Have any health notes to submit to the paper? New class? New or ongoing support group? Blood drive? Fax a brief write-up to 703-917-0991 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Donate Blood. There is an urgent need for donors with all blood types. Inova Blood Donor Services is open weekdays, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at its main location at 3289 Woodburn Road in Annandale. To inquire about appointments at a convenient donor center or blood drive, call 1-866-BLOOD SAVES (1-866-256-6372) or visit www.inova.org/donateblood.
Other Inova blood donation sites are:
* Inova Alexandria Hospital
4320 Seminary Road, Alexandria
Hours: Monday and Wednesday; noon-8 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
* Inova Mount Vernon Hospital
2501 Parker's Lane, Alexandria
Hours: Monday-Thursday; 4-7 p.m.
* CentreMed, Centreville
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; noon-8 p.m.
Saturday; 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Expressive Arts: Discovering the Healing Properties of Clay. Wednesday, March 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Work with clay to create a personally meaningful object or vessel. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Room A. Register by March 8. To register, call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.com.
Head's Up! On Wednesday, March 10, 5:30-7 p.m., this educational support group for current and former head and neck cancer patients and significant others meets at Inova Fairfax Women's Center, Radiation Oncology Conference Room, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Use the Blue parking garage.
Mindfulness Meditation. Wednesdays, March 10, 17, 24 and 31, 12-1 p.m. Learn about and experience the benefits of becoming aware of the present moment. Register by Monday, March 8. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Room 1E. To register, call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.com.
GYN Cancer Group. On Wednesday, March 10, 5:30-7 p.m., women diagnosed with ovarian, cervical and endometrial cancers are invited to drop in, share experiences and learn from one another in this monthly meeting. Facilitated by an oncology counselor and a nurse. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Room 1E. 703-698-2841, www.lifewithcancer.com.
Expressive Arts: Seeing Your True Self. Thursday, March 11, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Decorate mirrors with tile and other materials to help focus on and reflect the true self. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Room B. Register by March 8. To register, call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.com.
Leukemia Group: "The Invisibility of a Leukemia Diagnosis." On Thursday, March 11, 7-9 p.m. Family and friends are welcome to attend this educational support group. Co-sponsored with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Room 1E. 703-698-2841, www.lifewithcancer.com.
Reston Epilepsy Group. As of March 12, meetings are on the second Friday of each month, 7-8:30 p.m., at Hunter Mill District Office, North County Government Center Meeting Room, 12000 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Sponsored by The Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region. Free. For more information, call 703-425-6660.
Qi Gong. Mondays, March 15, 22, 29 and April 5, 7:15-8:45 p.m. Qi gong, an ancient healing art, combines gentle movement, deep breathing and meditation with the goal of improving physical and emotional health. Register by March 12. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Room 1E. To register, call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.com.
Using Nutrition to Manage Side Effects of Cancer Treatment. Tuesday, March 16, 10-11:15 a.m. Deb Rowland, R.D., provides an overview on using nutrition to combat possible side effects of cancer treatments. Register by Monday, March 15. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Suite 203, Room B. 703-698-2841 or www.lifewithcancer.com.
Lung Cancer Group. On Wednesday, March 17, 5:30-7 p.m., join fellow lung cancer patients and family members to discuss the challenges of living with lung cancer and its treatments. Facilitated by an oncology counselor. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Room 1E. 703-698-2841, www.lifewithcancer.com.
Young Adult Group: "Advances in the Treatment of Hodgkin's Lymphoma." Tuesday, March 16, 7:30-9 p.m. Medical oncologist Robert Christie gives an overview of this topic for the young adult group members; all intereted are welcome. Register by March 15. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Room 1E. 703-698-2841 or www.lifewithcancer.com.
Multiple Myeloma Group. On Tuesday, March 16, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., infectious disease specialist Sujata Ambardar, M.D. presents "An Update on Infections and the Myeloma Patient." Co-sponsored with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Room 1E. 703-698-2841, www.lifewithcancer.com.
