Wellness briefs- Edition of Feb. 7, 2013

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Know the 10 signs

The Alzheimer's Association will be hosting "Know the 10 Signs" 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Royal Suites Healthcare and Rehabilitation, 214 W. Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway. Caregivers of those with Alzheimer's are encouraged to attend the interactive workshop. Refreshments will be served. Supervised activities will be available for those they care for. RSVP by calling (800) 272-3900. 

 

Discussion on ADD/ADHD

The Northfield Library will provide a speaker from Wellness Professionals to discuss natural health solutions to ADD / ADHD 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25. The public is invited. Call (609) 646-4476 to register or stop by 241 West Mill Road, Northfield.

 

Strategies for Alzheimer’s management

A course on Dementia Possible Care: Practical Strategies for the Management of Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias with Lanny Butle will be offered 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Linwood Country Club, 500 Shore Road, Linwood. Registration is 7:30 a.m. Cost is $125; RSVP by Feb. 10. To register see www.RichardSimonFoundation.org; for information call (609) 641-4772.

 

Physical therapy evaluations

In an effort to support people who may be experiencing pain or discomfort as a result of the storm cleanup efforts, Ivy Rehab will be providing free physical therapy evaluations at its facilities in Somers Point, Egg Harbor Township, Galloway and Northfield. Call Colleen Zboray at (609) 425-6702 to be directed to a location or see www.ivyrehab.com for direct phone numbers.

 

Help for people with disabilities

The state Personal Assistance Services Program administered by the Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services provides assistance to county residents age 18-65 who have permanent physical disabilities. Includes light housekeeping, bathing, dressing, meal preparation, shopping and general mobility to individuals who are employed, attending school or vocational training, or engaged in community volunteer service. Participants must be able to self-direct their services and program needs. Where applicable, the cost of services is based upon income. Call (609) 645-7700, ext. 4519.

 

Ongoing

Yoga at Hindu Jain Temple

Yoga classes are held 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday and 9:15 a.m. Saturday at the Vaikunth Hindu Jain Temple, 571 Pomona Road in Galloway. Hatha yoga weeknight classes are taught by Kalpana Contractor, and EgoFree yoga is taught by Stevee Wolos. For information email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (609) 287-0955.

 

Friendly phone calls

Volunteers at Contact Cape-Atlantic offer daily phone calls to disabled, elderly and isolated citizens who want to continue living independently, just to say hello and check that all is well. Calls are free and confidential. Anyone who is interested in receiving calls or who know someone who might be can contact Jennifer Goudie at (609) 823-0762.

 

Multiple sclerosis meeting at the shore

The local Jersey Shore MS Support Group is looking for people involved with the disease who would like a forum, a place to meet with those who know what you are talking about and who will listen. The group meets 6-8 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at the Galloway branch of the county library, 306 E. Jimmy Leeds Road. Contact Jackie at (609) 266-8561 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Nicotine Anonymous

Nicotine Anonymous holds the following support groups: Mainland Group, 7-8 p.m. Monday evenings in the Jenkins Room second flood of Shore Medical Center in Somers Point. For information call Sandy at (609) 226-4193. Mainland North Group, 7:45-8:45 p.m. Tuesday evenings at St. Mark’s All Saints Episcopal Church in Galloway. For information call Lori at (609) 703-2135. The NOPE (Not One Puff Ever) group, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday evenings at United Methodist Church located in Somers Point. For information call Joe F. at (609) 927-8967.

Zumba classes

The Northfield Community School Community Education Program is offering Zumba class 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays in the school cafetorium. The price is $6 per class. Call (609) 407-0635 to register.

 

Yoga classes

The Northfield Community School Community Education Program is offering yoga classes 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Northfield School Library. The price is $7 per class. Participants must register at (609) 407-0635.

 

Cape-Atlantic Transplant support group

Cape-Atlantic Transplant Support group meets 4:30 p.m. every fourth Wednesday at Shore Medical Hospital in Somers Point and operates under Gift of Life Donor Program in Philadelphia. Call (609) 624-0529.

