Health Notes: Mini-med school, support groups and more
Health 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Nov. 13.
To register, go to the events calendar at griffinhealth.org or call 203-732-1511.
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 Esmail.Dezhbod@vitas.com.
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.
Expectant parent classes
Bridgeport Hospital offers classes and tours for new and expectant parents, including Birthplace Tours, Thursdays, Aug. 28, Sept. 4, 11, 18 and 24, 6-7 p.m.; Infant CPR Anytime, Thursdays, Aug. 28, Sept. 4, 11, 18 and 25, 7:15-8:15 p.m. To register, call 888-357-2396.
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.
Free support group meeting for recovering stroke patients and their caregivers, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 6-7 p.m., Bridgeport Hospital’s Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers, 4 Corporate Drive, Shelton; 203-925-4201.
Also offered 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@example.com.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org.
First aid and safety classes
Bridgeport Hospital’s Emergency Care Institute offers the following American Heart Association self-care classes at the hospital, 267 Grant St. Registration required. Call 203-384-4497.
Adult, child and Infant CPR/AED two-year certification, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 6-9 p.m., $65; Pediatric first aid & safety and adult, child and infant CPR/defibrillator training two-year certification, Saturday, Sept. 13 and 27, 8:30-5:30, $100 full class or $70 first aid portion only; Administration of Medicine Class, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $50 full program (three-year certification) or $25 injectable medications only; Basic life support for healthcare providers two-year certification, Thursday, Sept. 4, 6-10 p.m., and Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6-10 p.m., $90 ($65 for those with an unexpired American Heart Association certification card).
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.
Breastfeeding support group
Bridgeport Hospital’s free breastfeeding support group for new and expectant mothers meets Wednesday, Sept. 3 and 17, 10-noon, at the hospital’s outpatient campus, 5520 Park Avenue, Trumbull. Mothers can attend as many meetings as they wish and are welcome to bring their babies. To register, call 888-357-2396.
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.
Blood pressure screenings
Bridgeport Hospital offers free blood pressure screenings at Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace, Monday, Sept. 15, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Stratford Baldwin Center, 1000 West Broad Street, Monday, Sept. 8, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Shelton Senior Center, 81 Wheeler Street, Monday, Sept. 22, noon-2; 1-888-357-2396.
Bridgeport Hospital’s Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute and Yale Cancer Center provide monthly genetic counseling services by appointment, including Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the hospital’s outpatient campus, 5520 Park Avenue, Trumbull; 203-764-8400.
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. Next: Sept. 12; 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.
Senior driving course
AARP’s Smart Driver Course, Saturday, Sept. 13, 9-1, Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant Street, $15 AARP members and $20 non-members, covers handouts and instructional materials. To register, call 888-357-2396.
Griffin offers nutrition course
Griffin Hospital will offer a free four-week nutrition course beginning Tuesday, Sept. 16-Oct. 7, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, 350 Seymour Avenue, Derby.
Early registration is encouraged, as space is limited. Register at 203-732-1260.
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 Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2-4, Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, 111 Beach Road, Fairfield; 203-255-5300.
Also offered the third Thursday of the month, 5-7, Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, Derby. Register in advance by calling Laura Howell, 203-732-1280 or email email@example.com.
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.
Children’s health and safety fair
The 13th annual Children’s Health and Safety Fair will take on a Family Carnival theme, providing free food, games and a variety of health, wellness and safety programs and displays Sunday, Sept. 21, from 9-2, at the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, One Positive Place, Shelton.
For more information, call 203-732-1337.
Bridgeport Hospital will sponsor a free ostomy support group meeting Sunday, Sept. 21, 2 p.m.,Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut, 12 Cambridge Drive, Trumbull. Open to anyone who has had or will have an ostomy operation, such as colostomy, urostomy or ileostomy. Spouses welcome. Meetings are held the third Sunday of the month except July and August; 203-384-3209.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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@example.com. 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.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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@example.com.
“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.
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.