Good Grief Dinner for Teens. Wednesday, March 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dinner for teens who have lost a family member to cancer. Share throughts and feelings and learn about the grief process. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Suite 203, Room B. To register, call Jenny Eckert at 703-208-5623.
Using Books to Help Yourself and Others. Thursday, March 18, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Bibliotherapy, the use of books and literature to gain insight into one's own experience is an age-old practice. Therapist Peggy Brennan facilitated a cancer recovery book discussion group for seven years and will share that experience as well as information about bibliotherapy, including how to get started and how it works. Register by March 15. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Room 1E. 703-698-2841 or www.lifewithcancer.com.
Melanoma Group Meeting. On Thursday, March 18, 7-8:30 p.m., meet with others to share information, discuss and explore ways to meet the challenges of living with melanoma. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Suite 203, Room B. 703-698-2841, www.lifewithcancer.com.
Colorectal Cancer Group. On Thursday, March 18, 6:30-8 p.m., registered dietitian Julia Thorsen starts the year with an overview of nutritional issues relevant to a colon or rectal cancer diagnosis. Meet with others affected by colorectal cancer to address issues and concerns. Facilitated by an oncology nurse and a social worker. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Room 1E. 703-698-2841, www.lifewithcancer.com.
Carcinoid Cancer Group. Saturday, March 20, 10 a.m.-noon, meet with other carcinoid cancer patients and their adult loved ones to share experiences and learn from one another in this monthly group meeting. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Room 1E. 703-698-2841, www.lifewithcancer.com.
Healing Touch. Thursdays, March 23, April 1 and 8, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Healing Touch practitioners place their hands directly on or above the client. Irene Morelli, RN, MSN, CHTP/I, demonstrates and teaches energy healing techniques shown to facilitate faster healing, reduce pain and anxiety and promote quality of life. Dress comfortably. Register by Monday, March 22. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Room 1E. To register, call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.com.
Lymphedema Group Meeting. On Wednesday, March 24, 7-8:30 p.m., meet with others who have hereditary or secondary lymphedema resulting from surgery, radiation or trauma to the lymphatic system. A certified lymphedema therapist and an oncology counselor facilitate discussion about physical and emotional concerns. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Suite 203, Room B. 703-698-2841, www.lifewithcancer.com.
Seminars for Survivors: Reducing Fears of Recurrence and Expanding the Joy in Our Lives. Thursday, March 25, 7:15-9 p.m. Linda Seligman, Ph.D., LPC, professor emerita at GMU, author, psychologist, counselor and long-time breast cancer survivor, speaks. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Room 1E. Register by calling 703-698-2841, www.lifewithcancer.com.
BMT/Stem Cell Support Group. Thursday, March 25, 12:30-1:30 p.m., at Fairfax-Northern VA Hem-Onc, 8503 Arlington Blvd., #320, Fiarfax. This monthly meeting is open to past, current and upcoming Bone Marrow Transplant or Stem Cell Transplant patients and caregivers. Facilitated by an oncology counselor. Register by calling 703-698-2841, www.lifewithcancer.com.
"Shifting the Power in the Family System." Wednesdays, beginning March 31, 7-8 p.m., at Falls Church High School, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church. Sponsored by The Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region. Free. For more information, call 703-425-6660.
Virginia consumers have a new tool to compare the state's Medicare-certified home health agencies. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services launched the Home Health Quality Initiative in November 2003. As part of the initiative, consumers can access objective quality of care information through www.medicare.gov and 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). Home Health Compare, as the Web tool is known, allows consumers to see how well the patients of an agency fare compared to other agencies, to the state average and to other states. Consumers can compare the care provided by nearly 7,000 Medicare-certified home health agencies in all 50 states. Nursing Home Compare, which provides quality information on Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing homes in Virginia and nationwide, continues to be available at www.medicare.gov.
The Virginia Health Quality Center, the Medicare quality improvement organization for Virginia, is providing ongoing quality improvement assistance to the state's nursing homes and home health agencies.
