Health Calendar: Week of Thursday, April 19, 2012

by Symptom Advice on April 21, 2012

Thursday, April 19

Cancer support groups. the Wellness Community offers two ongoing groups at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. the group for adult cancer patients meets 5-7 p.m. every Thursday. the group for loved ones and/or family of cancer patients meets 5-7 p.m. every other Thursday. Both groups meet in the first floor Radiation-Oncology Department, 2801 Atlantic Ave. 310-376-3550,

Friday, April 20

Macular degeneration lecture. Dr. Arthur Pazornik, optometrist with Pioneer Medical Group, discusses signs, symptoms and treatment options for macular degeneration, an eye condition that causes blurred or distorted central vision. Free. 11 a.m. Friday. Pioneer Medical Group, 2220 Clark Ave., Long Beach. 562-597-4181.

Hearing devices exhibit. Free hands-on display of devices that help with hearing difficulties; includes information on how they work and where they can be purchased. Presented by the Hearing Loss Association of Long Beach/Lakewood. 10 a.m.-noon Friday. Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Ave., Lakewood. 562-425-5651,

ALS support group. For people with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), their families and friends. Sponsored by the ALS Association, Greater Los Angeles chapter. Noon-1:30 p.m. third Friday of the month. City of Long Beach Health and Human Services Family Health Education Center, 3820 Cherry Ave. 818-865-8067, Ext. 234.

Dental screening. For seniors age 50 and older. 10 a.m. third Friday of the month. Free. Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive. 562-929-5580.

Saturday, April 21

Nutrition boot camp. Cheyana Van Dender, a nutritionist and certified personal trainer, conducts an interactive workshop offered by South Bay Fit Camp. 3 p.m. Saturday at a home in Long Beach; address and directions provided upon registration. $45-$50. Contact Emily Duval Ledger at 562-243-2221 or .

Monday, April 23 

Breast cancer support group. For women diagnosed or in treatment. 7-9 p.m. second and fourth Monday of the month. Los Alamitos Medical Center, 10861 Cherry St. 562-594-9977.

Nar-Anon. the Long Beach family group, Healing Hearts, offers support for family and friends of drug addicts. 7 p.m. every Monday. Community Grace Brethren Church, 5885 Downey Ave., Long Beach. 562-490-4689, 888-297-9560,

Tuesday, April 24

Caring and Coping. Support group for cancer patients and their families. 2:30-4:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Los Alamitos Medical Center, 10861 Cherry St. 562-594-9977.

Autism Society of America, Long Beach/South Bay Parent Support Group. For parents and caregivers of those with autism. 7-9 p.m. fourth Tuesday of the month. Prisk Elementary School, Room 7, 2375 Fanwood Ave., Long Beach. Contact Joey Hayashi at 562-982-9129 or , or go to

Prostate cancer support group. 6:30-8:30 p.m. last Tuesday of the month. Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Houssels Forum, 2801 Atlantic Ave. 562-595-5977.

Recovery International. the group teaches participants skills for coping with anxiety, depression and anger. 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Burns Community Center, 5510 Clark St., Lakewood. Donations requested but not required. Call Bob at 562-343-5195, or go to

Wednesday, April 25

Ask the pharmacist. A pharmacist answers questions about medications. Blood pressure screening also available. 9-11 a.m. Wednesday. Cypress Senior Center, 9031 Grindlay St. 714-229-2005.

Newly diagnosed breast cancer support group. For women recently diagnosed or in treatment. 4:30-6 p.m. every Wednesday. Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Radiation Oncology Conference Room, 2801

La Leche League of Long Beach. Support group for mothers wishing to breast-feed; fathers are also welcome at this meeting. 7 p.m. fourth Wednesday of the month. 2271 Pepperwood Ave. 562-804-8725.

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