Health Notes is a weekly feature that highlights health and wellness news in the area. Hospitals and other health related agencies may e-mail items to [email protected].
The Valley Goes Pink events
The Valley Goes Pink is a grassroots, community wide effort throughout the Lower Naugatuck Valley to increase awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection, support the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital and celebrate the charitable spirit of the Valley’s businesses and organizations.
The following is a list of unique Valley Goes Pink fund-raising events. For more information on how you can “go pink,” visit griffinhealth.org/pink or contact the Griffin Hospital Development Fund at 203-732-7504 or [email protected].
Every Wednesday in October is “Percent for Pink Day” at The Original Antonio’s, 314 Main Street, Ansonia. Owner Chris Setaro will donate 10% of all sales to The Valley Goes Pink.
Through Oct. 31 James Heating Oil, at 326 Derby Ave., Derby, will donate $1 for every grill tank refill. Call 203-736-2566 or visit jamesheatingoil.com.
On Oct. 7 Ari Bella Restaurant, 66 Huntington St., Shelton, will host a “Vineyards of the World Wine Tasting” from 2-5 p.m. For more information, call Pat at 203-926-2478 or Sue at 203-926-1122.
Oct. 11 marks the “Young Emerging Professionals’ Pinktober Fest” from 5-8 p.m. at Molto Bene at John J. Sullivan’s Restaurant, 557 Wakelee Ave., Ansonia. The event will feature a variety of craft brews, wine and scotch tastings, raffles, and more. Tickets are $30 per person. For more information, visit the Young Emerging Professionals on Facebook at facebook.com/CTYEP or contact the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce at 203-925-4981 or greatervalleychamber.com.
Center for Cancer Care 5K walk/run
Griffin Hospital invites individuals and families to join the more than 500 walkers and runners expected to support local cancer patients at the 4th annual Center for Cancer Care 5K Walk/Run beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 starting in the cancer center’s parking lot at 350 Seymour Avenue in Derby.
The event will feature entertainment and post-event refreshments for all participants and their family members. Area cancer survivors also are invited to celebrate the event at a free survivors’ reception that offers food and free massages.
Proceeds are earmarked for patient support programs at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital. Participants may walk or run individually, or may form a team with their family, friends and co-workers. Participants may also collect pledges or purchase a commemorative sign to honor or memorialize a loved one. These signs will be displayed on the day of the event.
Event check-in begins at 7:30 a.m., with the walk/run scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Advance registration is required, and the first 500 registered participants will receive long sleeve T-shirts. The registration fee is $30.
Senior driving course
AARP’s Senior Driver Safety Program will be offered Saturday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., in the first-floor Administration Conference Room at Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St.
Fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members, which covers handouts and instructional materials. To register, call 1-888-357-2396.
Prostate cancer survivors talk
Free prostate cancer survivors educational lecture series offered by St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound is held the second Tuesday of every month from 4:30–6 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care Level 3 – Medical Oncology Conference Room. Next: Oct. 9.
No reservations required. Information: 203-576-6158 or email [email protected].
Healthy eating lecture
On Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. The Watermark at 3030 Park, 3030 Park Ave., Bridgeport, will host a free lecture on healthy eating and bone health presented by dietitian Kinza Chaudhry.
Chaudhry is a certified dietitian who works at The Springs at Watermark. She has her master’s degree in nutritional sciences from SUNY Oneonta and received her undergraduate degree from UConn.
To RSVP, call 203-374-5611.
Nutrition for cancer survivors
St. Vincent’s presents”Nutrition for Cancer Survivors” the second Wednesday of the month from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in its Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care adjacent to the hospital. Next: Oct. 10. To register or for more information call 203-576-6158.
Griffin Hospital will offer a free four-week nutrition course, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Nutrition, But Were Afraid to Ask,” held over four sessions, Oct. 10, 17 and 24 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby. Early registration is encouraged, as space is limited. Register online at griffinhealth.org or call 203-732-1260.
The Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute at Bridgeport Hospital is partnering with Yale Cancer Center to provide genetic counseling services in the Greater Bridgeport community. Certified genetic counselor Rachel Barnett sees patients at the Cancer Institute’s Park Avenue campus in Trumbull, where a number of other cancer-related services are also provided. Appointment is available Wednesdays, Oct. 10.
