Health news for March 28, 2010.

Cardiac support
The Cardiac Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month in Cardiac Rehab on the second floor at St. James Hospital. The next support group will be held Wednesday, April 14.

Blood pressure clinic
The Steuben County Public Health and Nursing Services will sponsor a blood pressure clinics as follows:
• From 12-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 22 at the County Office Building, Bath.
Anyone with special needs or for further information, call the Steuben County Public Health and Nursing Services office in Bath at 664-2438 or 800-724-0471.

Gastric Bypass support
The monthly meeting of the Gastric Bypass Support Group of St. James Mercy Health System will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. the third Monday of every month in the Cafeteria at St. James Mercy Hospital. The next meeting will be held Monday, April 19.
The free support group is open to any individual who has had a gastric bypass or is considering one. For more information call Faith Mills at 324-5869 or tmrcj@yahoo.com.

STD/HIV clinics
The Steuben County Public Health and Nursing Services will sponsor free HIV and Sexually Transmitted Disease clinics as follows:
• From 9-11 a.m. Thursday, April 8 at the Steuben County Public Health and Nursing Services, Clinic Rooms, County Office Building, 3 East Pulteney Square, Bath.
• From 9-11 a.m. Thursday, April 22 at the Steuben County Public Health and Nursing Services, Clinic Rooms, County Office Building, 3 East Pulteney Square, Bath.
The clinic services are available to all residents of Steuben County for HIV counseling and testing and for testing and treating sexually transmitted diseases which include Gonorrhea, Chlamydia and Trichomonas.
For an appointment or information call the Steuben County Public Health and Nursing Services at the Bath office at 664-2438 or 800-724-0471.

Hospital bills or Medicare questions?
The Business Office at St. James Mercy is coming to you. Financial Representatives will be available on the second Tuesday of every month to answer questions regarding hospital bills or Medicare. This is a free service offered to any individual and no appointment is necessary. Financial Representatives will come to the Office for the Aging, 20 Broadway Mall, Hornell. The next session will be held from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 13.
For questions or for more information call the business office at 324-8040.

Love shouldn't hurt
It is sometimes hard to tell the difference between sweet and smothering, concern and control, passion and possession. Quite often there are warning signs that your partner's behavior may be less about love and more about control and abuse. An abusive partner may: put you down, control what you do and where you go, make all the decisions, isolate you from friends and family, blame you for your faults, shove, slap or hit you. Love shouldn't hurt. For more information or to review your rights and options contact HAVEN at 570-724-3549 or 1-800-550-0447 for free and confidential services.

Grief Support Group
• The new Evening Grief Support group, “Good Grief Group” will be held at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of every month in the Hospital Chapel, St. James Mercy Health System, on the ground floor. The next meeting will be held on Monday, April 12.
For more information contact Deacon Bob McCormick in the Spiritual Care Office at 324-8153.
• A Grief Support Group will be offered at 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month in the McAuley Manor Chapel located on the second floor of St. James Hospital. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 14.
For more information contact Deacon Bob McCormick at St. James Mercy Hospital Spiritual Care Office at 324-8153.

Want to quit smoking?
The Bath VA is offering the Quit Smart Program to assist eligible veterans to stop smoking. To find out if you are eligible and/or to enroll, contact the Behavioral Health Clinic at 664-4300.

Senior home care
The Steuben County Office for the Aging can assist senior citizens and their families explore the many options for home care and support services for eligible senior citizens.
Call the Office of the Aging for more information at 776-7813.

