November 2012

Community Caregiving Forum
FREE education program for caregivers and professionals (CEUs available), Friday, Nov. 2, 10 am-2:30 pm in Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Complimentary lunch provided for all pre-registered attendees. RSVP: (941) 917-1779.

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DNA Mapping for Parkinson Patients
Anyone diagnosed with Parkinson Disease is invited to participate in a national DNA collection and mapping program hosted locally by the Neuro Challenge Foundation. Neuro Challenge will collect DNA saliva samples and help participants register for the free 23andMe Personal Genome Service®, which includes a report on genetic factors associated with Parkinson’s, as well as regular updates about new genetic discoveries and how those discoveries apply to them. The event takes place at Sarasota Memorial's Institute for Advanced Medicine, Education Rooms A & B, Nov. 15, at 8:30 am, 10 am and 11:30 am. Call the Neuro Challenge Foundation at (941) 926-6413 to register and reserve a time.

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Solutions for Resolutions
HealthFit, powered by Sarasota Memorial, makes it easy to kick start your New Year’s resolutions this year with an array of exciting free classes and seminars – 19 energizing solutions that inspire and motivate! Find HealthFit’s complete schedule of free Solutions for Resolutions on and register, starting Dec. 1, by calling (941) 917-7000.

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Breastfeeding Support Group – North Port
Free weekly support group facilitated by a Certified Lactation Consultant who supports nursing mothers through any breastfeeding challenges, every Tuesday, 10-11:30 am, in the conference room at Sarasota Memorial’s North Port ER and Health Care Center, 2345 Bobcat Village Center Road. Call (941) 917-1700 for information about this group or other classes and programs held throughout the community each month.

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Coping with Anxiety or Depression?
If you or someone you care about is struggling with depression, anxiety or substance abuse, Sarasota Memorial’s licensed mental health professionals are available to provide free mental health assessments, referrals and advice.

Call our Bayside Center at (941) 917-7760.

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MindSet for Early Stage Memory Loss
A series of six free classes to help individuals and care partners manage early stage memory loss. Classes offer skills to help exercise the brain, create healthy habits and improve communication.

Information: Call Marcy Stern, Memory Disorder Clinic, at (941) 917-7437.

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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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