Health Notes

Health Notes

Aug. 28, 2002

Volunteers are needed to become a personal service volunteer at the Arlington Agency on Aging. Volunteers will assist residents over 60 with the help they need in negotiating their way through the maze of information about medical insurance and available aging services. Volunteers will also be trained to assist with a variety of needs, such as arranging ongoing home care, assistance after hospital discharge, exploring housing options, filling out forms or determining eligibility for services. Specialized training will be available for those interested in working with insurance issues, such as Medicare, Medigap, long-term-care insurance and managed care training is provided on Saturdays and evenings. A September orientation is scheduled. Call Lori Hughes, personal advocate services coordinator, at 703-228-1734.

The Arlington Center for Well-Being, at 3800 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 5, offers workshops throughout the year. Call 703-522-7710 to register, confirm times and for fees:

* Inner Transformation, a weekly support group for people who want to look at personal issues that get in the way of healthy relationships. Requires a minimum six-week commit- ment on Sundays at 5 p.m. Cost is $45 per session.

* Depressives Action Group meets during the day on Wednesdays for people with mild depression. The group provides emotional support and a task support system will help get through the week. Cost is $30 per session.

* Being Heard, Being Healed is a weekly group that gives members a place to share their stories and experiences for a healing transformation. Meets Thursdays, from 8-10 p.m.

Support for People with Mental Disabilities:

* The Children and Adolescents Network Support Group. Call Ellen Storck at 703-534-3440.

* Arlington Alliance for the Mentally Ill will host its monthly support group meeting for family members and friends of persons suffering mental illness at 7:30 p.m. June 25 at Mount Olivet Methodist Church, 1500 N. Glebe Road. Call Richard and Betsy Greer at 703-525-8616.

* Schizophrenia and Schizo- affective Disorders. Meets weekly on Wednesdays, from 7-9 p.m., at the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, 3302 Gallows Road in Falls Church. Call Shannon Flynn at 703-527-0370.

* Depressive and Manic Depressives. Meets the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 7 p.m. at Falls Church Community Center, 223 N. Little Falls St. in Falls Church. Call Barbara Solow at 703-620-5538 or Marshall Epstein at 703-849-9401.

* Northern Virginia Mental Health Consumers Association. Meets the first Sunday of each month, at 4 p.m., at Independence Center, 3100 Clarendon Blvd. Call 703-978-3017, Ext. 30.

Narcotics Anonymous is a support group for people who want to turn their life around from using drugs. The group meets at Drew Community Center, 3500 S. 24th St., on Tuesdays from 7:30-9 p.m. Call John Robinson at 703-979-7300.

Virginia Hospital Center will present the following programs. Most classes take place at the John T. Hazel, M.D., Conference Center, 1701 N. George Mason Drive. Times and locations are indicated. Call to register for all classes at 703-558-5000.

* Lymphoma. A discussion group for persons diagnosed with Hodgkins disease or non-Hodgkins lymphoma will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 4-5 p.m. No registration required.

A Birth Mother’s Support Group will begin Sept. 23 and will meet weekly in Northern Virginia. It is for any woman who has ever placed a child in adoption and would like to meet with others who have done the same. The group will be led by a licensed clinical social worker and a nationally certified counselor. Call Pat Cunningham or Stephanie Hayden at Catholic Charities at 703-425-0100. There is a modest fee based upon income.