Medicare beneficiaries in Virginia can now resolve quality of care complaints against health care providers through an optional mediation program that began this fall. The new program, sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, brings together a provider or physician and a patient or his/her representative for a face-to-face meeting facilitated by an impartial mediator and is an alternative to the traditional medical record review process. It is being offered at no cost to the provider or beneficiary. The types of cases eligible for mediation include cases that do not exhibit significant clinical quality-of-care concerns and communications and perception issues that beneficiaries generally translate into quality-of-care complaints. All mediated discussions and outcomes are confidential and cannot be used in other legal proceedings. For more information, call 1-800-MEDICARE or check with the Virginia Health Quality Center, the Medicare quality improvement organization,www.vhqc.org.
Parkinson's Disease Support Group meets on the third Thursday of the month, at 2 p.m., at the Little River Glen Senior Center, 4001 Barker Court, Fairfax. The Parkinson Foundation (PFNCA) welcomes PD patients and family members. No charge. For more information, call Leon at 202-966-4450.
Parkinson's Disease Support Groups (exercise, patient discussion and care partners) meet weekday mornings at the Cherrydale Baptist Church, 3910 Lorcom Lane, Arlington. The Parkinson Foundation (PFNCA) invites persons with PD and their care partners. Interested participants must call ahead. For schedules and more information, call Leon at 202-966-4450.
The Parkinson's Disease Young Onset Support Group will meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Dolley Madison Library lower level meeting room at 1244 Oak Ridge Avenue in McLean. There is no charge. Patients, caregivers and family members are welcome. Call Hilary Blue at 703-821-1393 for more information.
Parkinson's Disease Caregivers/Carepartners Support Group meets third Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m., at Dolley Madison Library, lower level meeting room, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. The Parkinson Foundation (PFNCA) welcomes caregivers and family members. For more information, call Angela Robb, 703-277-9666.
Neurology Epilepsy Support Group, a support group for adults diagnosed with seizure disorders and caregivers, meets on the first Tuesday of each month, 6 - 7 p.m., at Georgetown University Hospital, Lombardi Cancer Center, Floor 2, Podium A - Conference Room, 3800 Reservoir Road, N.W., Washington, D.C. Come to a meeting on Tuesday, March 2.
Fibromyalgia/Arthritis Support Group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m., at the Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. For more information, call Arthritis Foundation at 202-537-6800, Ext. 3026, or Barbara at 703-913-0890.
The Parkinson's Foundation offers weekly support groups (previously located at the Providence Recreation Center) for patients and caregivers. They meet every Tuesday at 10 and 11 a.m., at the Lewinsville Senior Center, 1609 Great Falls St., McLean. Call 703-891-0821 if interested in joining or for more information.
Teens' Educational Support Program. A new eight-week program, for youths 13-18 who have a family member who is a cancer patient, is forming for Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Through discussion and activities, participants can express themselves and understand the changes that come when someone in the family has cancer. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Suite 203, Room B, Fairfax. Call 703-208-5623 for upcoming schedule.
Good Grief for Teens. For those 13-18, group activities and art therapy will help teenagers share thoughts and feelings about loss and help with the grief process. On Mondays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Call for upcoming group schedule. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Suite 203, Room B, Fairfax. Call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org to register.
TLC: Teens Living with Cancer. Monthly social activities for 13- to 18-year-olds who have cancer give them a chance to meet others with cancer, share a little, have fun. Call 703-208-5623 for details. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. Call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.
HAVEN of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale, offers several ongoing, free bereavement support groups.
A general bereavement support group for anyone grieving the death of a loved one. Meets the first and third Wednesday of each month, 7:30-9 p.m.
A widow/widower bereavement support group for anyone grieving the death of a spouse. One group meets the first and third Thursdays of each month, 2-3:30 p.m. An evening group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays each month, from 7:30-9 p.m.
A suicide survivors bereavement support group for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide meets the first Tuesday of each month, 7:30-9 p.m.
An early mother loss bereavement support group for anyone who lost a mother before age 21 meets the third Tuesday each month, 7:30-9 p.m.
Call 703-941-7000 or visit www.havenofnova.org for more information.
Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Groups are facilitated by trained group leaders, ongoing, free and open to the community. Support groups allow families to meet other caregivers, to share experiences and caregiving tips while developing coping skills. Caregivers and family members are invited to visit.