 

Spectrum Rehab open clinic

Spectrum Rehab, providers of physical, occupational and speech therapy, offers an open clinic the third Wednesday of each month at its new location, 2300 New Road in Northfield, to help people not covered by insurance or simply answer questions about a therapy program. They can help patients with a home routine that will keep them mobile and doing the activities they love. Call (609) 204-4849.

 

Alzheimer’s support group

An Alzheimer’s support group meets 1 p.m. every third Thursday at Royal Suites Healthcare and Rehabilitation, 214 W. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway. Call (609) 749-9900 for more information.

 

Headache and migraine self-help phone group

When you are ill and your head and hands cannot work, sometimes it's good to talk to someone else who knows the pain. Contact Ree Leeds at (609) 266-2686 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

National Federation of the Blind meetings

The South Jersey Shore Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey meets 10 a.m.-1 p.m. the third Saturday of each month at the Ocean City Public Library. For information call Kathy Rawa at (609) 965-3734 or (973) 216-8757.

 

Zumba class

Dynamo Gymnastics offers a Zumba class 7-8 p.m. Thursdays at 319 E. Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway. The price is $8 per class. A punch card for 10 classes can be purchased for $60. Call (609) 748-2186 for information.

 

Grants for Arthritis Pool Classes at Bacharach

Seniors 60 and older who live in Atlantic County, have a doctor’s diagnosis of arthritis, and are eligible for Medicaid, the PAAD program or Senior Gold, may apply for an Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program grant offered by the County Division of Intergenerational Services. The gentle exercise program encourages flexibility, increases range of motion and promotes circulation. The class meets 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the heated therapy pool at Bacharach in Pomona. The grant covers the cost of 10 classes (10 weeks). After that participants can self-pay $100 for 10 classes. Participants must provide own transportation. For information or to register call (609) 748-5250.

 

Mental health group for Spanish speakers

The Mental Health Association in Atlantic County Spanish-Speaking Support Group is for adults suffering with a mental illness. The group meets 6-7:15 p.m. Tuesday evenings at AtlantiCare Behavioral Health on Hartford Avenue in Atlantic City. This group is for people who feel more comfortable expressing themselves in Spanish. Discussions may include options for how to navigate the mental health system, information about community services, managing relationships, understanding medications or other topics. For information call Javier Guzman at (609) 272-1700, ext. 312.

 

Multiple sclerosis support group

Multiple sclerosis support group meets 6-8 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at the Atlantic County Library, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway Township. For information call Linda Kiersey (609) 484-0991.

 

Co-Dependents Anonymous

Co-Dependents Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is recovery from codependence and the development and maintenance of healthy relationships. Meetings are 7 p.m. Wednesday evenings at Trinity United Methodist Church, 20 N. Shore Road (Route 9), Marmora. For information call Yvonne at (609) 408-8033.

 

Spinal Cord Network

The Spinal Cord Network holds events on the first Thursday of every month. Some meetings take place at Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation and some are at other venues. The meetings are 3-5 p.m. or 4-6 p.m. depending upon the location. Call Becky Magill at (609) 748-5410.

 

Lung support group forming

A new support group offering camaraderie and friendship to local residents who have lung and related pulmonary disease is forming and seeking members. Oxygen-dependent participants are encouraged to help begin this group. Sessions will feature speakers and discussion forums. The meeting date, location and time will be announced after inquiries are received. Call (609) 230-2859 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the evenings you are available.

 

AtlantiCare seminars, support groups

The AtlantiCare LifeCenter at 2500 English Creek Ave. in Egg Harbor Township hosts a number of support groups. Topics include diabetes, gastric bypass and lap band surgery, breast cancer, and radiation and chemotherapy treatments. For information call at (888) 569-1000.

 

Mental illness support group

The Atlantic County National Alliance on Mental Illness meets 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in the United Methodist Church of Absecon, Pitney Road and Church Street. It offers support, education and advocacy for families who have loved ones with mental illness. Call JoAnn Elco at (609) 646-4490 or Gail Dembin at (609) 927-0215.

 

Hospice volunteers wanted

Heartland Hospice, serving Atlantic and Cape May counties, is looking for caring and dedicated people with an interest in serving patients facing the end-of-life stages of illness and their families. Volunteers provide services such as friendly visiting and respite for a caregiver. A small commitment of two hours a week can greatly enhance a patient’s quality of life. Training is provided by the hospice team. For information call (609) 641-4675.

