A brand-new television program launched on Fairfax County cable channel 10, "Forever Young." The show features issues of interest to active seniors, as well as organizations, activities and resources available to them. Upcoming episodes will feature a segment on the benefits of exercise for seniors, with an interview with McLean resident Doyle Dodge. He is a fitness enthusiast who works out regularly. McLean resident Cliff Crittenden is involved behind the scenes on the new show, providing background photography and editing. Visit www.ForeverYoungTV.org, contact Jim Seeley at 703-655-4205 or e-mail JSeeley@aol.com.
Shoplifters Anonymous Meeting. A 12-step meeting which meets every Thursday from 7-8 p.m. at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 7628 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Call 703-475-9278 or email email@example.com.
Seated Motion: A fitness instructor will guide the class through exercises for people while sitting in a chair. Wednesdays at Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Rm 1E. Call 301-610-9146 or visit www.can-survive.net from 2-2:45 p.m. Free.
CanSurvive is a patient-led, drop-in, lunchtime, general cancer support group for those dealing with any type of cancer. From 12-1:30 p.m., Thursdays at Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Rm 1B. Call 301-610-9146 or visit www.can-survive.net. Free.
Family members of those suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder meet the first Mondays of every month from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington. Call 703-250-1126.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Support Group meets the every Monday from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington. Call 703-250-1126.
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, 703-504-3500; Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, 2501 Parker's Lane, Alexandria, 703-664-7229; CentreMed, Centreville, 703-322-1970.
Certified Gentle Yoga instructor Jenn Fay will offer a five-week series of gentle yoga exercises starting Feb. 9 to Mar. 9. 1:15 p. m. and 2:30 p. m. Dress comfortably. Space is limited, please register by Monday, Feb. 6. Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Vienna
Seminars for Survivors: Dental Care and the Cancer Patient
Holistic dentist Robert Johnson, DMD, FAGD, CMT, ND, DIM, will provide an overview on the possible effects of cancer treatment on existing dentistry and how to maintain your dental health during and after cancer treatment. The speaker will also address the integration of medicine, dentistry, and naturopathy. Thursday, Feb. 16 from 7:15 - 8:45 p. m. Please register by Monday, Feb.13. Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Vienna.
A free bereavement workshop is being offered by Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale, on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 7:30-9 p.m. The workshop combines a presentation with hands-on support for widows and widowers as they discuss issues common to grief. To register call Haven at 703-941-7000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allergies are Nothing to Sneeze At. At this free workshop, learn what causes allergies, why most allergy medications are worse than the allergies themselves and the mechanics of how the body handles allergens. Also, learn about an approach to handle allergies naturally called BioSET. Monday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at 243 Church St., W., Suite 300 B, Vienna. Register at 703-242-7474 or www.newlifewellness.com.
A free bereavement workshop for teens is being offered by Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale, on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 9 a.m.–noon. Snow day is Feb. 25. Registration is required. Call Haven at 703-941-700 or e-mail email@example.com.
Healing artist Maureen Wolford will guide students in the use of creative endeavors such as collage, self portrait, clay sculpture and spontaneous art, to explore some of the common emotions and feelings people experience during the cancer journey. Each step in the journey contains a small jewel of knowledge that can be discovered when given the opportunity. Thursday, Feb. 23, Mar. 2, and 9 from 10:30 a.m. - noon. Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Suite 203, Rm. Space limited. Please register by Friday, Feb. 17 for all three sessions.
Communication Skills for Couples in Difficult Times. A cancer diagnosis has an effect on a couples relationship. Previous communication difficulties may be complicated by the stress which cancer places on individuals and families. Open and clear communication leads to better understanding of sensitive issues, allows individuals to feel supported, and allows couples to work together more effectively. In this workshop, couples will be introduced to effective communication tools and given an opportunity to practice techniques provided. Facilitated by oncology counselor Anne Minor, MSW. Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a. m.-12:30 p. m., Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Rm. 1B Vienna.
Managing Side Effects of Cancer & its Treatments. For many years Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner Maureen Ross, MSN, MPH, has been helping oncology patients deal with side effects of treatments using both conventional and complementary medicine approaches. She will provide an overview of common concerns and what's been useful to address those, followed by Q & A. Monday, Feb. 27, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Vienna., RM. 1B, Please register by Friday, Feb. 24 and indicate specific questions you would like to be addressed.
Caregivers Meeting. Meetings for family members to discuss and explore topics of concern including coping strategies, support, information related to cancer, its treatment, and more. Wednesdays, Feb. 8 and 22, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, Radiation Oncology Conference Room, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Use BLUE parking garage.
Lymphedema Group Meeting. 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 will facilitate discussion about physical and emotional concerns. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Life with Cancer Family Center, Rm. 1E or 203 B, Vienna.
Fighting Cancer with a Fork. Registered dietitian Deb Rowland will provide an overview of nutritional recommendations for all cancer patients and survivors. Thursday, Feb. 9, 3 - 4:30 p.m., Life with Cancer Family Center, Rm. 203 B , Vienna., Please call to register.
