January 2011

Solutions for Resolutions
From exercise and weight loss to smoking cessation and other personal wellness goals, Sarasota Memorial’s Healthplex is offering free classes throughout January to help you achieve your health and fitness New Year’s resolutions. Visit our online calendar for a complete schedule, or call (941) 917-7000 for information.

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The Doctor Is In
Sarasota Memorial Healthplex is hosting two free physician lectures this month: Paul Brannan, MD, oculo-facial plastic surgeon, will discuss functional cosmetic repair of droopy eyelids, Thursday, Jan. 6,1-2 pm, and Kyle Garner, MD, OB-GYN, will discuss abnormal uterine bleeding and an in-office alternative to hysterectomy on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1:30-2:30 pm. Both lectures will be held in the Healthplex Education Room, Sarasota Memorial Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. RSVP: (941) 917-7777.

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Sunshine from Darkness Mental Health Symposium – Coping with Trauma & PTSD
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a serious, but treatable cognitive disorder that can emerge after a single traumatic event or after the cumulative effects of deployment and combat. Anyone who has faced significant trauma is susceptible: abuse victims, first responders, victims of violent crimes, etc. To learn more, attend this FREE community forum, 9 am-1 pm Jan. 14 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Speakers include: Charles Hoge, MD (ret. Army Colonel who directed the U.S. military’s psychiatry and neuroscience research program at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research); Sgt. Tommy Reiman (Silver Start and Purple Heart recipient); Paul Freedman (film maker - symposium will include screening of his film "Halfway Home"); and Patrick Kennedy (former congressman and lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity & Addition Equity Act of 2008). Community information tables open at 8 am. RSVP: (941) 917-7777.

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Parkinson Symposium
The annual Suncoast PD Symposium will be held Saturday, Jan. 22, 8 am-12:30 pm at Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. Internationally recognized experts will discuss the latest research, advances and strategies to slow the progression of Parkinson’s. RSVP: (941) 917-7777 or neurochallenge.org

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Transformative Grief: Growth in the Midst of Loss
Grief is not just about the loss of a loved one. When you experience the loss of a job, a home or dream you imagined, grieving can profoundly affect your world. But from our grief, there is an opportunity to grow and transform ourselves. Dr. Ken Doka, internationally acclaimed author and speaker, will share his research and experience on this subject at a FREE event on Friday, Jan. 21, 10 am to 3 pm in Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Community members and professionals are invited. Continuing education credits will be provided for $20. Call Sarasota Memorial’s Bayside Center at (941) 917-1779 to reserve a seat today.

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Neuroscience, Mental Disorders and Today's Therapy World
Join nationally recognized physician and researcher David V. Habif Jr., MD, for a series of free seminars exploring biological, social and economic challenges in the mental health system. Lectures will be held each month, 9:30 am-12:30 pm (registration 9 am), in Sarasota Memorial’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. CEUs available for a fee. Upcoming lectures: Jan. 29: Introduction and Basics;
Feb 12: ADHD; Feb. 26: Addictions.
RSVP: (941) 953-3477 or MHCCI.com

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Moms in Motion
Sarasota Memorial’s Healthplex Fitness Center offers free exercise, conditioning and pre/post natal yoga classes for pregnant and new moms for any three months during pregnancy and three months after delivering at Sarasota Memorial (up to 2 years). Information: (941) 917-7000 or sarasotahealthplex.com

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Community Health Calendar
Upcoming events, classes, support groups. Register online or call
(941) 917-7777

  • » Caregiver Connection: 2nd Wednesday of the month. Information: (941) 917-4156
  • » Childbirth Education (free and fee-based classes); Mommies & Babies Get-Together - Every Wednesday. Information: (941) 917-1700
  • » Diabetes Education: 1st Monday of the month. Information: (941) 917-7468
  • » FREE Memory Screenings: (941) 917-7197
  • » FREE Mental Health Assessments: (941) 917-7760
  • » Living Well With Heart Failure: (941) 917-2114
  • » Men to Men Prostate Cancer Support Group: 4th Monday of the month. Information: (941) 309-7473
  • » MS Friends of Hope: 3rd Thursday of the month. Information: (941) 917-7777
  • » Stroke Support: 2nd Wednesday of the month. Information: (941) 917-7048
  • » Parkinson Support: Sarasota - every 3rd Wednesday; Venice - every 4th Thursday; North Port - every 2nd Wednesday; Manatee - every 1st Wednesday. Information: (941) 917-4156
  • » Breast Feeding Support: Every Tuesday. Information: (941) 917-1700


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What’s good for your heart is also good for your mind!

Can exercising at an early age prevent late life cognitive impairment? Researchers think so! They believe they've found a link between exercise in adolescence and fewer cases of senility in a woman's senior years.

The researchers asked more than 9,300 women in the United States about their exercise habits before the age of 18, at 30, at 50 and in late life. All were over 65, and their average age was 72. About 15-30 percent of the women reported being inactive during each period of their lives. Exercise occurring before the age of 18 seemed to be most influential: close to 17 percent of those who were not active developed symptoms of dementia in late life, compared to just 8.5 percent of the early age exercisers. Although the study doesn't definitively prove that exercise lowers the risk of dementia, it shows that early life physical activity is important to late-life health and the sooner you start being physically active, the better!

The exercise professionals at Healthplex are here to answer your health and fitness questions. We offer many options to help meet your goals, including services such as personal training, massage therapy, youth fitness programs, nutritional counseling and group exercise classes. To learn more, stop by for a tour, visit www.SarasotaHealthplex.com or call (941) 917-7000 for information.

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Upcoming Foundation Events

SMH EPIC Fun-Raising Party
Join SMH physicians and staff for an EPIC fun-raising party Friday, May 6, at Gecko’s “Hillview.” The popular physician band Dr. FeelGood will perform 4:30-8:30 pm, and those who donate $5 at the door will enjoy a buffet of free food and appetizers provided by Gecko’s. All donations benefit the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s EPIC (Employee Partners in Caring) Campaign supporting advanced services, technology and staff education at Sarasota Memorial.

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