To make an appointment, call 203-764-8400.
St. Vincent’s Medical Center and the Merck Co., are co-sponsoring The Journey for Control, a monthly diabetes education workshop, the fourth Thursday of the month, 6-7:30 p.m., in St. Vincent’s Level 4 Seton Conference Room (next to the cafeteria). Upcoming dates are Thursdays, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13.
To register, call 203-576-6168.
The Diabetes Education & Support Group at Griffin Hospital will host a free presentation about foot care for diabetics Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the hospital’s dining room at 130 Division Street in Derby.
The Group meets September through June on the second Tuesday of each month to discuss the management of diabetes, its challenges and day-to-day dietary concerns. It is open to all diabetics and their families, at no charge.
For more information, call Mary Swansiger, R.N., MPH, at 203-732-1137.
Blood pressure screenings
Screenings offered by Bridgeport Hospital at Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace, Monday, Oct. 15, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Stratford Baldwin Center, 1000 West Broad St., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Shelton Senior Center, 81 Wheeler St., Monday, Oct. 22, noon-2 p.m. Call 1-888-357-2396.
Also offered by the South End Community Center in collaboration with the Stratford Health Department, first and third Wednesdays of the month, 10-noon, South End Community Center; 203-385-4058; 203-377-0689.
The Mario and Irma D’Addario Hypertension Program at St. Vincent’s Medical Center provides free blood pressure screenings and information to the public every Tuesday, 11:30-3:30, in the main lobby of St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport; 1-877-255-SVHS (7847).
First aid/safety class
Bridgeport Hospital’s Emergency Care Institute offers the following self-care classes in the duPont Board Room at Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St. To register, call 203-384-4497.
Adult, child and infant CPR two-year certification, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 6-9 p.m., $65; Pediatric first aid & safety and adult, child and infant CPR/defibrillator training two-year certification, Saturday, Oct. 13, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., $100 full class or $70 first aid portion only; Administration of medicine class, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $50 full program (three-year certification) or $25 for injectable medications only; Basic life support for healthcare providers, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 6-10 p.m., $90 ($65 for those with an unexpired American Heart Association certification card).
Free HIV/HCV tests
The Greater Bridgeport Area Prevention Program and the Stratford Health Department will offer rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing with results in 20 minutes every first and third Tuesday of the month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Stratford Health Dept., 468 Birdseye St., Stratford.
To schedule an appointment call 203-385-4058.
St. Vincent’s Medical Center is offering a free seven-week “Journey from Loss to Healing & Hope” Bereavement Support Series every Tuesday, Sept. 11-Oct. 23, 2:30-4 p.m. in the Medical Oncology Conference Room on Level 3 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care adjacent to the Medical Center (the conference room is just off the elevator to the right).
To register, call 203-576-5110.
Eight-week group facilitated by Ximena Varas, certified lay minister and chaplain meets Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m at First United Methodist Church, 188 Rocky Rest Road. Registration required: [email protected] or 203-278-1568.
Look Good …. Feel Better
Free American Cancer Society program that helps women with cancer improve their appearance and self-image through hands-on beauty techniques offered Thursday, Oct. 11, 1-3 p.m., Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care adjacent St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Reservations required: 203-576-6158.
Also offered Friday, Oct. 19, 1-3 p.m., Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St., first floor operations conference room. To register, call 1-888-357-2396.
Also offered by The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, Derby the third Thursday of the month, 5-7 p.m. Register in advance by calling Laura Howell, 203-732-1280 or email [email protected].
Prostate cancer support
Bridgeport Hospital urologist Howard Zuckerman, MD, will discuss surveillance versus treatment of prostate cancer during the next meeting of Man to Man, the hospital’s prostate cancer support group, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 6-8 p.m., at Spring Meadows, 6949 Main St., Trumbull. The meeting is free and open to the public. A light dinner will be served. For information or to register, call toll free 1-888-357-2396.
Cancer survivor support
Bridgeport Hospital’s Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society will sponsor a free meeting in the Moving Forward support and educational series for cancer survivors, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 5-7:30 p.m., at 5520 Park Ave., Trumbull. The topic is “Eat Well, Stay Well.” A light supper will be served. Registration is required. Call 203-563-1523.