 

Alzheimer’s caregiver support group

Bayada Nurses, a national home health care provider, and the Alzheimer’s Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, have teamed up to offer a free Alzheimer’s caregiver support group open to the public. It is held 6:30-8 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at Bayada Nurses, 35 Central Square, Linwood. For information call (609) 926-4600.

 

Heartbreak to Healing grief support line

Heartbreak to Healing is a telephone support line for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide. Call (609) 345-3230 for literature and information.

 

Zumba class

Zumba Gold class for seniors is offered 1 p.m. Thursdays at Miracles Fitness, 1418 New Road, Northfield. This class can be done partly or completely seated. The Forever Young Class consists of balance activities, stretching, breathing and relaxation techniques. Zumba evening class with Alicia is 5 p.m. Tuesdays. Call to register at (609) 677-1022.

 

Body Mechanics for seniors

A Body Mechanics muscle and balance enhancement exercise class for people 60 and up with personal trainer Artemio Rivera is offered 10-10:45 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at the Senior Center in the Egg Harbor Township Community Center, 5045 English Creek Ave. The cost is $2 per class. Participants are invited to lunch. Call (609) 272-8179 to make a reservation at least two days prior to attendance. Lunch is free; however, a $1 donation is accepted to help enhance programming. For information on programs provided by the Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services call (888) 426-9243.

 

The Project Lifesaver for Alzheimer’s patients

The MAPS Foundation of South Jersey has teamed up with the sheriff’s departments in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties to help families of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients receive tracking bracelets under the Project Lifesaver program. A bracelet placed on the client’s arm is activated if they wander off. The MAPS Foundation will sponsor the monthly fee and set-up charge. See http://www.mapsfoundationofsj.org/">www.mapsfoundationofsj.orgor call (609) 404-1237. 

 

PALS program at the Women’s Center

The Peace: A Learned Solution Program at the Women’s Center provides therapeutic services to children who have witnessed domestic violence or have been impacted by the divorce or separation of parents due to domestic violence. Through creative arts therapy, people explore emotions, increase self-awareness and self-esteem, and identify boundaries, cognitive skills and healthy coping mechanisms. Therapy can include art, play, music, movement or drama therapy. The program is free and open to children ages 3-17 and non-offending parents or adults in their lives. To set up an appointment or for information call (609) 601-9925, ext. 220, or see www.acwc.org.

 

Grants for arthritis pool classes

People age 60 and up who live in Atlantic County, have a doctor’s diagnosis of arthritis, and are eligible for Medicaid, the PAAD program or Senior Gold, may apply for an Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program grant offered by the county Division of Intergenerational Services. The class meets 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays or Thursdays in the heated therapy pool at the Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation in Pomona. The grant covers the cost of 10 classes (10 weeks) for eligible participants. After completing the grant, participants are welcome to self-pay for the program at $90 for 10 classes. Participants must provide their own transportation. For information or to register call (609) 748-5250.

 

Zumba class

A Zumba dance-aerobic workout class is being offered at the ACBT Performing Arts Academy, 713 W. Moss Mill Road in Egg Harbor City. Prior training in dance is not required. The teen class for ages 13-18 is 5-6 p.m. Mondays, and an adult class for men and women is 6-7 p.m. Zumba instructor Stephanie Silver will get participants swinging to Latin grooves. Zumba is a fast-paced workout that can burn up to 1,000 calories an hour. For registration information call (609) 804-1995.

 

Free body fat analysis and blood pressure

Free body fat analysis and blood pressure screening are available at Elite Fitness, 7805 Atlantic Ave. in Margate. See www.elitefitness-fit.com or call (609) 822-8348.

 

Alzheimer’s respite care

Project SAVE provides in-home respite care and companionship visitation by qualified volunteers. Designed to allow caregivers of Alzheimer's patients a break from their daily routine, Project SAVE provides regular, scheduled in-home visitation by volunteers who are educated by the Alzheimer's Association, Delaware Valley Chapter so caregivers can plan ahead for their time off. Alzheimer caregivers over age 60 or those under age 60 who are caring for an elderly (60-plus) relative or friend are eligible. Volunteers are also needed. Call (609) 569-0239, ext. 1148.