Spirituality Quest. Join us on Valentines Day to discuss Matters of the Heart. Group meets on the second Tuesday every month to explore the various aspects of spirituality. Tuesday, Feb. 14, 10:30 a.m. - noon, Life with Cancer Family Center, Rm. 1E, Vienna.
All About Wigs. Wig specialist Laura Waites provides information for the first-time wig buyer. Class covers what to look for when shopping for a wig, the kinds of questions to ask wig retailers, how to choose a wig that looks and feels right to you, and how to care for and style your wig. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7 - 8 p.m., Life with Cancer Family Center, Suite 203, Rm. A, Vienna. Please register at least one day before class.
BMT/Stem Cell Support Group This monthly group meeting is open to past, current, and upcoming Bone Marrow Transplant and /or Stem Cell Transplant patients and caregivers. Facilitated by an oncology counselor. Please register. Thursday, Feb. 23,12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Fairfax-Northern VA Hem-Onc, 8503 Arlington Blvd., # 320, Fairfax.
Young Adult Group This month's meeting explores the use of relaxation techniques. Meet others, ages 18 to 30-something, to discuss issues such as intimacy, dating, body image, work and health insurance concerns, treatment side effects, fears of recurrence, and sustaining a normal lifestyle. Facilitated by an oncology counselor and a nurse. Thursday, Feb. 23, 7:30 - 9 p.m., Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Vienna., Suite 203, Rm. A
Acupuncture and What It Can Do for You. Nancy Miller, Licensed Acupuncturist, practices Five Element Acupuncture and has a special interest in complementary healthcare; she will address the role of acupuncture in promoting wellness and mitigating symptoms for cancer patients. Monday, Feb. 13, 7:15 - 8:45 p.m., Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Vienna., Rm. 1B. Please register by Friday, February 10.
Knitting and Crocheting Circle Join Carolyn Sam and our knitters and crocheters who'd like to practice their craft in the companionship of other cancer survivors. Bring your project or find a new one. Past and new participants welcome, as are donations of yarn. Tuesday, Feb. 14, 7 -8:30 p.m., Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Vienna., Suite 203, Rm. A. Please register.
Individual Reiki Appointments Schedule an individual session with a certified Reiki practitioner and experience the benefits of this ancient practice involving the placement of hands on different parts of the body to direct energy in order to release tension and discomfort, and enhance well-being. Wednesday, Fe. 15, 12:30 - 2 p.m., by appointment. Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Vienna., Rm. 1E. Dress comfortably. Appointments are limited. Schedule your appointment by Monday, Feb. 13.
Learn to Crochet Carolyn Sam, MEd, will teach participants the basics of crochet in this evening session. Learn a skill that be a relaxing and constructive way to spend time in waiting rooms, etc. All supplies provided. Just bring yourself, a desire to learn, and willingness to explore. Monday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Vienna., Suite 203, Rm. B. Please register by Friday, Feb.. 17.
Whole Foods Market Cooking Demonstration culinary adventure at Whole Foods with Jennifer Reilly RD, dietitian and managing director of The Cancer Project. This month's demonstration will feature Fueling Up on Low-Fat Foods. Participants will receive copies of recipes and have an opportunity to sample dishes. Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Whole Foods Market, 143 East Maple Ave.,Vienna. VACo-sponsored by Whole Foods Market. Seating limited, please register by Monday, Feb. 20 .
Breast Cancer: A Tour of Care - Pre-op Classes for Lumpectomy and/or Nodal Biopsy A Breast Cancer Nurse Educator will provide information and support for women who have scheduled a lumpectomy and/or nodal biopsy. Learn how to prepare for surgery, what to expect during your hospital stay, and how to care for yourself after surgery. Learn ways to cope with a cancer diagnosis and talk with others that have similar concerns. Choose one session and call 703-776-2820 to register. If your surgery is before class date, call to speak with Deborah Cook, RN. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Vienna., Rm. 1B
Breast Cancer: A Tour of Care - Pre-op Classes for Mastectomy and/or Reconstruction A Breast Cancer Nurse Educator will provide information and support for women who have scheduled a mastectomy and/or reconstruction. Learn how to prepare for surgery, what to expect during your hospital stay, how to care for yourself after surgery, and see samples of implants, prostheses, drains, and comfortable undergarments. Learn ways to cope with a cancer diagnosis and talk with others that have similar concerns. Choose one session and call 703-776-2820 to register. If your surgery is before class date, call to speak with Deborah Cook, RN. Wednesdays, February 8 or 22, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Vienna., Rm. 1B.
Metastatic Breast Cancer Counseling Individual counseling for those, and/or their partners, dealing specifically with metastatic breast cancer, is available. Please call Sage Bolte, LCSW, Breast Cancer Counselor at 703-208-5620 for an appointment.
Carcinoid (a neuroendocrine tumor) Cancer Group Meet with other carcinoid cancer patients and their adult loved ones to share experiences and learn from one another in this monthly meeting on third Saturday of month. Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. - noon. Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Vienna., Rm. 1B
Call 703-255-0519 for more information.