Bridgeport Hospital has launched a new free breastfeeding support group for new and expectant mothers, the first and third Wednesday of the month, 10-noon, 5520 Park Ave., Trumbull. Next: Oct. 17. To register, call toll free 1-888-357-2396.
Scotch tasting fund-raiser
Griffin Hospital will host The Valley Goes Pink Scotch Tasting fund-raiser Thursday, Oct. 18, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at La Sala Banquet Hall, 79 High Street in Derby (by the Sons of Italy Club).
Attendees will have the opportunity to sample some of the world’s best scotch, while also helping breast cancer patients in the Valley.
Tickets are $60 if purchased before Oct. 11 or $70 at the door. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Hewitt Center for Breast Health at Griffin Hospital.
Call 203-732-7504 or visit griffinhealth.org/pink to reserve a spot.
Soft touch workshop
Griffin Hospital is offering individuals an opportunity to help relieve stress for their loved ones and hospital patients through a Soft Touch workshop Saturday, Oct. 20, from noon to 3 p.m.
Taught by a Griffin Hospital nurse who is also a licensed massage therapist, this basic-level training includes a demonstration of various Soft Touch techniques as well as opportunity for hands-on practice.
There are no prerequisites to attend the workshop and it is open to the public. Cost is $25 for the public, and free to Griffin Hospital employees and volunteers.
Space is limited, so early registration is required. Workshop participants may register by contacting Tricia Brister at 203-732-7555 or at [email protected].
Bridgeport Hospital will sponsor a free Ostomy Support meeting Sunday, Oct. 21, 2 p.m., at Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut, 40 Lindeman Drive, Trumbull. The meeting is open to anyone who has had or will have an ostomy operation, such as colostomy, urostomy or ileostomy. Spouses are welcome. Meetings are held on the third Sunday of the month except July and August. For information, call Sharon Tilley at 203-384-3209.
Breast cancer survivor support
St. Vincent’s free Breast Cancer Survivor support group meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month 5:30-7 p.m., Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care at St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. No reservations required. Information: 203-576-6158; [email protected].
Family support group
A free Family Support Group for adult patients, family members and friends who are coping with a diagnose of leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and Hodgkin’s Disease is being offered at St. Vincent’s on the first Tuesday of every month from 4-5:30 p.m., in the Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, Level 3 Medical Oncology Conference Room, adjacent to the Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Information: 203-576-6158; [email protected].
Family Fun Day Oct. 21
The Valley Initiative to Advance Health & Learning in Schools (VITAHLS) will host a Family Fun Day Sunday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Emmett O’Brien Technical High School, 141 Prindle Ave., Ansonia.
A fun run will precede the free event at 8 a.m. at Emmett O’Brien. Family Fun Day will have a festival feel with many booths featuring games, nutritional and fitness activities, free healthy snacks and a farmers market. The Family Fun Day is also designed to launch the public phase of the VITAHLS program informing parents, community leaders and the public about the goals and components of the program.
Better Breathing Club
Next meeting is Friday, Oct. 26, 1:30 p.m., first-floor Administration Conference Room at Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St. Support group meeting is open to anyone with chronic respiratory disease. To register, call 203-336-7375.
St. Vincent’s Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Support Group meets the third Wednesday of the month 5:30-7 p.m., Seton Room on Level C at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Call 203-576-5361.
Bridgeport Hospital’s Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers will host a free Stroke Support Group meeting for recovering stroke patients and their caregivers Tuesday, Nov. 6, 6-7 p.m., at its Shelton outreach site, 4 Corporate Drive. For information or to register, call 203-925-4201.
Weight loss support
Interested in losing weight? Concerned about your weight? First Congregational Church, 44 South Cliff St., Ansonia hosts a night of mutual support Mondays, weigh in from 5:45-6:50 p.m.; meeting 7-8 p.m. First meeting is free. Call Tom, 203-308-3355 and leave a message.
Cancer support group
Ongoing monthly group is focused on giving support to patients and families who have been diagnosed with lung, colon, head and neck, esophageal, GI cancers and other solid tumors. One-hour dialogue and discussion on medical issues and stress related issues regarding the medical, physical, and emotional effects concerning the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Meetings are the third Wednesday of the month, 9-10 a.m., Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, third floor conference room, St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Call 203-576-6158.