 

Compassionate Care Hospice team

Compassionate Care Hospice is a community-based group looking for people to provide volunteer services for patients and their families in the Atlantic County area. Trained volunteers provide various services such as friendly visits, running errands, sewing or knitting lap blankets and clerical support. Free monthly training is available at the office, 172 Route 50, in the Seaville section of Upper Township. To register or for information, call Shana Chalow at (609) 390-9791 or (609) 602-0554.

 

Wellness classes offered

Chair Yoga is offered 10 a.m. Mondays at Miracles Fitness, 1418 New Road in Northfield. There’s also Women Only Boot Camp 7 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Fridays; Zumba/Kukuwa class 1 p.m. Thursdays (beginner and intermediate levels welcome); Evening Zumba 6 p.m. Tuesdays (all levels welcome), and Balance Class 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Call (609) 677-1022.

 

DivorceCare support group

Seaview Baptist Church, 2025 Shore Road in Linwood, offers a DivorceCare Support Group for people going through separation and/or divorce 7-9 p.m. every Tuesday. The cost is $30 for a 13-week series. For information call Karen or Ned at (609) 601-2718 or see www.divorcecare.org.

 

Mom to Mom support group

Moms can get together and share their experiences during the Mom to Mom support group meetings 1-2 p.m. every Monday in the Jenkins Room at Shore Memorial Hospital. New moms are encouraged to bring their babies. Valet parking is available. Call (609) 653-3238 to register.

 

Spinal cord injury group

The newly formed Spinal Cord Network will hold monthly events on the first Thursday of every month. Some meetings will take place at Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation and some will take place at other venues. The meeting will be held some time between 3 and 7 p.m., depending upon the location and activity. Call Becky McGill at (609) 748-5410.

 

Self-Help Center expands programming

The Self-Help Wellness Center of Atlantic County offers an atmosphere where people may network and gain the support of peers dealing with similar life issues. The center offers members a wide spectrum of self-help groups, advocacy, educational, social activities and recreational trips and is sponsored by the Mental Health Association of Atlantic County. A monthly calendar of events is available at www.mhaac.info. For information call Jaime at (609) 272-1700, ext. 308.

 

Smoking cessation clinics

New Jersey Quitcenters offer a customized, face-to-face approach to quitting smoking. The Quitcenter model combines intensive individual or group counseling with the supervised use of nicotine patches, gum and inhalers. Clients can purchase over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy products at a reduced cost. The Shore Memorial Hospital Quit Center provides services to Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Ocean counties on a sliding fee scale according to income. Call (609) 653-3440. The state also offers NJ Quitline, a free telephone-based counseling service, and NJ QuitNet, a free online service with information, counseling, chat rooms and online peer support and encouragement. For information see www.nj.quitnet.com or call NJ Quitline at (866) NJ-STOPS.

 

Prenatal yoga class

The AtlantiCare LifeCenter, in collaboration with AtlantiCare Women’s Health and Wellness, offers a Prenatal Yoga class 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays in the aerobic studio at the AtlantiCare LifeCenter in the AtlantiCare Health Park, 2500 English Creek Ave., Egg Harbor Township. The fee is $10 per class or $70 for 10 classes. Registration is required; call (609) 677-5433.

 

Nicotine Anonymous

Nicotine Anonymous meets 7 p.m. Mondays at the Shore Memorial Hospital Conference Center, 17 W. New York Ave., Somers Point. Call Robert at (609) 646-3011.

 

Postpartum support group

The Postpartum Support Grouphelps new mothers deal with the adjustments of new parenthood and the illness of postpartum depression. This counselor-guided group meets 1-2:30 p.m. Mondays. New moms are encouraged to bring their babies. Call (609) 926-4229 for location and information.

         

Celebrate Recovery

The Celebrate Recovery program at Shore Fellowship Church is a Christ-centered 12-step program to help people recover from addictive and compulsive behaviors. Meetings are 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays in the Student Education Building of Shore Fellowship Church, 1049 Ocean Heights Ave., Egg Harbor Township. The objective of the program is to help people overcome addictions or compulsions related to alcohol, drugs, gambling and overeating. Meetings are co-ed, confidential and respect the anonymity of anyone attending. Contact Shore Fellowship Church at (609) 646-4693 or www.shorefellowship.com.

