Health Notes: Support groups, menopause lecture and more

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Cancer survivor support

Bridgeport Hospital's Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society will sponsor a free meeting in the Moving Forward support and educational series for cancer survivors, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 5-7:30 p.m., at 5520 Park Ave., Trumbull. The topic is "Eat Well, Stay Well." A light supper will be served. Registration is required. Call 203-563-1523.

Menopause lecture

Bridgeport Hospital OB-GYNs Robert Deal, MD and Mary Beth Harman, DO, and family medicine physician Bhawna Gupta, MD, will discuss menopause symptoms and their treatments during the free lecture, "Feel Great Through Menopause," Thursday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m., at the Trumbull Marriott, 180 Hawley Lane. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Reservations are required. Call 1-888-357-2396.

Greenway walk-a-thon

Join the Polish Falcons of America at the 2012 PFA Derby Greenway Walk-A-Thon Saturday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m., Division Street, Derby.

Sponsored by The Polish Falcons of America from Nest 36, Ansonia & Nest 208, Derby.

Proceeds to benefit Griffin Hospital Center for Cancer Care. The walk distance is approx. 3.56 miles. Early registration deadline is Sept. 18 for $15; registration on day of Walk-A-Thon is $20. Parking at BJ's. Post walk food will be at Polish Falcon Nest 36, 108 Central St., Ansonia.

There also will be a pledge for walkers. Donations accepted from those who choose not to or cannot walk. Volunteers are needed.


Center for Cancer Care 5K Walk/Run

Griffin Hospital invites individuals and families to join the more than 500 walkers and runners expected to support local cancer patients at the 4th annual Center for Cancer Care 5K Walk/Run beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Starting in the cancer center's parking lot at 350 Seymour Avenue in Derby, this event will feature entertainment and post-event refreshments for all participants and their family members. Proceeds are earmarked for patient support programs at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital.

Check-in for the event begins at 7:30 a.m., with the walk/run scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Advance registration is required, and the first 500 registered participants will receive long sleeve T-shirts. Registration fee will increase from $25 to $30 after Sept. 23.

Individuals and teams may register online at For more information, call 203-732-1284 or e-mail

Nursing assistant program

Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers will be offering an evening Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program, starting Sept. 24.

The 13-week course will be held Monday and Wednesdays from 5-9 p.m. at the School of Allied Health Careers, 300 Seymour Avenue, Suite 206, Derby. The course is open to adults over 18 years of age with high school diploma or GED.

The $1,200 CNA course tuition fee includes the course book, workbook, and malpractice insurance coverage for the clinical rotation.

Interested students should contact the School of Allied Health Careers at 203-732-1276 for more information.

Mammography screenings

The SWIM Women's Imaging Center will offer free and low-cost digital mammography screenings for women age 35 and older Saturday, Sept. 29, 4-7 p.m., Emanuel Assembly of God, 331 Madison Ave., Bridgeport.

To schedule an appointment, call 203-576-5505.

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. No reservations required. Next: Oct. 2. Information: 203-576-6158;

Nutrition course

Griffin Hospital will offer a free four-week nutrition course, "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Nutrition, But Were Afraid to Ask," held over four sessions, Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby.

Early registration is encouraged, as space is limited. Register online at or call 203-732-1260.

Blood pressure screenings

Screenings offered by Bridgeport Hospital at Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace, Mondays, Oct. 1 and 15, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Stratford Baldwin Center, 1000 West Broad St., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Shelton Senior Center, 81 Wheeler St., Mondays, Sept. 24 and Oct. 22, noon-2 p.m. Call 1-888-357-2396.

Also offered by the South End Community Center in collaboration with the Stratford Health Department, first and third Wednesdays of the month, 10-noon, South End Community Center; 203-385-4058; 203-377-0689.

The Mario and Irma D'Addario Hypertension Program at St. Vincent's Medical Center provides free blood pressure screenings and information to the public every Tuesday, 11:30-3:30, in the main lobby of St. Vincent's Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport; 1-877-255-SVHS (7847).

First aid/safety class

Bridgeport Hospital's Emergency Care Institute offers the following self-care classes in the duPont Board Room at Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St. To register, call 203-384-4497.

Adult, child and infant CPR two-year certification, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 6-9 p.m., $65; Pediatric first aid & safety and adult, child and infant CPR/defibrillator training two-year certification, Saturdays, Sept. 22 and Oct. 13, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., $100 full class or $70 first aid portion only; Administration of medicine class, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $50 full program (three-year certification) or $25 for injectable medications only; Basic life support for healthcare providers, Wednesdays, Sept. 19 and Oct. 17, 6-10 p.m., $90 ($65 for those with an unexpired American Heart Association certification card).