In Oakton, the group meets the third Monday of the month from 7:30 p.m. at Sunrise Senior Living (10322 Blake Lane). Call Betty Moore, group leader, at 703-255-2050, before attending for the first time. For a complete listing of Alzheimer’s Association support groups meeting throughout the National Capital Area, call toll-free 1-866-259-0042 or visit www.alz-nca.org. Support groups are subject to change. Contact the support group leader to verify date, time and location.
The Alzheimer's Association of the National Capital Area is starting a new caregiver support group that will meet on the second Monday of each month at 1 p.m. at The Sylvestery, 1728 Kirby Road in McLean. The Sylvestery is Vinson Hall Retirement Community's new assisted living residence for the care of people with memory impairments. Barbara Adams, M.S.W., will be the support group leader .
CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Hyperactivity Disorder) of Northern Virginia. A support group meets on the second Tuesday of each month, 7:15 p.m., at Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Contact Annette Spector, email@example.com, with questions. The support group schedule is also posted online at www.novachadd.org. For more information about these and other upcoming meetings, call 703-641-5451 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Northern Virginia Epilepsy Group meets every Wednesday, 7-8 p.m., at the Falls Church High School Career Center, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail. For additional information, call 703-425-6660.
Life with Cancer Caregivers Meeting. Every Wednesday, 5:30-7 p.m. Meetings for family members to discuss and explore topics of concern including coping strategies, support, information related to cancer and more. Use Blue parking garage. Meetings held at Inova Fairfax Woman's Center, radiation oncology conference room, at 3300 Gallows Road in Falls Church. 703-698-2841 for registration and information.
Social Skills/Therapy Groups. In small, age-appropriate groups, children who have difficulty in social situations learn and practice appropriate behavior, such as initiating and maintaining conversation, listening, sharing, problem-solving, self-control, handling teasing, dealing with emotions, and making friends. $55-$65 per session. (May be insurance-reimbursable.) For registration, call the Jewish Social Service Agency at 703-204-9100.
The Alzheimer's Family Day Center is looking for volunteers. If interested, contact Joan at 703-532-8899 or email@example.com.
Recovery Inc., a nonprofit support group for depression, bipolar disorder and other nervous diseases, meets every Friday at Boulevard Baptist Church, 7000 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. Contact Lee, 703-777-1708.
The American Red Cross is offering Infant and Child CPR at Dunn Loring United Methodist Church, 2501 Gallows Road, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The fee is $40. To enroll, call 703-964-0004 or visit www.redcrossnca.org.
Become a Foster or Adoptive Parent Today. A chance to make a difference in a child’s life. Call Fairfax County’s Foster Care and Adoption Program at 703-324-7639.
Amputee Support Group of Northern Virginia. A support group for amputees, their families and friends. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month, 7:30-9 p.m., at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Physician's Conference Center, Room 1D, first floor, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church. There is no cost to participants, and parking is provided free in the garage for cars displaying handicapped placards or license plates. Contact Irvin Axelrod at 703-222-7120 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Depression and Manic Depression Support Group. The Sterling/Reston Chapter of DRADA, meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month, 7-9 p.m. For location, contact Traci at 703-433-1448 or Jan at 703-669-5177. DRADA stands for Depressive and Related Affective Disorders Association, a nonprofit, self-help group sponsored by Johns Hopkins, which has been in existence for over 20 years.
Virginia Health Information (VHI). VHI, a nonprofit, independent organization, has published information on its Web site, www.vhi.org, reporting on the in-patient cardiac care provided at all licensed hospitals in Virginia. The information compares their performance and mortality outcomes. VHI’s study is based on over 100,000 cardiac patient discharges submitted by Virginia hospitals for the year 2000.
Shoplifters Anonymous. Group offers a new 12-step meeting program for those who wish to stop compulsive shoplifting. The group meets every Thursday, 7-8 p.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 7426 Idylwood Road. Call Sue at 703-759-0396 or Carol at 703-764-0347 to confirm the meeting date.