 

Sex and love addiction recovery program

Augustine Fellowship holds an anonymous 12-step orientation recovery program for the treatment of sex and love addiction 7:30-9 p.m. Mondays at Trinity United Methodist Church on Route 9 in Marmora.

 

Pilates

A six-week Pilates course taught by certified instructor JoAnne Barbieri provides the foundation to build strength in the abdomen, legs and back. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat and Pilates ball. It will be held 5-6 p.m. Mondays at the Shore Memorial Hospital Conference Center. The cost is $30. Call (609) 653-4500.

 

Relax with yoga

Relax, refresh and rejuvenate through an ongoing, open-ended yoga group held 6-7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9:15-10:15 a.m. Mondays and Saturdays in the Community Room at the Hindu Jain Temple, 571 S. Pomona Road in Galloway. Bring a mat or blanket and wear comfortable clothing. Arrive 10 minutes prior to class. A $3 donation is requested. No pre-registration is required. Contact Steve Wolos at (609) 652-2102 or Kalpana Contractor at (609) 706-6698.

 

Al-Anon

Al-Anon Support Group meetings are held at the following locations: 7 p.m. Mondays at Epiphany Church, 6605 Atlantic Ave. in Ventnor; 8 p.m. Mondays at Presbyterian Church, 208 New Jersey Ave. in Absecon; 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Poplar and Wabash avenues in Linwood; and 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at Presbyterian Church, 6001 Main St. in Mays Landing.

 

Self-Help Center expands

The Self-Help Center of Atlantic County, sponsored by the county Mental Health Association, offers mental health consumers an atmosphere where they may network and gain support from peers dealing with the same life issues. The center is open Monday through Saturday, offering members a wide spectrum of self-help groups, advocacy education, social activities and recreational trips. A monthly calendar of events is available at www.mhaac.info. Call (609) 272-1700, ext. 305.

 

Alzheimer’s support group

Alzheimer’s Support Group meets 2 p.m. the third Monday of the month at Jewish Older Adult Services of Atlantic County Herman Pogachefsky Pavilion, 1101 Atlantic Ave. in Atlantic City; 3:45 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month at Brandall Estates, 432 Central Ave. in Linwood; 6-7:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month at Senior Care of Galloway Caregivers Support Group, 76 W. Jimmie Leeds Road; 6-8 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at Generations Adult Day Health Center, 40 E. New York Ave. in Somers Point; 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at Meadowview Nursing Home, 235 Dolphin Ave. in Northfield; and 11 a.m. the first Sunday of the month at Seashore Gardens, 22 W. Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway Township.

 

Look Good … Feel Better at ARMC

The American Cancer Society’s Look Good … Feel Better program is held 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of every other month in the Center for Childbirth at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus. The free program helps women undergoing cancer treatment learn to cope with the appearance-related side effects of treatment and regain self-confidence. To register call AtlantiCare at (888) 569-1000 or visit www.atlanticare.org.

 

Look Good … Feel Better at Shore Memorial Hospital

Look Good … Feel Better is held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Shore Memorial Hospital Cancer Center. This free workshop sponsored by the American Cancer Society shows cancer patients how to enhance their appearance by learning to use makeup techniques, wigs, turbans and scarves. Call (800) ACS-2345 to register.

 

Free childbirth preparation classes

Discover birth as a positive, empowering experience. South Jersey Birth Network's childbirth education classes are held 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at Magnolia Hill Studios, 1425 Magnolia Road, Vineland. The class explores the options and comfort measures available during labor and birth. Call (856) 498-5620 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Adult cancer support group

Shore Memorial Hospital sponsors a cancer support group that meets 2 p.m. Tuesdays in the second-floor conference room at the Cancer Center. Sessions are free and open to patients, their caregivers, family and friends. Call (609) 653-3585.

 

Overeaters Anonymous in Galloway

Overeaters Anonymous H.O.W. meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at the St. Mark and All Saints Episcopal Church, 429 S. Pitney Road in Galloway. There are no dues or fees. Call Victoria at (609) 296-4405 or Lori at (609) 703-2135.