Fourth Thursday of the month, 6-7:30, St. Vincent’s Level 4 Seton Conference Room, 203-576-6168.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Nursing moms support
Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby hosts a monthly Nursing Moms Support Group, facilitated by a board-certified lactation consultant the fourth Tuesday of each month from 7-9 p.m. Contact JMatranga@griffinhealth.org for more information.
Massage is offered for oncology patients undergoing definitive active treatment and for survivors who have completed treatment. Call 203-576-6158 for an appointments. Program takes place on third floor of Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care at St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport.
Ring for Your Rhythm
Bridgeport Hospital’s “Ring for Your Rhythm” line provides recorded, step-by-step instructions for taking a pulse reading, to help detect atrial fibrillation (a-fib) and possibly prevent a stroke. Call toll free, 24/7, at 1-855-247-8573. A-fib, the most common type of heart rhythm disorder, causes blood to pool in the heart’s chambers, which can lead to blood clots that may travel to the brain and trigger a stroke.
Yoga for cancer patients
Restorative yoga, chair yoga with breathing and meditation for patients in active treatment or post-surgery, Tuesdays, 10 a.m., The Watermark, 303 Park Ave., Bridgeport; Thursdays, 10 a.m., Yoga Room on Level 3 of St. Vincent’s Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, adjacent to the Medical Center. Gentle Yoga, for patients in treatment or recently finished, Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Yoga for Everybody, 27 Unquowa Road, Fairfield. Formal Yoga, for cancer survivors of five years or less, Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., The Watermark, 3030 Park Ave., Bridgeport. To register call 203-576-6158.
Bridgeport Hospital’s Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers offers weekly fitness classes in Bridgeport and Stratford:
Boot Camp, Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:45-6:45 a.m., 226 Mill Hill Ave., Bridgeport; Saturdays, 10-11 a.m., 3585 Main St., Stratford.
Women’s Strength Training, Tuesdays, 11-noon; Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., 226 Mill Hill, Bridgeport; Saturdays, 8-9 a.m., 3585 Main St., Stratford.
Zumba, Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., 226 Mill Hill, Bridgeport; Saturdays, 8-9 a.m., 3585 Main St., Stratford.
All classes are conducted by certified fitness trainers. Cost is $8 per class or $75 for 10 classes. Tickets are available at all Ahlbin Centers locations, or before or after classes. For information or to register, call 203-336-7301 (Bridgeport) or 203-380-4672 (Stratford).
In addition to Bridgeport and Stratford, Ahlbin Centers has outpatient facilities at 4 Corporate Drive, Shelton; 2600 Post Road, Southport; and 2750 Reservoir Ave., Trumbull.
St. Vincent’s Medical Center and the Merck Co., are co-sponsoring The Journey for Control, a monthly Diabetes Education Workshop, held the fourth Thursday of the month, 6-7:30 p.m. in St. Vincent’s Level 4 Seton Conference Room. To register, call 203-576-6168.
Meets Saturdays, 7 p.m., 100 Bank St., Seymour. For more information, call Steve, 203-362-5234.
Compulsive overeaters group meets Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., Rimmon Pond Counseling, LLC, 100 Bank St., Seymour. Group will address underlying attitudes and beliefs which affect eating behaviors. For more information or to register, call 203-888-0462.
Led by licensed acupuncturist Gregor Wei, Mondays, 10-2, Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, 111 Beach Road, Fairfield. Call 203-255-5300 to register. Advance registration requested. Private appointments available.
The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital offers cancer genetic counseling services to individuals and families as part of the Center’s comprehensive model of patient-centered care.
Cancer genetic counseling is the process of collecting a patient’s detailed personal and family history, assessing their personal risk, and discussing their genetic testing options. Genetic tests are tests on blood and other tissue used to identify genetic disorders.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 203-732-1260.
Diabetes Education & Support Group meets September -June, second Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m., Griffin Hospital, Derby. Open to diabetics and their families; 203-732-1137.
