Free diabetes education program to be held
The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program returns Oct. 3. The free six-week class is hosted by the Florida Department of Health in Citrus County (DOH-Citrus) and Elder Options.
The class meets Mondays from 2-4 p.m. at the Coastal Region Library, 8619 W. Crystal St., Crystal River. Class dates are Oct. 3, 17, 24, 31, and Nov. 7 and 14. There is no class Oct. 10. Seats are limited and registration is required.
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Anyone looking to discover fresh, practical ways to manage their diabetes and live a healthier life is invited to register online at surveymonkey.com/r/CZR9VG5.
Start time changes for Save a Heart World Heart Day 5K
The Florida Department of Health in Citrus County (DOH-Citrus) has changed the start time for the eighth annual Save a Heart World Heart Day 5K Sept. 24. The event will now start at 9:30 a.m.
Unavoidable scheduling conflicts necessitated the change in start time. Those who have already registered do not need to change their registrations.
The in-person event will be held at Whispering Pines Park, 1700 Forest Drive, Inverness, starting at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 24. Attendees should meet up at the pavilion.
Participants will be eligible to receive swag coolers, t-shirts, and medals, while supplies last. Distribution dates will be posted on the registration website closer to the race date.
Citrus Libraries presents Reiki for wellness
In the world of holistic medicine, Reiki refers to a Japanese technique of alternative therapy that is said to facilitate energy transfer from one person to another by way of the palms, in order to encourage either physical or emotional healing.
While there are no scientific studies to promote the effectiveness of treating physical ailments, participants have said that the process is relaxing, meditative, and can help calm anxieties and balance out stress levels.
Reiki master Betsy Schwartz will be at Lakes Region branch on Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. to do a presentation on Reiki therapy titled The Ancient Practice of Reiki for Wellness. It is intended to be informational and registration is not required.
Library programs are free and available to everyone. For more information, call a local branch, go to citruslibraries.org, or follow @CitrusLibraries on Facebook or Instagram.
Citrus Medical Society to meet via Zoom
The Citrus Medical Society will be meeting over Zoom on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m.
All society members, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and retired physicians are welcome to attend. The first 10 attendees will get a lottery ticket.
There will be a local presentation by Frank Di Piazza, executive director for The Florida WellCare Alliance, titled “Cyber security: How safe is your data health practice?”
Afterwards, there will be a guest speaker from the University of Florida Shands Hospital, Dr. Aaron Franke, talking about neo-adjuvant immunotherapy for Resectable NSCLC.
NAMI, YMCA to present wellness program
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Citrus) is teaming up with the YMCA to present the NAMI wellness program Hearts+Minds. The three-part series, designed to educate and empower people to better manage their health, will be offered free at the YMCA, 4127 W. Norvell Bryant Highway, Lecanto, from 10 a.m. till noon on Tuesday, Sept. 20.
This first session explains the connection between physical and mental health and provides practical tips for self-advocacy, living with chronic pain, medication management and proper nutrition.
The October and November sessions will cover physical activity, sleep, social support, and the value of you.
Being a YMCA or NAMI member is not required to attend this free event.
Call the YMCA at 352-500-9622 to let them know you plan to attend or visit the NAMI Citrus website at namicitrus.org/event/heartsminds-class-1 to register. Participants will receive booklets at each session, and they want to make sure there’s enough for everyone.
VITAS Healthcare to hold dementia workshop
VITAS Healthcare will present a free dementia care and awareness workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 29 located at 3280 W. Audubon Park Path, Lecanto.
The ABC of Dementia presentation will feature Debbie Selsavage, a certified dementia practitioner and president of Coping with Dementia LLC.
Selsavage reports that the workshop will explain the nature of various forms of dementia, what to expect from the progressive disease, steps to becoming a more proficient and less-stressed care partner, and what resources are available in Citrus County for families living with dementia.
Workshop host VITAS Healthcare will provide light refreshments and a free educational packet to all attendees.
The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To reserve seats, call 352-422-3663 or email email@example.com.
HPH Hospice seeks community help
HPH Hospice in Lecanto provides comfort and care, giving patients the best possible remaining quality of life and supporting their families through this stressful time. As a nonprofit, HPH Hospice never turns anyone away for lack of funds.
Sometimes the needs of patients and their families expand the realm of their care. The Citrus Hospice House has a food pantry with non-perishable items, but other items are not included, like paper goods and cleaning supplies. Help may also be needed to pay a power bill, rent or mortgage for a caregiver.
To help, organizations could have a “supplies drive” or fundraiser with members on behalf of financial support of patients along with a presentation by HPH Hospice. To schedule or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 352-359-8373.
Items needed are: paper towels, toilet paper, garbage bags, dish soap, air fresheners, towels & washcloths, toothpaste & toothbrushes, body lotion, deodorant, shampoo, bar soap, body wash, new blankets, personal care wipes, mouth wash, razors, shaving cream and facial tissues. HPH Hospice also accepts non-perishable food items and is in need of volunteers for companion visits of the patients.