 

Nicotine Anonymous in Galloway

Nicotine Anonymous meets 7:45-8:45 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Mark and All Saints Episcopal Church, 429 S. Pitney Road in Galloway. Call Lori at (609) 703-2135 or Dan at (609) 646-0436.

 

Suicide grief support group

Heartbreak to Healing suicide grief support group meets 7:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month at Grace Lutheran Church, 11 E. Dawes Ave. in Somers Point. The group is for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Call (609) 345-3230.

 

MS support group

Support and education for people with multiple sclerosis is offered 6-8 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the Galloway Township branch library, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road. Meetings include rap sessions, guest speakers and literature. Call Barbara at (609) 264-1916 (day) or Phyllis at (609) 266-1497 (day).

 

Volunteers needed for syringe access program

South Jersey AIDS Alliance is looking for volunteers to help with its syringe access program 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Oasis Center, 32 S. Tennessee Ave., Atlantic City. For volunteer opportunities and application see www.sjaids.org. Fax to Georgett at (609) 348-8775 or mail to SJAA, 19 Gordon’s Alley, Atlantic City, NJ 08401. To learn about SJAA programs and services see www.sjaids.org or call (800) 281-AIDS.

 

Preparation for childbirth and early parenting

This seven-week series will help prepare couples for the birth of their baby and the early parenting experience 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays in the 4th West Classroom at Shore Memorial Hospital. Cost is $110 per couple. Practice sessions on relaxation, breathing, conditioning exercises and other coping techniques for labor are combined with discussion of the labor and birth process and possible medical interventions. Care and characteristics of the newborn are included, along with a tour of the Maternity Care Center. Call (609) 653-3865 to register.

 

Overeaters Anonymous

An Overeaters Anonymous 12-step program assisting with food addiction is held 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays at the Margate Public Library. Call Estelle at (609) 569-9151.

 

Medical Explorers

Medical Explorers is for high school students interested in medical careers. The group meets 6:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of every month at Shore Memorial Hospital. Free. Call (609) 653-3724.

 

Caregivers support group

Jewish Family Services offers a support group for caregivers 7-8:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at 607 N. Jerome Ave., Margate. Cost is $10 per session and reservations are requested. Call Lois Hutkin at (609) 822-1108.

 

Juvenile diabetes parent support group

The southern New Jersey Juvenile Diabetes Parents Support Group meets the third Wednesday of each month. The location varies. Contact Steve at (609) 652-2102.

 

Gam-Anon

Gam-Anon, a 12-step program for family and friends of compulsive gamblers, meets 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Egg Harbor Township. Call (888) 213-3945 or visit www.gam-anon.org.

 

Esprit de Shore luncheons

Esprit de Shore is a monthly one-hour luncheon focusing on health topics for women held at noon on the third Wednesday of each month at Greate Bay Country Club, Somers Point-Mays Landing Road. Cost is $15; call (609) 653-3900 to register.

 

Lupus support group

The Lupus Foundation of South Jersey holds support group meetings 7-8:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month in the Heritage Executive Complex, 1873 Route 70 East, Cherry Hill. For directions or information call (856) 424-0266 or visit www.sjlupus.org.

 

Heartland Hospice bereavement support

Heartland Hospice invites anyone having a difficult time with loss and grief to attend a support group 10 a.m. every second and fourth Wednesday at the Somers Point office, 2 Braddock Drive. Call (609) 653-0990.

 

Gift of Life support group

A monthly meeting is held 4:30 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point for patients and their family members and caregivers who are waiting for or have received an organ transplant. The Cape-Atlantic Transplant Group offers insight to donor families and recipients and is supported with materials and information from the Gift of Life Organization of Philadelphia. The meeting usually runs about an hour. Call Bill at (609) 624-0853, or John at (609) 965-0679 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Compassionate Friends support group

The Compassionate Friends is a worldwide support group for parents, grandparents and siblings of children who have died at any age. The local chapter meets 7:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each monthat Grace Lutheran Church, Dawes Avenue and Shore Road in Somers Point. Call (609) 653-8451 or (609) 399-2451.

