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An informational and registration meeting for Active for Life will take place at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, Thursday, April 27, at 10:30 a.m. The 21-week program is a free motivational program for increasing physical activity. It is not an exercise class; and is free to qualified applicants. The program is part of a national study by the Cooper Institute and Human Kinetics. Brochures available at any Loudoun County senior center.

"Tired of Being Tired," May 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road. Educational health series specifically focused on womenÕs issues. This lecture focuses specifically on fatigue, a common and rapidly growing epidemic. Presented by Kathy Sheraw, R.N. from Leesburg Laser Center, and Dr. Susan Clark from Back In Action Chiropractic.

The Loudoun County CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder) parents support group will meet the second Tuesday of every month, from 7:15-8:30 p.m. SuccessLab Learning Centers is hosting the meetings and providing refreshments. SuccessLab is located at 20660 Ashburn Road in Old Town Ashburn near the fire station.

The purpose of the support group is to provide a place where parents can come to be heard, be understood and help each other with their struggles and also learn about the amazing qualities children with ADHD possess. Contact CHADD Loudoun County coordinator Kirk Martin at 703-508-7908 or e-mail at Meetings are slated for May 16 and June 13.

The Social Security Administration is accepting applications from older adults and people with disabilities who may qualify for extra help paying for the new Medicare drug benefit.

The extra help will pay some or all of the monthly drug plan premiums and deductibles, and most of the coinsurance for prescription drugs covered by the new Medicare drug benefit. It is expected to provide an average of $2,100 per year in assistance.

Call the Medicare Hot line, 703-737-8036, at the Loudoun County Agency on Aging to request an application, to get help in filling out the application and for income requirements.

People with Medicare can apply for the subsidy by mail or in person at a local Social Security office. The application will also be available online at

The Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit begins Jan. 1. The enrollment deadline is May 15. The average premium is expected to be about $37 per month for people who do not have the low-income subsidy.

Shenandoah University's Symposium on Aging: Roadmap to Vitality will take place Saturday, June 3, at the Health Professions Building, Winchester Medical Campus, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The symposium is a partnership of Shenandoah University's School of Continuing Education, Valley Health Senior Health Services, Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury, Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging, Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, the Adult Care Center and Blue Ridge Hospice.

Designed to engage seniors, caregivers and family members, health-care providers, clergy, industry workers and policy makers for learning about current issues in aging well. Speakers include Dr. George Vaillant, author of "Aging Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life," and Emily Kimball, senior-age adventurer and motivational speaker. Registration fee $20 per person, includes lunch. Transportation from Loudoun County available for additional $4.25 via the county Parks, Recreation and Community Services. Call Debra Mobley, 703-771-5012.

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross is reporting a sharp decline in blood donations and is asking eligible blood donors to give the gift of life as soon as possible. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule a blood donation appointment immediately.

Donors must be in generally good health; be at least 17 years of age; weigh no less than 110 pounds; have not received a tattoo within the past year; have not donated whole blood within the past 56 days.

Any groups interested in scheduling a blood drive call 1-800-787-9282, Ext. 4925.

The Nova Medical Group, 21785 Filigree Court, Suite 100, Ashburn, is offering a free seminar on fibromyalgia, May 21, 10 a.m. Annette Hudler, D.O., and Elise Schroeder, N.D., will discuss treatments for fibromyalgia, a disorder of chronic widespread pain accompanied by soft tissue tenderness and fatigue. Preregistration required, e-mail or call 703-554-100, Ext. 323.

Ashburn Presbyterian Church is beginning a cancer support group for those diagnosed with cancer, their family and friends. All are welcome. The group will provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere whose purpose is to support individuals affected by cancer by encouraging them to connect with God, resources and one another.

The group will meet from 6:30-8 p.m., on the second and fourth Thursday of every month, beginning Oct. 13. There will be no meeting on Thanksgiving. The meeting will be held upstairs at APC, 20962 Ashburn Road, in room 209. Child care will not be provided. Call the offices at 703-729-2012, or visit the Web site at

The Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region is sponsoring the following support groups for adults diagnosed with seizure disorders and caregivers.

Free of charge. Call 703-425-6660.

* Reston Epilepsy Group meets the second and fourth Friday of each month, from 7-8:30 p.m., at Herndon High School, Entrance 5, Room 123, 700 Bennett St., Herndon.

* Northern Virginia Epilepsy Group meets every Wednesday, from 7-8 p.m., at Falls Church High School, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church.

The Loudoun Association for Children with Hearing Loss (LACHL) is a nonprofit association with a mission to support families of D/HOH infants and school-aged children through networking and sharing information about the issues that face our children. Meetings are the second Friday of the month from September through May. Visit or call Mary Photinakis at 703-327-5026.

A support group for persons suffering with Alzheimer's and other dementia diseases as well as other mental illnesses, and their caregivers meets the second Monday of each month, from 7-8:30 p.m., at Galilee United Methodist Church, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling. The meetings are open to the community. Call 703-430-2203 or visit

The YMCA Loudoun County, 6 Fairfax St., S.E., Leesburg, is offering Forever Fit. A gentle, but effective exercise program for seniors age 55 and older for men and women. Improve strength, flexibility, endurance, posture and balance through walking, marching, strength exercises, stretching and relaxation. Wear comfortable clothes and supportive rubber-soled shoes. Mondays and Wednesday, 9-10 a.m. Cost $8 per class. Call 703-777-2275.

The Loudoun HealthCare's Mobile Health Van visits the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, the second and fourth Tuesdays each month, from 9:30 a.m.-noon, to take blood pressure and glucose testing along with other medical needs. Call 703-430-2397.

A support group for people with hearing loss, tinnitus or Meniere's disease meets at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, 2 p.m., the first Friday of each month. Call 703-430-2397.

The Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer support group meets on the second Tuesday of each month, from 6:30-8 p.m., at the Senior Center at Cascades marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Call 703-430-2397.

The staff from Lenscrafters at Dulles Town Center will provide eyeglass care the second Wednesday each month, from 1-2 p.m., at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Call 703-430-2397.

Teresa Tupaj from Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing will be at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, the third Tuesday of each month, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., to clean, make adjustments and minor repairs to hearing aids, and perform hearing screenings. Call 703-430-2397.