Dementia workshop at Floral City Library
The Floral City Library has been added to the schedule of Citrus County libraries hosting free ABC of Dementia workshops. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 3 located at 8360 E. Orange Ave., Floral City.
Coping with Dementia president and workshop presenter Debbie Selsavage reports, “Our ABC of Dementia workshop explains Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia in plain language, suggests techniques for becoming a better and less-stressed care partner, and provides useful resources to families living with dementia.”
The remaining 2022 schedule will include:
- Oct. 3, Floral City Library, 8360 E. Orange Ave.
- Oct. 21, Lakes Region Library, 1511 Druid Road, Inverness.
- Nov. 21, 425 W. Roosevelt Ave., Beverly Hills.
- Dec. 19, Coastal Region Library, 8619 W. Crystal St., Crystal River.
All workshops are presented from 10 a.m. to noon. Care partners and their loved ones living with dementia are welcome. While the workshops are free, reservations are encouraged. For more information or to reserve seats, call 352-422-3663 or email email@example.com.
NAMI announces upcoming events
The local nonprofit National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has more presentations coming up.
On Sept. 22, NAMI presents the free certified class Mental Health 1st Aid for adults, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., lunch provided. Learn to identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. A three-year certificate will be awarded. Seating is limited to the first 30 people who register. Learn more and register at namicitrus.org/event/mental-health-1st-aid-for-adults-class.
On Sept. 27, NAMI presents “In Our Own Voice” from 1-2 p.m. at the Coastal Region Library in Crystal River. Hear real life experiences from people who lead successful lives while living with a mental health condition. The presentation is free. Learn more and register at namicitrus.org/event/in-our-own-voice-presentation.
Coastal Region library has exercise series
Exercise is considered one of the best ways to stay healthy. Unfortunately, just going out and exercising isn’t always the easiest option. A previous injury may make it difficult to move around or the high impact exercises that everyone else is doing may be too hard.
This is where your local library comes in. The Coastal Region branch in Crystal River offers a free, low impact chair exercise series called “Sit & Be Fit!”
Classes are held Thursdays beginning at 10:30 a.m.
This class focuses on low impact stretches and strengthening exercises, all done from a seated position. These exercises are aimed at improving flexibility, learning weight control and reducing the chance of injury.
Also, stop by the Homosassa branch on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. for belly dancing or the Lakes Region branch in Inverness on Wednesdays at 4:45 p.m. for Yang Tai Chi.
These programs are free for everyone with no registration required. For more information, visit citruslibraries.org or follow @CitrusLibraries on Facebook and Instagram.
Citrus Walk Aware for Alzheimer’s coming up
Coping with Dementia LLC and Dementia Education Inc. have announced that Citrus Walk Aware for Alzheimer’s will take place in Floral City on Oct. 15.
This year’s event will include two options: a walk on the Withlacoochee State Trail or a tour of the Historic District of scenic Floral City. Pets are welcome as well.
The 2022 Walk will be the fifth year for the event. The event will dedicate its proceeds to dementia education, awareness and the support of families living with dementia.
Funds are raised through sponsorship fees, donations and participation fees, which are $20 per person. Prizes will be given, including plaques for the largest team and top individual fund-raiser.
In addition to the walks, there will be music, food and other entertainment in the Floral City Town Center with free parking close by. Activities will begin at 8 a.m. and finish by noon.
For information on how to register, how to form a walking team or how to become a sponsor, contact Janice Martin at 352-477-1866 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zumba classes available every week
Zumba classes with Certified Instructor Donna are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to noon at the Central Citrus Community Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto.
Classes are low impact and geared to seniors with a lot of laughter included. Get a good workout while dancing and having fun. The cost is $5 per class.
To pre-register or for more information, call 352-527-5993 or email email@example.com. Classes are not held on government holidays.
Socialize with others at Café Break!
Among the wellness programs offered by Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast at its Wings Grief Center, 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane (gold building on right) in Homosassa Springs is Café Break!
At Café Break! Anyone grieving or lonely can find a safe place to socialize with others, work puzzles, play games or chat over a cup of coffee and snacks for 2-1/2 hours starting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and at 9 a.m. Thursdays.
For more information or to join this program that follows CDC guidelines, call 352-249-1470.
Salon offers free facial exercise classes
From Head To Toe Salon offers free face lift exercise classes at 9 a.m. every Monday. The salon is located at 21 N. Croft Ave. in Inverness.
In this one-hour class, learn to sculpt and revitalize your face with 25 facial exercises that build volume, minimize wrinkles and lift and tone for a more youthful appearance.
Space is limited, so call master esthetician Stephanie Gombrelli at 352-613-6111 to reserve a spot.