Nursing moms support
Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby hosts a monthly Nursing Moms Support Group, facilitated by a board-certified lactation consultant the fourth Tuesday of each month from 7-9 p.m. Contact [email protected] for more information.
Massage is offered for oncology patients undergoing definitive active treatment and for survivors who have completed treatment. Call 203-576-6158 for an appointments. Program takes place on third floor of Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care at St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport.
Ring for Your Rhythm
Bridgeport Hospital’s “Ring for Your Rhythm” line provides recorded, step-by-step instructions for taking a pulse reading, to help detect atrial fibrillation (a-fib) and possibly prevent a stroke. Call toll free, 24/7, at 1-855-247-8573. A-fib, the most common type of heart rhythm disorder, causes blood to pool in the heart’s chambers, which can lead to blood clots that may travel to the brain and trigger a stroke.
Yoga for cancer patients
Restorative yoga, chair yoga with breathing and meditation for patients in active treatment or post-surgery, Tuesdays, 10 a.m., The Watermark, 303 Park Ave., Bridgeport; Thursdays, 10 a.m., Yoga Room on Level 3 of St. Vincent’s Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, adjacent to the Medical Center. Gentle Yoga, for patients in treatment or recently finished, Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Yoga for Everybody, 27 Unquowa Road, Fairfield. Formal Yoga, for cancer survivors of five years or less, Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., The Watermark, 3030 Park Ave., Bridgeport. To register call 203-576-6158.
Bridgeport Hospital’s Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers offers weekly fitness classes in Bridgeport and Stratford:
Boot Camp, Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:45-6:45 a.m., 226 Mill Hill Ave., Bridgeport; Saturdays, 10-11 a.m., 3585 Main St., Stratford.
Women’s Strength Training, Tuesdays, 11-noon; Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., 226 Mill Hill, Bridgeport; Saturdays, 8-9 a.m., 3585 Main St., Stratford.
Zumba, Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., 226 Mill Hill, Bridgeport; Saturdays, 8-9 a.m., 3585 Main St., Stratford.
All classes are conducted by certified fitness trainers. Cost is $8 per class or $75 for 10 classes. Tickets are available at all Ahlbin Centers locations, or before or after classes. For information or to register, call 203-336-7301 (Bridgeport) or 203-380-4672 (Stratford).
In addition to Bridgeport and Stratford, Ahlbin Centers has outpatient facilities at 4 Corporate Drive, Shelton; 2600 Post Road, Southport; and 2750 Reservoir Ave., Trumbull.
St. Vincent’s Medical Center and the Merck Co., are co-sponsoring The Journey for Control, a monthly Diabetes Education Workshop, held the fourth Thursday of the month, 6-7:30 p.m. in St. Vincent’s Level 4 Seton Conference Room. To register, call 203-576-6168.
Meets Saturdays, 7 p.m., 100 Bank St., Seymour. For more information, call Steve, 203-362-5234.
Are you dealing with an addiction in your life or the life of a family member? Higher Ground Ministry is non-denominational offering help that is permanent through biblical truths. Weekly meetings are held where one receives support, encouragement and spiritual guidance. Meetings are Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Trinity Baptist Church, 300 North Benson Road, Fairfield. Also, Sundays 6-7:30 p.m., Stepney Baptist Chruch, 423 Main St., Monroe; Mondays, 7:30-9 p.m., Huntington Chapel, 177 Ripton Road, Huntington; Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m., Christ the King Church at American Legion Hall, 21 Cedar St., Naugatuck; Fridays, 7-8:30 p.m., First Baptist Church,178 Leavenworth Road, Shelton and First Baptist Church, 235 Prindle Ave., Ansonia. Information: 203-888-9974; highergroundministry.org.
Compulsive overeaters group meets Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., Rimmon Pond Counseling, LLC, 100 Bank St., Seymour. Group will address underlying attitudes and beliefs which affect eating behaviors. For more information or to register, call 203-888-0462.
Led by licensed acupuncturist Gregor Wei, Mondays, 10-2, Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, 111 Beach Road, Fairfield. Call 203-255-5300 to register. Advance registration requested. Private appointments available.
