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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Community Health Calendar
Upcoming events, classes, support groups. Register online or call
(941) 917-7777

  • » Breast Feeding Support: Every Tuesday. Information: (941) 917-1700
  • » Stroke Support: 2nd Wednesday of the month. Information: (941) 917-7048
  • » Diabetes Education: 1st Monday of the month. Information: (941) 917-7468
  • » MS Friends of Hope: 3rd Thursday of the month. Information: (941) 917-7777
  • » Caregiver Connection: 2nd Wednesday of the month. Information: (941) 917-4156
  • » Parkinson Support: Sarasota - every 3rd Wednesday; Venice - every 4th Thursday; North Port - every 2nd Wednesday; Manatee - every 1st Wednesday. Information: (941) 917-4156
  • » Living Well With Heart Failure: (941) 917-2114
  • » FREE Memory Screenings: (941) 917-7197
  • » FREE Mental Health Assessments: (941) 917-7760
  • » Childbirth Education (free and fee-based classes); Mommies & Babies Get-Together - Every Wednesday. Information: (941) 917-1700


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Be good to your brain and it may be good to you...for a very long time!  Research on brain health shows that what you eat, how much you move and how you live affect memory, mental acuity, concentration, and may help prevent Alzheimer's disease!  Use these ABC's to remember how to boost your brain function!

A – Add Antioxidants: Older adults who eat at least two cups of vegetables a day can slow mental decline by 40 percent more than those who eat less than one serving a day.  Antioxidants also help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain. 

B – Break-the-Fast: Eating breakfast refuels the brain after a night of "fasting" and has shown to improve mental acuity in children and adults, help control blood sugars, assist with weight control and boost mood.

C – Call on the Fish: Diets rich in Omega 3, especially DHA, can help protect against Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, as well as psychiatric disorders like depression and violence. Select fish high in Omega's like anchovies, herring, trout, mackerel, salmon, sardines and tuna. Worried about mercury? Health professionals agree that the risk of NOT eating fish out weights any negative effects from mercury (limit albacore tuna, tile fish, king mackerel to no more than once per week).

D – Don't Ditch the Gym: You may work out to relieve stress or boost your mood, but recent research shows that regular physical activity may help delay the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  If you fear the gym, sign up for a session with a Healthplex personal trainer to get the most out of your work-out!

The exercise professionals at Healthplex are here to answer your health and fitness questions. We offer many options to help meet your goals, including services such as nutritional counseling, personal training and group exercise classes. To learn more about our programs, stop by for a tour, visit or call (941) 917-7000. 

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Upcoming Foundation Events

Physician Golf Tournament

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Inc.’s Physician Golf Tournament will be May 7 at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club, with a 1 pm Shotgun Start and Step Aside Scramble. Proceeds support education for hospital staff. Information: (941) 917-1286 or

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SMH EPIC Fun-Raising Party
Join SMH physicians and staff for an EPIC fun-raising party Friday, May 6, at Gecko’s “Hillview.” The popular physician band Dr. FeelGood will perform 4:30-8:30 pm, and those who donate $5 at the door will enjoy a buffet of free food and appetizers provided by Gecko’s. All donations benefit the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s EPIC (Employee Partners in Caring) Campaign supporting advanced services, technology and staff education at Sarasota Memorial.

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