Chemo patients receive free treatment
Chemotherapy patients receive free microblading (eyebrow permanent makeup) by Stephanie Gombrelli at From Head To Toe Salon in Inverness.
Call 352-613-6111 for more information and to schedule.
Citrus Libraries: Healthy mind, healthy body
Citrus Libraries will host several Health & Wellness events.
- On Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at the Homosassa branch, belly dancing classes will be available.
- On the last Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m., the Coastal Region branch hosts Doreen Lavista who guides an immersive meditation session. Bring a yoga mat, cushion, pillow or back support for using a chair.
- Every Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. at the Lakes Region branch, Eric Poling teaches Yang Tai Chi 13. This form emphasizes building strength, balance and coordination through simple movements. Registration is required.
- On Thursdays, Tai Chi classes are held at the Floral City branch. The first class is Beyond the Basics Tai Chi at 9:30 a.m. and is designed for seasoned participants. Those looking to learn more about Tai Chi should attend the 10:45 a.m. beginner class.
For more information, follow @CitrusLibraries on Facebook and Instagram or visit citruslibraries.org.
Lions Club offers vision care for veterans
Any veterans in Citrus County who cannot afford their eyeglasses or are in need of vision care can contact Inverness Lions Club at 352-560-8741.
The club can help with any vision need. Residency and income requirements apply.
Community center offers classes
The East Citrus Community Center, 9907 E. Gulf-to-Lake Highway in Inverness, offers healthy choices on its community class schedule.
Tai Chi will be offered from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays. From 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, certified Silver Sneakers Flex instructor Kathy Johnson will lead “Kathy’s Crazy Cardio Class.”
The cost for each class is $3 per person or $1 for Silver Sneakers members. For those who wish to participate in both classes, there is a reduced cost of $5 per person. For more information, call 352-344-9666.
Water aerobics at Bicentennial Pool
Citrus County Parks and Recreation’s offer a water aerobics class from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at Bicentennial Park Pool, 8145 W. Bicentennial Park Drive in Crystal River.
The cost is $3 per person per class. These classes offer a fun, healthy fitness workout without added stress on joints. Participants must be 16 years or older.
For more information, call 352-795-1478.
‘Stepping Stones to Wellness’ meets weekly
Stepping Stones to Wellness will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday at the Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast Wings Grief Center, 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane in Homosassa.
The group is facilitated by yoga teacher Ellen Armitage. By combining walking in place, guided meditation/relaxation exercises and a process group, it is designed to help promote overall well-being.
Provided as a community service, the class is offered at no charge. To reserve a spot, call 352-249-1470. For more information, call friendsofcitrus.org or visit Friends of Citrus on Facebook.
Wings Grief Center offers advanced yoga
The Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast advanced yoga group meets from 4 to 5 p.m. every Thursday at the Wings Grief Center, 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane in Homosassa.
The class is facilitated by Ellen Armitage, a yoga teacher with more than 20 years of experience helping others find their way to their highest self.
Sessions are provided as a community service and are offered at no charge. To reserve a spot, call 352-249-1470. For more information, call friendsofcitrus.org or visit Friends of Citrus on Facebook.
Free pregnancy testing, sonograms available
Citrus Pregnancy Center is offering free pregnancy testing and free early pregnancy sonograms at both locations: 726 NE U.S. 19 in Crystal River and 3185 E. Thomas St. in Inverness.
For more information, call 352-341-5176.
Attend Dr. Bennett’s ‘Fireside Chats’
Dr. Joseph Bennett offers monthly “Fireside Chats” beginning noon the first Wednesday of each month at the Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute (RBOI), 522 N. Lecanto Highway.
Sessions often feature guest speakers, as well as open discussion regarding health and cancer care. A light lunch is provided, therefore RSVP is requested.
Bennett welcomes questions and open discussion, so bring your questions or email them ahead of time to firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who have not received their COVID-19 vaccination will be asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing inside the building.
Call Shawn at 352-527-0106 to make a reservation.
RBOI has supplies for cancer patients
If you are in need of scarfs, wigs, or other helpful items for those going through cancer treatments, call Medical Social Worker Wendy Hall, LCSW, at 352-527-0106. Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute in Lecanto has a resource room with more than 100 wigs available for free. Stop in the Lecanto office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call to make an appointment.
Medical Social Workers at RBOI will assist individuals needing support through the emotional turmoil caused by cancer with resources, including application for Citrus Aid Cancer Foundation assistance. Many services including Zoom meetings for support and education are available for patients with cancer, and their loved ones. Call 352-527-0106.
Free hearing screening available
Citrus Healing Impaired Program Services (CHIPS) is offering free hearing screenings for Citrus County residents at the old train depot, 109 NE Crystal St. in Crystal River.
Screenings are by appointment only. Low-income hearing aid assistance is available.
To learn more, call Maureen 352-795-5000.