Weight-loss surgery support
Griffin Bariatrics, a new program of Griffin Hospital, will host weight loss surgery support group meetings the third Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Griffin Imaging & Diagnostics Center at Ivy Brook, 2 Ivy Brook Road, Shelton. Advance registration requested; griffinhealth.org; 888-657-9252.
To help bariatric patients bridge the gap between the time of surgery and reaching their healthy weight, Griffin Bariatrics has assembled a Clothes Closet with men’s and women’s clothing in barely worn or new condition, which has been donated by bariatric patients and hospital staff and family members. The Clothes Closet is open the second Wednesday of each month, 4:30-6:30 p.m., prior to monthly “On Track” support group meetings; 203-732-7108; email@example.com.
Fibromyalgia Support Group meets the last Tuesday of the month, 2 p.m., Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby. Information: Daun Barrett, 203-732-7584.
Health and wellness classes
St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport offers a variety of health and wellness classes. Most sessions run for 10 weeks with the exception of pilates, which is six weeks; and Y Diabetes Prevention Program and Weight Watchers program, 16 and 17-week sessions respectively. 10-week sessions: $90. Information/registration: 203-576-6267; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free exercise video program
A new online video program called A-B-E (Activity Bursts Everywhere) for Fitness, designed specifically to help adults meet those recommendations for daily physical activity, is available at abeforfitness.com.
The program offers a library of more than 50 videos of guided physical activity routines, each of which may be done in 3 to 5 minutes. It offers a variety of options based on users’ time, interests, needs, and fitness levels.
Beginner and intermediate level, runs weekly, Fridays, 9:15 a.m., Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, 111 Beach Road, Fairfield. Class size limited to six students. Advance registration requested; 203-255-5300; bridgeporthospital.org. Yoga, restorative yoga and teen yoga classes also available. Call for full class schedule.
Weekly, Mondays, 5:30 p.m., Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, 111 Beach Road, Fairfield. Class size limited to six students. Advance registration requested; 203-255-5300.
Yale Obsessive Compulsive (OCD) Support Group meets first and third Thursday of the month, 3-4 p.m., CHMC, 34 Park St., 3rd floor conference room, New Haven. Information: psychiatry.yale.edu/ocd/patients; Suzanne Wasylink, 203-974-7523.
St. Vincent’s Wellness Booth has relocated to the main lobby of the Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. The Wellness Booth, a project of the Mario and Irma D’Addario Hypertension Fund, formerly was located at Westfield Shoppingtown, Trumbull. The booth offers a variety of health screenings and services to the public every Tuesday and Wednesday, 11:30-3:30. No appointment required for any of the screenings.
Free blood pressure screenings are performed every Tuesday. On Wednesdays, Cholesterol/HDL ratio/glucose screening, $18; a lipid panel requiring a four-hour fast, $25; blood sugar screening alone requiring a two-hour fast, $1.
For more information call St. Vincent’s toll-free Care Line at 1-877-255-SVHS (7847).
Help for new movers
Bridgeport Hospital’s free Newcomer Concierge Service helps new residents of Bridgeport and surrounding towns locate physicians to meet personal and family health needs. Service also provides information on health-related events and activities. To reach the Newcomer Concierge Service, call 203-330-7462, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, 9-3.
Heart-disease risk quiz
Bridgeport Hospital offers “Take 10 for Your Ticker,” a free online heart-disease risk quiz. Quiz is available at bridgeporthospital.org, by clicking on the link in the “Take 10 for Your Ticker” box.
For those without access to the Internet, a free printed copy of the quiz, with an explanation of results, is available by calling 1-888-357-2396.
Breast cancer support
Woman to Woman of the Valley group meets second and fourth Thursday of the month, 6-7:30 p.m., Griffin Hospital Cancer Center, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby.
Information: Midge Johnson, breast care coordinator at Griffin Hospital, 203-732-7566 or e-mail email@example.com; or Joyce Grohe, co-facilitator, 203-888-3993.
Derby MS support group meets third Wednesday of the month, 4:30-5:30, Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby; Lisa, 203-231-4716; ctfightsMS.org.
