]

Skin cancer talks

Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center will host eight “Evenings of Wellness” starting Sept. 3, from 6-7 p.m., with its first presentation on Melanoma and Skin Cancer by Dr. Roselle Crombie, M.P.H., at The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, 111 Beach Road. RSVP by Aug. 29, 203-255-1011.

Upcoming lectures: Oct. 1, Breast Cancer: Risks, Genetics and Our Environment, Dr. Neal Fischbach; Nov, 5, Supplements: Are they Really Working for You? Dr. Veronica Waks; Jan. 7, Sleep Solutions: Regain Your Rest! Dr. Mary Jo Vasquez; Feb. 4, Strategies for a Healthy Heart, Dr. Stuart Zarich; March 4, Good Nutrition: It Can Save your Life! Amy DiCioccio, RD; April 1, Balancing Stress: Life & Work, Dr. Mindy Hersh; May 6, The Truth About Plastic Surgery, Dr. Shareef Jandali.

Live well workshops at Griffin

Griffin Hospital is hosting free workshops in Stratford, Woodbridge and Derby to help individuals suffering from chronic conditions like diabetes, depression, heart disease, arthritis, pain or anxiety take back control of their lives.

Stratford Senior Center, 1000 West Broad St., Stratford, Sept. 3, 10, 17, and 24, and Oct. 1 and 8, 1-3 p.m. To register, call 203-385-4050

Woodbridge Senior Center, 4 Meeting House Lane, Woodbridge, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and Nov. 6, 9-11:30 a.m. To register, call 203-389-3430.

Griffin Hospital, 130 Division Street, Derby, Oct 16, 23, 30, and Nov. 6, 13 and 20, 1-3:30 p.m. To register, call Daun Barrett at 203-732-7584.

Driver saftey program

Griffin Hospital will host an AARP Driver Safety Program Saturday, Sept. 6, 9-1, in the hospital’s dining room meeting rooms.

Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Make checks payable to AARP. Call 203-732-7584 to register.

Griffin hosts mini-med school course

Griffin Hospital is accepting registrations for its free 10-week “Mini-Med School” course that begins Thursday, Sept. 11.

This free course will be conducted over 10 consecutive weekly sessions by various Griffin Hospital physicians who serve as faculty. The program meets Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m., in the hospital’s Meditation and Learning Center, 130 Division Street in Derby. The Mini-Med School will culminate with a “graduation” ceremony for participants on November 13.

To register, go to the events calendar at griffinhealth.org or call 203-732-1511.

Caregiver support

Group for family members and others responsible for the day-to-day care of elderly relatives meets second Friday of month, noon-1, Operations Conference Room, Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant Street; 1-888-357-2396.

Also, hosted by Maefair Health Care second Tuesday of the month 2:30-3:30, 21 Maefair Court, Trumbull. Meetings are open to all caregivers in the community. Light refreshments, 203-459-5152.

Reiki workshops

Griffin Hospital is offering area residents an opportunity to learn and hone their technique in Reiki, a body, mind, and spirit approach to medicine and healing, with Reiki Level 1 and Level 2 workshops this fall.

Reiki Master Eileen Carino, RN-BC, and Joanne Halstead, RN, will host a Level 1 Reiki Workshop Saturday, Sept. 20, 9-3, Griffin Hospital, 130 Division Street, Derby. The Reiki 1 Workshop teaches the basic concepts of Reiki, allowing ample time for hands-on practice. Cost is $125, including certificate and Reiki book. Deadline for the Reiki Level 1 Workshop is Sept. 15.

The Level 2 Workshop will be Oct. 4, 9-3, at the hospital. With the second level of Reiki, practitioners are given the ability to perform emotional healing, to learn three of the four Usui Reiki sacred symbols and to enhance their healing abilities. Reiki 2 attunement intensifies the energies introduced at Reiki 1. Participants must have completed Reiki Level 1 and a minimum of six months Reiki practice. Cost for the program is $100 (plus a $25 book fee for participants without one). The deadline for the Reiki 2 workshop is Sept. 29.

To register, call 203-732-7555.

Griffin Hospital 5K Walk/Run

Area businesses and community groups are invited to support The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital’s 6th annual 5K Walk/Run set for Oct. 18.

Proceeds from the event support area cancer survivors during their treatment.

Sponsorship opportunities include signage at the event, logos on the event promotional materials and T-shirts, and opportunities to have a table to distribute products at the event or put items, coupons or promotional material in participant give-away bags.

For more information, contact Christian Meagher at 203-732-7431 or [email protected] For more information about the event, visit griffin5k.kintera.org.

Health insurance help

St. Vincent’s Medical Center is offering a free program of health insurance and Medicare information and counseling to the public every week. Individuals can meet with the health insurance specialist by appointment in the privacy of the Banks Library located on the third level of St. Vincent’s.

To schedule an appointment, call 203-576-5111.

Reiki and Therapeutic Touch

Griffin Hospital regularly offers workshops for Reiki and Therapeutic Touch to the community and the training is free if the attendee signs up to volunteer and commits to provide their new skill at the hospital, 203-732-7555, griffinhealth.org.

Yoga classes in Easton

All levels welcome to yoga at “A New Earth Yoga.” Daily classes are by donation at 9:30, 12:30 and 6:30.

To reserve a space, call 203-268-9516 or email [email protected] For more information, visit anewearthyoga.com.

Nutrition for cancer survivors

Class provides information and resources for healthy eating during and after treatment in addition with dietary tips and modifications to help improve overall wellness and health, the second Wednesday of every month, 5-6 p.m., St. Vincent’s Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care adjacent to the hospital, 203-576-6158.