Alzheimer’s support
• The Alzheimer’s Association offers a caregiver support group for those who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementia. The group is hosted by the Office for the Aging and meets from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at the Human Resource Building, room #319, at 425 Pennsylvania Ave, Elmira. The next support group will be held on Wednesday, April 14. There is no fee or registration to attend.
Please contact the Alzheimer’s Association at 585-760-5400 for further information.
• The Alzheimer’s Association, in partnership with the Steuben County Office for the Aging, will offer a caregiver support group in Bath for individuals who have a spouse/partner with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. The meetings will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon the second Monday of every month at the Steuben County Health Care Facility, 7002 Rumsey Street Extension, Bath. The next meeting will be held on April 12. No registration or fee to attend.
Call 585-760-5400 or 800-272-3900 for more information.
• The Alzheimer’s Association, in partnership with the Steuben County Office for the Aging, will offer a caregiver support group in Painted post for people who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. The meetings will be held on the fourth Monday of every month from 2:30-4 p.m. at Green Meadows, 120 Creekside Drive. There is no registration fee to attend. The next meeting will be held Monday, April 26.
Contact the Alzheimer’s Association at 585-760-5400 or 800-272-3900 for more information.

Transportation assistance
Steuben Coordinated Transportation, in partnership with Office for the Aging and the United Way of the So. Tier, offers transportation assistance to Steuben County residents (not on Medicaid) to medical, nutritional, or other necessary services. Transportation assistance is offered by referrals to area services or by arranging for a volunteer driver to transport qualified clients.
If you are a senior citizen without transportation to necessary, non-emergency appointments, please call helpline at 1-800-346-2211 and ask for Steuben Coordinated Transportation. Donations are accepted but there is not a fee for any services given.
Residents of any age interested in becoming a volunteer driver and a vital part of our community are also invited to call for more information. (Mileage reimbursement is available to volunteer drivers.)

Multiple Sclerosis support
The St. James Mercy Hospital will offer Multiple sclerosis support group meetings at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday of every month at Friendly's in Hornell. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, April 7. For more information call Roberta Staub at 545-6404 or Donna Boag at 295-9852.

Brain Injury support
The Bath Brain Injury support group will meet at 6 p.m. the third Monday of every month at Kinship Family & Youth Services, 130 Rumsey Street, Bath. The next meeting will be Monday, April 19. A light snack will be provided. Contact Sharon Johnson at 315-538-8018 or sjohnsonbia@rochester.rr.com to RSVP.

Immunizations
If your child is in need of immunizations, the Steuben County Public Health and Nursing Services will sponsor the following clinics under the direction of the local Medical Director. Adults are encouraged to attend the immunization clinic to receive Tetanus/Diphtheria vaccine which is recommended every 10 years. The cost for that vaccination is $20. The clinics are as follows:
• From 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 14 at the Steuben County Public Health and Nursing Services, County Office Building – G3 off D.S.S. lobby, Bath.
• From 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 28  at the Steuben County Public Health and Nursing Services, County Office Building – G3 off D.S.S. lobby, Bath.
Anyone with special needs or for further information call the Steuben County Public Health and Nursing Services office in Bath at 664-2438 or (800) 724-0471.

Sexual violence support
There are a lot of things in this world we don't want to think about. Especially if you, our someone you know, have never been exposed to it. Sexual violence is a subject that isn't usually considered appropriate dinner conversation. Unfortunately, this attitude of “sweeping it under the rug” in enabling this horrendous crime to run rampant. Awareness is an essential step in the process of ending sexual violence in our homes, our communities and our lives. To fine out how you can help raise awareness contact HAVEN of Tioga County at 570-724-3549 or 1-800-550-0447.

“Walk & Talk” bereavement support group
The Southern Tier Hospice is expanding their “Walk and Talk” bereavement support group for those who have lost someone they love. The group meets at the Arnot Mall every Monday at 9 a.m. by the information booth in center court. The group walks until 10 when they break for supportive conversation in the upstairs food court. All are welcome.
Please contact Pam Fraboni, STHPC Bereavement Coordinator, so she can plan to greet you and introduce you to the group. This is a free group and is working to support the emotional and spiritual needs of those dealing with loss while enjoying some exercise.
Pam can be reached at Southern Tier Hospice 962-3100 or by email at pfraboni@sthospice.org.