 

Open Hearts caregivers support group

Heartland Hospice caregivers support group, Open Hearts, is open to all hospice caregivers and meets 10:30 a.m.-noon the second and fourth Thursday of every month beginning in October at the Linwood Library. The meetings are free and will include caregiver-to-caregiver sharing and education on topics such as understanding dementia behaviors, assistive technology and self care. For information or to register call Veronica Sheehan at (609) 653-0990.

 

Senior Hope

The Shore Memorial Wellness Center hosts a Senior Hope Educational Group sponsored by Family Service Association 2-3 p.m. Thursdays at the Somers Point Senior Center on the corner of Ambler Road and Massachusetts Avenue. For information or to register call (609) 653-3894.

 

Addiction Recovery Christian support group

Addiction Recovery Christian Support Group meets 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Christ Wesleyan Church, 800 Philadelphia Ave. in Egg Harbor City. Call Chris at (609) 965-2108.

 

No Sweat Yoga

No Sweat Yoga is held noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays at the Noyes Museum of Art on Lily Lake Road in the Oceanville section of Galloway. Cost is $12 for members, $14 nonmembers or six classes for $60; $70 for nonmembers. Call (609) 652-8848, visit www.noyesmuseum.org or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Dual Recovery Anonymous

The Atlantic County Self-Help Center in Pleasantville has announced a new weekly group, Dual Recovery Anonymous. The group, designed to assist those struggling with mental health and substance-abuse issues, meets 6-8 p.m. Thursdays at 611 Doughty Road, Pleasantville. The group follows a 12-step model. Call Karen at (609) 272-1700, ext. 302.

 

Overeaters Anonymous in Mays Landing

Mays Landing Overeaters Anonymous meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Lighthouse, 5034 Atlantic Ave. The meetings offer a disciplined and structured approach to prevent compulsive overeating. Call Lynn at (609) 909-0197.

 

Neck and spine surgery education

Free neck and spine surgery education sessions are available to people undergoing or considering neck or spine surgery 4-5 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at Shore Memorial Hospital’s Physical Therapy Department. Call the Shore Memorial Wellness Program at (609) 653-4500 or visitwww.shorememorial.org.

 

Joint replacement education

Free hip or knee replacement sessions are available to people undergoing or considering total joint replacement 4-5 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at Shore Memorial Hospital’s Physical Therapy Department. Call the Shore Memorial Wellness Program at (609) 653-4500 or visitwww.shorememorial.org.

 

Reiki sessions

Reiki sessions are held 4-6 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays at the Betty Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation on Jimmie Leeds Road in the Pomona section of Galloway. Cost is $10. Free reiki is held 7-9 p.m. the third Friday of each month at Bacharach. Sessions will also be held 6-8 p.m. the third Friday of each month at the Lions Center for the Blind located on Pitney Road in Absecon. Cost is $20. Call Richard Dabney at (609) 926-3524.

 

Women Celebrate Recovery group meets

Women Celebrate Recovery of Calvary Bible Church in Somers Point is a new group for all hurts, habits and hang-ups 7 p.m. Fridays. For directions call (609) 927-6512.

 

Overeaters Anonymous in Absecon

Overeaters Anonymous H.O.W. meets 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays at the Absecon Presbyterian Church, 208 New Jersey Ave. in Absecon. Meetings support sugar-free and flour-free plans of eating. There are no dues or fees. Use the side entrance. Call Lori at (609) 404-4644.

 

Free health screenings

The Atlantic County Division of Public Health provides free screenings for heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other chronic illnesses. Services include pap smears and mammogram prescriptions for women and PSA testing and prostate examinations for men. Immunizations and screenings are available for children up to age 18 who have no insurance for a low annual fee. Flu shots are available by appointment to residents 18 and up for $15. Pneumonia shots are available year round to eligible residents for $25. No fee for either shot for Medicare Part B recipients. For information seewww.aclink.org/publichealth. To schedule an appointment, call (609) 645-5933.

 

Alzheimer’s caregivers needed

The SAVE Project of Family Service Association needs volunteers to relieve Alzheimer’s caregivers for an hour or two a week. Training is free. Call Dr. Veronique Battschinger at (609) 569-0239, ext. 1148.