Bereavement support

Griffin Hospital offers support groups for anyone experiencing the loss of a loved one:

Afternoon General Bereavement Group, every Tuesday, noon-1:30;

Evening General Bereavement Group, first and third Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8;

Widow/Widower Support Group, every Tuesday, 2:30-4;

Bereaved Parents’ Support Group, second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8 p.m.;

Young Widows/Widowers Support Group, each Wednesday, 6:30-8 p.m.

Attendees should ask the information desk for the location of each meeting. To learn more or to register, call Andrea Rudolph, 203-732-1132 or Jo Clare Wilson, 203-732-1100.

A 10-week program for those grieving the loss of a loved one runs Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., at Our Lady of Peace Church, 10 Ivy Street.

All meetings will take place the first and third Wednesday of the month.

Registration is required. Call 203-377-4863, ext. 10 to register or for more information.

Overeaters self-help group

Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-Step self-help group for compulsive overeaters. The group meets every Sunday, 8:45-9:45 a.m., at St. Vincent’s Hospital, 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, in the Seton Room on Level C.

There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only requirement is a desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information, visit swctoa.org or call Bill M., 203-455-7766.

Family support group

For adult patients, family members and friends who are coping with a diagnose of leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and Hodgkin’s Disease, first Tuesday of every month, 4-5:30, St. V’s Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, Level 3 Medical Oncology Conference Room, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, 203-576-6158; [email protected]

Hospice volunteer training

The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. is sponsoring its fall volunteer training this October. The course will inform and prepare prospective volunteers in all aspects of Hospice Care for patients in lower Fairfield County, 203-315-7510, 1-800-8-HOSPICE ext. 510, [email protected]

Griffin Greetings

“Griffin Greetings” enables individuals to send a message to a patient via the hospital website, griffinhealth.org. There are several card options, including baby congratulations, get well soon and birthday wishes. The card is printed at the hospital and delivered to the patient’s room. The card will be delivered to the patient’s address if he or she is discharged before delivery.

To send a Griffin Greeting, visit griffinhealth.org and click on the “Patient Greetings” link on the left-hand side of the home page.

Addiction support

Are you dealing with an addiction in your life or the life of a family member? Higher Ground Ministry is non-denominational offering help that is permanent through biblical truths. Weekly meetings are held where one receives support, encouragement and spiritual guidance. Meetings are Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Trinity Baptist Church, 300 North Benson Road, Fairfield. Also, Sundays 6-7:30 p.m., Stepney Baptist Church, 423 Main St., Monroe; Mondays, 7:30-9 p.m., Huntington Chapel, 177 Ripton Road, Huntington; Fridays, 7-8:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 235 Prindle Ave., Ansonia; Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., New Vision Ministries, 130 Gregory Street, Bridgeport; Wednesdays, Women’s Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., Victory Outreach Church, 381 Jane Street, Bridgeport; and Fridays, 7-8:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Shelton, 178 Leavenworth Road, Shelton; and Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m., Grace Baptist Church, 400 Burnt Plains Road, Milford. Information: 203-888-9974; highergroundministry.org.

Diabetes education

Fourth Thursday of the month, 6-7:30, St. Vincent’s Level 4 Seton Conference Room, 203-576-6168.

Al-Anon meetings

Al-Anon is a resource for family members and friends affected by alcoholism.

Al-Anon meets Sundays, 6:30 and Wednesdays, 7:30, St. Ann’s, old convent behind church, Brewster Street, Black Rock; Sundays, 7, St. Charles Church, (Spanish meeting), 391 Ogden Street, Bridgeport; Fridays, 8, Bridgeport Mental Health Center, 1635 Central Avenue, first floor (park & enter from parking deck off Mead Street).

For information about groups in Connecticut, call 1-888-825-2666. For more information about Al-Anon, visit ct-al-anon.org. A free publication is available at Al-AnonFamilyGroups.org.

Free HIV/HCV tests

The Greater Bridgeport Area Prevention Program and the Stratford Health Department will offer rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing with results in 20 minutes every first and third Tuesday of the month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Stratford Health Dept., 468 Birdseye St., Stratford.

To schedule an appointment call 203-385-4058.

Healthcare and Medicare information

St. Vincent’s Medical Center is offering a free program of health insurance and Medicare information and counseling to the public every week. Individuals can meet with the health insurance specialist by appointment in the privacy of the Banks Library located on the third level of St. Vincent’s.

To schedule an appointment or for more information call St. Vincent’s Volunteer Office at 203-576-5111.

Yoga classes

“New ‘Mindful Flow’ yoga class series offered Fridays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at 2505 Main St., Suite 224, Stationhouse Square, Stratford.

This class provides a foundation in learning yoga postures while incorporating mindfulness — ‘meditation in motion’. Instruction will be given on both inner and outer practices of yoga (postures, breathing, meditation) and is appropriate for beginner and intermediate level students.

Information is available at naturesourcecare.com/yoga; 203-895-5534 or [email protected]

Weight loss support

Interested in losing weight? Concerned about your weight? First Congregational Church, 44 South Cliff St., Ansonia hosts a night of mutual support Mondays, weigh in from 5:45-6:50 p.m.; meeting 7-8 p.m. First meeting is free. Call Tom, 203-308-3355 and leave a message.

Cancer support group

Ongoing monthly group is focused on giving support to patients and families who have been diagnosed with lung, colon, head and neck, esophageal, GI cancers and other solid tumors. One-hour dialogue and discussion on medical issues and stress related issues regarding the medical, physical, and emotional effects concerning the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Meetings are the third Wednesday of the month, 9-10 a.m., Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, third floor conference room, St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Call 203-576-6158.

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