December 2012

Solutions for Resolutions
HealthFit, powered by Sarasota Memorial, makes it easy to kick start your New Year’s resolutions this year with an array of exciting free classes and seminars – 19 energizing solutions that inspire and motivate! Find HealthFit’s complete schedule of free Solutions for Resolutions on and register, starting Dec. 1, by calling (941) 917-7000.

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Holiday Blood Drive
Join us for our 2012 Holiday Blood Drive and earn a chance to win one of two iPad Minis! Choose from the following dates and times in Sarasota Memorial’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail:
- Sat., Dec. 15 - 7 am-noon
- Mon., Dec. 17 - 7:30 am-4:30 pm
- Tue., Dec. 18 - 10 am-6 pm
- Wed., Dec. 19 - 7:30 am-4:30 pm
- or visit Main Plaza (corner of Osprey & Links) on Mon., Dec. 10 - 9 am-2 pm.
All donors will receive a Slide On In (penguin theme) long-sleeve t-shirt, an entry into a drawing to win one of two iPad Minis, a wellness check, cholesterol screening & opportunity to earn a $25 restaurant gift card.

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Caregiver Connection
Sarasota Memorial is expanding its popular Caregiver Connection support group to south county residents. The new group, which is geared toward those caring for Parkinson's patients but open to all caregivers, will be offered at Sarasota Memorial's ER & Health Care Center in North Port, 2345 Bobcat Village Center Road, on the second Wednesday of each month (1:30-3 pm), starting Jan. 9, 2013.

The original Caregiver Connection will continue to meet the second Wednesday of every month (9:30-11 am) at Sarasota Memorial's Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd, off Clark Road, Sarasota. For information, call (941) 917-4156.

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Holiday Respite at HealthSquare
If holiday shopping has you frazzled this month, take a moment for yourself and relax at Sarasota Memorial HealthSquare, located in the center of Westfield Sarasota Square. HealthSquare offers free screenings and friendly staff to help answer questions about the hospital and services it provides.

On Jan. 8 (1-2 pm), our rehab experts will be at HealthSquare to share “Optimizing your Neuro Rehab Care." For information, call (941) 302-4271 or email:

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Breastfeeding Support Group
Free weekly support group facilitated by a Certified Lactation Consultant who supports nursing mothers through any breastfeeding challenges, every Tuesday 2-3:30 pm, in the Waldemere Medical Plaza (second floor), 1921 Waldemere Street. No registration necessary.

Call (941) 917-1700 for other childbirth preparation classes held throughout the community each month.

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Coping with Anxiety or Depression?
If you or someone you care about is struggling with depression, anxiety or substance abuse, Sarasota Memorial’s licensed mental health professionals are available to provide free mental health assessments, referrals and advice.

Call our Bayside Center at (941) 917-7760.

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MindSet for Early Stage Memory Loss
A series of six free classes to help individuals and care partners manage early stage memory loss. Classes offer skills to help exercise the brain, create healthy habits and improve communication.

Information: Call Marcy Stern, Memory Disorder Clinic, at (941) 917-7437.

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Medicare Enrollment Help
The deadline for open enrollment is Dec. 7. SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) volunteers are available to provide Medicare beneficiaries a place to ask questions, compare plans and research the best health and prescription coverage to meet their needs.

Free counseling sessions are held every Friday, noon-4 pm, at Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. For information, call (239) 470-5364. Sarasota Memorial accepts all traditional Medicare plans, but only Aetna's Medicare Advantage plan. To learn more about Medicare coverage at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, please visit our website.

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

  • » Caregiver Connection: 2nd Wednesday of the month. Information: (941) 917-4156
  • » Childbirth Education (free and fee-based classes); Mommies & Babies Get-Together - Every Wednesday. Information: (941) 917-1700
  • » Diabetes Education: 1st Monday of the month. Information: (941) 917-7468
  • » FREE Memory Screenings: (941) 917-7197
  • » FREE Mental Health Assessments: (941) 917-7760
  • » Living Well With Heart Failure: (941) 917-2114
  • » Men to Men Prostate Cancer Support Group: 4th Monday of the month. Information: (941) 309-7473
  • » MS Friends of Hope: 3rd Thursday of the month. Information: (941) 917-7777
  • » Stroke Support: 2nd Wednesday of the month. Information: (941) 917-7048
  • » Parkinson Support: Sarasota - every 3rd Wednesday; Venice - every 4th Thursday; North Port - every 2nd Wednesday; Manatee - every 1st Wednesday. Information: (941) 917-4156
  • » Breast Feeding Support: Every Tuesday. Information: (941) 917-1700


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