The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital offers cancer genetic counseling services to individuals and families as part of the Center’s comprehensive model of patient-centered care.
Cancer genetic counseling is the process of collecting a patient’s detailed personal and family history, assessing their personal risk, and discussing their genetic testing options. Genetic tests are tests on blood and other tissue used to identify genetic disorders.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 203-732-1260.
Diabetes Education & Support Group meets September -June, second Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m., Griffin Hospital, Derby. Open to diabetics and their families; 203-732-1137.
Weight-loss surgery support
Griffin Bariatrics, a new program of Griffin Hospital, will host weight loss surgery support group meetings the third Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Griffin Imaging & Diagnostics Center at Ivy Brook, 2 Ivy Brook Road, Shelton. Advance registration requested; griffinhealth.org; 888-657-9252.
To help bariatric patients bridge the gap between the time of surgery and reaching their healthy weight, Griffin Bariatrics has assembled a Clothes Closet with men’s and women’s clothing in barely worn or new condition, which has been donated by bariatric patients and hospital staff and family members. The Clothes Closet is open the second Wednesday of each month, 4:30-6:30 p.m., prior to monthly “On Track” support group meetings; 203-732-7108; [email protected].
Fibromyalgia Support Group meets the last Tuesday of the month, 2 p.m., Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby. Information: Daun Barrett, 203-732-7584.
Health and wellness classes
St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport offers a variety of health and wellness classes. Most sessions run for 10 weeks with the exception of pilates, which is six weeks; and Y Diabetes Prevention Program and Weight Watchers program, 16 and 17-week sessions respectively. 10-week sessions: $90. Information/registration: 203-576-6267; [email protected].
Free exercise video program
A new online video program called A-B-E (Activity Bursts Everywhere) for Fitness, designed specifically to help adults meet those recommendations for daily physical activity, is available at abeforfitness.com.
The program offers a library of more than 50 videos of guided physical activity routines, each of which may be done in 3 to 5 minutes. It offers a variety of options based on users’ time, interests, needs, and fitness levels.
Beginner and intermediate level, runs weekly, Fridays, 9:15 a.m., Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, 111 Beach Road, Fairfield. Class size limited to six students. Advance registration requested; 203-255-5300; bridgeporthospital.org. Yoga, restorative yoga and teen yoga classes also available. Call for full class schedule.
Weekly, Mondays, 5:30 p.m., Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, 111 Beach Road, Fairfield. Class size limited to six students. Advance registration requested; 203-255-5300.
Yale Obsessive Compulsive (OCD) Support Group meets first and third Thursday of the month, 3-4 p.m., CHMC, 34 Park St., 3rd floor conference room, New Haven. Information: psychiatry.yale.edu/ocd/patients; Suzanne Wasylink, 203-974-7523.
St. Vincent’s Wellness Booth has relocated to the main lobby of the Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. The Wellness Booth, a project of the Mario and Irma D’Addario Hypertension Fund, formerly was located at Westfield Shoppingtown, Trumbull. The booth offers a variety of health screenings and services to the public every Tuesday and Wednesday, 11:30-3:30. No appointment required for any of the screenings.
Free blood pressure screenings are performed every Tuesday. On Wednesdays, Cholesterol/HDL ratio/glucose screening, $18; a lipid panel requiring a four-hour fast, $25; blood sugar screening alone requiring a two-hour fast, $1.
For more information call St. Vincent’s toll-free Care Line at 1-877-255-SVHS (7847).
Help for new movers
Bridgeport Hospital’s free Newcomer Concierge Service helps new residents of Bridgeport and surrounding towns locate physicians to meet personal and family health needs. Service also provides information on health-related events and activities. To reach the Newcomer Concierge Service, call 203-330-7462, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, 9-3.
Heart-disease risk quiz
Bridgeport Hospital offers “Take 10 for Your Ticker,” a free online heart-disease risk quiz. Quiz is available at bridgeporthospital.org, by clicking on the link in the “Take 10 for Your Ticker” box.
For those without access to the Internet, a free printed copy of the quiz, with an explanation of results, is available by calling 1-888-357-2396.
Breast cancer support
Woman to Woman of the Valley group meets second and fourth Thursday of the month, 6-7:30 p.m., Griffin Hospital Cancer Center, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby.