Colorectal Cancer Group: "Ask a Nurse" This meeting offers an opportunity to get your questions, regarding cancer and its treatments, answered by a seasoned oncology nurse. Discussion will follow. Meet with others affected by colorectal cancer to address issues and concerns of patients/survivors, caregivers and friends. Thursday, Feb. 23, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Vienna., Rm. 1E
GYN Cancer Group. 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 an oncology nurse. Wednesday, Feb. 8
5:30 - 7 p.m., Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Vienna., Rm. 1E
Head and Neck Cancers - Heads Up! This educational support group is for current and former head and neck cancer patients and their significant others. Facilitated by an oncology social worker and a Radiation Oncology team member. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 5:30 - 7 p.m. Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, Radiation Oncology Conference Room, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Use BLUE parking garage.
Leukemia Group How Does Your Leukemia Diagnosis Affect Your Relationships? Family and friends are welcome to attend this group, co-sponsored with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This group meets on the second Thursday of the month.Thursday, February 9, 7- 9 p.m. Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Vienna.Rm. 1B
Lung Cancer Group Join fellow lung cancer patients, family members and friends to discuss the challenges of living with lung cancer and its treatments. Facilitated by an oncology counselor. Wednesday, Feb.15, 5:30 - 7 p.m. Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Vienna., Rm. 1B
Lymphoma Group Educational support group for people living with Non-Hodgkin's and Hodgkin's lymphoma. This group is facilitated by an oncology social worker and an oncology nurse, co-sponsored with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and meets every month. Light refreshments are provided. Please register. Monday, Feb. 20, 6:30 - 8 p.m., Sunrise Assisted Living at Fair Oaks, 3750 Joseph Siewick Drive, Fairfax
Multiple Myeloma Group Monthly discussion group for patients and families to share experiences, emotions, and challenges of living with multiple myeloma. Light refreshments provided. Co-sponsored with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Vienna., Rm. 1B
Prostate Cancer Group A survivor panel will lead a Q & A session. Meet others with a similar diagnosis, and their loved ones, to share experiences and learn from one another in this monthly group meeting. Monday, Feb. 13, 7:30 - 9 p.m. Physicianís Conference Center Auditorium on the grounds of Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Use BLUE parking garage
Inova Blood Donor Services has opened a new donor center: Inova Blood Donor Services, 45745 Nokes Blvd., Dulles. Hours are Sunday, noon-4 p.m, Monday, noon-8 p.m, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m and Friday, 6 a.m-4 p.m. Closed Thursday and Saturday. Call 1-866-256-6372.
Drunk Driving Victim Support Group. Mothers Against Drunk Driving sponsors a group for injured victims and for relatives and friends of those who have been killed in drunk driving crashes. New participants are always welcome. Free. Call 703-978-3025 for location and information.
Depressive and Manic Depressive Group meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. at Sunrise of Falls Church, 200 N. Washington St., Falls Church. Call Marshall Epstein at 703-641-5460.
Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective Disorders Support Group meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, 3302 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Call Loren Booda at 703-524-9474.
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, a support group for adults diagnosed with seizure disorders and their caregivers, meets every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. at Falls Church High School, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church.
Coalesce I: Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group. Meets Fridays in the late morning at Inova Fairfax Women’s Center, Radiation Oncology Conference Room, 3300 Gallows Road in Falls Church. Registration is required. Call Sage Bolte, M.S.W., breast cancer counselor, for time, information and to register at 703-208-5620.
Walk-in Cholesterol Testing. No physician’s request or appointment needed, and results are mailed directly to a residence. Tests include glucose, cholesterol, lipid profile, PSA, glycohemoglobin and lead. Test costs range from $5 to $15. Check or money order accepted. Inova Patient Service Center, 110 Maple Ave. E., Suite 110, Vienna; Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Closed 12:30-1 p.m. daily. Call 703-938-4039 for more information. Full-service testing with physician’s prescription also available.
Great Falls Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 9220 Georgetown Pike. The Parkinson Foundation welcomes PD patients and family members. They are dedicated to mutual self-help and the enhancement of coping skills for those with Parkinson’s Disease. There is no fee. Contact Glenn Lawrence at 703-406-2732.
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, contact Leon Paparella at 202-966-4450.
The Parkinson's Disease Young Onset Support Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Dolley Madison Library lower level meeting room at 1244 Oak Ridge Ave. 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 Tuesday 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.
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.
Partners of Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer Partners' Meeting. Facilitated by an oncology counselor, partners of women with metastatic breast cancer meet on a monthly basis at the Silver Diner to relate to others who are faced with similar challenges. Call Sage Bolte, MSW, breast cancer counselor, 703-208-5620, for information, including day, time and location.
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.
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 703-776-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org to register.
Good Grief for Children 5-12 Years Old. Continuation of an eight-week group with age-appropriate activities, discussion and art therapy to help children share their thoughts and feelings and to help with the grief process. Mondays through June 6 from 5-6:15 p.m. at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Suite 203, Room B, Fairfax. Registration is necessary. Call 703-776-2841.
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 703-776-2841 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. A six-week suicide survivors bereavement support group begins Monday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. and is open, free of charge, to anyone who has had a loved one die by suicide. Reservations required. Call 703-941-7000 or visit www.havenofnova.org.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com.
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.