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Support Groups

Gastric Bypass

• 7-8:30 p.m. Monday in the cafeteria at St. James Mercy Hospital, Hornell.

The free support group is open to any individual who has had a gastric bypass or is considering one. For more information call 324-5869 or

• A bereavement group for residents dealing with the loss of a loved one meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 24 in the Social Day Care Room on the ground floor of the Taylor Health Center.  

Brain Injury  

• 6 p.m. Monday at Kinship Family & Youth Services, 130 Rumsey St., Bath.  A light snack will be provided. Call (315) 538-8018 or e-mail to RSVP.

Parkinson's Disease

• The Southern Tier Parkinson's Disease support group will meet from 1-:30-3 p.m. Thursday at the Silver Spoon Cafe (Schuyler County Human Services Complex,) 323 Owego Street, Montour Falls. Call the Schuyler County Office for the Aging at 607-535-7108 to reserve a seat.


STD/HIV clinic

The Steuben County Public Health and Nursing Services will sponsor free HIV and Sexually Transmitted Disease clinics, by appointment only as follows:

• From 9-11 a.m. Thursday, January 26 at the Steuben County Public Health and Nursing Services clinic rooms, County Office Building, 3 East Pulteney Square, Bath.

The clinics are services available to all residents of Steuben County for HIV counseling and testing and for testing and treating sexually transmitted diseases.

For an appointment or information call the Steuben County Public Health and Nursing Services Bath office at 664-2438 or 800-724-0471.

Immunizations clinic

The Steuben County Public Health Department will offer immunizations for Measles, Polio, Mumps, Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hepatitis B, Chicken Pox, HIB, hepatitis A, and Human Papillova virus.

• From 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, January 25 at the Steuben County Public Health & Nursing Services, County Office Building – G3 off D.S.S. Lobby, Bath.

All clinics are by appointment only. An administration fee will be charged for children less than 19 years old based on a sliding fee scale ($3-$15/person.) Medicaid is accepted. Children unable to attend with an adult family member must bring a permission slip signed by parent/legal guardian. Adults are encouraged to attend the clinics to receive tetanus/diphtheria vaccine recommended every 10 years. The cost for the vaccination is $20.

Bring records of previous immunizations to the clinics. Call the Steuben County Public Health and Nursing Services Office in Bath at 664-2438 or 800-724-0471 to schedule an appointment or for further information.


• Arnot Health is offering a series of education classes for adults with diabetes. Participants should attend all four classes (scheduled weekly) in the series. A physician referral is required. Attendees’ insurance provider will be billed for enrollment costs. Classes will be held from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, January 19 and 26 at the Horseheads Medical Office Building, 100 John Roemmelt Drive. Interested individuals with a physician referral should call Endocrinology and Diabetes to register at 607-795-2820.

Want to quit smoking?

• The Bath VA offers the Quit Smart Program to assist eligible veterans quit smoking. For more information call 664-4300.

Rehab treatment

• Get free and confidential help finding rehab treatment listings in your local area through or call today at 888-629-0333 to speak to a counselor.

Senior home care

The Steuben County Office for the Aging assists senior citizens and their families explore the many options for home care and support services for eligible senior citizens.  For more information at 607-664-2298.

Transportation assistance

Steuben Coordinated Transportation offers transportation assistance to Steuben County residents (not on Medicaid) to medical, nutritional, or other necessary services.  Assistance is offered through referrals to area services or by arranging for a volunteer driver for qualified clients.

For more information call (800) 346-2211 There is no fee but donations are accepted.

Residents of any age interested in becoming a volunteer driver may also call for more information. Mileage reimbursement is available to volunteer drivers.

Hospital bills or Medicare questions?

St. James Mercy financial representatives are available 1-2 p.m. Tues. at the Office for the Aging, 20 Broadway Mall, Hornell to answer questions regarding hospital bills or Medicare. This is a free service offered to any individual and no appointment is necessary.For more information call 324-8040.

Living with osteoarthritis

Today, more than 10 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee, making it the most common form of arthritis in the U.S. What are frequent causes of this type of arthritis, and what can you do to protect your knees, reduce the symptoms, and support your doctor’s treatment? With advice from some of the world’s leading knee specialists, the American Arthritis Society has compiled in its publication ARTHRITIS INFO useful and practical tips for self-care. Each tip is interesting and easy to follow. For a free sample issue of ARTHRITIS INFO, write to: American Arthritis Society, P.O. Box 271010, Minneapolis, MN 55427 (please include a loose 44 cent stamp for return postage.)