Information: Midge Johnson, breast care coordinator at Griffin Hospital, 203-732-7566 or e-mail [email protected]; or Joyce Grohe, co-facilitator, 203-888-3993.
Derby MS support group meets third Wednesday of the month, 4:30-5:30, Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby; Lisa, 203-231-4716; ctfightsMS.org.
The Shelton MS support group meets second Monday of the month, 2-3:30, Plumb Library, 65 Wooster St., Shelton; 1-800-344-4867; ctfightsMS.org.
Hosted by Griffin Hospital, second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 2:30-3:30. Facilitated by a chaplain and a social worker, the group is designed to provide ongoing support; 203-732-1100.
Free 12-step program for compulsive eaters, meets Mondays, Fridays, noon-1, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Church St., Shelton; 203-454-6607.
Atria Stratford Assisted Living, 6911 Main St., offers a support group for family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease, or related dementia, living at home or in an extended care facility. Group meets first Wednesday of the month, 6-7; 203-380-0006.
Grasmere Eldercare Center: 240 Colony St., Fairfield, offers open discussion about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, last Friday of month, 1-2. RSVP Courtney: 203-259-6699 or [email protected].
Jewish Family Service, 2370 Park Ave., Bridgeport, offers support group for family members or friends helping with the care of adults over 60, meets first Wednesday of month, 6-7:30 p.m. RSVP: 203-366-5438, Ext. 219.
Sunset Shores Adult Day Health Center, 720 Barnum Avenue Cut Off, Stratford, offers a support group for people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Meetings are the second Wednesday of the month, 4-5; 203-380-1228.
St. Vincent’s SWIM family support group meets first Tuesday of each month, 4-5:30 p.m., Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care at St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. No reservations required; 203-576-6158; [email protected].
Prostate cancer survivors
St. Vincent’s SWIM Prostate Cancer Survivors Educational Lecture Series and Support Group meets at Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, at St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Call 203-576-6158 or e-mail [email protected] for dates and times of lectures. No reservations required.
Breast cancer wellness
St. Vincent’s Breast Cancer Survivor Wellness program, intended for women who have recently undergone breast cancer surgery and those further along in their recovery, 4:30-5:30, Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care at St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. No reservations required. For dates, call 203-576-6158.
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St. Vincent’s partners with Saxon-Kent Lingerie of Orange to provide special products for women battling cancer. Boutique hours: Monday-Friday, 10-4. Fitting hours for wigs, prosthesis, mastectomy bras, lymphedema sleeves etc: Tuesdays, 2-4; Wednesdays, 10-noon; or by appointment; 203-576-6158; [email protected].
Breast cancer support
Woman-to-Woman, an American Cancer Society sponsored support group for women who have had breast cancer or who have been newly diagnosed, meets monthly, 2-4 p.m., Cambridge Manor, 2428 Easton Tpke., Fairfield; 1-800-889-3340.
The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital offers a breast cancer survivor group “Circle of Friends” which meets the second Thursday of every month, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Center for Cancer Care, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby. New topics and guest speakers monthly; 203-732-1300; [email protected].
Cancer resource library
St. Vincent’s SWIM Cancer Resource Library is open Monday-Friday, 9-5, Maureen Ringel Cancer Resource Library, Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, St. V’s. Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. A representative is available to assist visitors with navigation of web-based searches, cancer clinical trial searches and direct patient referrals to a variety of free resources Monday-Friday, 9-1.
Free hearing tests
Offered in the office or at home, by Affordable Hearing Solutions, LLC, Orange Medical Center, 380 Boston Post Road #107, Orange, Monday-Friday, 9-5; free. Call 799-7775, for an appointment. Tests also offered at Waterbury office, 2457 East Main St.; call 203-574-5377.
The American Society For Scleroderma Research has formed a support group for all afflicted by this disease. Group meets every second Thursday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., St. Vincent Medical Center, Main Street, Bridgeport; Aimee Turiano or Joy LoSchiavo, 203-273-2034.
RedcrossMotors converts donated vehicles into dollars to help support the local chapter. Most motorized vehicles including boats, trailers, trucks, motorcycles and motor homes are accepted, running or not. Information: 1-877-RCDONOR (732-6667).