 

Alcove grief groups for children and adults

The Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families in Northfield offers peer support groups for children and adults who are grieving the death of a loved one. Groups for children, teens and parents meet biweekly. Call (609) 484-1133 to arrange an intake interview.

 

Child and adult care food program

The Wee Care Pediatric Medical Day Care child and adult care food program provides meals to children in child-care centers, recreation programs and more. Meals are available at no separate charge to all children 12 and under enrolled in the program and are served without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age or sex. Call (609) 449-0076.

 

Widow and widowers grief support

Helping Other People Evolve Inc. holds weekly meetings with lectures, discussions, small group workshops and guest speakers. HOPE is a nonprofit, nonsectarian information program for recently widowed men and women of all ages. For details see www.hopesnj.org or call (856) 751-HOPE or (888) 920-2201.

 

New Balance Center

The New Balance Center at Shore Memorial provides balance testing and treatment exercises to help people who have experienced chronic dizziness or balance disorders regain their balance control and improve stability. For information call Valerie DeJoseph at (609) 653-3817.

 

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous can help individuals with drug problems. Call (800) 992-0401 or visit www.nanj.org.

 

Nutrition for women and children

The Atlantic County Women, Infants and Children Program is seeking participants. WIC is a federally funded nutrition education and supplement food program that serves pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women and their infants and children up to age 5. Eligibility is based on income, residency and medical/nutritional need. Call any of the following offices: Atlantic City, 1301 Bacharach Blvd., (609) 347-5656; Pleasantville Family Center, 9 S. Main St., (609) 272-0854, or Egg Harbor City Cornerstone Ministries, 200 N. Philadelphia Ave., (609) 965-9126.

 

HIV testing         

The Atlantic City Division of Health announced the relocation of its HIV rapid testing program to the Reliance Medical and Dental Center, 1325 Baltic Ave., at the corner of Tennessee and Baltic avenues in Atlantic City. For hours and information call (609) 347-6457.

 

Alcove Center volunteer training

The Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families holds 30-hour training sessions for volunteers interested in facilitating grief support groups for children ages 3-18. Call Mindy at (609) 484-1133 for information and a list of one-hour orientation dates.

 

Volunteers needed

Heartland Hospice is looking for friendly visitor volunteers for its patients who are at the end-of-life stages. Volunteers from the Galloway/Hammonton area are needed. Call (609) 653-0990.

 

Heartland Hospice seeking volunteers

Heartland Hospice is looking for volunteers to provide companionship and respite to patients and families in Atlantic and Cape May counties. Local training provided. Call Anne at (609) 653-0990.

 

Eating disorder recovery groups

Eating disorder recovery groups that provide education and supportive and therapeutic intervention to those suffering from anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating will be held at 227 E. Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway. Call Catherine Cipolla at (609) 748-8992. Most insurance plans accepted.

 

Live-in aide available

Sister Connie Heenan is available to live in with terminally ill cancer patients to take care of their physical, spiritual and emotional needs as well as keep the family aware of their condition. Heenan has taken care of 78 patients since 1996. Call (609) 677-0496.

 

Shore Memorial Hospital Auxiliary membership drive

The Auxiliary of Shore Memorial Hospital is always welcoming new members and has many different opportunities for volunteering. For an application call the auxiliary coordinator at (609) 653-4646.

 

Stroke community advisory group seeks members

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center invites people who have had a stroke or who know a friend or family member who has had one to join its Stroke Community Advisory Group. The group works with ARMC to develop programs and services for stroke patients and their families and assists ARMC in promoting the importance of prompt treatment. Call Sue Leonard at (609) 407-2360 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Cancer screenings

Free screenings for breast, cervical, colon and prostate cancer are available for the uninsured and underinsured. Age and income restrictions apply. For information, call the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program for Atlantic County at Shore Memorial Cancer Center, (609) 653-3484.

 

Dance, Pilates, weights and tone

Step by Step Dance Studio offers dance classes for children and adults. Adult classes in Pilates and weights and toning are also available and are held at the Lions Club Center for the Blind on the corner of Pitney and Crestview roads in Absecon. Call (609) 266-8400.

 

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