November 2009


What's So Great About Growing Old?
Join Sarasota Memorial nurse educator Marilyn Tait for a free community presentation, “Better With Age – Winning Ways to Celebrate Life & Enjoy the Aging Process,” Nov. 4,10-11 am, Glenridge on Palmer Ranch Performing Arts Theater, 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota (half-mile east of the Honore Ave. & Palmer Ranch Pkwy. intersection). Information: (941) 917-7777.

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Community Caregiving Forum
Join us for the 9th Annual Community Caregiving Forum, “How Do We Care for Ourselves and Those We Love,” Nov. 6, 9:30 am-3 pm, Sarasota Memorial Hospital first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail. Free to the community. Continuing education credits available for qualified professionals ($20).

RSVP: (941) 917-1779.

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Resources & Support for Families Affected by Stroke
Holly Dykema, program director for the Stroke Association of Florida, will be the guest speaker at Sarasota Memorial's Stroke Support Group, 10-11:30 am Feb. 10. Topics include: education, support and resources for families affected by stroke. The group is free and open to the public. The meeting will take place at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail (Meeting Room 4A&B (take "B" elevators to 4th floor past cafeteria).

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The Meaning and Value of Palliative Care
FREE community presentation, Nov. 12, 9 am-noon, presented by the “Loss, Grief & End of Life Coalition” and Sarasota Memorial Bayside Center, Sarasota Memorial Hospital Auditorium (first floor). 

Physicians, LMHCs, LCSWs, LMFTs, RNs and LPNs are eligible for CMEs and CEUs (3 hours/$15 fee). Please call (941) 917-1779 to register.

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Home Care Health Fair
Sarasota Memorial Home Care will host a free Health Fair at Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., (1/2-mile west of I-75 off Clark Road), on Nov. 19, 10 am-2 pm, with free blood pressure checks, pulse oximetry monitoring, chair massages and more. Call (941) 917-7777 for information.

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Diabetes Management
For people struggling to manage their diabetes, individualized outpatient treatment services and free support groups are available. For times, locations or information, call (941) 917-7468.

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It's Not Just the Economy That's Depressed
With more people losing their jobs, their homes and their retirement accounts, it’s natural for some to feel overwhelmed. If you or a loved one is having trouble coping with depression, anxiety, substance abuse or other emotional difficulty, and you’re not sure where to turn, call Sarasota Memorial’s Bayside Center at (941) 917-7760. Our licensed mental health professionals are on call 24 hours a day to provide free assessments, referrals and advice.

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