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.

Bereavement support

St. Vincent's Medical Center is offering a free seven-week "Journey from Loss to Healing & Hope" Bereavement Support Series every Tuesday, Sept. 11-Oct. 23, 2:30-4 p.m. in the Medical Oncology Conference Room on Level 3 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care adjacent to the Medical Center (the conference room is just off the elevator to the right).

To register, call 203-576-5110.

Eight-week group facilitated by Ximena Varas, certified lay minister and chaplain meets Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m at First United Methodist Church, 188 Rocky Rest Road. Registration required: or 203-278-1568.

Senior driving course

AARP's Senior Driver Safety Program will be offered Saturday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., in the first-floor Administration Conference Room at Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St.

Fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members, which covers handouts and instructional materials. To register, call 1-888-357-2396.

Breast cancer fund-raiser

The Valley Women's Health Initiative will honor seven women at its 12th annual Women Making a Difference in the Valley (WMDIV) Tribute Luncheon and Breast Cancer Fundraiser Thursday, Oct. 4, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Grassy Hill Lodge, Derby.

The seven women who will be honored this year are: Carol Pendagast of Shelton; Pat Lesiw and Carmie Potash of Seymour; and Gloriann Albini, Brenda Bazyluk, Laura Howell, and Lori Murphy, all of Derby Liz Kennard of Comcast will host this year's event.

Proceeds will benefit the Griffin Hospital/Valley Breast Care Fund.

To purchase a ticket, or to make a donation, call 203-732-1300, e-mail, or send s check to: The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby, CT 06418, Att: M. Vallillo. To become a sponsor or to place a congratulatory ad, call 203-233-7639 or email

Nutrition for cancer survivors

St. Vincent's presents"Nutrition for Cancer Survivors" the second Wednesday of the month from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in its Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care adjacent to the hospital. Next: Oct. 10. To register or for more information call 203-576-6158.

Genetic counseling

The Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute at Bridgeport Hospital is partnering with Yale Cancer Center to provide genetic counseling services in the Greater Bridgeport community. Certified genetic counselor Rachel Barnett sees patients at the Cancer Institute's Park Avenue campus in Trumbull, where a number of other cancer-related services are also provided. Appointment is available Wednesdays, Oct. 10.

To make an appointment, call 203-764-8400.

Diabetes education

St. Vincent's Medical Center and the Merck Co., are co-sponsoring The Journey for Control, a monthly diabetes education workshop, the fourth Thursday of the month, 6-7:30 p.m., in St. Vincent's Level 4 Seton Conference Room (next to the cafeteria). Upcoming dates are Thursdays, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13.

To register, call 203-576-6168.

Family support group

A free 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 is being offered at St. Vincent's on the first Tuesday of every month from 4-5:30 p.m., in the Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, Level 3 Medical Oncology Conference Room, adjacent to the Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Information: 203-576-6158;

Breastfeeding support

Bridgeport Hospital has launched a new free breastfeeding support group for new and expectant mothers, the first and third Wednesday of the month, 10-noon, 5520 Park Ave., Trumbull. Next: Oct. 3 and 17. To register, call toll free 1-888-357-2396.

Free prostate cancer screenings

Free prostate cancer screenings will be offered by St. Vincent's SWIM Prostate Cancer Institute Monday, Sept. 24, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., at St. Vincent's Family Health Center, 762 Lindley Street, Bridgeport. Call 203-576-6158 for an appointment.

Look Good .... Feel Better

Free American Cancer Society program that helps women with cancer improve their appearance and self-image through hands-on beauty techniques offered Thursday, Oct. 11, 1-3 p.m., Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care adjacent St. Vincent's Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Reservations required: 203-576-6158.

Also offered Friday, Oct. 19, 1-3 p.m., Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St., first floor operations conference room. To register, call 1-888-357-2396.

Also offered Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2-4 p.m., The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, 111 Beach Road, Fairfield. To register, call 203-255-5300.

Also offered by The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, Derby the third Thursday of the month, 5-7 p.m. Register in advance by calling Laura Howell, 203-732-1280 or email

Better Breathing Club

Next meeting is Fridays, Sept. 28 and Oct. 26, 1:30 p.m., first-floor Administration Conference Room at Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St. Support group meeting is open to anyone with chronic respiratory disease. To register, call 203-336-7375.

