January 2012

Aging Spine Lecture Series
Learn about degenerative spine conditions and the latest treatment options from Sarasota Memorial’s spinal surgeons at the following free, educational presentations. All lectures will take place at 5 pm in Sarasota Memorial’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Jan. 4 – RSVP: (941) 866-9261
Jan. 25 – RSVP: (941) 866-9266

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MindSet for Early Stage Memory Loss
A series of six free classes designed to help individuals with early stage memory loss & care partners. Classes teach skills that help exercise the brain, create healthy habits and improve communication. The research-based exercises can be used at home to help people function better in every day life. Additional sessions will be held throughout the year. Call the Memory Disorder Clinic at (941) 917-7437 for information, or join us at 10 am the first Friday of every month for the free MindSet Support Group, starting Jan. 6, at the Heron Club, 3749 Sarasota Square Blvd, Sarasota. Please register: (941) 917-7437.

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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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Generational Perspectives on End-of-Life Care
Dr. Ken Doka, internationally acclaimed author and speaker, will share his research and experience on this subject at a FREE community event, 10 am-2 pm (registration at 9:30 am) Friday, Jan. 20, 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. Information: (941) 917-1779.

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MDA Muscle Walk
The MDA Muscle Walk is a series of local walk events across the country held to pay tribute to and raise funds for children and adults served by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The walks are family-oriented gatherings and light exercise for everyone — children, adults, grandparents, students, corporate teams and more. The Sarasota walk will take place 8 am-noon, Saturday, Jan. 21, at Sarasota Jungle Gardens. To join Team SMH, register online at: www2.mda.org/goto/TeamSMH, or call (941) 917-1470.

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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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