The Shelton MS support group meets second Monday of the month, 2-3:30, Plumb Library, 65 Wooster St., Shelton; 1-800-344-4867; ctfightsMS.org.
Free 12-step program for compulsive eaters, meets Mondays, Fridays, noon-1, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Church St., Shelton; 203-454-6607.
Atria Stratford Assisted Living, 6911 Main St., offers a support group for family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease, or related dementia, living at home or in an extended care facility. Group meets first Wednesday of the month, 6-7; 203-380-0006.
Grasmere Eldercare Center: 240 Colony St., Fairfield, offers open discussion about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, last Friday of month, 1-2. RSVP Courtney: 203-259-6699 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jewish Family Service, 2370 Park Ave., Bridgeport, offers support group for family members or friends helping with the care of adults over 60, meets first Wednesday of month, 6-7:30 p.m. RSVP: 203-366-5438, Ext. 219.
Sunset Shores Adult Day Health Center, 720 Barnum Avenue Cut Off, Stratford, offers a support group for people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Meetings are the second Wednesday of the month, 4-5; 203-380-1228.
St. Vincent’s SWIM family support group meets first Tuesday of each month, 4-5:30 p.m., Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care at St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. No reservations required; 203-576-6158; email@example.com.
Prostate cancer survivors
St. Vincent’s SWIM Prostate Cancer Survivors Educational Lecture Series and Support Group meets at Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, at St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Call 203-576-6158 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for dates and times of lectures. No reservations required.
Breast cancer wellness
St. Vincent’s Breast Cancer Survivor Wellness program, intended for women who have recently undergone breast cancer surgery and those further along in their recovery, 4:30-5:30, Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care at St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. No reservations required. For dates, call 203-576-6158.
Breast cancer stories
Bizymoms.com has helped many women with whatever information it is they may be seeking about breast cancer. A panel of cancer experts, women, wives, and mothers are waiting to share their expertise and stories while learning about yours. Visit bizymoms.com/cares/breastcancer.
St. Vincent’s partners with Saxon-Kent Lingerie of Orange to provide special products for women battling cancer. Boutique hours: Monday-Friday, 10-4. Fitting hours for wigs, prosthesis, mastectomy bras, lymphedema sleeves etc: Tuesdays, 2-4; Wednesdays, 10-noon; or by appointment; 203-576-6158; email@example.com.
Breast cancer support
Woman-to-Woman, an American Cancer Society sponsored support group for women who have had breast cancer or who have been newly diagnosed, meets monthly, 2-4 p.m., Cambridge Manor, 2428 Easton Tpke., Fairfield; 1-800-889-3340.
The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital offers a breast cancer survivor group “Circle of Friends” which meets the second Thursday of every month, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Center for Cancer Care, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby. New topics and guest speakers monthly; 203-732-1300; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancer resource library
St. Vincent’s SWIM Cancer Resource Library is open Monday-Friday, 9-5, Maureen Ringel Cancer Resource Library, Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, St. V’s. Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. A representative is available to assist visitors with navigation of web-based searches, cancer clinical trial searches and direct patient referrals to a variety of free resources Monday-Friday, 9-1.
Free hearing tests
Offered in the office or at home, by Affordable Hearing Solutions, LLC, Orange Medical Center, 380 Boston Post Road #107, Orange, Monday-Friday, 9-5; free. Call 799-7775, for an appointment. Tests also offered at Waterbury office, 2457 East Main St.; call 203-574-5377.
The American Society For Scleroderma Research has formed a support group for all afflicted by this disease. Group meets every second Thursday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., St. Vincent Medical Center, Main Street, Bridgeport; Aimee Turiano or Joy LoSchiavo, 203-273-2034.
RedcrossMotors converts donated vehicles into dollars to help support the local chapter. Most motorized vehicles including boats, trailers, trucks, motorcycles and motor homes are accepted, running or not. Information: 1-877-RCDONOR (732-6667).