Stroke support

St. Vincent's Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Support Group meets the third Wednesday of the month 5:30-7 p.m., Seton Room on Level C at St. Vincent's Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Call 203-576-5361.

Bridgeport Hospital's Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers will host a free Stroke Support Group meeting for recovering stroke patients and their caregivers Tuesday, Oct. 2, 6-7 p.m., at its Shelton outreach site, 4 Corporate Drive. For information or to register, call 203-925-4201.

Scotch tasting fund-raiser

Griffin Hospital will host The Valley Goes Pink Scotch Tasting fund-raiser Thursday, Oct. 18, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at La Sala Banquet Hall, 79 High Street in Derby (by the Sons of Italy Club).

Attendees will have the opportunity to sample some of the world's best scotch, while also helping breast cancer patients in the Valley.

Tickets are $60 if purchased before Oct. 11 or $70 at the door. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Hewitt Center for Breast Health at Griffin Hospital.

Call 203-732-7504 or visit to reserve a spot.

Soft touch workshop

Griffin Hospital is offering individuals an opportunity to help relieve stress for their loved ones and hospital patients through a Soft Touch workshop Saturday, Oct. 20, from noon to 3 p.m.

Taught by a Griffin Hospital nurse who is also a licensed massage therapist, this basic-level training includes a demonstration of various Soft Touch techniques as well as opportunity for hands-on practice.

There are no prerequisites to attend the workshop and it is open to the public. Cost is $25 for the public, and free to Griffin Hospital employees and volunteers.

Space is limited, so early registration is required. Workshop participants may register by contacting Tricia Brister at 203-732-7555 or at

Ostomy support

Bridgeport Hospital will sponsor a free Ostomy Support meeting Sunday, Oct. 21, 2 p.m., at Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut, 40 Lindeman Drive, Trumbull. The meeting is open to anyone who has had or will have an ostomy operation, such as colostomy, urostomy or ileostomy. Spouses are welcome. Meetings are held on the third Sunday of the month except July and August. For information, call Sharon Tilley at 203-384-3209.

Family Fun Day Oct. 21

The Valley Initiative to Advance Health & Learning in Schools (VITAHLS) will host a Family Fun Day Sunday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Emmett O'Brien Technical High School, 141 Prindle Ave., Ansonia.

A fun run will precede the free event at 8 a.m. at Emmett O'Brien. Family Fun Day will have a festival feel with many booths featuring games, nutritional and fitness activities, free healthy snacks and a farmers market. The Family Fun Day is also designed to launch the public phase of the VITAHLS program informing parents, community leaders and the public about the goals and components of the program.

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.

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 for more information.

Massage therapy

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.

Fitness classes

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.

Diabetes education

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.

Gamblers Anonymous

Meets Saturdays, 7 p.m., 100 Bank St., Seymour. For more information, call Steve, 203-362-5234.

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 Chruch, 423 Main St., Monroe; Mondays, 7:30-9 p.m., Huntington Chapel, 177 Ripton Road, Huntington; Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m., Christ the King Church at American Legion Hall, 21 Cedar St., Naugatuck; Fridays, 7-8:30 p.m., First Baptist Church,178 Leavenworth Road, Shelton and First Baptist Church, 235 Prindle Ave., Ansonia. Information: 203-888-9974;

Overeaters group

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.

Genetic counseling

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 support

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;; 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;

Fibromyalgia support

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;

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

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.

Kripalu yoga

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; 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.

OCD support

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:; Suzanne Wasylink, 203-974-7523.

Wellness booth

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, 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; or Joyce Grohe, co-facilitator, 203-888-3993.

MS support

Derby MS support group meets third Wednesday of the month, 4:30-5:30, Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby; Lisa, 203-231-4716;

The Shelton MS support group meets second Monday of the month, 2-3:30, Plumb Library, 65 Wooster St., Shelton; 1-800-344-4867;

Bereavement support

Hosted by Griffin Hospital, second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 2:30-3:30. Facilitated by a chaplain and a social worker, the group is designed to provide ongoing support; 203-732-1100.

Overeaters anonymous

Free 12-step program for compulsive eaters, meets Mondays, Fridays, noon-1, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 25 Church St., Shelton; 203-454-6607.

Caregiver support

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

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;

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 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.

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Cancer boutique

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;

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;

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.

Scleroderma support

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.

Donate vehicles

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).