May 2012


Sarasota Memorial HealthSquare Events
Join our physician and health care experts at Sarasota Memorial HealthSquare, located near Macy’s in the center of Westfield Sarasota Square, for free lectures focused on preventing and managing chronic disease. Thursday, May 10 (1-2 pm) – Melanoma Awareness, presented by Dermatologist Heidi Anderson, MD; Friday, May 11 (2-3 pm) – New DaTscan for Parkinson Detection; Thursday, May 17, 2-3pm – Breast Cancer: Detection, Types, Stages & Treatment Options; Thursday, May 24 (3-4 pm) Family Planning/Women’s Health, with Kristen Shepherd, OB-GYN. Lectures are free, but seating is limited. RSVP: healthsquare@smh.com or (941) 302-4271.

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Indoor Summer Sports Camp
Sarasota Memorial’s Healthplex Fitness Center will provide indoor summer sports camps for youth (age 7-12) each week, June 11-Aug. 10. Camps run 9am-4 pm (early drop off and late pick-up available) and include all indoor sports, including swimming, basketball, wiffle ball, dodge ball, soccer, kickball, volleyball and more. Sign up for one week or all nine. Cost is $109/week for members (non-members also welcome). Space is limited. All camps are held at Healthplex, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota (approximately ½ mile west of I-75 off Clark Road). Call (941) 917-7000 for information.

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National Cancer Survivors Day
Sarasota Memorial is proud to co-present National Cancer Survivors Day – “Celebrate the Music of Life,” 2-4 pm Sunday, June 3, at Michael’s on East, Midtown Plaza, 1212 East Ave., Sarasota. This event is part of an annual celebration of life held in hundreds of communities throughout the United States, Canada and around the world. The Sarasota event is free and open to all cancer survivors and one guest. Seating is limited. Please register: (941) 917-7777.

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New Breastfeeding Support Group – North Port
A free weekly support group facilitated by a certified lactation consultant who supports nursing mothers through any breastfeeding challenges, meets every Tuesday 10-11:30 am, in the conference room at Sarasota Memorial’s North Port ER and Health Care Center, 2345 Bobcat Village Center Road. Call (941) 917-1700 for information about this group or other childbirth education classes held in Sarasota County each month.

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MindSet for Early Stage Memory Loss
A series of six free classes to help individuals & care partners manage early stage memory loss. Classes offer skills to help exercise the brain, create healthy habits, and improve communication. Call Marcy Stern at the Memory Disorder Clinic (941-917-7437) for information.

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May is Stroke Awareness Month
Stroke is the No. 3 cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer. Taking steps to reduce your risk factors is your best protection to prevent a stroke or recurrence. Sarasota Memorial’s Stroke Education & Support Group provides a friendly and informative forum for stroke survivors and their families to stay informed. The group meets the second Wednesday of every month from 10-11:30 am in Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s 4A-B meeting room (4th floor near Windows Cafeteria). Free valet parking is provided. Information: (941) 917-7048.

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Medicare Enrollment Help
Sarasota Memorial and SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) are providing Medicare beneficiaries a place to get free objective help comparing plans and obtaining the best health and prescription coverage to meet their needs. Specially trained SHINE volunteers will provide free information and assistance noon to 4 pm every Friday at Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. Information: call the Elder Helpline toll-free at (800) 963-5337 and ask for a SHINE counselor.

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